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  1. Hi Lou. The ship’s boat (cutter part no L130) was the only extra (other than a rotary cutter that I’m concerned will never float!). No little people. I had ordered a set barrels and a cutter (different version that used a moulded hull to form the ribs on). It will be interesting to me to find out which cutter (excluding the rotary 🤪) turns out to be easiest to assemble. I’ve had ship’s boats from Model Expo, Dusek and Master Korabel so far. Two of them were fun to build.
  2. great project and you’ve got a good start! It will be fun to watch. I’ve got the kit now and am keen to see you approach to construction steps. Given how delicate the frames are at this stage it seems like it will be a challenge to clamp them while you fair the tops of the frames. Have you done any bevelling on the frames near the bow or stern yet?
  3. At long last I've finished the coppering of the hull. It hasn't been a very intense effort until the last month but I'm happy to have completed it and am satisfied with the results!
  4. I was just gifted with a set of blueprints for the Zulu Muirneag. Plans were drawn by Harold Underhill in the 1950's. His book "Plan-on-Frame Models" has reduced version of three of the plans. I can't use the blueprint set so they're listed in Traders... One source of detail.
  5. An unblemished, and perhaps unopened copy of this classic. I have it already so I'm offering this one to whomever wants it. I'll just ask for the postage cost.
  6. These are Harold Underhill's 6 sheet blueprints of the Muirneag. Volume 1 of his Plank-on-Frame Models has versions of 3 of the 6 sheets. This is the full set. They are apparently available online in digital format for about $70. Asking $30 plus shipping cost.
  7. A friend gave me her husband's copies of Plank-on-Frame Model volumes 1 & 2. Since they are already on my shelf I'd be happy to sell them. Both in very fine condition. They seem to be boy $40 on abe books. I'll sell for $20 plus postage.
  8. Thanks for the advice. I had cut the frame guides from some 3/64" sheet but couldn't get them to stay in place even with rubber band pressure. Clearly then 'll have to unglue the ST-CD upright and adjust the slots until things more closely match the framing guide.
  9. Now I have run into some difficulty and would benefit from advice! I'll preface my problem with a reminder that I had decided to try to scratch build. To me that meant milling my own wood and using Chuck's plans to cut out all the pieces rather that using the lasercut components. I did purchase the chapter 1 laser cut material as a reference. So far I have used it only to compare my scratch bits with the precision ones. (aside : as I look at quarter gallery description in Chuck's build log and the more advanced builds in this group I'm questioning my hubris at attempting this -
  10. I have scans of instructions for my version of Bluenose II ans well as the later version from Artesania Latina. That I can send.
  11. One of my 1st build was the Bluenose II. I hope your enjoying it
  12. I'm used to seeing the planks narrow at the bow. I wonder if that will improve the lay of the planks for you?
  13. 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!!!
  14. 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!!
  15. Whilst plodding on on coppering the hull of the Stefano (also from MarisStella) I have started the Batelina as side project. Very nice kit with very nice wood. I’m enjoying the build. The 2 or 3 Batelina’s I‘ve seen on MSW all look terrific. Yours is very handsome. Well Done!
  16. 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?
  17. 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 t
  18. 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 neare
  19. 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 see
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