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  1. Thank you everyone for the likes! Today, I finally finished gluing on the bulkheads! For the filler pieces at the stem, two of them were pretty warped. So I had to douse them with water and clamp them to my building table to straighten them out. After they dried, I glued them on one at a time. Only unclamping each piece when I was ready to glue them on. That seemed to work and the filler blocks are now glued into position! I did my best to straighten the tops of the frames. They are somewhat better positioned, but not perfect. That's okay though, because the bulkheads themselves are straight. You will see what I mean with the pictures. As you can see though, on the last pic, the back part of the frame is twisted. I will do what I can to straighten it out before the end of chapter 1. Onto fairing the hull! After looking through other logs here ar MSW, I know this will take a while. But its VERY important to get right or planking the hull will get more difficult. I hope to start fairing this weekend!! Thanks all! Jeff
  2. Thanks all for the likes! Slowly but surely, I am adding the bulkheads. This is a small update, but I can't just quickly add and glue the bulkheads or the bulkheads will be way out of alignment. The bulkheads themselves are slightly warped, but they are a small enough warp to fix when adding the supports later in chapter one. The bulkheads are off by 0.5 - 1mm. Little over half way done!! It is fun though. I have never seen a 1/48th scale so this is exciting! Thanks!!!! Jeff
  3. Great idea Chuck! It was pretty warped at the top, so to help make sure that each bulkhead is perpendicular, I created some right angle blocks and used clamps to help position them back to where it needs to be. The pictures are a better explanation. I am noticing that it is helping. So this will be a slower process, but I know that this step is very important to minimize bumps and valleys from bulkhead to bulkhead when it comes time to both fare the hull and for planking. Lastly, the first 2 bulkheads needed to be sanded a little at the bottom so their bottoms didn't hit the stem pieces. Doing this now is a lot safer that trying to take off the this access after it's glued into position. Thanks everyone!! Jeff
  4. Thanks everyone for the likes! Today since it snowed, I had some time to remove the bulkheads and dry fit them into their slots. First thing I noticed was how big this ship is! It will be very impressive when it is completed!!! Here are some pics of the dry fitting. All but 2 pieces went into place nice and snug. I had to sand those 2 to allow them to slide down nicely. There are a few that need to be sanded in a different way because they do not sit perpendicular to the frame. Just some slight slot modifications. It looks like its leaning to the right in the middle picture, but its really not. It is just my bad picture taking! Haha! My building board is straight and holds the frame very snuggly. The tops of the slots on the frames are warped. This causes the top of the frame to look out of alignment. The bottom where the false keel lies is straight, so the bulkheads actually are positioned straight on the frame. I will double and triple check the bulkhead alignments and make any modifications before I will do any gluing. I find these pictures fun because there are so many bulkheads! Jeff
  5. I came in late to the build, but you have done an excellent job on making a wonderful model! Very impressive!!!!! Jeff
  6. I am almost done making my building board. I just need to fasten the brackets to the board, then I am ready to cut out and fit the bulkheads! It took a few days because I forgot to order the brackets from Syren on my original order! The pic above is a test fitting of the ship on the build board. Like what Chuck said earlier, the frames were somewhat bent, but after test fitting it into the building board, it looks like it will straighten out just fine! Jeff
  7. About the figurehead, I plan to try out the fruit wood gel stain and see how that goes. If needed I can also apply some wet wash to accentuate the crevases of the figurehead. Lastly, I can dry brush the top layers for more depth. But it's really a subjective thing as to how much painting will he needed. Jeff
  8. Thank you everyone for the compliments! To answer your question Jack, I did not use a layer of wax. I followed Chuck's instructions: First I sanded with 220 sandpaper. I then sanded with 400 grit. I dont have 300 grit right now. I made sure not to touch the wood I was varnishing with my hands so no oils got on it. I then took a soft painter's brush and brushed off the sawdust. Lastly, applied 1 coat of wipe on poly with a foam brush. Waited 1 min, then wiped the access off with a lint free towel. I noticed that it was important to do the last step because that helped to eliminate brush strokes. I realized it really doesn't take much wipe on poly to cover what I was varnishing. Chuck's instructions are the best I have seen, and his tips make all the difference! I hope to complete my building board this week so I can start placing the bulkheads Jeff
  9. Thank you everyone for the likes!!! Thank you Chuck, I won't worry about the warping and will straighten it out on the build board. A small update, I glued thr stem and false keel on the ply, and also put 1 application of the wipe on poly and described in chapter one. I also added the nails as well. I REALLY like how the wipe on poly looks on the cherry! I am ready to build the building board! I will give an update once its built. Happy new years!!! Jeff
  10. Hey all! After seeing so many wonderful build logs of this ship, and also following along with Chuck's log, I couldnt resist and had to start a build of my own. I don't have as much time as I would like, so I decided to order the bulkheads, chapter 1, and chapter 2 from Syren. I ordered it on dec 22nd as a Christmas present, and I was very surprised I received it on the 26th! With the holidays, I was sure it wouldn't come in until after new years. Thank you Chuck! You never stop impressing me! From what I have done so far, I have completed the stem except for adding the wipe on poly. It is amazing how well the laser cut parts fit together! It really required very minimal sanding. The Chery is very beautiful and I am very happy with the result. It was great that Chuck included a few extra cuts of the smaller pieces in case any of them got damaged while sanding or trying to fit the part. That did come in handy for me. I then looked at the bulkheads and false keel pieces. I noticed that quite a few of the plywood boards were warped some. So this will need to be corrected. I glued all 3 pieces of the false keel together on my desk. Since 2 out of 3 pieces were somewhat warped, I took a wet towel and dabbed it over the curved sections and put weights on those places to straighten it out. Once I have my building. Board made, I will move the false keel to the building board to make sure it's as true as I can get it. I am surprised at how big the ship is! It will be very impressive to look at through out the entire build. I did talk to my wife and got the approval to get a nice table saw to mill the wood I will need. I will be ordering it in January. Jeff
  11. I couldn't help myself! I ordered the plywood laser-cut bulkheads and the Chapter 1 and 2 cherry packages! I will make time to start This build looks so much fun I can't wait! Chuck has made an excellent product, and I want to support his efforts. Jeff
  12. Chuck, you are doing a fantastic job! I wish I could start my build, but life keeps getting in the way! Jeff
  13. Wow! Exceptional repair and continuation! Keep up the great work! Jeff
  14. Hey all, It sure has been a while since my last post. That is because I had to have a 5 hour ear surgery. The recovery time was over 5 days. The actual recovery was very hard. I still get dizzy and asking the doctor for help. BUT the good news was that the operation was a success! I have not worked on her since then because the dr said I need to rest , not get dust in my ear, or do anything very physical. But below are pics I took starting the planking. I will probably not post much until my ear has healed and get the okay from the Dr. I have completed a little more than this, but not much. I hope to be able to get back to her in a month or so. Thanks! Jeff

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