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  1. Thanks Druxey, I will look for him.
  2. Hi all- I am currently building the AL Mayflower kit. It comes with two of those silk, sticky-back flags. My question is, how do you make those flags look realistic? In the past when I have done flags of this nature, they end up looking really unrealistic because they just sit there flat in the direction of the wind. How do you make them "hang" like a real flag would look? Thanks! Stu
  3. I didn't black these like I'm supposed to. I didn't want to paint them, and I'm not sure where to get the chemicals to do the blacking. Oh well, my daughter things they look really cool!
  4. I have never painted one of my builds before. I was daunted to say the least. I put this off for a long time because I wasn't sure exactly what to do or how to do it. I saw Sawdust Dave's Mayflower builds on here and he did such an amazing job that when I look at these photos I still cringe a little.
  5. Remember that bent area that I posted about earlier? Well the fixes that I used seem to have worked out well. I can still see the bend slightly, but someone who is looking at the ship would have to have me point it out to them before they would notice it. Pleased with the outcome.
  6. Treenails. I didn't take many photos of this but the ship looked like a porcupine for a while.
  7. Adding the exterior mahogany strips. You can see how I used the blue tape to place each plank in place. In the end it all looked better than ships I have built in the past where I didn't really know what I was doing with the planking.
  8. Proceeding with the clamps. This was kind-of hard because the clamps didn't have anything to grab. I made some of my own with cord and sticks.
  9. I attempted to remedy the bent plywood seen in the previous photo by using some pieces of planking and some wood filler to smooth it out. I am hoping that when the mahogany planks go on top, it will not be as noticeable.
  10. Here's a problem that some of you have talked about on the site. When I was separating the early parts including the false keel, I noticed a very slight bend in the plywood. I didn't think much of it; I figured it would correct itself as I proceeded. Not so. I am now faced with the dilemma of junking this build and starting over, or trying to "fix" the problem as I go forward. Buyer beware, check your kits before proceeding with assembly to make sure your foundational parts are not warped or bent.
  11. I just built one of these too! I didn't get the screw plug though, so my wood floated up out of the top until it became more saturated. I'm going to go get a plug for the top!
  12. Thanks for the encouragement Dave. I'm learning a lot and it is very fun along the way.
  13. Thanks all for the suggestions.

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