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  1. Hi Kenny. Kudos on the article and information provided concerning your research methods. Just wanted to mention that I have also found your builds and videos to be of very good quality. As someone who is new to the model shipwright realm, I learn from both written and observation of tasks to be performed. So it is with this I say thank you for providing both formats. And it's all for free. Your productions are very much appreciated. And I say this to include all here on the MSW site where the experts reside. I have gained a lifetime of instruction from this site. I just need more wood, glue, and practice. Thank you sir.
  2. Thanks guys. Any chisels that I've used in the past resembled flat head screwdrivers. I've put these in my "stuff to get list" and really appreciate the info.
  3. I saw that looking in on your build. I may make the attempt as I would have nothing to loose at this point. I'll do some research on separating the joint and go from there. Thanks.
  4. I agree. Sticking with Plan B and using the experience to practice was a big part in my decision to participate in this build. Looking around at other builds, I'll have many techniques to work on. For me it is what makes this a great hobby.
  5. Hi Chuck. Your correct. I mounted the Dremel to the Dremel work station and purchased the Multi-function work table on Amazon from MySweety for around $40.00. It's probably no good for fine accurate work, but so far works good for me. Jeff I'll give the #10 a try. I really just need to practice, and to get some finger/hand/lap 🙄 protectors. Jim, could you recommend a source for mini chisels? I wouldn't know a good set from a bad set, and I almost always question third party product reviews. Thanks much.
  6. They both look fantastic Kevin. Especially the scratch built. You did her justice. Gives me something to aspire too along with all the other excellent builders here. Hope it's ok to include a couple pics from our Tobago Cays vacation back in 2010. We flew over from St. Lucia. The last one of Petit Tabac is my current screensaver. Flying in to Canouan A visit to Mayreau And my current screen saver Petit Tabac
  7. Here's something I found online I should have looked for earlier. It's basically converting my Dremel tool into a small milling machine. With this I could have milled down the keel close to where it would need to be, and finished off carefully with 320 sandpaper.
  8. The kit arrived in perfect condition and I proceeded to start on the keel with the lap joint. I realized that I don't currently own any cool power tools except a Dremel, so I started off with the #11 X-Acto and some 220 sandpaper. I found out 2 things. I'm not good at all with the #11, and sand paper. Also I realized I would need to make these joint perfectly level. As per my normal method, I hacked away best I could till I biffed it up. Oh well, this will be added to my list of "things to learn better" and I proceeded with the other keel.
  9. I finally found time to sit down and put together where I'm at on this build. As this is my first log, please be patient with any abnormalities or photo aberrations till I can come to grips with this. It's all new. I'm going to start off with a test pic to go through the process, and will go from there. Thanks. Thanks
  10. I tried both on a test board of poplar and there is a difference. I'm not an expert on this type of thing, but this is how I tested. I applied three coats of each letting each coat dry with a light sanding between coats using 220 grit sand paper. The end result was as mentioned by Chuck. The water based was splotchy and even a bit shinier in places, while the oil based was smooth and even. There may be a way to apply the water based and achieve the same finish as the oil, but for now I'm going with the oil based.
  11. The hard work really paid off. They look fantastic. Sail making is a way off for me as I decided to just show the rigging. When I get ready I will check out Tom Lauria’s videos.
  12. Thanks for all the replies guys. I read somewhere that the water based had a duller look so I'm just going to go with the oil. That being said when the kit comes in ( just ordered like 5 minutes ago ) I will give both a try and get back.
  13. Quick question on the wipe on poly. Any difference between using oil or water based?
  14. Very nice. Excellent detail. A model that inspires and sets an excellent goal.

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