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  1. I have three ship’s boats planked. The two smaller boats are clinker planked, the launch is carvel planked. I believe that that would have been typical of the time period. I cut out the shape of the wales and installed the rudder on one. I am going to let them dry overnight.
  2. I have the ribs in place for the ship’s boats. I glued them to the templates. Their keels and rudders are drying (pressed under heavy books). After they dry I will fit them to the bottoms of their respective boats and install the cant frames of the launch (the biggest of the three). After everything dries, I will plank them. I have included pictures of the pin rails and boat davits (neither of which are completed).
  3. As stated before, I am using Zu Monfeld’s method of building ship’s boats. I have made the molds and the templates of the gunwales. Next I need to make some frames and then the keels/rudders, before I plank the boats with 3mm (1/8”) wide strips of card.
  4. I cut out and fitted my pin rails. I double layered them, since they are card, and set them aside to dry.
  5. It’s been a very educational evening. I learned how to make a hull using the bread and butter technique. I layered the hulls (the male molds anyways) for three ship’s boats. I carved them to their final shapes before sanding them smooth and labeling them to put in my bits bins for later reuse, after I am done with them. I am confident that I could scratch build a ship’s hull with the bread and butter method. I took pictures of the hull blanks in the positions of the ship’s boats, which I will begin tomorrow. They will be made IAW Zu Monfeld (just out of card). The stern boat will hang by davits, which I will also begin tomorrow.
  6. Anchors are rigged and finished: On to the boats. I’m going to make male molds for the 3 different types of boats that the Prince de Neufchatel carried, and build the boat’s frames, keel and planking upside down. The molds will be made bread and butter fashion. I’m using the AOTS for the Victory, due to the time period and similarity between American and British Naval equipment, as my source.
  7. The anchors are installed. I need to finish rigging them. I already made the blocks for them.

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