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  1. Tony, I wondered whether you installed the rear hoisting beam, too. In post #55 I found the answer. You work pretty fast and the things you do look good. I think, you machined the brass parts flawlessly. I cross my fingers for the surgery and your recovery. Don`t let us wait too long to follow your "tutorial" again. Indeed you explained the essential steps of the build in detail. A guideline for everyone, who intends to build the same or a similar boat. About piercing the hull. It`s the projection of an object on a surface. Whenever the object, that pierces a surface, isn`t perpendicular to it, use trigonometry. Lay a tangent on the surface, measure the angle between the tangent and the longitudinal line, vertical line, too, in case of a compound angle. One side of the triangle is given. It`s the width of the pearcing object. Two angles are given. One is a right angle and the other one is the angle between the tangent on the surface and the longitudinal or vertical line. Michael
  2. Yet I haven`t built the chaloupe armee. I bought the folder years ago at the annual modeler`s fair in Dortmund. I thought it was a tiny boat and tiny things are quite easy to build. Then I took a close look at each drawing and the manual. It seemed to be too tricky for a beginner like me. I do remember lots of details that made me decide not to build this one as the first model. Currently I´m building "Glad Tidings" by Model Expo. It`s big enough for the clumsy hands of a bricklayer. I don`t dare to start a build log. Let`s see whether and how it grows, first. I noticed few imperfections at the hull of your chaloupe. Some planks don`t lay dead flat to the ribs (bent frames). They`re tilted a bit. I think it`s due to insufficient edge bending. The stress of the wood fibres wasn`t entirely released, when being attached. But who cares? It`s good as is. I assemble things in my imagination, too, before I do the physical assembly. It prevents me from making mistakes, that can`t be undone. Let me have a look at my drawings of the chaloupe again. I may find a fool-proof way to build authentic hoisting beams. Let`s not argue about nails. I think that the timberwork itself counts more. Michael
  3. Tony, I noticed that the hoisting beams of your chaloupe are inserted into it`s hull. In Mr. Dealcroix`s drawings those beams pearce the hull. How come that you deviated from the genuine design? I just wonder. The longer I follow your build log, the more I believe that you`ll succeed. Michael

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