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  1. Nice,definitely adds to the kit, what they provide is quite sparse for the size of it. You may have already found it, but ThomasLambos build on here has some great scratch building going on.
  2. Pillar looks good, like the deck colour also. Are you adding any scratch built interior details on top of what the kit provides for cabin layouts etc?
  3. Hey Robert, Im building the same kit myself, and funnily enough i posted the same question in my build log about the mast foot. I decided to square it off as it felt a more secure fit as Cpt Poison says. As for the ribs, i glued all mine in place doing my best to square them up with packers etc as i went, taking the sizes between the slots on the keel as good. The bottom deck fitted fine, but i did have some slight alterations to do on the second decks frame slots for it to fit properly. Been a while now, but i think it wasnt so much my ribs were out, more slight differences in the slots on the ply deck sections.
  4. Hello Michael, it is a current build. Im still quite a while away from planking though, and to be honest if you want to watch how its done, id go elsewhere :) ThomasLambo had a good log going of the Bounty build also, but he hasnt updated for a while, and unfortunately it stops just before the planking stage, which i was looking forward to also ! He did mention switching to boxwood planking to achieve the right bends though. Got my second deck fitted now and starting on the interior walls. Will post some more pictures once i have more done.
  5. So...several months later, and im not doing lights anymore. I ended not using the wires, as there just wasnt enough room to do all the soldering etc required and have it be hidden from sight to my liking. I took another break, and a week ago started on it again but my idea this time was to use fibre optic tubing with one end drilled into an led and the other inside the ship, so that i could have the lights etc anywhere, probably outside the ship altogether in a box with the batteries. Im not sure if they would have been bright enough doing it that way, but i intended to fix the tubes in place, and if ended up not using them, i can cut them off later on anyway. Unfortunately i hit another stumbling block. Turns out superglue makes fibre optics brittle. So i glued them all in position, then went to move the free ends a bit and they shattered. So no lights, i just want to move on now with the build. Next layer of crossbeams are fixed in, and the next deck being boarded. Progress at last !
  6. It was a very neat solution for the wiring. Just a pity when ive tried soldering it and then adding the heatshrink it no longer fits in my beams. I could have the lights down inside the boat giving me room to do the soldering etc there, but im considering missing it out completely now. It seemed a good idea at the time, but im not really enjoying it at the moment, would like to get moving further on with the actual boat build.Might sleep on it tonight and see.
  7. Ah, thanks. Though i suspect you've just cost me some money. Lots of handy looking gadgets on that site...
  8. This is looking great, very clean and tidy looking. Can i ask though, what is a huzzywutchet ? Ive googled it at and theres only 1 result on google, which is this thread.
  9. I use this stuff https://www.walmart.com/ip/BIRCHWOOD-CASEY-BRASS-BLACK-METAL-TOUCH-UP-FINISH-3-OZ/23237826 Works quite well. Im going off what i read on the internet, but i dip the parts in Vinegar for 10 minutes, and then its just a quick dip of a minute or so (i think) in the brass black and its done. Its looking great Tim, making fairly quick progress as well now your back! I like the colours you have went for. Ive been pretty much set on doing my own Bounty as just natural wood, as my last ship was painted, but i really like yours, its making me think
  10. So i took a bit of a break from this. I think really i was trying to avoid the electrical stuff, just cant get my head around electrics at all. Im back at it now though, and i can get my circuits working even if i dont know why or how they are working, so that'll have to do Had various thoughts on how to hide the leds and cables. I thought about making some lanterns to house the lights, but the leds dont really fit in a lantern scalewise. Decided on hiding the led within the crossbeam, with a hole to let the light out into the rooms below. Then creating channels on the top side of the crossbeams to run the cables back behind walls, where they can then drop down into the bottom of the model unseen to be wired up later. The next deck will cover these all up, so i should end up with no cables visible anywhere. Also got myself some sanding discs and a holder that fits in my cheap lathe, and then printed a little table on my 3d printer for it to make into a disc sander. Not as good as a proper one, but better than nothing at the moment. Onto soldering up the leds next, which is interesting... turns out im not much good at soldering.Burning my fingers yes, soldering no.
  11. Im surprised noone commented on the amount of clamps in the first poster's pictures. I really need to up my clamp game if thats a normal healthy amount 😋 I still live with my parents, so im stuck to one desk in the corner, but i get some serious workshop envy looking through threads like this. Though the small closet setups actually look very handy. I reckon if i had a big workshop, id spend most of my time hunting for misplaced items.
  12. I work fairly slowly on this. You would think that would mean less mistakes, but i think going a few days between working on it actually causes mistakes at times, due to me forgetting exactly what i was doing. Got the rear wall sections glued in place, cross beams are still loose as im not sure whether to add any further walls in yet. Still need to add the electrics also. Started on the forward lower deck walls, scratch built again. The supplied interior details on this kit are very sparse considering its meant to be open. Perhaps they wanted to let people add their own to it? Im roughly following the layout pictured in the Anatomy of the Bounty book. (picture below linked from ThomasLambo's buildlog). Not sure what the the two beams, left and right side, running at an angle into the hold are for or called? I did the initial layouts, but forgot to mark for the crossbeams. I figured i would do it afterwards, not causing me any problems. Unfortunately this was all done in bits and pieces over a few days,so I forgot all about them when marking out where the doors would go , and ended up with 2 crossbeams in the middle of my doors,and the third just slightly fouling it. I did briefly contemplate just making the doors shorter on this section..... but i supposed id better fix it properly 😉 Luckily, since ive added the columns below each crossbeam,i can make some cuts and patch in bits and have the joints hidden behind the columns. Have moved the whole thing to the right, will patch in a bit on the left, and cut out the section on the right to move the door back into its correct position. Teacher always did say i must pay more attention! Intentions for the rest of the walls on the exposed side is to have them partly built and do a sort of cutaway/fadeaway on them so you can still see everything else beyond them.
  13. I like this, bit pricy, but worth it if there is no play/wobblyness in the parts. Precision cuts and angles is something that has eluded me, never get them perfect with an exacto or saw. Any idea what size of wood is the max it would handle? 6x6mm walnut too much?
  14. Welcome Dave, I wouldnt let cost put you off too much. For my first kit i was about £60 if i remember right, and for the tools i built that with, probably another £20-£30 at most. I didnt want to spend too much as i wasnt sure either if i would enjoy it, or even finish it regardless of enjoyment. So its not a massive outlay if you start off small. Of course, if i was to tally up the price of all the additional tools and kit etc ive bought along the way, it would probably put us both off ! Your certainly in the right place for inspiration and information anyway, so good luck whatever you decide.

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