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  1. Mark, I’m sorry your sister is sick. I wish her the best health and you safe travels.
  2. Thank you, Chuck, Mark, and the likes. It felt good to make some new progress again!
  3. Nice work on the cannon, Mark. Any chance you’ll get to go to either the National Maritime Museum or the historical dockyards at Portsmouth on your UK trip?
  4. I am getting the gun port sills and lintels ready. I cut them all out using my calipers to find the lengths and then using my home made scroll saw crosscut sled. That setup lets me accurately cut both sides at the same time. First, I measured the gap at the bulkhead former. Then transfer that length to the crosscut sled stop Then cut two sills or lintels at once. I still had to sand a little to get a good fit, but I did that together as well to ensure the same length on port and starboard.
  5. Thank you, sir. I’m having fun building her, but there’s no way I could take on such a challenge outside of a group project. I’m very thankful to have my MSW friends.
  6. Happy Birthday! This is the kit that first got me interested in ship models. I have it on the shelf right now. I’m going to pull up a chair and watch your build. It looks great so far.
  7. Your work is incredible! I have one I started in 2007 that I’m still working on. But I had put it away for years and only recently started working on it again. I take it on business trips to give me something to do in the evening when I’m away from home.
  8. This looks like a fun part of the project. The grates and stairway came out terrific, Mark! Is there any mechanical retention on the bottom side of the grates or are they held up only by glue? If it's just glue, what did you do to make it so neat with no globs showing? I bet it was a trick to get the stairway back out from inside the labyrinth that is Victory's belly.
  9. Beautiful work, Bob. Thank you for posting such excellent pictures of it, too.
  10. I’ve now fully recovered from my scaling error and am ready to move on. One upside is that I used a softer plywood for the bulkheads this time. I was using 5-ply Baltic birch. My former is still made of that, but the bulkheads are now Home Depot grade birch plywood, which is filled with something much softer and lighter than 5-ply Baltic birch. That should make fairing much easier. I’m now ready to start gluing bulkheads into position and fairing the hull.
  11. I’m glad to read that you overcame the clinkering problem. How disheartening that must have been to be stuck. She’s looking great, Mark!
  12. You’re still getting in on the ground floor, Rusty. As far as I can tell, no one is done with chapter one yet and several of us have had to back up a step or two. I think you’re starting at a perfect time. I really like that there are so many of us to share this build with. Welcome aboard, mate!
  13. Jack and Chuck, these are so beautiful. I can't wait to get them! Please put me down for a set in boxwood. I aspire to build a model worthy of that investment. Is it my imagination or is the woman in these carvings MUCH prettier than the one on the contemporary model? FYI: this is not a complaint!

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