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  1. First planking completed. I'll probably finish sand this once more and varnish again. The curved stern, which is made up of vertical plank slats, came out better than I thought it would looking at the rough slats before sanding. Regards, David
  2. Hof: My kit has the flat rail stanchions, and I think I'll live with those. Are the brass bulwarks specific to the Cutty Sark? Mantua has an extensive UK site (I think it's a distributor, but a lot of fittings) and the bulwarks aren't there. in the fittings section or the Cutty accessories. Thanks for the Mantua email -- I'll think about getting those. Yes, I am going to copper the hull, but after doing some research and reading about plates popping off, I am going to go with copper tape, onto which I will emboss rivets with a pounce wheel. I think it should make the coppering go a bit faster. Regards, David
  3. Snowy: I have cans of compressed air and I use that on the ships and the rigging about once a month. Regards, David
  4. Chris: I don't use display cases. I have them on track-mounted shelving in my office, which allows me to adjust shelf height as I go. When I run out of space, I'm going to put up shelves in my workroom and move my least attractive models there. Right now in my office, I have six on one wall with room for probably four more, three on another wall with room for possibly two more, and another wall where I could get 4-5. The Titanic is mounted over my flatscreen TV. Regards, David
  5. Henrik: You're right -- the deck pattern is printed on the deck plywood (see picture below). And it's not a stupid question. When I first saw the decks, I thought "oh, maybe I don't have to plank them." But then I looked ahead and yes, you do have to plank them. So I'm not sure why Mantua did this, but I suppose it's a good guide to get an even deck pattern. Regards, David
  6. A progress report on the first planking. Going very smoothly so far. Using my steamer at the stern. Pictures below. I'm making slow progress as I am gluing the planks in segments to be sure of a good fit, and I'm letting the glue dry for each segment. One thing I noticed reading ahead is that the frame ribs will all be removed above the decks. If you look at the picture of the deck, the bulkhead that will be left is very long, and I was concerned about its integrity. So I glued the planks not only to the frames, but to each other along the entire edge. I was only going to do the edge gluing for the portion above the deck, but have continued further it as it seems to produce a smoother hull. This is the first time I've done the edge gluing, and I'll now always do it, but I'm curious if it's actually a standard first planking technique and I'm just catching up. Do others of you do that as "standard"? Regards, David
  7. Hull structure completed, frames tapered and ready for first planking. Picture attached. This is my first Mantua kit. The materials quality appears to be very good -- the frames and keel went together perfectly. The instructions and plans sort of skim things at a high level, however, so I'm glad this wasn't my first (or even my third) kit. Lots of interpretation and prior experience judgment needed. Regards, David
  8. Thanks, HOF. I found them online and ordered both the general and rigging plans. Regards, David
  9. Hof: Not aware of "Campbell's Plans". What are they and how would I get them? Thanks for the heads up. I have just started -- one of my planned steps is to look for previous build logs to see what people had to work through. Regards, David
  10. Chris: She's 1150mm long -- a bit over 45 inches -- so a big one. Regards, David
  11. Beginning a new one after a short break. Here's the "what's in the box" picture. This is my first Mantua kit, and I'll be interested to see differences from other kit makers. One thing I've noticed is that plans are printed on both sides of the paper, which may turn out to be cumbersome (vs. just posting them up on the wall). Regards, David
  12. COMPLETED! Here's a single picture showing the seats. Full completion pictures of the boat are in the Completed Kit-Built Gallery. It's been a fun build. Regards, David
  13. Micro Marine: Yeah -- I am constantly re-engineering my plan for my home office -- the only place I'm allowed to have them. This one will make 10. You mentioned the St. Lawrence -- in July we'll be in the 1000 Islands Area, and out on the water one day, so I'll look for some CCs. Regards, David
  14. I have cut and shaped and dry-fitted the seat cushions. When I paint them, I want the paint to continue under the cushions a bit so that nothing of the back side edge is visible. But that makes painting more difficult. My solution was to glue a thin stick to the back of the cushions, two to each stick, and use clamps to hold them for drying. Here they are with sealer on the balsa waiting to dry. Then I'll use the same approach when I paint them, continuing the paint a bit under the edge to the back side. The sticks will pop off and I can sand down any residue on the back. Regards, David
  15. Everything is now done except for the seat cushions. I have to be careful with those because they are made of the hated balsa wood, which has given me so many fits building this model. This went fast because once you get the finishing done, it's just assembly. BTW, it's supposed to have two horns, but one of mine was broken. The seats will be hunter green, which should look really nice against the dark wood. Regards, David

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