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  1. Thanks all! I've begun to make some progress I think. The false keel and frames seem to be balsa or something similar. The decks, which were quite warped, are indeed plywood. After visiting the one of the local hobby shops and seeing how warped their thin ply stocks are, I decided to take your advice and make the kit work! I went slow and glued section by section. I think it's going pretty well. My only real visible mishap so far has been putting my nailer tool through one of the decks (oops). Lesson learned! Here are some pictures: I've added some extra bracing. I've been acruing a fairly significant number of bent nails I've had to pull out though the amount has lessened as I've learned to use a more delicate touch. I think I underestimated how much the angles would affect things and I should have filed down the tops of the frames to match the deck angles... Another lesson learned I suppose. The instructions called for the decks to be attached to the false keel before the frames. I decided to ignore this for the bow because of the warping but will try it for the aft. Is there a standard? Overall I remain cautiously optimistic about the build.
  2. Hi all, this will be my log for my first ship build: the Lady Smith kit by Constructo. I had planned on ordering a kit from the internet, but after a stop at a very unique local model store I found this on the shelf and brought it home: The box was in good shape and everything was packaged really nicely so I figured it was worth a shot. Being my first build, I wanted something that would be challenging but perhaps not as much so as a ship with considerable rigging. This seemed like a good balance, though to be honest, having read through everything, I may have bit off more than I can chew at this point.. Here is my workspace. I was quite pleased to see a plan, instruction manual, and a photo booklet showing the various steps. Right off the bat my main concern is that there are two thin plywood sheets of parts (including the decks) that are significantly warped. I've soaked and steamed them but I think they are unrecoverable. My guess is this kit had been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. Thankfully the thicker plywood which has the false keel andbulkheads is straight so I at least have a decent starting place. My plan is to find some thin plywood (looks like 2mm according to the parts list) and recut the warped pieces unless by some miracle they straighten out after sitting under weight. I was hoping to get started but I think patience will be key and getting new plywood for the decks at the very least will be worth it. Thanks for looking and I plan to keep updating as I make progress.

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