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  1. I have not tried it myself, but I have heard of using extruded foam, the kind sold as sheets for insulation, as filler blocks. It doesn't have the same issues with changes in humidity that wood has. Jeff Betcher
  2. I have been reading on the proper way to plank the hull and am about to start. Before I start, should I do the transom first or does it matter? The other question I have regards the shape of the stern blocks. As far as I can tell from the plans and the practicum I am following, this is the correct shape. It looks right to me. Can anyone confirm this? Much appreciated, Jeff
  3. I started this build before I joined the forum, and unfortunately, did not take any photos to post. The following photos are current to where I have progressed thus far. I have encountered a problem at the stern and transom that you can see in the last photo. You can also see my solution to it. I am currently attaching the caprails and will have photos in my next post. I would appreciate any comments to the build so far. Jeff Betcher
  4. Hello everyone, This will be my first complete build of a wooden ship model kit; the Lively of Baltimore 1813. It is a 1/48 scale kit by the Lumberyard. I am calling it my first complete build because I started building the Artesenia Latina kit for the Bluenose II in 1/75 scale a number of years ago. The partially completed hull is now put away. I hope to either return to it or start over again one day when I have some more experience in wooden ship model building. I chose this kit because it had a favorable review in "Ships in Scale" magazine which was followed with a build practicum series by Kurt Van Dahm. As this is my first post for the build I will keep it brief. Here is a photo of the box:
  5. Thanks everyone for your words of welcome and helpful advice. I am looking forward to learning from everyone here. I think I will start a build log of Lively as soon as I take some photos of my progress to date. Jeff
  6. Thanks for allowing me to join the forum. I have been, with the exception of a few short periods for university and a young family, a modeler for most of my life. My interests are eclectic. I am involved in model railroading as well as in building plastic scale models; aircraft mostly, but I have some plastic ship models in my collection of unbuilt models. I have dabbled with wooden ship modelling as well, but it has always seemed to be beyond my abilities. I have recently completed a scratchbuild of a sternwheeler in 1/87 scale based on the drawings of sternwheelers that sailed on Kootenay Lake in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I am currently working on the "Lively" kit from The Lumberyard using both the kit instructions and the practicum published in "Ships in Scale" magazine. I hope through this forum to better understand the techniques and better my skills of wooden model ship building. Jeff

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