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  1. Thanks for all the well wishes. I feel better than ever these days. Unfortunately, I didn’t record much of the hull planking. I do remember it being really time consuming because of the tight bends and balsa wood planks. I managed to get through it somehow and wanted to add some decking. I had some walnut veneer strips and decided to give it a go. I taped some masking tape down with the sticky side up. Then pressed a walnut strip down, then a twisted thread, then another walnut strip and so on. Once they were the correct size, they were cut out, flipped
  2. Hi Louie, thanks for digging me up! Yes, I have continued with this build but only a few months ago. Not long after starting this ship and posting this log, I had a heart attack, open heart surgery, had to sell my log cabin in the mountains after 25 years and move back to the city. Everything is good now and I’m back to model making! I have been taking some photos of the build and will post them here soon. It is coming along well, I am pleased with it. Thank you so much for your response.
  3. I began building the Mantua Roman Bireme kit a few weeks ago. I’ve read and studied so many of the building logs here at MSW and the information here was invaluable. This log is my thanks.. The wheel may have been labeled as “mans greatest invention” but my personal opinion is the wooden ship is not only the greatest invention but they are also the greatest work of art ever created. I feel very fortunate to have “discovered” the beauty and importance of the wooden ship through the modeling world. Ok, now on to the build. I am a beg
  4. Hey Renato, thanks for the welcome! -Dave
  5. Hi Derek, thanks for the welcome! I'll definitely look into starting a build log soon. I can't promise a very steady pace. It may be days or weeks before I post any progress. I have a lot on my plate these days... Thanks Again! -Dave
  6. Hi David, thanks for the welcome. I'm finding a lot of good info all over the net. Especially, right here with lots of great info and good people willing to share their knowledge. I've started my roman bireme kit last weekend and will begin planking the hull soon. Bending wood is something I'm unfamiliar with and will probably be posting looking for advice soon! Thanks again! -Dave
  7. Thank you Mark! I'm looking forward to following your latest build, it looks fantastic. -Dave
  8. Thanks Mark! A buddy of mine who retired last year say's "retirement is ok but you never get a day off". I'm still looking forward to it. Good luck with yours too! -Dave
  9. Thank you Paul! Looking forward to it all.
  10. Hi Ed, It's good to meet you too. Good luck with the Endeavour, it's a good looking ship. I too have glued things in backwards, upside down and in the wrong place! But, there's always a solution... that's the victory of this hobby. Take care, D_Mc
  11. Hi Everyone, My name is Dave McMahon and I have been building models since I was a kid. I’m 66 now and have been a woodworker/cabinetmaker/draftsman for close to 40 years. I’m trying to retire this year and my dream is to build scale model wooden ships. I just purchased the Caesar Roman bireme kit from Mantua and I can’t wait to get started. Hoping to pick up some tips and advice from you guys! I’ve only built one wooden ship model before and it was so long ago I can’t remember what kind of ship it was. I still have it…can I possibly post a photo here a
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