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  1. One of my 1st build was the Bluenose II. I hope your enjoying it
  2. Nemo, don’t despair, there are good options and some of them are listed on the site - sponsors like Model Expo and Syren Ship both carry supplies you’ll need. Crafty Sailor , which is local to you has a range of fittings. I get things like acrylic paints or Tamiya masking tape through Great Hobbies which probably has a store near you. your best bet might be to start a build log and/or ask some specific questions on the appropriate Shop Notes topic.
  3. I'm used to seeing the planks narrow at the bow. I wonder if that will improve the lay of the planks for you?
  4. The kit instructions simply suggest attaching a small eye pin with the twisted wire holding the deadeye. The stem of the eye pin is inserted into a drilled hole in the rail and affixed with glue. Once again I had to use CA to bond the wire to the wood. (The chainplates mounted on the hull are not connected to the deadeye - just simulating the practice on the actual ship) I’ve “tested” each one with a good tug to see if they may hold when under tension from shrouds and don’t expect too many challenges there! A long time from now at the current rate!!!
  5. The coppering is going to be a long term project. I expect to get perhaps 10-20 plates per hour. I am using CA glue despite my general dislike of the substance. This is a pretty big hull. Makes me glad the Winchelsea won't be coppered!!
  6. I think it is looking good. If I’m able to generate a bit of firewood along with planking the model then I’ll be ahead of the game😁. I suppose you you don’t need as much kindling in FL You’re doing a good job and leading the way! Perhaps we’ll get a group build soon?
  7. Good news, bad news and good news. Good news - The acetone soaking freed up bulkhead U from the CA glue. I was able to use the rubber mallet "coaxer" to reset the bulkhead to a better position. Bad news - The coaxing (alright - hammering!) that moved the bulkhead also caused the stem to break off (pretty cleanly along the rabbet strip) Good news - With the stem temporarily removed it was a fine time to improve the fairing of the bow formers since it was much easier to get good angles on it. (if I were to do it again I would consider whether the stem could be left off the hull until the fairing was complete). Furthermore since Jack's carvings had arrived I had a chance to check the fit. I needed a fair bit of additional sanding to get the figurehead to seat properly. It was much easier to accomplish with the stem separate from the hull! Definitely the mis-aligned bulkhead turned out to be a silver lining problem.
  8. I made a couple of errors - hopefully recovered. Here's the current state. I've had to do some shims on frame 1 and on G1 I didn't place the frame separators in convenient locations to allow the engineers square to mark the upper and lower positions of the wale. Thus the positioning is a bit crude. I guess I'll find out if that creates problems in the planking!!! I read ahead but didn't realize that the access from the plan marked wale would be blocked by the spacers. I see from Toni's pics that she located her spacers nearer to the tops of the frames. I used dividers to mark the top of the wales where I could only use the square to mark the bottom position.
  9. Although I'm not getting much time in the shipyard I have been slowly pushing on. Much of the fairing is done to my standards so I will probably do some more to try to improve my standards a bit! I have run into a "challenge" however. While fairing the hull was upside down. I had noticed that bulkhead U needed a bit of shimming up and had started to apply some strips to build it up a bit. When I right-sided the hull to start running the battens along the top of the gunports I finally noticed that bulkhead U was not fully seated in the BF. It wasn't properly glued down. It seemed like a s simple fix so out with the rubber mallet to coax it down a bit. It looked pretty good so I ran some CA into the seams. Problem should have been solved. Somehow - I still haven't quite decided when this fix went off the rails but - the bulkhead, now well glued, slipped upward again. There is about 1-2 mm slip. I am now contemplating which of 2 courses of action to take 1- try to soak the joint with acetone to free the bulkhead again - reset if, and make sure it doesn't slip before the glue sets or 2- leave it alone, fair the hull with there shims in place and there deal with the deck level "bump" . I don't like 2 very much because of the amount to sanding required on t his annoyingly tough plywood as well as the camber of the deck to get right especially near the edges where the bulkheads interfere with the sanding process. So I'll try 1 and if I can't get the joint free then I'll try plan 2. Sigh. Before After Deck level
  10. I’ll look forward to sharing experiences on this project. Slow is my mantra as well. It should be fun.
  11. Thanks Toni. I hoped fairing would correct any minor positioning. I glued H to the plan as well as the deadwood and to frame Gb for good measure. Filler is now in place between Ga and Gb. I've started fairing.
  12. I found the final frame (H) was harder to position since it has very little glueing surface. I decided to attach frame Gb 1st then use it to support frame H. I'm hoping the position of the frame is close enough to correct. I suppose the planking will prove that one way or another!
  13. The lower deadeyes are installed. Each was wired with a small eyebolt that attaches it to the main rail.
  14. Yes the motosaw works well - there isn’t excessive vibration. I am quite pleased with it - value for money. Sí, la motosaw funciona bien, no hay vibración excesiva. Estoy bastante satisfecho con esto: relación calidad-precio.

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