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  1. The replica participated in the Annual Naval celebrations in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt - the strategically placed island that was used as a naval base for hundreds of years (and still is). Some things are not yet finished (like a ship wheel - just temporary placed on a deck as a decoration). I guess things are slowing down due to summer vacations.
  2. And now the framing begins, lovely process!
  3. Same as Dave, the best way to fix KS115 problems is to buy Proxxon FET and advise everybody to do the same. It is a classical example of spending money on a cheaper tool, ending up spending more money on a proper tool. KS115 is, honestly, a junk (I had it, upgraded to FET and never looked back). It is hard to use the table saw if you can't event adjust the blade height, and the precision is super bad (fence alignment, miter gage, etc). You also can't make any sleds for this saw, since there is only one miter channel instead of two. Its real price should be around $30, there are "saws" in this range on AliExpress and Harbour Freight. But they are asking $130 for it 😳
  4. Mike Y

    Power versus Hand Tools?

    There is a small class of scaled down power tools - starting from Proxxon (typically the most affordable), ending with Sherline and Byrnes in a higher price range. They are small enough to be hidden under a table when not used, do not produce a lot of dust (any home-grade vac would easily handle it, if needed), and are generally not very loud. I can't really imagine being without a table saw or a disk sander. Here are Proxxon tools in a living room. They are typically less visible because the table is usually lower (it is lifted a bit on this photo). Though if you build kits and do not plan a lot of improvements to the kit - then a rotary tool and a set of good hand tools (chisel, knife, etc) should be good enough!
  5. It is an exceptional model! Do you have more photos of the display base under construction?
  6. Ordered though them, no problems. They have a really good reputation, sounds like some unfortunate miscommunication. Have you tried to contact bobcat here on MSW?
  7. You are collecting some nice tools, Lawrence! The frames look great, can't wait to see the other 20 beveled frames installed! No rush though Heads up: Hahn does not include hawse timbers into his plans, so there would be a gap unless you would improvise your own hawse timber or reuse a plan from some other ship of a similar size & class & period (fairing it to fit the OC hull).
  8. I could not miss the opportunity to visit Remco, since we are now basically neighbours Can confirm, the Kingfisher is feeling good in a new clean and super structured workshop. Hope it will survive the period of abnormal dry weather that we currently have... ' I was amazed how crisp and clean all joints are! It is not a photoshop, it is better than I imagined based on the build log photos The boats are neat: And, of course, various parts are still there, each could be a model of its own:
  9. Hi Lawrence, I do not remember to be honest - some books and a photos from some other build logs, plus experiments to see what angle and depth looks better. Once I found the scarf that looks the best from my point of view - I just made a template to keep that angle and use the same depth every time.
  10. Yes, the ballast is not yet in place. The guide said that they will use metal weights as a ballast, not stones. Do not know the exact details.
  11. Well, this is as close to a high quality replica as it can get. No design alterations to accomodate a motor (there is no motor), and the whole construction is designed based on the british historical books, but some internal details are adjusted to increase the lifespan or save materials (laminated keel and knees instead of a solid ones). Extra plywood layer on the roof might be one of those things, not sure about lower stern counter, looks unusual indeed. I feel sad about a non-seasoned wood, the amount of cracks is quite high for a ship that is just launched (look on the railings, for example), which means a high maintenance cost to either fill & sand & refinish cracked parts, or wait until they rot and replace them with a seasoned wood. And I doubt that the maintenance budget would be anywhere close to the construction budget - it would be a part of the museum, so would be funded by the ministry of culture, and culture expenses are not high on a priority list at the moment. It would be on the open air in a pretty harsh climate, famous for wet winds, wet snow and sunny days mixed with wet days. Wooden buildings in this region do not last for long, unless they are made out of seasoned wood, finished with a high quality outdoor finish and are properly maintained.
  12. Yes, not surprised if this happened after the installation (though I do not know for sure). Direct sunlight on a dark stained wood is never a good idea, the crack is on the side facing the window. Also, it was built in a pretty harsh conditions - the workshop was in a construction container that was standing outside, I would be surprised if this container has a stable temperature and humidity...
  13. The 1:12 model is already on display in a yacht-club that is a part of the whole place. Pretty hard to photo, since it is right behind the window, pardon for the photo quality Oak looks weird, and I can imagine how hard it is to shape it... A lot of iron nails are used, and they already started to corrode and darken the oak around it, not sure why they are used. But on that scale you can look between the frames even when they are correctly spaced! Poltava's ship wheel is on display here as well, not yet finished. Would be fully functioning once completed:
  14. Had a private visit to the ship, it was rather interesting! Current status: masts are being installed, rigging is in progress, various small construction projects are ongoing as well. After the launch, there was a bit of water in the bilge, but not more than expected. Bilge pumps are working 24/7, but the bilge is just barely wet, which is also expected. Apparently there was a lot of green lumber used during construction, so there is a lot of cracks and distortion everywhere. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Cannons are ready and waiting to be installed: Cradle pieces are no longer in use: Julia, the best guide ever! Interesting planking - plywood layer in between. One of the ship's boats: Some rope preparations: The large construction area where Poltava was built. Now empty: The main sponsor local headquarters, nearly completed (from the outside): The rest of the photos, can't annotate them all. Pretty self-explanatory!

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