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  1. I would also like to know about using a natural finish in some areas instead of paint. I have seen 'shellac', 'linseed' and 'stain' terms used regarding this subject but it's difficult to get a comprehensive idea about how these things are used in what combination, quantity or preparation. If someone knows of a link, that would be great. I did find this link online. I hope it helps somebody. All comments welcome http://modelshipbuilder.com/page.php?22
  2. thanks to everyone for your informative replies - much appreciated I think I have learned that many people do not actually paint an accurate waterline. A true waterline must be straight across because water does not bend! Some people follow the planking curves instead and paint along those lines. The result being a possible accurate water line around midship which then curves upward at bow and stern following the curve of the planking. I think I am going to choose to draw a line straight across. any comments welcome
  3. Hi- now that planking is complete above and below the main deck, it's time to paint. After spending so many months planking, I'm very concerned about how to create an accurate line on a curved hull for painting different colors above and below on the rattlesnake as shown in the photo. There is no clear delineation in the planking on this ship showing where the white and black color of the lower hull ought to be painted. Any suggestions or links on creating a line (i've struggled to find exactly what I'm looking for online) for painting would be appreciated.
  4. I have been away for a few weeks but was pleasantly surprised to return and see the very detailed commentary provided to my query. thanks to all for your great insights borne of experience!
  5. hello, working six or eight months behind you on the same ship. I post under jazzdc and I posted two questions recently. Any chance you might weigh in with an opinion?
  6. See photos attached. I have planked to the top of the wale. I have filled in some gaps with shims and glue and then sanded smooth. The question is : how smooth do you want the hull? I could make this a lot smoother but would a slightly rough hewn quality make it seem more authentic to the building standards of the time? I have seen completed models with extremely smooth hulls and it seems that all the hard hand work at planking disappears and the model's hull seems less 'real'. of course, this is still an unpainted hull and perhaps paint would interact with a slightly rougher hull in a negative way making it seem more amateurish. or maybe paint will enhance it. don't know! feel free to comment Also, do members recommend minwax wood filler or should one use something specifically made for wood ship models? This is my 3rd post for the rattlesnake by model shipways
  7. update on planking. after studying some other ongoing representations of the rattlesnake, here are my partial planking results
  8. See plastic model completed 'Golden hind' - now moving on to wood ships- Rattlesnake. See photos attached. struggling with the beginning of planking on the Rattlesnake!

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