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  1. You're absolutely right about that. I traded in my old analog one for a digital some time ago. Indispensable.
  2. Never fear. The drill may come in the future when the need arises. I'm new to this art and don't yet wish to jump in with both feet. It's much to easy for me to get caught up in "buying rather than building".
  3. I really don't care for E-books. Just old fashioned I guess. I like the printed page. As stated, this is just a start of a referance library. Of course there will be other sources, such as others build logs and practicums.
  4. Thank you all for the great advice here., So many tempting tools out there! After giving it some thought I decided to invest in some books on rigging. This is something that I will be attempting quite soon on my current build (also my first build). Spent about $90.00 but it will be a good start for my rigging library. Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft by Lennarth Petersson The Rigging of Ships: in the Days of the Spritsail Topmast, 1600-1720 by R. C. Anderson Rigging Period Ship Models: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Intricacies of Square-Rig by Lennarth Peterson The Art of Rigging by George Biddlecombe The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or a Key to the Leading of Rigging and to Practical Seamanship by Darcy Lever
  5. Good glass, wether it be filters or lenses, is expensive.
  6. Well, it looks like I'll order the electric plank bender, some cross lock clamps and a small modelers hammer. That will leave me enough to buy a 77mm circular polarizer for my wide angle lens. Photography is my other hobby. Between that and shipbuilding I'm going to need a lot more garage sales. LOL
  7. The plank bender sounds like a good investment. I managed on my Bluenose without it but there are some future builds I'm eyeing where it would be a big help. Any thoughts on this bending jig?
  8. Made $100.00 at the garage sale and thought I would sink it into tools for shipbuilding. Since I'm a newbie I thought I would ask more experienced shipwrights about this. I have a good selection of cutting blades, tweezers, razor saw & miter box, jewelers pliers, mini Dremel and electric sander. Have paint supplies as well Maybe rigging tools (if they are really needed)? Will be starting that soon. Any input on "must have " tools would be most welcome and appreciated. Dave
  9. Looks great! Hope my hull looks as good. Did you spray or brush?

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