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  1. Hi Brian, thanks for he kind words. Unfortunately I’ve been way too busy with other stuff - and a trip back to the U.K. last summer - to have done any further work. I’m going to try again later this year once my wife has finished remodelling the house around me! Hugh
  2. No update for the moment - I’ve gotten rather busy at home! Two pics (only the first for now, the other soonest) showing the start of the 45° planking. Hope to restart work soon! Hugh
  3. A quick update, managed a couple of hours over the last few days - being retired sure is busy! I’m planking the hull at the moment. As other builders have noted, the kit is short - by about 5 strips - of the walnut used, so I’ve got to order some more. I’ve done the sides (almost) so my plan is to finish that, then do as much of the bottom as I can, working from the sides inward. I’ll be using the cutout sheet of ply to gauge the bow-facing cuts for the strips nearest the sides; I’ll add a pic to show what I mean. I’ve also glued on the livestock bar supports. I’m think
  4. popeye, I did indeed dry fit the second deck - no issues there. The deck is stained with Minwax’s Summer Oak. I’m going to go over that with a clear matt varnish.
  5. Hi Michael, welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy your voyage! Any comments and/or criticisms will be appreciated; as I’ve mentioned before, this is a voyage of discovery and learning (much of which to date consists of the old adage of measure twice, cut once! I’d also add, if it looks wrong it probably is!) I managed to find a few hours this week tidying things up and building some odd pieces - the pics attached show my progress with the main deck structures, the feeding troughs and the livestock bar supports (bit of a pain to make; for future builders, cut the 1.5mm first, then the
  6. OK so no pics yet - a couple of days wait while I repaint the front room. Some unforced errors on my part I’ve noticed - one was the arched doors on the front main deck structure. I’d carefully aligned the pins etc for each set of doors, then managed to switch each part of the pairs when glueing them in, so the handles are now slightly misaligned. (Pic to follow). Also the sapele framing for the doorways came adrift from the main plywood somehow, leaving a noticeable gap. Cant be fixed now, so will back the doors with some black paper to hide the gaps. Also
  7. Hi popeye, nice to know I’ve motivated you - must be the only time that’s been laid at my door! Re the slots - not a problem as the turned-around piece is one of the side panels - no tabs to worry about. Even if it had been one of the tabbed pieces it wouldn’t matter as they are centrally located on the midship line. Yes the thin ply is easily deformed - or cracked (I discovered I’d also cracked one of the 2nd deck structure sections, will need to fix that soon). Currently putting on the structure planking on the main deck structures, I’ll finish that tomorr
  8. Sorry Mike, no prize for you 😭 If you look at the double room structure, to the right you’ll see that I unfortunately glued the rear wall in the wrong way round! D’oh! So the doors and ventilation grids don’t match across the deck. I decided not to bother trying to fix it - I’d probably only break something irreparably. Bent some Sapele for the arched doorway tops - 5 minutes in hot water did it - so tomorrow’s job is glueing on the side planking for the main deck structures then (if time permits) fitting in the doorway linings etc before glueing in the doors, as I’ve d
  9. Managed to grab a few hours and did some detail work, making the curved doors on the main deck and the ventilation grids which are now glued in place and intentionally placed to give a little overhang over the siding. The ventilation grids were stuck down in twos on double sided sticky tape and drilled though with my trusty Dremel drill press. I later tapped in the nails with a jeweller’s hammer, cutting off the heads which I’ve kept in case I find them useful later. Also stained the undersides of the decks in case anyone bends their heads! Can you spot the unintention
  10. After a few days doing household stuff (ripping up old carpet, but lovely hardwood floors underneath, etc etc), back to the build. For the slightly misshapen portside bow, I went with sanding down the angle quite a lot and have left it at that. I know I’ll notice the slight difference between the two, but by the time it’s planked and varnished I don’t think anyone else will. I went with pencil caulking in the end and have glued on the main deck planking. This is drying at the moment and tomorrow I’ll be adding effect nails etc before giving it a light sand and then var
  11. Had a slight hiatus due to having to do other things, got back to work yesterday bevelling the frames, smoothing out any high points and experimenting with decking - caulking, treenailing etc. Got carried away and decided to steam the hull sides to bend them overnight on the frame. All was going well until I heard ‘crack’ - the port side was insufficiently wet, I hadn’t sufficiently bevelled frame 1 by about 0.5mm and the side cracked just behind it resulting in an angle to the bow rather than a smooth curve. Woe is me. I left the sides overnight on the frame for them to dry - and
  12. I went so far as to buy some archival ink pens, but it seems too black/heavy for me. I’ll give the pencil a go and see. Probably starting the decking either tomorrow afternoon or the day after (small list of projects from the Admiral!) Hugh
  13. The fiddling about referred to in my last post involved cutting enough deck planks to 10cm for the main deck. Initially tried using an Xacto knife, but found it hard to get a true 90° cut. Then on to my Harbour Freight mini chop saw, but this mangled too many ends. Ended up using an Xacto saw and mitre guide, doing 5 at a time. Not perfect but will do, I think. Experimented with pencil to simulate caulking and treenailing on some scrap. Not doing it, which I’d thought of earlier, simply doesn’t give enough differentiation between the planks; you’d just end up with a bland blond acr
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