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BobG

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  1. I'm enjoying watching you do a fine job on this wonderful model, Erik. I have this model also and it's on the shelf with several others. I'll be following along closely.
  2. Nice job, Harry. I love these working boats with lateen sails. I'm looking forward to your next project. This one was a quickie!
  3. I just got caught up on your log, Ryland. She's going to be a beauty when you're done. Enjoy the rigging...it was my favorite part of the build even though it was the first time I ever rigged anything.
  4. Welcome to MSW, Eugenio. All of your models are very impressive. I look forward to following your Victory build. Bueñas suerte.
  5. Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts. Unfortunately, we just got word that a friend of ours house burned to the ground in St Helena last night. He is and his family escaped but it still comes as a shock. God help us if the nations of the world don't join together to help slow the human contribution to climate change. Living here in California feels like it may already be too late to stop this runaway train...
  6. I use CA quite a bit and prefer it for planking especially. I can use just the smallest amount applied to the frames or bulkheads when planking. It allows me to move along quickly and without lots of complicated clamping. That said, I have found CA can sometimes be inconsistent and I've had to reapply a tiny amount in some instances. It doesn't always grab 100% of the time especially if too much is applied. Very small, thin amounts seem to work best and medium viscosity gives you a bit of working time.
  7. I just want to let everyone know that, even though I haven't been able to spend any time on my build lately, I have not abandoned the build. I've had a bunch of other priorities that I have had to attend to recently that has prevented me from making any further progress. However, I have been researching the Pen Duick quite a bit and have received some good articles and advice that I will discuss in a future post. As many of you already know, California is experiencing the worst number of catastrophic wildfires in the state's history. Thousands of people have been displaced, lives
  8. I think you will probably find a variety of opinions about gluing surfaces that have laser char, Bruce. I ran my own small test once where I glued some small pieces of wood together with and without laser char and they both ended up with strong bonds. Personally, I've had no problem with PVA or CA glues. I don't sand off the laser char unless it is necessary to obtain a better fit or if it I don't want it to be seen. Sometimes I'll sand it very lightly if it is extremely thick and heavy and/or dusty and loose just so I can get a cleaner surface for gluing.
  9. Nice job. How in the world did you manage to carve out and sand those bulwarks evenly to 1/32 of an inch? Tedious and nerve wracking!!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 t
  15. 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:
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