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  1. Thanks for the review; I need some sort of tool sleeve like that for some files that I picked up awhile ago. I’m not certain if the smaller sleeve is still a little big for only files though.
  2. Could be walnut. I have felt that frustration before and needed to step away from my build when I was breaking things. How hot is the water that you are using? Using boiling water, or maybe steam, might help the situation slightly. I haven't tried this but maybe you could bend the wood a little, then add more water/heat and bend it further. I have a second thought as well. Are you below the waterline? If so maybe you could consider swapping the planks with a more flexible wood since it will be painted white regardless?
  3. Ah, sorry, what type of wood is it? Some are much more flexible than others unfortunately. How big is the taper at that point?
  4. Have you taken a look at edge bending the planks? I believe it addresses this situation very well.
  5. Jim, I'm a novice who some day would love to do this build. I really enjoy watching the master builders' ships take shape, but I know that if I do this build, in all likelihood, my ship will be nowhere near as good as theirs. I'd love to continue to see how your ship unfolds if you choose to keep at it.
  6. I believe that I have seen a “boot” around the mast at the deck (I’m not a sailor so please forgive my nautical terminology ignorance) that could cover any issues. Here is a link to a picture of one: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/fa/6d/c0fa6d475f2afd11957436fcb1a06df0.jpg I added something similar in my Sharpie build which you can see here: I believe I saw that you had some reference books for this subject. Do any of them depict anything like that?
  7. I’m very interested in building this kit one day so I’ll be following along. Looks good so far!
  8. That ensign is a really nice addition! Thank you for the very thorough and detailed explanation; hopefully I can do something similar when I get there.
  9. Nice job on that planking fix! I hope I didn’t over look it, but do you have to use a special glue so avoid any issues with the paper crinkling? I keep staring at the Papegojan kit (none of the lighthouses really caught my eye, they need some North Carolina Outer Banks lighthouses and I wouldn’t be able to resist); these cardboard kits seem really neat.
  10. Looks really nice to me! I’m amazed how quickly you seem to be working through this. Nicely done!
  11. Have fun! Here is a search that brought up a handful of the started logs: https://modelshipworld.com/search/?q=18th century merchantman&quick=1

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