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  1. Thanks guys for the feedback. That really did help. I ordered some tracing paper and I will pick it up tomorrow. I have some sheets I can use to cut it out. Would you guys recommend using a scroll saw to cut the base shape? Thanks! Jeff
  2. Hey everyone, So I am in need of some advice. I am not sure how to create the fairing cap strip at the bow. The sideways bend needed for a 3/16" x 1/16" strip of wood is proving difficult. Should I try to trace the shape on a 1/16" sheet of cherry, then cut it out? I'm not sure what the best method is for creating a strip with this type of bend at the bow. I have added the all the other fairing caps down to the stern. I just need help with the bow fairing cap since it bends MUCH more than the others. Any help would be great! Thanks!
  3. Thank you Chuck! I am really enjoying this build! Your pics and instructions are a HUGE help for me. I ordered the chapter 4 cherry set, and I was really surprised at how fast it got to my house! I also ordered all the cherry sheets I should need to finish planking the hull. Im excited to line off the hull and start to plank! Well... after fairing inboard of course! Jeff
  4. Thanks for the advice! I do have a Dremel so I will look into using that for the initial fairing. I do need to re-read the fairing cap section to make sure I am doing that correctly. I might have some questions before I start tomorrow. Thanks! Jeff
  5. Thanks everyone! I do appreciate the feedback and likes! It helps inspire me to do my best. I have finally finished placing the black strake and the anchor lining. It took longer than I had thought. But again, I am happy with the result! Next up is the step I have been slightly dreading. Fairing inboard. Chuck even says this isn't a fun step. But I know its really important, so of course I will do my best. I am not sure though what would be the best method of fairing. Would it be just making some custom sand blocks and going to town? I'll have to think about it
  6. My paint came a day early! I was too excited so I painted the wales with many thin coats today. Even my son helped! He was very proud of himself for helping to paint . He did a great job if I do say so myself! After cleaning it up some, I am really happy with the result! I don't care as much about the top because the black strake will cover the little spill over. I need to make the black strake strips so that will be done this week.
  7. Yes I am! I had to stop because of family matters as well as other issues. I swear I posted more on this forum, but I can't seem to find it. Anyway What has happened since my last post was, I wasn't happy with my first attempt at this model. I had since gotten another kit and also a book on Hermione. I started to notice there were many discrepancies between the kit and the book plans. (I will post more on that later). So, what I decided to do, was to plank the hull with boxwood and walnut. I also made the stem from boxwood too. Unfortunately, in the pa
  8. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Hey all! It sure has been a while! I finally was able to find time for the build and have completed adding the wales (minus the black strake) to the model! I tried to make the wales even on both sides. I am pretty happy with the result. To make the wales, I copied where I placed the first layer of planks. The sides fitted pretty well, but the trickiest part for me, was the bending at the stern. I did the best I could. I am happy with the result. Is it perfect? Nope! Haha! But it seems, I always learn from doing eac
  9. Hey all, Thanks everyone for the likes! I have been moving up the gun ports. I had thought I finished them until I tried to plank the strake above the gun port. I noticed the top gun port planks don't line up at all with the curve of the planking. I have some pictures below. Its the top second planks you see. I'm not sure the best way of fixing this. Would it be to take the strake off and make a new one? Or to try to sand down the top of the strake to try to re create the line of the planking? Any suggestions wo
  10. Hey all! I have been slowly planking my way up from the wales. I still don't get as much time as I would like to work on it, but I'm still managing to get some progress done. Be it as little as 1 piece a day. Anyway, I hope this looks good. I am still working up the bulkheads, but thought it was time to give an update. The planking around the fixed blocks was quite daughnting for me. It took me a few attempts, but I am satisfied with the results. I'm on the last row of 1/4" wide planks befo
  11. I was able replace the strips I removed. I had to remove a little more than the last pictures I posted to fix how the bottom wale streak flows down to the stern. I think it turned out better than I thought! Compared to the other side, it is off by 1mm. It was off by almost 7/32". So I feel that's much better. The sheer going down the hull to the stern looks a lot better to me as well . Thanks! Jeff
  12. Good idea. I fitted the other side's black streak for reference and I'm making the adjustments now. The position and sheer will be much more correct. Having this correct is more important than getting the tightest seems for this layer since these wale planks will be planked over and painted anyway. Thanks! Jeff
  13. Thanks everyone for the likes! That makes a lot of sense Chuck. I will order some 1/16" sheets later this week. I noticed the sheer is too steep on the port side stern. Way too steep. And this would cause issues down the road. The starboard side is good. I then realized I didn't follow my guide lines correctly on the port side. So I decided to remove the wale planks that were too steep. I was able to clean it up quite a bit. I know the butt ends aren't correct, but this is the first planking of the wales, so it will be covered up anyway. I
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