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  1. Peter, I definitely like the older anchor better than the one in the 2018 photo. But I also like the additional contrast that the dark band creates. It’s really neat that you have all of this info on the ship to get the details right. I don’t think you can go wrong either way.
  2. Thanks, Mark. I appreciate you taking the time to check it out. I am starting to work on the standing rigging and will post some pictures over the weekend.
  3. I tried to modify the rudder and ended up with it too short to reach the helm. So I built a new one using the leftover lime from the keel. It is cut to curve around the bottom corner of the transom I’ve also started installing the deck furnishings and preparing the masts. My next step will be to install the anchors and bitts.
  4. I knew I'd find good company there! Thanks for the compliment, Peter. Your Sultana is looking great. I was showing my 11 YO son what you'd done, too. It was good for him to see what can be done if you use your imagination and find the right tools. We got a good laugh out of the picture of the solid hull in the trashcan.
  5. Future builders of this model: this post is for you. I have the same rudder problem that everyone else has had. I also think I just figured out how I could have averted it if I’d noticed before I sanded the keel even with the stern piece. As I see it, the problem is that the stern piece is too small. I would say I built it wrong and the stern piece is too far forward of the transom, but you can see if you go through the other builds that nearly every one of them has the same problem. So I’m going to blame Artesania Latina instead of the fine model builders of Model Ship World. If you look at the drawing blow-up below, you can see the stern piece even with the bottom corner of the transom. Mine is almost 3mm shy of that corner. If I could back up time about a week, I’d have cut a filler piece out of the scrap from the keel and glued it onto the back of the stern piece. That would have evened it up and the rudder would fit just like the pictures on the box. Instead, I’m going to join the Virginia 1819 Modified Rudder Club, where I know I’ll find some good friends.
  6. Thanks, Paul. Once I had an idea of how I wanted to build the stand, it was a lot of fun to put together. That’s a really neat idea. But I’m looking forward to rigging it the way it’s shown on the box, all ready to set out on a voyage.
  7. Thank you very much for your kind words, Mark. It helps a lot to see how others, including you, have handled the challenges of this build. Logging the build has made it much more fun.
  8. I’ve spent some good quality time in the shipyard the past week and a half and wanted to update my log.I added the rubbing strakes after using the bowl trick to get a nice curve in them. With the added width of the rubbing strakes, my model no longer fits in the temporary cradle I had built. Rather than spend time on fixing that, I built the stand I plan to display it on. I really like the launch that Peter built (SardonicMeow), but I wanted something more like a dry dock. This is what I came up with out of wood I had laying around. Of course, the awkward part is going to be when it’s all done and it’s sitting in dry-dock with unfurled sails.
  9. I ruined my rubbing strakes. Somewhere along the way, I used two of the rubbing strake applewood pieces where I should have used mahogany. So I didn’t have four matching pieces. I decided to stain them darker so they would all match, but I overdid it on darkness. So I had to cut new 2x3mm strakes out of some larger applewood stock that I found at the hobby store. Here’s a pic of the dark stained original and my four fresh cut replacements.
  10. Peter, I love your transom windows. They look really nice. I especially like The way you built the assembly up.
  11. Happy Easter! Here are some pics of my recent progress on the second layer of planking. I’ve done some sanding on the port side to see how it would smooth out. I’m pretty happy with it and hope I can do as well or a little better on the starboard side.
  12. Hi Danny. I saw that you’ve changed the index for wooden ship kits from pdf to xls. For some reason, the links don’t work for me now. Have you heard this from others? Or am I doing it wrong?
  13. Hi Mark. You have a sharp eye. I have had that happen on almost every strake starting at about the third one going down from the top. The compound curve causes it to want to pucker up just slightly. There's very little stretch in these planks, unlike the first layer. So on each spot where that happened, I used a paint brush to push extra glue under the popped out section and then taped it down good and tight to dry. This photo must have been before I glued that one down, because it's tight and secure now. Thanks for your attention to detail and for pointing it out.
  14. Thank, Wallace and Nikbud. I didn’t come up with that idea on my own - I learned it from your logs (and others).

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