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  1. Love the idea of being able to have an option to plank ourselves. Something very satisfying to me to doing that myself even if it isn’t quite as perfect as the laser engraved pattern.
  2. It's a great model (it was my first) and the support from Blue Jacket staff along the way was really helpful. I still need to post photos of my finished model but happy to chime in to address any questions you have along the way.
  3. Although I haven't done a good job of updating things on here, I've made a lot of progress on this build over the past few months. Now down to getting the coils of rope together, rigging and installing the carronade and installing the life rail. I'll post a bunch of photos when I'm done so that others can use them as reference.
  4. I finished painting the blocks and deadeyes last night. There are a few blocks that get attached to the deck using annealed wire to form pigtails. Is this process as simple as wrapping the wire around the block once and then twisting a number of times at the bottom, cutting it off at the appropriate length and then gluing into the hole? Is there a certain number of twists that is "standard" or do most of the twists get hidden anyway so it doesn't matter? Based on the photos, it looks like the hole for the rope should face fore/aft but please let me know if I'm mistaken on that fron
  5. Hi Matrim, I'm considering this as my next build (or the Armed Virginia Sloop) so would like to follow along as you put together a model of a ship that I heard a lot about growing up in Australia. As I'm working through my first model, I've already become a student of your repeated concept of continued improvement - that's the fun part of this hobby!
  6. Still have to paint the backsides of all the blocks and deadeyes. Have made some good progress on the stanchions so far. Photo was mid-progress but only have 3 left to make at this stage. They don't get glued in place until almost the end of the process but dry-fitted them to see what it would look like. I've ordered some Brass Black as, based on a number of other build logs, I think the final product will be better than trying to paint these. I wish I had thought about getting some Pewter Black for the blocks and deadeyes before I primed and half-painted them already but will store that away
  7. Looking way into the future, I hoping to tackle this model. I really like your attention to detail and making sure you're well set up for subsequent steps so hope you don't mind me joining along as you continue your progress.
  8. Happy new year, everyone! While I wasn't able to make quite as much progress as I was hoping, the Revenue Cutter is still starting to look more like a ship now. I didn't do a good job of taking photos along the way as I got on a good roll but I'll walk through what happened with the photos I have. The first step was trimming the lower deadeyes to match the plans (and not spill over into the copper section of the hull) and assembling the pintles and gudgeons. These were painted black and attached to the hull. I did have an issue with the alignment on the rudder getting al
  9. Thanks, as always, Derek for the words of encouragement that all is going well! I was able to complete the painting of the hull and the necessary touch-ups over the weekend. Really happy with the straightness of the water line and the crisp line between the copper and black. Since I already decided to paint the inboard side of the transom black (contrary to the instructions but in keeping with the photos in the instructions), I'm going to have the top of the rudder black too, as I think it'll give a nice contrast with the deck and tie in the transom and hull.
  10. Have now cleaned up the transom to be flush with the hull, added the wales, as well as the channels. Getting the transom wasn't an issue at all (photo is a little off center so the keel looks misaligned but it's all good). Generally speaking, the wales weren't too bad. I did run into some issues right at the bow though. The instructions suggested starting at the bow and working to the stern but it was hard to get a good alignment so I worked the other way. It seems that the shape of my bow wasn't exactly right for the shape of the pre-cut wales so it started putting a lo
  11. Managed to finish the rest of the hull this weekend. Needed a couple of spots of filler to smooth out a section that was cut too far back on arrival and a couple of missteps on my part. It looks a bit ugly around the filler in a few places because it started separating from the deck as I was dry fitting so used some CA glue to keep it firmly attached and I did some more fine sanding after the photo to get the lines a little smoother than what's shown below. After all the work over the past few weeks, I've managed to accumulate enough sawdust for what looks like enough to build a new
  12. Thanks for the support, Nic. This was exactly the thought I had. I'm really happy with how smooth and fair it's turned out but if you have any feedback given your experience (I know the second photo's a little blurry so may be hard to give an opinion) I'm all ears for tweaks/improvements as I get started on the other side. I'm already making much quicker process on the right side now that I've figured out a good approach to work across multiple areas at once to get the shape smooth. Having the keel at the right height from the outset is also a big help for round 2.
  13. After being away for all of last week for Thanksgiving, I was able to get back to the cutter last night and finish up the left side of the hull. It's not 100% aligned with all of the templates but I'm happy with the shape I've produced and it was the best I could do to have a perfectly level false keel and follow the template shapes to about 90% accuracy. Any feedback on the results for the left side would be appreciated before I get too far into starting the right side. I also spent a bit of time making the hinges for the cabin above's hatch. Took a bit of work to get
  14. Still making gradual progress on the hull but decided to change it up a little bit and knock out the first piece of deck furniture. Parts were very easy to work with and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Cut one of the side moldings a hair short but was able to add a tiny shim to fill the gap and, once painted, couldn't even tell I'd made a mistake.
  15. Had some success last night fixing the mast holes. I had to make a little guide to make sure I got the angle right for the drill. For the front hole, I was able to use a clamp to hold everything in place. For the rear one, I had some trouble using the clamp due to the clearance available with the size of the hull and after figuring out to pre-drill holes for the nails (the guide was a lot bigger to start with) I nailed it to the hull and was able to get a successful drill completed in the right place. I haven't filled the excess parts of the holes in at this point as with dry fittin
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