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Here is what I decided on. It's a solid hull kit.


I figured that even if I didn't finish, I will gain valuable experience in planking, rigging, sails ect. It cost $50 +$14 shipping. 


Purchased on Ebay a few hours ago. Hopefully all the parts are there. 🤔

I plan to make a build log when she arrives....



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Just be aware that making a solid hull  is more difficult than plank on bulkhead hull. If you master solid hull making POB hull will be a pancake for you. 

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15 minutes ago, SpyGlass said:

HA that was my very very first build over 30 years ago. I have her sitting behind me now !


Sorry about duff pic .   When you get the kit check if you have the version with pre glued planking. Shout if I can assist,  But is an easy kit to build and the solid hull is not at all a problem




Thanks! Sure will.

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In case you don't know, you'll need a couple shallow-curve carving gouges for the hull, at least if the bulkheads are part of the solid hull, and some wood rasps will also help remove the excess wood quickly. When you get close, some curved and straight scrapers can remove wood pretty quickly with good control.

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For tools, I have many types of blades for my X actors knife, plenty of files and sandpaper. Plan to buy a miter box and plank bender-the  Mantua one. I have CA glue 3 different thickness, carpenter's glue. 


I think that's enough to start... maybe go to Home depot and buy some wood gouges?

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I really would wait till you get your hands on the kit itself.

If you get the version with preglued planks - I suspect the glue will not work any longer and it may be difficult to actually glue them with new glue.

You probably wont need the miter box or indeed the plank bender - they are very thin planks. 

 But then  its fun to buy tools whether you need them or not

CA glue I dont like very much but doesnt matter if you dont want your models to last for ever.

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