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  1. A wonderful piece of work Joe. Hope everything is improving health wise. I know the feeling- - been there, done that. Bob
  2. Thanks guys for both the encouragement and the commiseration. Interestingly, I built this same model in around 2004-5, from a series of articles in Ships in Scale magazine. I don't recall having anywhere near this amount of trouble with the Lumberyard materials at that time.I no longer have the model, but I'm attaching a few poor photos, which are my only record of it. All I can say at this point is that I will try to make this work, as I did with Essex, and see what happens. If it can't be faired satisfactorily, I will give it up at that point. Bob
  3. Lou, I appreciate the vote of confidence. My reaction wasn't quite as severe as yours, but I admit that the difficulties in the fairing process have me shaking my head about the laser cut parts. As to the plans, I bought the Feldman practicum from NRG. This contains a set of plans, which have to be blown up to scale. Bob
  4. Thanks Denis. The bulkheads actually came loose in a bag ,with a few of the posts broken off. Bob
  5. Thanks so much Don. Chris, Chuck and Phil for the comments, and thanks also to the "likes". I like the change Chris. Thanks. Chuck, there is a very slight warp, but nothing severe. You are correct about the bulkheads. I anticipate doing a lot of building up and sanding to get it fair. A "challenge" sounds about right. Bob
  6. Lexington is a small Continental Navy brigantine. The model is based on on drawings done by Dr. Clayton Feldman and a practicum written by him. Although it will be essentially a scratch build, I have classified it as a kit build because I am using the Lumberyard mini-kit for the POB framing and at least some of the wood, and will be using commercial parts for such things as the guns, blocks and deadeyes. In fact, I have used the laser cut bulkheads and keel former, but have cut my own stem, keel and sternpost from boxwood sheet and strip, rather than using the provided pieces. Work has begun in the usual fashion with the assembly of the framing pieces, together with reinforcing pieces made from strip wood for strength and stability. I did have to cut slots for the masts into the keel former. The next items of work will be the bow and stern filler blocks and fairing of the hull. Bob
  7. Thanks so much Rusty, Dave and OC for the nice comments and thanks also to the "likes". Always appreciated. Bob
  8. I've now faired the interior, added the bow bolsters, cap rail, friezes and moldings. With the completion of this work, I will be putting this away until we go to New Jersey for the month of August and part of September, where work will resume while there. In the meanwhile, I will be starting on Lexington, for which I will start a build log shortly. Bob
  9. It's great too have you back doing the incredible work that you 've always done. Bob
  10. Thanks so much to all for the kind and encouraging comments and also for the "likes". It's good to be back. Bob
  11. It's been almost 4 months since I last posted. For the first time in over 50 years of modeling, I suffered total "burnout". I just didn't even want to look at this model (or any other). Within the last week, I finally decided to give it another go, and proceeded to finish up the hull planking, where I had left off months ago. While I'm not particularly happy with the result, it does feel good to be back at it. I've removed the baseboard and am now in the process of removing the frame centers. Hopefully, I am past any thought of abandoning this project (to be clear, the issues were entirely mine, and in no way a reflection on the fine quality of this kit), and back on track. Bob

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