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    Vancouver, BC
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    Boats, history, social work, antique rifles and on it goes.

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  1. Model Shipways has a great starting kit, the 18th Century Longboat (designed by our own Mr. Chuck Passaro). I got skunked by a larger kit years ago, then came back to something smaller and easier like that kit. It contains some wonderful instructions on how to plank, and makes the process far less arcane. And forgive yourself your mistakes when you make them. Each one of them represents a learning experience, and nobody is going to judge you for learning here.
  2. Planking can be really intimidating, but on Bluenose it's comparatively easy due to how gradual most of her curves are. Thank you for your kind words and there will be more forthcoming as the rigging is completed!
  3. Double post! The caprails widen in places around the chain plates. This was added later on after the cap rails were installed. So an edit, with some content:
  4. On mine I planked up to the top of the stanchions and then used the curve created by the top plank to create one side of a template for the cap rail. Next, I went down that line and marked out the desired thickness, then cut out the template and used that on the appropriate wood from the kit (I remember noticing too that this was not properly marked) to create my new rail. This was repeated four times, then the rails were sanded down to the desired width.
  5. One can never have too much of a vessel that looks like she's going fast when she's sitting still. Beautiful work on your Endeavour, you'll clearly do Bluenose justice.
  6. Thank you for the kind words. I took most of the summer off, because it's the summer. I started rigging this weekend, but stopped myself after a little while as I had had too much coffee previously and was shaking like a leaf... and that is no foundation for progress.
  7. Welcome to MSW, there are quite a few of us in BC (and even several who are also working on Bluenose)!
  8. She's so well preserved that there is talk of trying to recover documents from the captain's cabin. Imagine if some of Crozier's logs could be recovered?
  9. Very glad to see you back to it, and I hope above all else that you are feeling better and that your recovery is as smooth as possible. My Dad recently had a heart attack and is undergoing tests to determine if a bypass is necessary-- it's a pretty scary time and it is good to see that you are moving past it. The Red Jacket is looking beautiful!
  10. Holy smokes. This is incredible work! Miniaturized steam power plants are utterly fascinating to me. No idea why, but seeing such a thing put to use in a model like this is captivating.
  11. With regards to the filler blocks: I installed mine flush with the bulkheads in the stern so I could plank over top of them without issue, and after I had otherwise mostly faired the bulkheads. The general angles created by the fairing was then used as a guide for a rotary tool to bring the filler blocks down to something approaching the right size, then the final fairing pass was completed by hand with regular sand paper on a sanding block. I think I did the fairing with 120 grit sandpaper and experienced no issues with tearing out the wood. Specifically, I used my wife's Foredom tool with an abrasive drum on it for shaping the filler blocks-- I now have my own Proxxon tool that meets my needs. There are tons of cheap and cheerful rotary tool options out there, and I do recommend picking up a razor saw, ideally with a miter box, as it will be handy for this build. You can see it here. The transom was also added at this point, with the contour shaped in large part by using a couple of what I referred to as "bunny ears" that were installed into notches on the top of the filler blocks and then planked over. This has helped me get pretty close to what I feel is the correct oval shape of the transom, with a gentle curve on the main and monkey rails: I've also gotten a lot of mileage out of emery boards that my wife keeps around for doing her nails. They can make for splendid sanding tools and for the kind of job we are doing here, even one or two will last quite a while.
  12. I loved living in that state, and the cruiser herself has always had a special place in my heart too. Her and her sister were just so elegant.
  13. This little kit is a wonderful build and I suspect for a great many people has been very much a gateway into the hobby as a whole. You've done some beautiful work here, I particularly appreciate how tidy so much of your paintwork is, and a lot of the small optional details that you have added just to make things really pop.
  14. You're not going to offend me. I promise you, I've heard far, far worse. On the topic of masking, I have had good luck using a low-tac tape (specifically, I use the Tamiya brand stuff, but this is far from the only answer) and have minimised bleeding along the edge by carefully burnishing the tape with something smooth and solid like a piece of polished metal or bone to ensure good adhesion.
  15. I've explained to my wife on several occasions that obscenity is a part of the creative process and that cursing like a sailor while building a model boat is thematically appropriate. That I have had to explain this on several occasions indicates to me that one of us doesn't seem to understand the core issue.

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