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  • Birthday 01/04/1947

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  1. Good I am happy to see that you will be back soon. I have quite a delay in documenting my Cheerful build, but I continue to continue to build. Just need to catch up on the build log. See ya soon.
  2. Nice work it sure is coming along. My build is about the same point it is a challenging endeavor.
  3. I checked and there indeed 3 strakes above the 1/16 molding and I see that yours are as well. I have no idea what I was looking at. Keep up the good work. Ric
  4. It has been a couple of weeks since I have updated this build. My kids and grandkids were here visiting from up north and that left not much time for building. I have however made some progress After planking the whales an up to the molding strip I realized that I should have divided the uppermost 2 planks more evenly and was left with a plank that was too narrow at both the stem and stern. I decided to accept the result knowing it could be better, sad to say After this I am acutely aware of this and it won't happen again. I do however continue planking to the sheer. This was as difficult a process as I have ever done. Being precise on the measurements was very time consuming but well worth it. The following is the result of that patience. Now on to the starboard side Ric
  5. Svein, Great work. I am currently building the Cheerful as well. I am at about the same point as you. This such a great build and a whole lot better than my previous "kit builds" I have done in the past. I have started a build log as well. Keep up the super work and I am looking forward to following your build. Ric
  6. Hi Rick Yes I have made some progress and I will post a couple of pictures a bit later. Early on in the build, I missed the step to glue a 1/16" strip before gluing the keel assembly that creates the rabbit. I spoke to Chuck about cutting the rabbit by hand instead. He gave me the advice to take it apart and redo it and to slow down my eagerness and enjoy the build. This ship though not difficult does have some very precise steps. For instance the stern section and the gun ports are all areas to be precise. The plans tell it all. I sometimes forget to use the plans as I am dedicated to Chuck's chapter instructions. Next I am building the wales. When ready to plank the hull, check out chuck's video on spieling the planks. Very helpful Are you building the Cheerful? Ric
  7. I have been working on this build for a couple of weeks now and I will post some pictures of my progress. I purchased the wood package that Chuck offers and Wow! I bought the Alaska Yellow Cedar wood and what a wonderful wood it is. Working with this wood I have to say is a great pleasure. The quality is tremendous a credit to Chucks skill a pride in the items he offers for sale. If you never worked with this yellow cedar you should try it. A great aroma as well. Her are some picture of my progress so far...
  8. I have never attempted a build log, but I think I will attempt one for Chuck’s Cheerful project. After partially completing 7 kits none of which are finished I found this opportunity to get away from the constraints of the kit building process. I also can avoid the rigging process that I must eventually tackle … but that for another day. The kit builds that are on hold are Kate Cory whaling brig, New Bedford whale boat, Bounty, Cutty Sark, Bounty Launch, Glad Tidings Pinky schooner, and Niagara Brig, Some are to the point of my dreaded rigging process. I am certain I’ll finish them if I live that long (72 years now). I recently received Chuck’s Keel and Bulkhead kit. Incredible quality! Five sheets of 1/4 inch plywood perfectly flat and skillfully cut. I could not be more pleased. I also received the plans Choosing to attempt scratch building the Cheerful Cutter I can work in a larger scale and attempt a simpler rigging. So on to the Cheerful build……
  9. I have this kit still in the box and look forward to the build one day. Lots to still do before that though. Sweet ship you did there I love the diorama.
  10. Blue Ensign, I could not say it better than Kurt has. Wonderful build that has encouraged me to take a stab at it. I have several builds in progress to the point of rigging and that frightens me so I put it off. Your build put my decision over the top. I have Chuck's plans and just ordered the wood for my build of the Cheerful today. I am looking forward to my build. Thanks for the inspiration Ric

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