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  1. Very nice work Matt, I like the fact that you have made the boat sit stern down in the stand - very nicely done. If you are worried about the sails v drydock you could maybe go the whole hog and do a drydock diorama with the sails unfurled and ropes unwound drying in the sun...……….😎
  2. The coppering looks great there Sir, only a few more to go!
  3. I agree, you will end up with a much better looking boat replacing the dirty grey metal with wood. You are doing well there.
  4. Nice work on the coppering there Sir, she's looking good. Just a thought on the square punch; you could make one out of pieces of razor blade stuck around a block of wood.....
  5. I just had a quick look through my instructions and I think you are talking about part 11? If so then yes it is supposed to be sanded to match the shape of frame 10 to which it is attached. Hope this helps.
  6. One of my all time favourite aircraft so will follow along. Are you going to attempt the "classic" aircraft wheel bulge? its something I could never achieve. Good luck.
  7. I agree with them two 👆, its looking much better, keep at it! Good to see you kept the six bands on the barrels too, not reduced them to four like some people...…. 🤔
  8. Going by what you said on page 1; ...I think in this case, and probably others to come, you had already made this decision before you opened the box! For me, I don't know about others, but if I am faced with a "should I use the kit part or make my own?" choice then its important that I at least try. I know from previous experience there is not much worse than looking at a completed model thinking "if only I'd have tried, If only I'd made the effort". Plus if I have to learn 16/17th century rigging from scratch, you can make 100 lids - misery loves company! 🤣🤣
  9. Congratulations, Peter, that is a wonderful model, a true masterpiece. Thank you, Sir, for sharing this amazing work with us, You have shown me a model to aspire to. And thank you for all the tips and ideas your model has given me for my own build. Fantastic, just fantastic!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!😁
  12. 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 😎

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