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  1. Robert: Instructions are fine. Materials are OK -- the main thing is not to let the mahogany second planking get too dry and brittle. I used a steamer on it for the bends and found that it did get brittle when it dried. You should buy the finishing kit they recommend -- and use it as recommended. I found that I had to mix small batches of the brush-on as it firms up quickly. The whole point of this boat is the look of the mahogany, so it's all in the finishing. One thing I did was to warm the bottles of finishing goo before mixing them, using a box and a light bulb. Also, you should definitely build a box larger than the boat and use it with a light bulb to cure the finish. Temperature is important and my workroom is cold-ish. Finish the smaller pieces of mahogany and then mount them. I tried to keep a good log, so you can see some of what I did in the log. Regards, David
  2. Working the first planking around the prop shafts. It's basically an improvizational act, and what I did was to create a "floor" of short planks on top of which I could mount the first planks under the shaft. What you see in the finished picture will be dressed with a housing over the prop shaft to hide the rough area where it enters the hull. That goes on after the second planking. I am about to go away for a couple of weeks, so won't fill and sand this until I get back. Regards, David
  3. I use a steamer when I'm planking, which gives these basswood planks a lot of flex. I had too much bulge at the stern, so to adjust it I did the following as shown in the picture: Used a rotary cutter to make a shallow "V" so that I could bend the whole structure down Installed the next plank, steamed the "V" area, and then used reinforcing ribs behind to attach the "V" area to that next plank Installed a short length of planking behind the "V" to hold the wood filler I'll need. Then all of this will be sanded down and filled with wood filler to smooth it out. Fortunately, it's the first layer which is more forgiving. I think I'll follow the "run of the planks" on the second layer vs. steaming to bend them. Regards, David
  4. Klaasvg: If you look above to the picture from Puctored, it shows the shape of the bow with the original uncorrected frames. At the end of this log or in my gallery pictures of the Titanic, you'll see my bow and can decide if the difference is worth it to you. If it is, then if you go backwards in time from the post I referenced above, near to the beginning of this log, you'll see how I used laminated strips to correct the frames. I suspect you could try that on the frames you have mounted -- but looking at Puctored's picture above, I doubt that it would be worth it. I'd just go ahead and use the frames you have. It's certainly NOT critical. You may need to soak the first layer planks to get them to bend at the point where it narrows. Regards, David
  5. Klaasvg: Not sure from here, but it looks like you need to taper your bulkheads a bit more. Use a sanding block or sandpaper on a block of wood -- or you can use a Dremel rotary sanding drum if you take it carefully and check. When I do mine, I take a piece of planking and lay it flat at the center of the boat (no glue), then bend it around to see how it lies, and then take the bulkheads down on gradually increasing angles, checking my work with the dry plank as I go until it aligns and there is a good flat fit with the angled bulkheads. Hope this helps. Regards, David
  6. Klaasvg: OK, I looked back in my Titanic log and remembered how this ship is planked, and I think we've been miscommunicating. The section of the manual you are referring to deals with the FIRST layer of planking. For those, when I needed to taper, I used a planking vise. Marked the start and end of the cut and then put it in the vise that way and ran a knife along the vise. If you don't have a vise but you do have a steel ruler, you can use that and run the Stanley knife along the ruler -- you just have to keep it from slipping, which is harder on long cuts. Clamping the ruler onto the strip can help. The scissors part refers to the second layer, which really isn't a "layer' but is strips cut out of the large piece of thin board. You paste the template onto the board (I used Gorilla spray rubber cement), and then use sharp office or kitchen shears to cut the strips out. To see my first planking, go back to my October 20, 2018 entry in this log, and then follow from there to see how the second layer strips go on. Regards, David
  7. If you mean the hull strips that you cut out, I think I used some CA medium and instant setting spray to help that process. Use a sharp set of scissors (good kitchen or office scissors are ideal) to cut them out. Regards, David
  8. Klaasvg: Not sure what you mean by "bow shelves". Have you looked back through my log to see what I did for the part you are concerned about? Regards, David
  9. Rick: I don't think so -- but what might have helped is if I had started at the king plank and worked outward, vs. the other way. But that would have required some heavier work at the edges of the deck, and some real planning to get the starting angles right. Regards, David
  10. Deck planking now finished. For those of you following the "alignment" saga on port & starboard sides, I have some close ups. At the bow, I was only able to maintain it (barely) by using stealers, and you can see them in the close-up. At the stern, it's aligned at the very stern -- but that will be covered. Moving toward midships, the alignment falls off and I couldn't maintain it. The issue is the angle at which the basswood planks hit the centerline. That angle determines the width of the butted edge, and if the angle coming in on the second side you plank is slightly different (which is almost inevitable, I think), you can't maintain alignment. Ah well, I'm happy with the end result. Regards, David
  11. Started the deck planking. Nice pattern of alternating wide basswood and narrow walnut, with curve following the line of the boat. Will look nice when sanded and finished. The rough spot at the stern will fortunately be covered. Now the trick will be to get the other side lined up exactly with this one where it butts at the center line. Regards, David
  12. Here's the hull frame. Goes together nicely and a good fit all around. The frames and keel are plywood -- I prefer MDF (Amati uses it) as it's more rigid. Regards, David
  13. I'm starting the Bruma, which I chose to give me something hopefully less complex and long than the Cutty Sark. Here are some "What's In the Box" Pics. It's wood, laser cut sheets, some fittings, and plan sheets. The instructions are printed on the back of one of the plan sheets (in several languages). The English instructions are about one column length, including the parts list. What I'm going to do is scan them so I can print them out and still be able to use the other side of the plan sheet. Regards, David
  14. Henrik: Thanks very much. Up next, I'll be building the Mantua Bruma, which I picked to give me a bit of a complexity break. Then after that, the Kolderstok Batavia, which I picked because of its beautiful painted colors. Regards, David

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