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  1. Welcome! My first plank on bulkhead kit, that I completed was the Artensania Latina Bounty Jolly Boat. The first real ship kit that I completed was the Model Shipways Sultana. Having said that, in my personal opinion, the nice thing about the Santa Maria (at least as depicted in that kit) is that the rigging doesn’t appear overly complicated and there’s very little ornamentation. I don’t think it would be a bad first kit. Just take your time and ask plenty of questions when you get in a bind.
  2. Sorry to hear about the Admiral’s wrist. Tell her we all say to feel better. Safe travels.
  3. Upper head rails are in place. I made the first part of the beakhead bulkhead. It’s just sitting there. I know one of the pillars is a little crooked, but it’ll be covered up.
  4. I finished the figurehead on Victory and am about two-thirds done with the beakhead and the head. I’m one step closer to starting Triton, which means that I’m one step closer to starting Winchelsea. I’m getting plenty of experience, so I’ll be much better off when I get to Winchelsea.
  5. I just finished the figurehead on Victory and I’m about two-thirds done on the head/beakhead. I’m one step closer to starting Triton.
  6. Thanks, OC. It was a steep learning curve, but a fun one. I’m trying to get good, so I can do the carvings on Triton and Winchelsea justice. I’ve got a set of AAMM plans of La Reale that the Admiral bought me for my birthday this past year too. I would like to build that after I finish Winchelsea.
  7. The starboard upper head rail is in place. It needs some work after everything dries. But, it’s there.
  8. Quick note to remember for anyone using the AOTS books as plans for their model. The detail pages may not exactly be the scale that they say they are, so double check enlargement or reduction percentages on your model. Just for the record, despite this minor flaw, the AOTS books are awesome. I own most of them.
  9. I’m currently working on the beakhead bulkhead. I’m roughing out the officer’s heads. Once those are in place, I’ll make the rest of the bulkhead in one piece and make the trim on the upper part of the bulkhead after I install the upper head rails.

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