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  1. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy restoring my real size boat the last few weeks. I did however aquire a new bottle of wood glue. Don't know if it's any good, but I just tried it out.. we'll see!
  2. The keel straightened out almost perfectly. I just finished glueing the bulwarks. I'm hoping I won't have a problem with the slight curve later on. Can barely see it.. Now I sanded the grooves for the next part and dry fitted it. I need to go get some more wood glue, because the one I had was partly dried out.
  3. My keel has been under pressure for 24 hours, but it's still not straight. If I make sure the bulwarks are aligned there shouldn't be a problem. Or am I missing something?
  4. I made a wooden block that fits between the frames to get the angle right. And if the keel straightens out that will work perfectly. If not I will see what I'll do.
  5. So I started cutting out the keel and frame. I sanded the grooves on them and dryfitted all of it. When the frames were in place I noticed the keel is slightly bent. I disassembled everything and I'm trying to flatten the keel now.. Don't think the keel will be a problem. As long as the frames are aligned..?
  6. It's my time to try and keep regular updates on this build. I believe the kit I selected is a great start for someone who has never built model ships, and I really want to give as much documentation as I can. Maybe I can help someone! I can't find much information about this boat. According to Artesania Latina it's the captains boat of the San Juan Nepomuceno. I would appreciate if anyone knows more about it. I'm sorry about my poor english in advance. Let's get going! I attached a picture of the model kit.
  7. Thank you, guys! I'm building the San Juan cutter from Artesania Latina as my first build. I will try to get a build log going. I usually do a terrible job following up on forums, but I will give it a try. Started cutting and dry fitting last night. Today I'm going to the store to buy some clamps and other necessities. This is going to be fun!
  8. Hello, everyone! I have always been fascinated by model ships and boats. There are a couple on my shelf for decoration, but I never built one myself. I have time to do it now, and thought I'd give it a try. I just bought a wooden kit and I'm starting building today. I have read some posts here, and it seems like this might be the nicest, most polite and helpful forum on the internet! Anyway, I'm Stickyfinger 😊

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