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  1. So I’ve followed Wefalk’s advice and scraped the paint from the hull where the strip should be applied. I also roughed the strip so it would bite the epoxy better and this time shaped it carefully so it was very congruous with the hull where it was going on. My two concerns about the epoxy were 1. my mix was wrong and 2. I wasn’t mixing long enough. Strangely I’ve read that epoxy is forgiving and that it’s unforgiving. In any case I made the cardboard jig so I would start the syringe pouring and then drag it over the little wall so I could avoid disproportionate mixing if one side or the other of the syringe faltered at the start. This gave me a perfectly equal mix which I blended thoroughly. I wrote the exact time of the blending next to the puddle so that I could observe how quickly it set. It’s far from the advertised 5 minutes but eventually did harden and the piece is now firmly set and painted. Chris - Interesting advice. I’m now exhausted with copper bits at this point as I’ve been applying them for days to this project and my over one. I’m definitely going to look into your suggestion about the paper. Moxis - I think I’ll switch to the 60 minute or try a new brand. I’m not at all impressed with this Aramite.
  2. I think I must not be mixing it properly. It's too late to make another attempt tonight but I'll get back to it tomorrow.
  3. I've figured out another issue is that my epoxy isn't setting. I've let it sit for a couple hours and when I come back it's sticky and the piece comes off when I remove the clamp. I'm working at the correct temperature so either I've got a bad batch of epoxy or my mix isn't right. I'm using Araldite 5 minute epoxy and it looks to me like my mix is fine so I'll have to practice a bit more. Incredibly frustrating.
  4. There are so many wonderful builds of this kit on modelshipworld, but for the builder of any level of skill, this particular kit log is probably the most informative. Is there any way to make this particular log the top result when searching for 18th Century Longboat?
  5. Wefalk, What a great answer! Very much appreciated. I'm going go follow your advice and keep you posted how it goes.
  6. I've had no luck glueing the fiddly little strips of copper required in a lot of places on model ships. I've figured out that CA doesn't work, wood glue is perfectly useless and for whatever reason I'm not even having much luck with 5 minute epoxy which is what I understand to be the best glue for the job. A good example is the pintle and gudgeon on the 18th Century Longboat which a lot of builders have made here (pictured below). I can probably manoeuvre the gudgeon into place and have it lightly tacked on, but I can't achieve a secure fasten that I would trust in the long term to hold the rudder or even survive the installation of the rudder without coming loose. What might I be doing wrong? Things I speculate that could be the issue: epoxy not drying enough (it's 5 minute epoxy but I noted the surface is still gummy and loose even after an hour or so), surfaces not prepared properly beforehand (does epoxy not work on a painted hull?), the model ship gods have cursed my existence (is there a bloody sacrifice I can make to appease them?). Also pictured below are the glues currently available to me. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Here's a link to a really neat youtube channel called Tips from a Shipwright. One of the things I particularly enjoy about model shipmaking is the extent to which many aspects of the modelling process resemble actual ship building. Planking in particular. I wonder if any aspects of the techniques shown above can be adapted to the modeller's scale...
  8. Great pics! Looking forward to seeing more. Can’t wait to finish up my Spray Boston build and get started on the Bluenose II kit.
  9. One request I would like to make is if at all possible try to capture the planking of the Bluenose 2 hull. With my limited experience I've found that modellers tend to plank to the best of their ability according to the general rules and advice we find online but that means strakes and the like are rather random. It would be great if we could see some images that suggest the planking lines of the Bluenose, although I suspect that may be difficult/impossible. Another request is close ups of the paint on the hull. How smooth is it? Can you make out the planking pattern with the naked eye? Close ups of any lettering found on the Bluenose would be awesome too.
  10. I just noticed yesterday that Bluenose 2 will be in Toronto in June and my mom will most certainly be making a trip to see her. Unfortunately I won't be able to go myself but I'm planning a trip to see her at her home berth in Nova Scotia in 2020.
  11. This build looks amazing. I have the kit on my shelf waiting for me to finish up a couple projects. I can't wait to get started and this log will be a big help. You did a fantastic job on the deck in particular.
  12. Wonderful build log. Hope to see it finished. I'm already nearing completion of my 18th Century Long Boat but I wish I had discovered this log at the very beginning.

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