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  1. This is a very interesting and useful topic. Thanks for getting it started, Phil. I'm working on the original, Pen Duick racing yacht, which is a gaff rigged cutter, and the Artesania Latina plans and instructions are minimal when it comes to the rigging and sails. In addition to Lennarth Petersson's book, Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft, I have found the following two books very helpful also: The Gaff Rig Handbook by John Leather Hand, Reef and Sail 2nd Edition, Traditional Sailing skills for Classic Boats by Tom Cunliffe
  2. Fantastic detailing, Grant! The Model Motor Cars "upgrades" are very expensive but the fine details they add seem to be worth it to me. I have no idea when I will attempt to build my model, but I have an idea that it will be the most expensive model I ever build after looking at all the model enhancements offered by them.
  3. Your craftsmanship looks pretty darn good to me. I have way too many hobbies as well and several more interest that have yet to be explored in depth. I'd need another lifetime to do them all justice. I should probable try and pare them down so I could do a few really well. It is true that the older you get, the faster time goes by.
  4. She's going to be quite a showpiece, Don. You have a nice, spacious workspace also. I don't think I could even fit a model this size into my tiny modeling area.
  5. I did all my painting on my Medway Longboat by brush and it looks really good to my eye. The secret for me was painting many very thin coats of Vallejo Model Acrylic Paint. I must have put 15-20 coats on the caprails and benches but these were fairly small areas to cover. It's not as smooth as my airbrush can do but it still very good. I'm currently grappling with a small "disaster" on the hull of my Pen Duick. I tried to adjust the caprail on the port side of the stern and the top plank pushed out a little and left a cracked line in the paint and it is noticeable if you hold the model up and look at it carefully. The plank is not going to come off; it's just bulged ever so slightly in 30 mm line. It looks like a crease. It won't be seen when the boat is in the display stand but it still bothers me. The problem is that I think any attempt by me to fix it would probably just make a big mess and then it would look really bad. I need to learn to put my "fussiness" aside also but it's hard for me to do that...right now I'm leaving it alone but it's hard since I had a "perfect" hull before I made that crease... Cheers!
  6. Even though the first planking won't be visible in the finished model, it is a great opportunity to learn planking skills so that you feel more confident and are able to do a better job on your second planking. The following post by gbarlow is excellent and well worth the time to read it carefully:
  7. I like the color combinations you are painting. It seems like every build has its difficulties no matter how easy or complex the build is. Good idea to redo the paint with an airbrush too. Cheers!
  8. The Amati Sampang is a very interesting model and looks like a nice choice for your second build. I would highly recommend that, at some point, you look at the two new fishing boat models that Chris Watton of Vanguard Models has recently designed. The Lady Eleanor, a fifi, and the Lady Isabella, a zulu, are very interesting models that are historically accurate and are suitable for beginners. The materials are outstanding and the instructions and plans are as good as it gets. James H has made professional build logs here on MSW also that are excellent too. You can take a look here: vanguardmodels.co.uk. I look forward to your next build.
  9. You're really moving along, dkuehn, and she's looking very good. The pear wood is beautiful.
  10. This is an incredibly beautiful model, Matija. Wonderful craftsmanship. Congratulations! My wife and I took an afternoon sail on the Bluenose when we were in Lunenberg NS last fall.
  11. Many thanks, Grant. I just found some on eBay and ordered it.
  12. So that's the secret of success! 😄
  13. Lots of excellent and fast progress, HakeZou! Thanks very much and thanks for taking a look. I've stumbled along at times but I am determined to finish this build.
  14. Fantastic work, Grant. The Molotow Liquid Chrome looks great! Did you try to apply it as a marker? Does it have a screw top that you opened so you could pour it into your airbrush? I've been using the Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves a lot and I like it very much. I have it in 3 different widths. I was able to make very small radius curves around the rudder hole on my Pen Duick hull and it sealed off perfectly. Great stuff! I wish I had known about the Tamiya Masking Sheet when I painted the hull. I had to mask off and cover large areas of the hull 3 times since the Pen Duick hull has 3 colors. I spent a lot of time patching together pieces of wax paper with masking to do that and it got old quickly! I'll look into this masking sheet too. All the best,
  15. First of all, this is a wonderful build log, James, of an incredibly beautiful model. I also like that you are showing the the various paints you are using. Am I correct in understanding that you are using the Future wax by itself for these parts and they form a bond as strong as CA? If so, that's amazing to hear. I wonder why we don't hear of it being used like this more often? It seems like it would be every bit as good as CA with the added advantage of having more time to make adjustments...

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