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  1. Totally agree @MrBlueJacket! Hopefully I'll be back on track soon. Definitely learned a bit about being too aggressive with the power tools though...
  2. Slow but steady repairing my mistake on the bow. Adding putty and then sanding to shape repetitively until it looks right. Getting close! Its hard to tell in this picture but the rest of the hull is looking great! After I paint it and apply the copper plating hopefully nobody will be able to see my mistake
  3. So in trying to shape the bow properly I over sanded the port side and am now working to build the shape back with putty. The power tools are great until you go too far 😱 Hopefully I should get the shape right soon.
  4. Sorry for being offline for a bit. Back at it making progress! Lots of hull carving and a coat of primer. More work at the bow is required to get the shape just right.
  5. Made a little progress tonight in marking the hull template locations as well as some rough shaping work Here are some before and after photos of removing the carving lugs from the hull. It’s amazing how fast a rotary tool removes wood. Still in the rough shaping phase but moving along
  6. @KHauptfuehrer thank you! The homemade lathe utilizing a carpenters drill worked very well to make the gaffs and booms. Your Constitution is absolutely a work of art by the way. Incredibly impressed
  7. @RickyGene I do agree that their kits are sometimes expensive, but at least in my experience, the customer service has more than made up for the cost. I officially started the build tonight. Pretty much all I accomplished was to cut out the hull templates and assemble the hull cradle but “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step” as they say. Also, opened up the laser cut parts and I was very impressed!
  8. @ccoyle actually I agree! I found being able to reference other people’s build logs of the same ship to be hugely helpful. @Jonathan11 Thank you! I am excited for it
  9. For my next model ship I chose the BlueJacket USS Perry - a brig that was heralded as “the fasted ship in the navy” when it was launched. I chose this model to continue building my skills, in general ship construction as well as copper plating and more complex rigging. The kids has a machine carved basswood hull, an extensive laser cut wood kit, many cast fittings, a rigging kit, and quite a few photo etched parts as well. I also ordered the optional paint kit, photo CD, and copper plates. The kit comes in a heavy cardboard box with a color label with a description of the ship. After copper plating the Revenue Cutter I am excited to try my hand again with my additional learnings. The kit contains a number of well done cast fittings. With the Revenue Cutter only having three different sizes of rigging this is certainly a step up! The color instruction manual is very detailed with many great illustrations to complement the photos on the photo CD. The book begins with a nice photo of the completed ship. Super looking forward to diving into this model! Also, I believe this is the first build log of this particular model so I would really appreciate peoples input and comments as I move along.
  10. @GrandpaPhil thank you! @ccoyle thank you! And thanks for the compliment on the DVII! It’s actually by fiddlers green and was a fun build
  11. Posting some finished photos of the Revenue Cutter. Overall super happy with how it turned out!
  12. @MrBlueJacket thank you! I stained the case kit as well and I am picking up the glass this afternoon so I should be able to take some high quality photos to share (hopefully tonight). Really learned a ton on this kit btw!
  13. So calling the revenue cutter finished. I still need to finish the case as well as take some high quality photos but finished the rigging tonight. Super happy with how it turned out!

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