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  1. 16 minutes ago, Fentone said:

    I have a question: is there a foolproof way of getting the 'ribs' square on at right angles?

    You can use small machinists squares and blocks or even large Lego blocks to help you keep the bulkheads square to the false keel. 


    Find some of the other whaleboat build logs on the forum and read through them and you will probably see various ways people squared up the bulkheads. You'll find good images of that process on most build logs of many different boats and ships. 

  2. Hello Fentone and welcome to MSW. You made a good choice by starting with a smaller model instead of a big, complicated model. 


    I have not built this particular model by Artesania Latina but I have built the Saint Malo and am working on the Pen Duick. My experience has been that the AL instructions are not all that good so you may run into steps that are confusing or even entirely left out. That's where asking questions here on the forum can be of great assistance in helping you get through the difficulties that you most likely will encounter. Problem solving and correcting mistakes is a big part of this wonderful hobby. Please note that you will get a lot of varying opinions about how to do things which is fine. We all find ways that work best for us and you will as well.


    3 hours ago, Fentone said:

    So it turns out that even if you just use the scalpel, the plywood tips have a habit of breaking off.

    I prefer to use a #11 blade with an exacto type handle over a scalpel for the majority of my cutting with a knife. The scalpel is too thin for my liking when doing heavier cutting. Also, use multiple, lighter, cutting strokes rather than pressing hard. This will help prevent breaking pieces and will help you stay on line when cutting.


    2 hours ago, Fentone said:

    To sand the Laser brown colouring off the edges or not? I'm leaning towards yes.

    You really only need to sand off the laser char if it is somewhere that you do not want it to be seen. It really won't affect the strength of your glue bonds. That said, if the char is particularly heavy and dusty, you can sand it lightly to get a better fit and bond.


    Take it slow and enjoy each step of your build. Good luck! 

  3. On 10/8/2020 at 7:45 AM, swasson said:

    I'm a scale modeler specializing in scratch-building U.S. Coast Guard vessels for radio control operation.

    I just looked at your amazing models again, Sam. They are the best Coast Guard models I've ever seen on this website. 


    I would love to see some additional photos of your models without the glass case around them if that would be possible. I don't think the photos taken through the glass do them justice. The details and authenticity of your models looks amazing and I sure would like to see more detailed photos of them.

  4. On 10/15/2020 at 1:36 AM, pwog said:

    I am also a former Coastie (1974-1978).

    Hi Paul, I was in the Coast Guard from 1966-1970. I was aboard the Storis from March of '66 to September of '67 tumbling around the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. I spent the rest of my time at the Captain of the Port Los Angeles/Long Beach Station as a boat coxswain and engineman on the 40 footers there. The two I remember the most were the steel 40414 with the twin 6-71 Cummins diesel engines and the new fiberglass hull 40603 that had twin Cummins V-8 turbo-charged diesels that smoked like crazy. That boat was crazy fast and we loved taking it to the limit. There was a 30 footer at the station also.


    I just took a look at your Lobster Boat build and it looks great especially considering it's your first build. Nice job!  

  5. 52 minutes ago, gjdale said:

    I’ve decided to depart from the instructions slightly and follow the lead of some others by drilling holes for the “nails” as I go, rather than waiting until all planking is completed.

    You're moving right along, Grant. I think it's a good idea to drill the nail holes as you lay the planks down. You could even go ahead and add the black monofilament to the holes too. I did it all at once after the hull was completely planked and, man, it was a tedious, repetitive job that got old quick! It was my least favorite part of the build. Doing it little by little would have been much better.

  6. 4 hours ago, glbarlow said:

    Sorry Bob, hope things get better soon. 

    Thanks, Glenn. I'm really doing just fine. So many have lost so much recently with the wildfires and and Covid-19. I'm grateful to be so fortunate as to be able to enjoy my hobbies instead of wondering how I will pay my bills or rebuild my house or struggle to breathe. We are living in challenging times and I hope that things will get better for those who need it the most.

  7. Thanks vaddoc. I've been staying busy with other interests of mine lately. I was focusing solely on ship modeling for quite a while and got completely away from playing my guitar and photography etc. I especially missed playing my guitar and I'm getting back into the groove of it now. The air quality in northern California has improved as the wildfires have slowed down so I've been able to ride my bike again too. I've also been doing a lot of yard work and have been switching my container garden over from warm weather vegetables to the cool season fall and winter vegetables. 


    I'll be back working on my Pen Duick pretty soon. It's a lovely model and, yes, the gaff sail rigging is confusing but I'll figure it out...at least I think I will!


    Be safe as well my friend.

  8. Those are beautiful models, Sam! I'm a Coast Guard veteran and we don't often see any Coast Guard models here on MSW. It's really great to see your work.


    I was stationed aboard the USCGC Storis WAGB-38 out of Kodiak, Alaska, in 1966 and 1967. I also spent 2 1/2 years on several 40 footers while stationed at the Captain of the Port Los Angeles/Long Beach Station. I don't have the skills to scratch build yet but I'd love to build a model of the Storis someday. I have also been thinking about buying one of the old Dumas 40 foot utility boat models that they used to make for RC. That model is out of production but they can still be found on eBay occasionally and Dumas may even have a few sitting around.


    Welcome to MSW and thanks for sharing your wonderful models with us.

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