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  1. Thank you very kind to say. Yes I have seen the diorama I think it looks cool 😉
  2. The yard arms took a surprising amount of time, but there is a lot going on in them. For the shroud I was pulling the string tight. I think this was the wrong way to go because the first mast the dead eyes were not level. For the 2nd mast shroud it was not ai tight. The ratlines got easier the more I did but it feels like knitting with tweezers.
  3. The masts were straight forward enough. It was easier to paint them in sections and then put them together. I recently got a rotary tool (it was very cheap, wasn't sure I would need it) and thought it would be a good opportunity to try it out on the holes for the mast. It was amazing and saved me so much time 😁. Now its starting to look like a proper ship.
  4. I decided after seeing the bowsprit made up that it could do with some variation to break up the dowl colour. So I'm going to water down some paint and use it more like a stain. I also moved the ropes and wood block on the 1st half up higher than where they are on the instructions. The placement on the instructions didn't match where they should be on the pictures.
  5. I ordered beeswax online and then used it on the line holding the ships boat. It makes a huge difference to candle wax. Then moved onto the pump handles, this has a lot of tight bends that were challenging and I had to do it twice. The anchor chains were straightforward though. The davits were ok, hardest part was trying to fix the eyebolts together at an angle with the superglue. But with theses attached and the brass rods at the bow, every time I move something is getting snagged. The anchor chain links are too small to fit the loop that the anchor is attached to. In the end I had to file a small bit of the loop.
  6. After the parts turned up I attached the wheel and rudder. I couldn't find beeswax anywhere so I used a candle. I don't think it made it any easier. still having a great time making this 😁
  7. While waiting for them to arrive I worked on the parts that go on the deck. Making them but not gluing them on till I had all finished. These were a change, up till now everything had been to do with the hull. But these are small parts made separate. All glued on and the 2 belay posts in there correct places. There is a small mark on the deck where the front one was, but it’s almost invisible. The one next to the main mast is covered by the pumps.
  8. Then the posts around the main mast where the pumps are between them, looked to close. First I thought I had made a mistake but placing the 4 buckets on the plans there is not room for them to fit in. so another post had to come up and move. But it’s easy to cover and fix. The 1to1 deck plan. At this point I had to decide about painting. I like the wood finish so I’m going to leave it unpainted. The model has metal plating for the bow (as it was meant to break through ice). This I will also be leaving off. Unpainted I just think it will look like I cut up a can of red bull and stuck it on. Next are the pillars. These are 1mm brass rods cut down and bent into loops at both ends. Then bent around the bumper and pinned into place. There are 70 needed, about half way through I realized that I would be about 14 short. The rods come in 100mm; again I thought I had made a mistake using too much? But I had cut them to the instructions lengths and I would still need more for other parts of the ship (like the pumps). I filled out the missing parts form on the Occre website and received an email that they would send the missing parts on.
  9. The next part on the instructions is the belay posts. This was where the 1 to 1 deck plan fell apart a bit. I followed the plan with placing them, then watching the YouTube guide and the pictures in the instructions saw that the foremost post needed to be much further forward.
  10. The windows ended up being so small that cutting them out didn’t matter. Unless a strong light is put close they just look black.
  11. In the instructions the windows are painted on, I didn’t think that looked so good. So I decide to cut out the windows and put plastic to glaze them instead, thinking this would look better. The windows will be covered by a wooden frame so it did not need to be so neat. Next was the rudder. This was a bit of a challenge, getting the cut down pins into the metal strips took some time due them flying out of the tweezers. I lost so many of these.
  12. Hi Scott the holes have 3mm brass portholes to cover them and where they are is from the plans. I think they were put where they needed light below deck.
  13. Putting large permeant holes into all my hard work with a power tool was a moment I was glad did not go wrong.
  14. I traced the deck potholes from the 1 to 1 deck plan, I thought this would be easier than measuring out every position and used a normal electric drill to the pit the holes in.

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