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  • Birthday 12/14/1964

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    Lots of stuff and all things salt.

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  1. I have used contact cement and never had an issue. Perhaps, thin it out with a little mineral spirits, on your brush, and just go plank by plank, fixing them in place after the appropriate drying time. Wait for a dry tack, on both surfaces, before joining the surfaces. You'll have a couple of seconds to get it firmly into place, then rub it to make it smooth. I might suggest to avoid applying fresh contact cement over dried. Surface prep is the key to bonding. Good luck, Steve
  2. Hello Matt, I'm sorry, but I've only just come across your build, but I think it looks fantastic, so far. This was my first build, a few years ago. Mine was quite the bash, though. I don't know if you've solved these problems, but here are some thoughts to mull over. On your stern post, if you haven't planked finish the other side, yet, you might try removing it and installing one that brings out your rudder to the right place. Learning to "unbuild" is a natural byproduct to building, I think. It takes a while to think five steps ahead. On the second planking, contact cement is another way to adhere the strips. Keep some lacquer thinner in a shot glass nearby, and keep your brush clean (I use a small cheap paint brush); the thinner also thins out the glue. When you apply a little thinned glue to both surfaces, and let it dry a bit, you can fit the planks with a little pressure, before they take hold for good. It cleans up easily and won't interfere with any future staining or finishing. No need for pins or clamps. Anyway, I look forward to seeing it finished. Steve
  3. Very cool, nice job. You probably have the bilge pumps in there, too, I bet. Thanks for sharing. Steve
  4. Another great start to an interesting project, Bob. I can't wait to see them turn out. Steve
  5. I salute your choice of inspireation; it's a beautiful class of boat and well exicuted. It's a very nice job.
  6. An interesting thread no matter how ambivelant your inspirations. That being said, I'm not sold on the idea that this particular interest is actually in decline. I think that some people are just born with the romantic, creative, inspired bends that lead to the truley special human interpretations of imaginatin incaenate. I think that some of them will always be ships. I, like many of you, have alays been facenated by them. I spent over thirty years, forgoing any other interests or talents, to work on and build boats, learn all things salt; and I grew up deep in the woods of Michigan. I don't know anyone else who shares this hobby, but forums like this show me that a great many people, from diverse backgrounds in every corner, share ithe same interest, and many, many of them know more and are better boat builders than I ever flattered my self being. I think that this age of instant information will only promulgate our kind and inspire more people to have an interest. Just two measley cents from one of many, Steve
  7. I like this more every time I see it. Beautiful job!
  8. Cmann, the "standing" lines, the ones which would be a darker color on your model, are the two fore mast stays (the jib runs up one), the main mast stay, which connects to the foremast, parallel to the deck, the two braces which end in a block on both gaffs, and the six shrouds ending in dead eyes on each mast. Oh, and the one below your bow spirit. I believe the rest of the lines are running lines, lighter colored. It is a good idea to stretch the lines, for a while, before you install them, particularly your standing lines, as they may sag a little, later. I see by your drawing that you have figured out about all you need to, but I don't see the braces. Anyway, you'll soon be at it and it will become clearer as you go. Steve
  9. Your look is kind of clean and bright, so aging the sails might contrast, a little, but maybe you want that. You could always try some tests on a similar fabric, from the rag bin to see if it suits you. Also, once stained, if you don't like them, you can soak them in a, oh, 10% or less bleach to water solution and they will go back to normal without the bleachy color. I've been tinkering with this kit for quite some time, but made all but the hull planking, gun, and anchors from scrap. Mine looks more like a used ship than clean model. I colored the sails a couple of times, thought about rigging it furled like everyone just left the boat for shore leave, but went back to the original, color and sail plan. I think you are doing a great job and have no doubt that whatever you do, it will shine. Steve
  10. Wonderful detail; I like the barrels. Beautiful ship.
  11. Excellent, I can't wait to see the display case! Great job.
  12. That was a wonderfully interesting and educational build and a striking final product, Thanasis. After seeing it in the gallery, as I followed along, the nagging thought in my head was "how did those perfect terracotta jars come about". Brilliant work; thank you. Steve
  13. This is kind of like picking my favorite Thursday, or head of lettuce, actually. But I'll give a shout out to the "Piney Creek Weasels" in hopes it inspires someone.
  14. Hope you don't lose it!

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