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Challenge was an understatment! Rigging the steering was a lesson in frustration especially for my shaky fat fingers. It's rigged with one long line and it works, but it's stiff. Maybe I'll put some beeswax on the lines to lube them. It's also not neat and pretty like the drawings. 

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I'm rough shaping the exterior hull of the longboat with my Dremel. I've got the profile of the bow and stern exactly the shape of the provided keel pieces. I'll probably have to shift to hand sanding to make sure I don't take off too much and to give the hull that streamlined look. 

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I'm putting some pictures of the longboat I built for my Surprise. It was a traditional plank on frame build of natural wood. This Dremel carving is very difficult for me and I'm running out of cutting bits small enough to get into the cracks and crevasses. Oh well...I'll just keep on plugging.

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Rich:

Your boat is coming along really well. Good work. 

 

I would start hand sanding at this point. If you use a rough grit, it will not take long to finish the hardest parts and then move down to 220 grit and the 400 grit to finish it off. 

 

Russ

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5 hours ago, russ said:

Rich:

Your boat is coming along really well. Good work. 

 

I would start hand sanding at this point. If you use a rough grit, it will not take long to finish the hardest parts and then move down to 220 grit and the 400 grit to finish it off. 

 

Russ

Thanks, Russ. I'll do as you suggest. :dancetl6:

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