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  1. Thank you all for your kind words! Got a nice amount of building done today as I found time to grab some sanding papers and a block from a hardware store yesterday. I have been fairing the bulkheads on the sides and the deck and been fitting planks to see how they curve etc. as this is all very new to me, that being said I think I have progressed quite a bit even if it was my first day of building, tomorrow I'm planning to finish the bulkheads so that I can start gluing them to the keel next week! I decided on not using balsa wood filling blocks on stern and stem (? I'm not still not that familiar with these ship words ), but instead I'm going to use these small filling plywood pieces supplied with the kit. The shape of the hull is pretty forgiving and I think this is going to be enough to keep the planks in place. The "filling piece" is not yet finished, only roughly shaped and the final shape will form when I have glued the other bulkheads and see what exactly what kind of curvature they'll need. Now, I wuold have one question regarding the bulkheads at the keel; Should I level the bulkheads and the keel or should I leave some space for first layer of planks before the walnut keel? Also, should I sand the bulwarks on the upper side as well for bulwarks? I've understood that those parts will be cut off after gluing the bulwarks. The upper is looking pretty good, will give it a final sanding when those bulkheads are glued. Another question; should there be curvature on the deck as seen above, so that the deck wuold be at it's highest on the centerline? The pieces were cut like that so I sanded them like that. That's it for today I guess, 'till next time!
  2. Hello! First time builder here, I used to build some plastic models and miniatures when I was a kid and been meaning to grab a more creative hobby for some time now. One day it hit me: I wanted to build a wooden ship model! After two weeks of research (and finding of this forum) I decided to order ship modeling simplified book by Frank Mastini as it was recommended by many and cheaply available. Soon after that I decided on Caldercraft's HM Cutter Sherbourne kit. I wanted a POB kit that was fairly cheap, of high quality and wuold someday yield a possibly quite a good looking model therefore the obvious choice was this cutter The kit arrived just today and with it some titebond wood glue, cutting mat, admiralty paint set and swann morton scalpel with two kinds of blades. I had researched ship building pretty much beforehand so opening the box was not so confusing as some people had described. I started right away by cutting the keel and bulkheads and dry fitting them. Before continuing I need to grab some tools on weekend inclucing sanding papers and block, a couple small clamps and possibly a dremel, as it is discounted at the moment. I'm not setting a deadline when I want this completed, as I have quite a lot happening at the moment with school and personal life, but hoping to complete this in about one year. I'm mainly building on weekends and maximum 10 hours a week so progress will probably be slow as well as updating this thread, but I'll very much hope the helpful users of this forum will follow and give me advice as I progress and maybe someday this build log cuold help another starting ship builder like me! Until next time! Anjuna

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