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  1. Hello Chris, you've received some good advice here from some very experienced modelers. I thought I'd add my two cents worth since I'm a relative beginner and I am currently building the Medway Longboat. The Longboat is a beautiful model with the high quality materials, instructions and support that you can always expect from Chuck's kits. However, I agree with Chuck and most of the others here, that it would not be the best first model for someone who is just starting out in this hobby. The Longboat is actually my 4th model but it has been quite a step forward in complexity over the first 3 models that I have built. I had previously completed the Saint Malo dory from Artesania Latina, the Indian Canoe from Midwest Products and the Batelina from Maris Stella. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the models that I have built so far. The only one I wouldn't recommend is the Saint Malo from AL. It had poor instructions and there are much better dory models available. The Batelina from Maris Stella makes a very nice small boat with a beautiful, natural walnut finish. Each of the models I built before I started the Longboat had their challenges for me but none of them were as involved, delicate and intricate as the Longboat. Each of them also provided me with new problems to solve and new skills to practice. Things like what glues and tools I like to use and when, what paints and finishes I like and how to apply them, skills involved in fairing the hull and planking which is very much an ongoing learning skill for me, and things like shaping and carving by hand and often doing so on a very small scale etc, etc. Each of those builds taught me a lot and built my confidence and desire to build another model and prepared me to be able to enjoy the challenges of building the Longboat and further grow my modeling skills. Yes, I could have started with the Longboat but I know for certain that I would not have been able to build her as well as I'm doing right now. So I'm glad I started more simply because I'm able to do a much better job on the Longboat as a result. My advice is to find a small boat that captures your attention. One that you really like for one reason or another that is fairly simple in her lines and won't take all that long to complete. I find these small models with simple lines are very beautiful in their own right when done well. There isn't as much going on to pull your attention away from the simple beauty of the sheer line, the nicely faired frames, tight planking and carefully crafted thwarts etc. Done well you can really see the beauty of their design. Good luck on whatever you decide! Bob
  2. Thanks Chuck. I went back to the plans and finally found the belay pin...it's easy to miss but it's there. Your guess of around 11/16 is right on...maybe a smidgen over.
  3. Chuck, I'm about to try and make the belaying pins. What is the length of the pins that you made for this boat? Thanks. Bob
  4. Este es un barco maravilloso. Me encanta cómo que también has puesto cada una de tus hermosos embarcaciones en miniatura en una vitrina. ¡Tienes una colección fantasiosa! This is a wonderful boat. I love how you have put each of your beautiful, miniature boats in a display case too. You have a fantastic collection! Cordial saludo, Bob
  5. I messed up a plank also and had to remove it and make another one. Then I actually sanded through a "bump" near the bow after I had all the planking done. I just couldn't bring myself to soak it in CA Un-cure and try to take it off and redo it at that point so I delicately made a small splice and glued it in. You can see it if you look closely. I not totally happy with it but my wife said, "You're the only one that's going to notice it." So my build has got some blemishes here and there but, overall, it's pretty nice so far. It seems to me that, unfortunately, we often learn more from our mistakes than from our successes and that appears to be true for me in this hobby! I read an old post here once where an experienced modeler advised a beginner to finish his build no matter what because that was the best way to learn and become more skilled. I thought that was sage advice and so I'm dedicated to finishing this build even if it isn't "perfect." Breath support on the didge can be daunting. I've gotten dizzy playing a big bore didge that required lots of continuous air. People often think that circular breathing is breathing in and out at the same time which is physically impossible. The trick to circular breathing is to use your cheeks to squeeze a "pocket" of air from your mouth cavity to your instrument while simultaneously taking in air through your nose. The pocket of air from your mouth keeps the instrument going while you're taking air in through your nose. Those are two separate, physical actions that have to happen at the same time. It's learning to get the timing of these two physical actions in sync that is challenging to learn. One way to begin to wrap your head around it is to take a paper straw and pinch it so that it restricts the airflow when you blow through it and you can feel the back pressure. Then place the straw in a glass of water and blow through it so there is a small, steady stream of bubbles coming out. Now fill your cheeks with air and practice pushing the air from your mouth through the straw as you squeeze your cheeks together and get a feel for that process. Then it's time to try and take a breath in through your nose when you need to and, when you do that, squeeze the air in your mouth out into the straw gently and simultaneously to try and keep the bubbles going. Trying to do this on this small scale is a bit easier since it doesn't require as much air as it would on your sax and visually having the bubbles as a reference can help. It was exciting the first time I actually got several breaths linked together while maintaining the drone on didgeridoo. Have fun! Bob
  6. I do have some photos, Don, but I've never posted any on the site before. I like the size of the photos you are posting. What size setting are you using? I've been encouraged to start a build log but I've hesitated just because of the additional time commitment and also because I have the uncanny ability to make computer related work go sideways in any given instant! Actually, my son played alto and soprano, not tenor as I stated before and, unfortunately, his playing fell to the wayside once he went to college and now he's busy in his career. He may return to it someday. I came back to playing my guitar after a 30 year absence. I wish I had never set it aside for all those years but that's water over dam now. Didgeridoos are fun to play. Learning to circular breathe is a challenge but, once you get it, it's like learning to ride a bike, there's a moment when it just happens and then it's there ever after. Check out some YouTube videos to see some state-of-the-art didge playing. It's unbelievable what some people can do. There have even been orchestral pieces written that feature the didge. Anyway, I managed to make rods for the windlass using my Dremel but not before snapping two of them. I'm glad Chuck included an long piece of the 1/16 x 1/16 boxwood in the kit. Bob
  7. More progress. Keep it going...following your log is pulling me along! Beautiful saxes! Seeing them brings back memories of my son when he attended a performing arts school during his middle and high school years and played tenor and soprano sax. I play guitar and have dabbled with a variety of musical instruments over the years including the Boehm and Irish flutes, piano, harmonica and the didgeridoo but my guitars get all my attention nowadays. I even got into making didgeridoos from raw logs until my wife said, "Enough, there's no place to put another didge in our house?" I still have a few logs that are anxiously awaiting their new life though...
  8. I was glad to see your mast tapering set up. I will be using a power drill for that set as well. I hoping that I can use my Dremel to shape the belaying pins. The brass straps will be the first time I've done anything with metal also so, like you, this build has been a great learning experience for me too. I'm retired also but I have a lot of interests that compete for my time. Spending time at my little modeling table is growing on me very fast though. Bob
  9. You've made a lot of progress recently and she's a beauty! I'm right behind you. I'm working on the windlass and the knees right now. I'll be following your rigging. I have the rigging kit but I've never rigged anything so I imagine it will present me with quite a few challenges. Have you already purchased the Winchelsea kit? I've been admiring it and reading some of the beautiful build logs. I would love to build it but I'm not sure I have the skills to do her justice yet. The longboat has been the most challenging build I've done yet although it's is going pretty well for me. I would love to step into some scratch building though. So who knows...I might just take the plunge. I'd be swimming in everyone's wake though! Bob
  10. Wow...your ship modeling is state of the art...perfection! Thank you for continuing to share your beautiful artistry with us. Bob

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