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  1. Finally an update ! (Without photos) 50 degree day here in Chicago and spent 2 hours fairing the hull. The one thing that’s genius about the laser char is it’s an easy guide to help with the process. As much as many feel this part is a pain - I like to take as much time as possible here - it makes all of the difference. Probably another 6 hours of work before photos !
  2. Nice work Mike ! Now that it may be finally thawing here - I can start fairing my hull and hope my planking turns out nearly as good as yours...
  3. Im really curious about the paper patterns - how do you not get glue bubbles when applying and also would it be possible to put a finish over them ( dont think that would work due to printer ink)
  4. The deck is a focal point on any ship model - its one of my favorite areas to build - to me a laser etched deck doesn't look right
  5. Looks exactly like mine at this stage - need to start fairing the bulkheads !!!!
  6. Beautiful result ! I agree with Chuck - having worked with Ebony and Fiebings dye (on my Confederacy which is fading) on wales - I’m just going to paint them
  7. The resin figurehead is brilliant - I actually will coat it with one more fruitwood gelstain - but looks really good. The beauty of resin - hoping I can heat the legs for more of a completely flush fit. Merry Christmas Everyone !!!!
  8. Looks really good Chuck - still thinking about an approach for us building in Pear/Cherry. Maybe just going with Boxwood colored for the rails and sculptures will look good. It does tie in well with the frieze. Usually I only like three tones in a project - on this one there could be black wales, red bulwarks, pear planking, boxwood sculptures/rails and blue frieze. Or dye all of the boxwood down using your recommended gel stain - Ill have to experiment. This ship is looking amazing - kudos - Im also thinking of rigging her. Ive got the space !!!!
  9. Frankly I think using a Oil paint Sepia wash would probably do the same thing from my experience dabbling in Oil Painting.
  10. Thanks Chuck - curious - will the deck be planked directly on the bulkheads or will there be a false deck of thin ply ?
  11. OK the former is up and the bulkheads have been placed in - they need to be glued next. Its an imposing structure ! I did take advantage of Chuck's laser cut bulkheads - I broke a few and was able to glue them back together- they are very delicate as they are made out of the lite aircraft ply. I will use the binder clips for sure during fairing.

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