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  1. Thank you Phil, your encouragement means a lot. I am taking my time so it may be a little while before there is another update so stay tuned.
  2. I have put some strips down the top of the bulkheads to keep things from flexing when I fair the hull and start planking. I have also started to fair the hull after reading and looking at most of the builds for this model on here and reading a few articles I found on here as well. I am taking my time and doing the best I can and certainly learning a lot by trial and error. I have a feeling fairing may not be my forte, but slowly making progress.
  3. Yes, I was referring to the top of the bulkheads, mine are not all at the same height. I do believe that I fully seated all of the bulkheads onto the keel. Will the fact that my bulkheads are not at the same height cause me problems down the build seeing that they do get sanded down after the removal of the insides? I did use white glue so I can take them back off and start over if necessary. Thank you for your sharing your knowledge with this newbie. As you suggested I will also take a closer look at the plans and the instructions.
  4. Ok, so this will be my first build. I have decided to go with the 18th Century Longboat due to price, no rigging to really worry about, and the fact that there are so many really good build logs on here to assist me. Please forgive that I am already a little ways into the build at the time of my starting this log. I was not sure I wanted to do a build log on my first build, but I figured it would be a really good way for me to learn from all of your feedback and advice. So here goes. I used legos' to square up my bulkheads when attaching them to the keel (please correct me if I use the wrong terminology, still learning), it worked pretty well. I did break the small piece off of the keel, hopefully my repair is done well enough that it does not cause me problems down the road. The only question I have at this point is I read in one of the build logs that the top of the bulkheads should not make a sweeping arc but should be all at the same height, but I looked at several build logs and it appears that mine sweep like many others do. Input please. I want this build to be as good as I can make it, I am very detailed and truly a bit OCD with anything I do, serves me well as a quality engineer. Thanks ahead of time for all your feedback as I go through this first build, I have a lot to learn. Installed software to get pics from iphone to computer, have to restart, so pictures will follow shortly.
  5. Thank you all for the warm welcomes. Eric, I have read through the build by Mike Dowling, will certainly be using that as a great reference for my build. I did see that Kurt seems to have a lot of experience and some great tips and advice, I look forward to tapping into some of that knowledge. Joe, I am currently living in the Glens Falls region (about 15 mins. south of Lake George), but I am looking to move to the Rome area within the next 6 months to a year and when I do I will most certainly enjoy attending your group and getting to meet some fellow modelers. Thank you for the invite. David, Interesting I will definitely look up his website. Chris, Exactly, one of the reasons I did not want to do any kind of schooner for my first build, plus I have always had a fascination with Tugs and Steamboats. Again, thank you all for your warm welcome and I look forward to getting to know you all better.
  6. Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and new to ship building. I have been working with wood for years building mostly shaker/mission style furniture. Almost a year ago I lost my nice wood shop (in a divorce) so I had to downscale A LOT. I missed working with wood and building things so I went on the internet looked at various small scale projects and decided I would give wood ship models a try. I was always fascinated with tugboats and steamboats so it felt like a match made in heaven for me. Thus far I have been doing a lot of research regarding my first build. As I said I do have some experience with wood, but never with model ship building and seeing I really love steamboats I decided on Chaperon from Model Shipway. I am now reading through some of the build logs on here for this ship and hoping I did not get myself in over my head for my first build. Well, just wanted to do a little introduction of myself. I look forward to getting to know some of you and learning from all of the knowledge and experience within this forum. Regards, Shean

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