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  1. Most excellent! That looks better than the kit!!!! It really makes me want to work on mine, but I just had surgery today. So I am out of commission for a few days. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! Jeff
  2. Thank you Rick! I really appreciate your kind words! Your encouragement inspires me to do my best, and beyond! I hope to be able to sand the hull this weekend. I also hope I will be able to order a small hobby table saw soon because I will need to make my own strips. This Monday, I have ear surgery. I have had a constant ear infection in both ears for 3 months now. I really hope it will be fixed. So I might not be able to work on her for a few days next week. Thank you everyone for your kind words and likes! Jeff
  3. Hey all! I am still working on her, very slowly! I have added where I want the gunports to be. I also added supports to the horizontal gun ports so they shouldn't break off when sanding. I want to file/ sand the ships frames now. After that, I will add the vertical sides of the gunports then do a final sanding before planking above the Wales. My only issue is finding the time to do the sanding. I can't do it where I normally build because it's too much dust. I hope I can get to it this week! Here's to hoping! Jeff
  4. Mike, Thank you for the great reply! Your thoughts really helped to answer my question. I think I will go with a light colored wood, boxwood/Alaskan Ceder, for the gun deck, and walnut for the lower hull. I will paint the wales black. The wales, I hope, will be the on only thing I will paint. I would like to check out cherry for my next build as it seems swiss pearl is hard to find in the US right now. Thank you very much for the help! Jeff
  5. So as I looked through the cd of instructions, I noticed that you dont make the rabbet. I think making one would be helpful for planking, so do add one, I first had to make some custom braces. On the left are the bow supports. On the right are mine. I traced the original ones, then, removed 2mm on the curved side. I used my scroll saw to cut both out in their basic shape. Then I hand sanded them down to the correct width. They are made out of boxwood because that's all I have right now! Haha! Here is a pic of the rabbet on the bow. This is my first time doing this, so I was actually pretty impressed at how it turned out! I also added the other supports and stern pieces. I did NOT add the last pieces of the stern like the instructions say to. They look way too weak to withstand my fileing/sanding the hull. Next up is to add the rest of the gunport supports. Then I will be sanding/ filing the hul! Jeff
  6. Thanks RussR! I looked at your build log and it was very impressive! I only hope I can make mine half as good as yours! I build very slow because I dont have mich time. But I try my best to work on her every day. I do agree with you about the instructions. I wish they came printed instead of the CD. I also agree that the scale seems a bit small. I can tell I will have trouble on the smaller parts of this model. But I am enjoying the build so far! Jeff
  7. Fantastic RussR! Your ship looks great! You did a wonderful job! Good luck on your next model! Jeff
  8. Thanks everyone!! I finally finished planking the other side. I learned from the first side, and made improvements in my opinion. Tell me if you think this side looks better. I think it turned out a lot better if you compare these to my previous pics. I need to figure out a new place to get swiss pearl. I won't have enough to complete the model, but the online store I got this swiss pearl from is now not in business. I know I said earlier that I may use walnut to plank the bottom part of the hull. But I'm not quite sure now.. I was thinking of using Alaskan Ceder or boxwood for above the wales. But below, not sure if I should use the same wood, or use a dark species. Any opinions are welcome! Thanks! Jeff
  9. Thank you Messis! I do have a second kit. I did take a hard look over what I had completed, and I was not very happy with the results. I took my first attempt as a huge learning experience. I still have the first attempt model. I did not throw it away. Instead, I look at it thoroughly to see what I messed up on, and figure out how I could do better. Nothing comes to me super easily, and so I usually fumble around, learning along the way! This time though, I am really taking my time, learning from my mistakes, and making slow but steady progress. Jeff
  10. No problem. I am early into the build, but I do have something to show at least... I am currently building the other side to complete this step. As you can see, I have removed the tops of the bulkheads because to me, they stuck out too far and were not very accurate. I hope this gives you a better idea of what I have so far. Thanks! Jeff
  11. Hi all! I am currently building Artesania Latina's L'Hermione kit. I have already replaced the deck planks with boxwood, and using Swiss Pearl for the wall planks that cover the gun ports on the inside of the ship. I am really not into painting the ship as I really like the look of natural wood instead. I plan on planking the hull above the wales with either boxwood or Alaskan ceder. I haven't decided yet. I hear both choices are excellent. My question concerns what to use for below the wales. I am split between either continuing with a light color (boxwood or Alaskan Ceder), or use a darker colored wood to give the ship a more of a 2 toned appearance. I cannot decide because I am not sure what kind of dark colored wood is good (and looks good) for hull planking. So, what dark colored wood species are good for hull planking? Also, where would a good place online to get some if I decide to go that route? I do not have the means to mill my own wood . Lastly, what are your thoughts of keeping the hull fully planked in a light colored wood (boxwood, Alaskan Ceder), or having a 2 tone top light, bottom dark color scheme? Thanks for your opinions!! Jeff
  12. I finally finished one side! The gun ports are a little bigger than they should be... but I am okay with that! I think it turned out pretty well for my first time doing this. All this isnt in the kit so I am proud of myself for having it turn out so well! It does look really shiney, but the tung oil is still drying. It won't be this shiney after it dries. Now to compare to the first model attempt of this kit. I know it's not the best of pictures, but I think it's quite an improvement! I am not truly satisfied how it came out. I know I can get the joints to sit better. And I can make the planks sit together better too. But I know I am still learning, so the next side will turn out better! We shall see if this us true. I don't have the correct width strips for this. So I had to take my 4.5mm wide swiss pearl strips and cut them to be 3mm instead. So each plank took quite a while to make. I will make some adjustments to the gun ports on the other side so the planks can sit better. I will also do other small modifications to see if I can get a better result. Thanks everyone for the likes!! Jeff
  13. Just a quick update. I decided to plank the inside of the hull first. I will make the knees later after I plank the hull. I decided this because I didn't want the knees to break off during the fairing and planking of the hull. Here is what I have done so far. Each piece usually takes me about 30 min to make. Since I have 1-2 hours I can dedicated to the ship, it's slow going. Thanks for the likes!!! Jeff
  14. Thanks for the likes! I added the tree nails and sanded down the entire deck: Then, I added 1 application of Tung Oil Finish: WOW! What a difference! I like the finish a lot! Next up will be adding the 4 Walkways Knees on both sides to support the deck that sits above. Then, I will add the inside hull planks around the gunports. Jeff
  15. This will be a very fun build! I'll pull up a seat! I hope there is room in the front row..

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