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  1. Good morning Mark. I cut my own frames with a scroll saw - which was a new tool for me. I found out two things. First a little bit of "out" when cutting the slots in the bulkheads ( I stayed off the line and then filed to fit the bulkhead former for a snug fit but may have filed more off one side than the other) means a big out at the top of frames. Take care there. Secondly take care to be really precise with frame 29 and the slots for the stern frames. Again a little bit of out at the slot end means a big out at the top. I spent a lot of time fiddling about doing my best to get things something like right. Otherwise good luck! Fred Healey
  2. I went a bit over the top with balsa wood and body filler. I have no confidence in my ability to single plank this ship however. It wasn't much work nor any great cost and it does give me a sporting chance of a half decent outcome. I actually intended only to fill a few bulkheads at the bow but got carried away. I've been spooked by Matthias' problem with the quarter gallery. Matthias/Chuck: I have a 4mm space between the false window and the hull. It's a consistent 4mm form top to bottom (it does not appear so in the photo) and is the same on both sides. Is that enough or should I sand away a little more? Thank you in anticipation of your reply. Fred
  3. You and Scrubby J win the most interesting workplace prize by a country mile in my book. Fred
  4. Looking good Jim. I am at the exact same stage. I placed a batten below the wales last night. I think I'll line out the whole of one or both sides with four or five battens before finally settling on the position. Fred
  5. I made the bollard posts and was quite pleased until I offered them up and found I had not filed anywhere near enough angle. I think I will cut new blanks on the scroll saw with the bed set to the required angle. I can't get the hang of neatly filing it. Then chapter 1 is about done. Regards to all Fred
  6. I've put in the additional bits of wood below the counter. I'm happy with the transition from vertical to horizontal where stern post meets counter(having read and re-read stuntflyer mike's log). The outer bottom corner of the counter has a nice definition but not so on the left where I think I over-sanded. My plan is to sand the counter back to the frame on the correct (right hand) side and then trace that over to the left.
  7. I think you are very brave Ben. I've got enough on my hands without adding on extras. But its a great idea and I shall watch with great interest. Fred Healey
  8. It is a very gentle curve. The cills on mine don't curve quite enough. I don't think it matters. We'll see when I come to put the laser cut parts on (the fit seems good). But it was a silly mistake. I sometimes think I shall make so many mistakes through inexperience that I should buy Chuck's laser cut bulkheads and start a second Winnie running a chapter behind the one I'm presently building. That way I'd hopefully make all the mistakes on the first and have no excuse for going wrong on the second. I shall review at the end of chapter 2! Fred
  9. Thank you Chuck. Thank you Mark. I've just been to check.You're right. They are not in a straight line but they do not curve as much as the windows on the laser cut transom piece that covers them and clearly they should. I'm going to have a think about it. I'm not sure it matters. If it does I'll have to get a file out and see what I can do. Good spot and thanks for drawing it to my attention. Fred
  10. These are all familiar (but not very good - I need to think about my backdrops) pictures. I didn't find the stern frames at all easy. I cut my own bulkheads rather than using the laser cut parts and I found that any slight inaccuracy at the junction of the bulkheads and the bulkhead former produces a big difference at the ends of the frames. But , with slow and steady as my watchwords I filed away and got them I think tolerably well lined up. The stern window guides were essential. The sharp eyed will see I had to push two of the frames over a tiny bit with a brace off the bulkhead former. It all seems OK - the gap around the window aperture is nice and even. I'm not quite sure of the junction between between frames ST C/D and the bottom of the counter/incoming planking. I'm studying all the other build logs. I know I have a couple more bits of wood still to go in. I suspect it becomes clear as you work on it. Faring the outside I thought quite therapeutic. One or two of my bulkhead horns were out - just by a couple of millimetres and only it seems right at the top. I suspect inaccurate filing of the slots in the bulkheads. I will go through and spend as much time as I need making sure everything looks OK before planking otherwise I will, have unwelcome rises and falls. Its blowing a gale and lashing down with rain here in Cornwall (UK) so a good day for some boat building. I'm thoroughly enjoying the project. Thank you Chuck for creating it! Fred
  11. Looking good Jim. I'm following you with keen interest as you are just a bit ahead of me. I'm presently working on the transom. I assume the cills are placed with the uppermost face horizontal. Is that what you did? Fred Healey
  12. I'm intruiged by your work place. Surely you are not making saw dust in that environment! I'm delighted to see someone using filler to get all the contours correct. I wasn't brave enough to admit that's my plan. Good luck with the transom. Fred

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