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  1. Looking forward to following this build. An interesting subject, and from what I hear a good kit.
  2. Get the Mastini book. It is designed for the beginner and will help you immensely. If this is the first layer of planking, it looks pretty good. Remember, the great thing about working with wood is that a lot can be corrected by sanding later on. Finally, it's been my experience that ship modeling instructions are notoriously bad. If this is the first layer, I would press on while reading mastini and the other links mentioned here. The thing, I find, about instructional posts is often I can't connect them to real world actions until I try to do something. So, if you are like me, read and plank and realize you can always make it better on the second layer. This hobby is supposed to be fun, and a lot of folks probably have hulls they are not so proud of beneath that beautiful second layer of planking.
  3. I'm interested in this kit, so I'll be pulling up a chair and following along.
  4. Stevinne

    Music to build ship models to ...

    I'm both a fan of Great Big Sea and acoustic instruments, so I like this one.
  5. I've been too lazy to read all the replies. For me, I use a badger double-action airbrush and compressor and model master acrylics. I thin with water or acrylic thinner, but generally adjust the size of the needle to get the spray I want. I find this is easier. Each time I use it, I blow a full bottle of water through it to clean it. Then I check to see if it needs additional cleaning. I go for very thin coats, repeated multiple times. I like the Badger because it is easy to disassemble, clean and get spraying. I'd tried a Model Master airbrush and the thing locked up within 15 minutes, never to be used again.
  6. Stevinne

    Music to build ship models to ...

    And here is something a bit different, but an engaging tale.
  7. Seeing one of the Alabama's cannon at the Hunley museum in Charleston, S.C., made me realize that I know next to nothing about how Civil War-era guns were rigged on ships. I've seen large-caliber Dahlgrens and Parrot rifles in fortifications, and figure the pivot/slide arrangement was similar on board ships, but I always figured the 32-pounders and such, like included in the Model Shipways Harriet Lane, were rigged like broadside cannon always had been. Looking at photos from the era, I do see a breech rope, and assume other tackle is there, too. Anyone know for sure?
  8. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    My instructions didn't call for red fixtures (it was a very old kit). The only things I painted red were the carronade slides. I think it would look nice with a little more color to her.
  9. Working on the stern, filling gaps between the various decks with 1.5x5mm planking.
  10. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    What I do, if there are gaps, is use a little bit of watered wood glue to flow into the space. then I will sand and make sure the saw dust goes into the space between planks. It really does provide a nice, tight look and can hide a lot of minor flaws.
  11. With the weather warming up, and my son finally completing his Eagle Scout project, I have some time to get back to work. Over the weekend I headed out to my unheated garage work area and completed the first layer of planks. I actually overplanked the forecastle and had to remove one run after looking closely at the drawings. I'm finding the instructions really hard to follow on this build. Also, I'm very stingy with wood. I was reading Fred Hocker's great book on the Vasa, and he talked about how the Dutch craftsmen would be careful not to waste any wood. I make the Dutchmen look generous. Still, I finished the first run of planking with one plank left to spare - and that would have been used if I hadn't saved every scrap and used them when they fit. Not giving me a lot of confidence about finishing this build without a materials run to Model Expo. Next up, planking the stern and the facings on the various cabin walls.
  12. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    Here's a look at what I mean
  13. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    I have painted the waterline on a planked ship and painted the whole hull on a solid hull ship. I also have a neighbor who built the Model Expo Constitution and my father-in-law built the Bluenose. In both cases, they painted the hull completely. In all cases mentioned, even the solid hull, you could tell what was underneath the paint was wood. In the case of planked hulls, you can make out the individual planks if you give it a good look.

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