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  1. I'm sure about being able to go slow - steady is another issue 😉 Seriously though you're providing a detailed approach and I will certainly be trying to emulate your success - I'm sure questions will arise when I get that far!
  2. Some progress. I did have to replace bulkhead 28 because of sloppy cutout - it's the only one that seems to have been badly treated on the scroll saw. The replacement looks better
  3. you are certainly keeping your momentum going David! I’m sure this will be another great build. I don’t find POB rolls off the tongue as well as PdN did but it is better than pobpob🧐
  4. Thank you Popeye. Your continued interest in my projects is appreciated. I still don’t get useful stretches of time to focus on builds but 15 minutes here and a half hour there do eventually add up.
  5. I agree with you Chris. The kit design seems well thought out and the kit contents are really good. I must admit I was attracted to the overall size of the Stefano from a build perspective without giving thought to the size from a display perspective. One might assume it will be on the bench so long that it won’t be my problem to arrange display. As a relative newcomer to modelling I’m not sure I’ll give it its proper due but I’m enjoying the process.
  6. The bulwark went on without much trouble. The holding jigs worked well enough. If I were to repeat this I would have used a harderer wood for the jigs since the roasted poplar I had lying around split under minor pressure and had to be glued back together a couple of times. When it came to clamping near the bow and stern (where the rails curve) I cut the jigs so that they were not as long and could follow the curve better.
  7. The next challenge is mounting the topgallant bulwark onto the toprail. The bulwark is a 1.5X5mm strip that is glued on its narrow edge to the toprail. Getting if to sit properly for glueing seems a bit difficult. 1st thought was just to clamp it with some shims. That looked like it would work but was a bit fussy to hold, position , and clamp without things slipping out of place. Refinement of the method was to mill a one-piece holder. The groove will hold the bulwark strip and th4e channel above it will position it on the top rail. I cut it into 4 pieces to space out along a section of the bulwark. The small clamps create the downward pressure on the bulwark while the glue sets. Hopefully tomorrow morning will validate this effort!
  8. I've done 2 copies of the bulkheads and BF (plywood was too thick >1/4"). Definitely improved the job I did 2nd time. Yours already were well cutout so you'll just have to chalk it up to "experience". 😀
  9. Added the toprail that simply glues to the bulwark and top timbers. It is laser cut and comes in sections I started at the bow and added sections to the stern. There wasn't quite enough overhang at the stern to I added a small section and blended it into the rail. The wale rests underneath the top rail. At the bow I had problems with the wale just underneath the top rail. I had to chisel out a some of the planking to allow the wale to fit nicely. I didn't feel very confident when I started that fix but thankfully wood is fairly forgiving and you can hide hacks underneath the new strip!
  10. Finished the stems. AYC - scratch and laser cut versions Cherry and AYc laser version Since I still have 2 "skeletons" I had an incident with the one bulkhead former when I dropped it. The stern section snapped off at the joint. I made a repair by glueing a reinforcement over the joint. It seems robust enough! On to the building board!
  11. No idea what I'll do just yet. I like working with the cherry wood but the cedar seems like it will be much easier to work with when I get to planking. Since I have 2 "skeletons" I might keep on dressing each one until I get worn down.
  12. I have a goal of trying to scratch build as much as possible on this project. Although I have some Alaska Yellow Cedar purchased a couple of years ago I don't have a bandsaw for resewing the board. I'll be ok for strips for planking but the larger sheets for the stem and other components is a bit more challenging. Being concerned about the sheets I was going to order some from Syren but must have been seduced by the laser cut material for chapter 1. When I got the order from Syren I decided that I had a great backstop with the laser cut stem so I may as well try my hand at scratching the same pieces. I only had 3/4"x2" wide cedar so I cut down the billet on a table saw and thicknesses to 1/4" While I was at it I also did the same with a piece of cherry My version and the laser cut sheet I wanted to see what the cherry version would be like. The laser cut version is clearly superior in precision of fit and with the laser char defined joints. My cedar version is not too bad. My cherry version demonstrated to me that once would have to be very careful matching colour and grain to get a consistent look.
  13. I now have 2 sets of bulkheads and bulkhead formers cut out. I tried running the bulkhead former made from the >1/4" plywood through a planer to thin it down as an experiment. Not too bad a result but I used a belt sander to take if down a bit more. I haven't yet tried to use the belt sander on the bulkheads themselves though I may today. Meanwhile I've been dry fitting the "new" bulkheads. About 1/3 of them are done.
  14. I've sent you a message with scans of the instructions. I think with the build logs on this site and those cryptic instructions you'll be underway!

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