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  1. What a wonderful "community" where a newbie feels free to ask and others give of their time and experience to help .( and when we all can learn alternate ways to do things). Two small points- my current build, Hanna, is the first I used "wipe-on poly" / I find it very good for larger, simple areas, but not so successful with a brush. Previously I used teak oil . Incidentally I was never happy with imitating caulking, but by oiling both hull and deck planking, the effect was obtained. PS your do-it-yourself tools are clever and I certainly will try and copy the flexible vice.
  2. your learning curve is impressive. I learnt from books such as you showed, and later on from these forums and building blogs. My main problem is lack of patience, but wood is forgiving, most things can be repaired or replaced until you are satisfied with the final result. Recently I have tried glues other than PVA, such as CA and epoxy, but I find that it was mostly a mistake. I do use occasional spot of CA alongside or mixed with PVA for grab or reinforcement. This is the best of hobbies, research, planning, learning and making-using brain and hands-give huge return in satisfaction and something concrete (or wooden) to show for the effort. Electric tools,while good, save time, but the "greats" who developed the art and wrote the books, managed without them.KEEP AT IT.
  3. a worthwhile reminder to those of us who forget the basics from one build ti the next. Thank you
  4. P.S. I hope not to obvious, but as my painting skills are zero, I found some renaissance-type pictures on line, reduced them to size required and when printed,stuck to panels and varnished. ( better than my Jackson Pollock efforts and more appropriate). As a general rule, why do our minimal mistakes stand out when to others they go unnoticed !!
  5. this looks exciting and educational. I would certainly be very interested
  6. I finished the Agamemnon last year, The Dianne was 2 projects before this. They are similar, so using this as an excuse, I didn't build with masting or rigging. I could also ship it to my sister in London. as the wife objects to my turning the home into a museum. The kit itself is good, but like all ,the plans require much forethought, research and cribbing from others who have boldly gone before. Two small points. I. I used urine (mine) on the copper- the result is good, but no better than the 3 years natural "weathering" that our humid climate works. 2. my use of glues CA and epoxy on wood to wood have not been particularly successful Best wishes for a successful and satisfying build Stuart
  7. I will follow this build, as only now have I seen your wonderful Halifax model. Inspiring - true craftsmanship. And just noticed your civil war Picket Boat- frighteningly good.Not the "quicky" I thought. You inspire me. Stuart -------------------- current build, Hanna, Robert Hunt Practicum. on shelf-Victory Bow section,model shipways picket boat completed: mare nostrum, Corel's Victory, San Felipe, Sovereign of the seas, Royal Caroline, Santa Lucia, Amerigo Vespucci (panart), Charles Morgan, Armed Launch, Galilee boat, Wappen von Hamburg, Great Harry, Oneida, La Real (Dusek) , Diane and Agamemnon
  8. I will follow this build, as only now have I seen your wonderful Halifax model. Inspiring - true craftsmanship. Stuart -------------------- current build, Hanna, Robert Hunt Practicum. on shelf-Victory Bow section,model shipways picket boat completed: mare nostrum, Corel's Victory, San Felipe, Sovereign of the seas, Royal Caroline, Santa Lucia, Amerigo Vespucci (panart), Charles Morgan, Armed Launch, Galilee boat, Wappen von Hamburg, Great Harry, Oneida, La Real (Dusek) , Diane and Agamemnon
  9. superb, and it floats. what a craftsman
  10. I made this kit last year. Excellent, different, the plans need a lot of brain work and cross-referral. parts like oars are repetitive but result is worthwhile. Quality materials for the most part and well worth the money. This was my 16th build and I can recommend it for the more experienced modeler.
  11. Hi . I also live in Israel (Netanya) .Your model looks fantastic Contact me directly if possible as there are probable very few of us here. (Current build POF Hannah)
  12. Thank you all for various help and tips that I have gleaned from posts in the past. I aware of very few builders in this area, so reliance on international posts are essential. Current problem is that I am building the Hannah POF with the help of RobertHunt's practicum and the Hahn book. Information about the masts is lacking. Can anyone help?
  13. Just discovered your build log. Only glanced at it so far, but I'm currently building the Hannah POF with the help of Robert Hunt's practicum. I finished the Oneida which had more preformed work. This is my 17 th build- the rest various kits. I was unsure whether to go for the Cromwell or Alfred next. You may have persuaded me. ( I have 2 smaller kits waiting but like any addict, I am afraid of running out). One small suggestion. I make my treenails from putting a bamboo toothpick in my drill and the PUSH through the draw plate. If fragile, break them in half and several hundred can be priduced within a few hours.

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