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  1. Personally I wouldn't bother with a needle threader, you end up having to pull twice the thickness of thread through the hole. Just put some CA on the end of the thread - about 1cm - let it dry and cut the tip to a point. Are you using the correct thread for the blocks? It looks a little thick- more like the thread meant for the standing rigging.
  2. I think that is a very good idea Matt. Have you checked out the planking tutorials in the articles database (at the top of the page)? I remember that I tried to do the first layer of planking as if it were the final layer. You will have to taper etc the final layer so you may as well get in some practise with the first layer! I got myself into the mindset of taking my time and working on each plank until I was satisfied with each one, there were days when I only managed one plank one each side per day. I know what it's like to pull apart something you have already made, but it will be worth it! Good luck n happy planking!😁
  3. Thank you for the compliments, Mark, I am pleased with how the stem has turned out. I have kept putting off making it out of fear that it wouldn't look right - I'm glad it's finally done. I just have to attach it to the hull strongly enough to withstand any force from the hull planking...……. Took me all afternoon to think that up 😎
  4. So I managed to illicit permission from the Admiral to open the shipyard for a few hours before I return to work tomorrow…………… I continued with the stem, and made the third/lower piece and cut the scarf joint on the keel; Once I was happy with the fit to the hull I glued the stem pieces together, I didn’t use any colour in the glue this time - I think it works better without. When the glue had dried I gave the stem a preliminary scrape. I also made an end cap for the top of the sternpost; I used the flat sanding disk that I had made previously for the dremel and shaped the front of the stem. I kept in mind that the Vivacia not only sails on the ocean but was also designed to travel upriver, so I made the stem bulge slightly at the bottom - strength and protection against rocks and the riverbed. There will also be a false keel added later. The stem will be covered in sealer and sanded - I am going to dilute the sealer to see if I can get it to penetrate the wood better. Gratuitous “dry fit on the hull” shot; In between gluing the stem I carried on with the transom planking; As you can see I wanted the lower transom planking to be at an angle. I wasn’t sure what the angle should be, so I used this, I attached the sternpost (with rubber bands - no glue - so that it can be removed to allow the transom planking to be scraped/sealed/sanded) and finished the planking; Captain Kennet, King of the blah blah etc, came out to inspect the transom; It struck me that this pic shows very well the “relative size” of this ship. I did mention to the Captain he had a noticeable list to starboard, apparently it’s to compensate for the excess of port imbibed the night before…… Till next time, Have Fun! Cheers.
  5. Nice work on the companionway - did you bend the kit piece for the roof? good job ifn you did - I found it practically impossible!
  6. Thank you for the kind words, Peter. The rabbet strip is 2mm wide, and the stem is 5mm wide. It should be enough of a difference to fit the planking in. I was going to notch the wales so they would fit in the rabbet too, but I think it would be a weak spot and likely to split the wood so the wales will just butt up to the stempost.
  7. Thanks Mark I do appreciate that. Well as long as you don't include the two attempts to make a 5x5mm walnut strip to bend along the bow curve...…………..😢
  8. Nice start to your build there Matt. There are several build logs on this forum of the Virginia 1819 that may prove useful ( Wallace, SardonicMeow and mine to name just three), especially when it comes to the rudder...…. Good luck and keep at it, its a fun build!
  9. Excellent work on the sails Peter, She looks fantastic, a real masterpiece. You, Sir, have set a standard I can only wish I could emulate. Best of luck with the rest of the rigging. 👍👍🧙‍♂️
  10. A little update on the Vivacia progress, where I at last start on the Keel……. First up was to glue the 2x2mm rabbet strip ( that I had previously bent way back in October on page 1…) to the false keel. I used a thick bead of Gorilla wood glue to make sure I had a strong join. Bow; Stern; I left this to dry/cure for a day or two and started on the stem. Remember this from page 2? I knew that the hull/rabbet shape would probably not match the plan I had drawn so I cut the three pieces out with room to spare. All was going well until Mr Hamfistedness showed up for a cuppa; I remade the stem from two separate pieces, hopefully to avoid any weak spots. I shaped it using different sanding bits in the dremel; Now, if you have been paying attention to this log you will know that I have an aversion to using the first (or second) piece I make, so true to type, I decided that I didn’t like the height and shape of the top part. So I spent another afternoon making another one. The second part of the stem was roughly cut out and with much testing and dry fitting was made to fit both the first piece and the hull. The “outside” edge of the stem will be formed later when all three pieces are glued up. I found the best way to work was to complete the join between the first and second piece and only then form the inner/rabbet edge of the second piece. The lip at the front will be where Vivacia’s torso will start; At this point I started looking at the “gammon hole”; I decided that once the hole was made there may be a weak point along the wood grain above the hole. So I cut the top off the stem piece, and made a horizontal strip over the gammon hole. The front of this horizontal piece will have an end cap over it, the rear will be curved to allow the bowsprit to lay on it and the top will have a couple of pin heads to represent reinforcement bolts. I started to make the third stem piece. To make it easier to fashion this part I glued the upper stem pieces together. I wanted to make the joins stand out so I mixed a little Tamiya black in with the Gorilla glue, time will tell if this works or not…………. While the glue was drying I made the sternpost. I have covered it in the sealer used previously. It will be sanded, sealed and sanded again before fixing to the stern. At this point the Admiral needed the table for dinner so I had to pack the shipyard away. She also informed me of various duties I am required for over the next few days, I have no idea when I’ll get permission to play again! Cheers, n have fun!
  11. Good to hear you are managing to get at least some hours in the shipyard. Fingers crossed you don't end up with more snow...😁
  12. That is exactly why I will almost probably definitely leave out the trenails…..😁 Knowing my family that will just be me then.....😢 Thanks Peter, I almost probably definitely will go unstained 😁

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