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  1. Gary, looking good! With the guns and longboats finished first, it should be smooth sailing.
  2. John, thank you very much Sir! The junction of the middle rail and cat head supports really kicked my rear. As you know, we see every little mistake in our work. When something as difficult as this, for me anyway, they pile up pretty quick. After the 3rd or 4th time of making a piece and it’s still not right, sometimes you lose the will to do it again. I very much appreciated your kind words and glad to hear you are enjoying the build.
  3. Good day Gents. Thank you all for the likes. I am almost finished with the bow. The headrails and timbers have tried my patience, dedication and skills. I wish I had a magic bullet to give others building this ship some help but the truth is I cut, shaped, fit and threw away more than I can count. In the end, it was all I could do. There were times when I had to remind myself this should be fun! Criticism and hints are welcome.
  4. Welcome Colin! Many more than you have up on their first go. Me included. As has been said, ask lots of questions and have fun.
  5. Thanks for the likes Gents! Moving on with the headrails. I have really had to hold a tight rein on myself. You cannot work too slow here. As for the moulding on the cheeks and headrails, I choose to only cut and score with a push pin. When I tried to fancy it up, it just did not work. When you are cutting with an exacto oR scoring with whatever you choose, if you get off track, move ahead and cut back to the line. If you try to correct going in the same direction, your tool just wants to follow the wrong cut. My observation anyway. Also, the photo etch decoration is much easier to apply with
  6. John, if you can find some wild bamboo, it is so much better than skewers. Living in Mississippi, I can get all I want. For what it’s worth, I started using bamboo, with a Model Machines plate and soon realized how many I would have to make. I resorted to the drill and fill method. Even doing that it took a long time. I did a rough count and I think it’s in the area of 8000 if memory serves me correct. Good luck!
  7. Allen, you are so right! 99% of my planking problems go right back to poor fairing.
  8. Thank you for all the likes folks! I have started on the cheeks and headrails which is new territory for this child. The bow sprint and figurehead is temporarily placed. It’s not anywhere near perfect but it’s the best bad eyes and shaking hands can do. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking too it. I need to tone down the colour on the figurehead before permanent mounting.
  9. Ronald, I soaked the planks for 2 or 3 minutes. I just used warm water. You will get a feel for heat and pressure. Don’t try to force it. It took me about 5 minutes for a finished plank. If you feel you need during the bending process, dip your finger in water and rub it on the plank. Good luck!
  10. Ronald, in the pics provided you can see I have made the bend with the twist using a candle. I used some old bass or lime wood 1/16” x 1/4”. This took about five minutes after soaking it for 2 or 3 minutes. Twist in opposite directions while putting a bend in it at the same time. Lay against the hull where it fits and trim. Pay no attention to the scrap piece of cherry, it was not used in the process. Hope this helps. In my opinion, soaking for 12 hours is way too long. Wood will only hold so much water. If I’m using boxwood I only soak it 30 minutes or so.
  11. If I may jump in here. Look at a picture of the Victory. It seems to me the last frame, and maybe the next one two it are not faired near enough. Especially the last one. It should more curved. This could be part of your problem Ronald.
  12. Bruce, I have a hard time remembering yesterday! I had a look at her and yes, I did file some notches. If you look at my post of April 20 you can see how they were filed. It was only the lower small part that needed notches. I do not remember having a lot of difficulty though. It is very little filing if you look at the post. Let me know how it comes out. mark
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