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  1. Congradualtions on finishing a great looking model. It is a beuatiful ship and looks really beautiful. And it does look really good in front of the window with the light coming through. Great spot for a beautiful model.
  2. Your doing an awesome job. When you are finished planking it you will be glad you put in the time. As for finishing it I would be torn myself. With all the good work it would be nice to leave it sealed wood to be able to see it. But I can also see the side of wanting to do it up like the original. Tough choice. Either way it looks really good and will look amazing when you are finished.
  3. Really really nice job Brian. Your AVS came out so amazing and beuatiful. Congradulations on the wins at the show. I look forward to seeing the next one from the beggining. Agam really beuatiful build
  4. Sorry, had a couple of long weeks lately. My magnifying lamp blew up on me, so to speak, leaving me with an excuse to search for a better one. Then I waited for it in the mail. When I got it I found out it would not clamp to my desk. A good excuse to visit the woodworking shop in my garage and use some of my beautiful ambrosia wood scraps. Now things are all set up again and I have started to re plank my deck. So far this is the progress I have made.
  5. Nice pictures. New toys are awesome what kind of camera did you get?? The planking looks really really nice.
  6. I am going back to working on the hull again now that I have my wood. I have a personal preference for not using or at least veneering plywood my whole life. Since I am stripping and redoing the deck planks I have decided to scarf out the edge and put in a piece sapele to enhance the look of the kit and cover the plywood edge. Hopefully the end result will look nice when it is finished. I am hoping to get time to work on planking the deck this weekend.
  7. So I got few thing done this week. I made and finished the wood bundles the plans called for. Since I am changing the wood for the deck planking I used the yellow heart for two of the three light colored bundles. I figured these represent wood stored for making repairs and would therefore mostly be hull and deck planking wood. Not sure if I am right, but that would be my guess. Also finished the wood boxes.
  8. Again I just have to say beautiful work. When I look at those pictures I feel like I am looking at pics of a real boat.
  9. I definitely say she is looking good. I know the feeling of tinkering too. I have not even got that far on my little cross section and could not stop myself from deciding to stray from the plans and tinker with it a bit. Your doing a great job and it is coming out great.
  10. Syren blocks are relly really impressive. Seeing them in your pictures makes me even more anxious to use them.
  11. So for the past week or so I have been working on some of the deck fittings. I found the parts for the pump and built it. It was really hard to drill a little hole in the bottom. The metal is not one I am familiar with and the drill bits just did not want to cut well. I tied up the rope bundles the instructions called for. I started and am almost finished with the wood crates. I took a very individual one box at a time method instead of an assembly line approach. I was kind of mad at myself for this choice until I realized it doesn't really matter how much time it takes me to make them. I am slowly getting one box a night finished. I do think they look good and each one is coming out a little different since I did not take an assembly line approach. Two more boxes to go at this point.
  12. I have loved modelling and painting my whole life. I have spent my whole life collecting modelling tools a little at a time and some nice furniture for a hobby room. I have been enjoying my own personal room for only a couple of years and it is great. Now I have a room, time, and the kids and cats are better behaved. I finally actually get to finish things I start for a change. On the left under the black towel is a spray booth vented to the outside of the house ( a real pain to do, the outside walls are brick and a pain to drill two 4" holes into). The oak tool box is full of hobby tools. The top was a present and I built the bottom almost 15 years ago to match it. The roll top desk was a moving in present for me to have a place to work at and a desk that I have wanted since I was a child. I just never really invested time in doing wood models until now. I did try wood models a few times but never got anywhere with space, time, working, moving, and stuff mysteriously vanishing/ getting broken. Yeah, I finally got my Sapele wood strip and I also got some Yellow Heart. I can now plan how I am going to do the hull. I got the Yellow Heart as a suggestion and think I will use it for the deck planking. I think the Yellow Heart will look a lot nicer than the kit provided wood for the deck.
  13. WOW, really nice pictures. It looks like you had a really good time. I really miss living near the ocean and being able to go see real boats when I can.

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