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    Astrophotography, drones, N-gauge model railroading, and now model ship building.

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  1. Angled balsa blocks make for easy hull marking. Simply slide pencil to desired height and tape down for waterline marking.
  2. I seriously doubt I will catch you in two weeks. I am splitting my time between this project and work on my N-Gauge model railroad. BTW, now we have a growing group of builders of this boat called the ALB group. I guess we are really a subgroup - Ha. Thanks all for the encouragement. You know, looking back a quick couple of weeks ago or so, I would tell my younger self to do a better job at fairing. That is one area I really need to learn more about before I ever start another plank-on-bulkhead project. This time through it was just guess work. Good fairing would have made for a much smoother finished project. As they say, hindsight is better than foresight. Sigh 😔
  3. Hello Sea Hoss, Welcome to the 18th Century Armed Long Boat group 😎 You are moving right along and it looks good. I’ll be following your log with interest. I am curious as to how starting your garboard at bulkhead G will work out as there are 12 strakes above the garboard and they have to fit into the rabbet at the bow. I don’t know if you will have to use drop planks or not.
  4. Well I think I have the hull nearly finished and I am almost ready to go to the next step. Before I post my results, consider a few steps I used in forming some of the strakes. I have included this for readers who may be unfamiliar with this technique. Above: Wide Patco tape overlayed with Scotch tape marked with #4 pencil. This step is typical Above: Tape on basswood sheet. Above: Blade used to mark wood prior to cutting. Tape removed in case a second cut is needed. Above: Plank ready for trimming to fit. Used sanding sticks for final shaping. Results so far: Above: Some “tar” lines more pronounced than others.* Also, butt joints are slightly different than plans. *The dark lines are not gaps rather they are pencil lines added after strakes were in place as much of the original pencil lines came off during sanding. I have decided not to try and make every line uniformly the same as I cannot imagine real boats as having everything done in perfection. The hull is not completely smooth from some strakes to others, but I feel rather good about the outcome. Sanding might improve the smoothness but I don’t want to risk sanding too far. Above: Dark area is wood filler which I think will be completely below the water line paint.
  5. I have laid down strake #10 and now need to spile #11, #12 and #13. Here is where I think I should depart from the instructions. At bulkhead 0, the gap is 3/4”. The gap at bulkhead F is narrower and at stern, more. My plan is as follows: Use calipers to measure the width of the gap at each bulkhead and divide each into three equal parts, recording the numbers and putting tick marks on the bulkhead. Then, lay down wide tape (I am going to use 3” wide Patco 5560 wide Scotch Magic Tape on top since you cannot write on the Patco tape. Petco tape will hold its shape quite well and is removable.) I will then run a pencil along the edge of the strakes above the gap (away from keel) as well as marking the positions of each bulkhead. Next, at each bulkhead mark, mark down (towards keel) on the tape the recorded distance for one strake. Then use a French curve to draw a smooth cut line. Next, lay the tape onto a 1/16” thick sheet of basswood and cut out the strake leaving a small extra width for shaping. Repeat for each strake, stem and stern. I would appreciate comments, pro and con on this approach.
  6. Nine planks on both sides down. No real serious surprises here but the reader should note the above comments since the last pictures. Well, ready to do the last four strakes. The final three might have to be spiled from a 1/16” thick basswood sheet or 1/16” X 1/2” stock. So far I have not had to do any spiling, therefore this will be new territory for me.
  7. Hello Arthur, Yes it makes sense. I have experienced this as well. I think I have now completed plank #8 successfully on one side.
  8. Arthur, was it necessary for you to sand the hull planks to achieve a smooth join between strakes or did they join up with no step?
  9. I am having more trouble with plank #8 then I was expecting. The problem is at the stem. I assume the planks need to be flat against the bulkheads G and H. To do this, it is necessary to twist the planks. When positioned against plank #7, the joint between #7 and #8 is not “smooth.” I suppose chamfering the joint would help but I’m not sure that it will do the trick. Am I on the right track?
  10. Well, I finally got the sheer plank and two more strakes added. No real issues but I redid the stern section of plank #6 several times because of the severe twists involved. I am only somewhat satisfied with the overall build so far but I believe it will work out alright. If I started over, I’m not sure it would end up being completely satisfactory anyway as perfection takes lots of practice and this is my first plank-bulkhead boat/ship. I have backed up several times to correct issues. BTW, I forgot to put “tar” lines in before gluing and I am trying to put them in after-the-fact with a 0.5 mm mechanical pencil. Oh well, on from here I go. Any suggestions would be great.👨🏻‍🎓
  11. Arthur, somewhere I got the impression that 3/8”x1/16” planks were also to used to form strakes #11, #12 and #13. Would there be enough to do the platforms, floorboards and strakes? Is this what you were referring to on the Medway Longboat?
  12. Be sure to check the thickness of the laser cut sheets. I found one containing the bulkheads thicker than the rest.
  13. Very nice work and useful information Arthur. I will let everyone know about the kit supplied materials when I get there. Still working at a sub-snail pace. Paul

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