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  1. Hi Mike, I will try my best to point you in the right direction. 1. Always clean plastic models before you start the build. Use warm soapy water and clean without removing from the framework/sprue. If you don't it may be difficult to get paint to adhere. 2. Best to prime as a finer finish will result. I used spray primer from Halfords. Don't use thought in hot weather or you may get a pebble dash effect. I hand paint all my models so can't help with airbrushing. 3. I use Tamiya and/or Airfix, its personal preference l think, most are good. My preference is water based, not as tough, but easier to manage. 4. I have always used the colours recommended with the kit and never had an issue. 5 & 6 I believe best practice is build the model painting as you go, finalise painting, panel lines and fine details. Once painting is completed coat with a gloss varnish then apply the decals and seal them with gloss varnish. When the varnish is dry you can start the weathering process, the decals are weathered along with the rest of the model. Finally, when you are happy apply a mat varnish to seal everything in. 7. I found Tamiya glue to be as good as any. I hope this helps. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  2. Hi all, I enjoyed today's session, it depended less on my wood working skills and more on my basic modeling knowledge. I fitted the companion way, the gratings, timberheads and the two sets of channels. There are a few more items to add, such as the hand pumps, but the construction of the hull is almost complete. I hope l will have added a bit of colour by the time l post next. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  3. Hi Mike, Thanks very much for the tip and the link, it looks just the thing l am needing. Today l fitted the main wales, trickier than l thought. Note to self: Just because something looks simple enough, do not assume it is so. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  4. Hi all, This afternoon l have completed the inner planking, cut open the gun ports and fitted the bulwark capping rail. During my next session l will be fitting the main wale. I shall also make a start on the deck fittings. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  5. Decking completed and the first plank of the inner gun port bulwarks fitted. I have also filed out the holes for the masts. During my next session l will complete the bulwarks and cut out the gun ports. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint. PS. I must work on getting better/straighter cuts for my plank ends, perhaps a plank cutter would be a good investment.
  6. Hi all, Today l have started the deck planking and am happy so far with the results, however, l have found it surprisingly difficult to get perfectly straight cuts. I have simulated the caulking with a permanent marker pen which seems to have worked well, although can highlight any errors in cutting. I am being critical l know but if l don't highlight these problems/errors l am afraid l may well make them again. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  7. Hi all, I have been busy preparing the hull for painting by trimming, filling and sanding. I do still have more sanding, but not much and I haven't had to use too much filler, which l am pleased about. All the errors l am left with can be attributed to my failure to appreciate the importance of the bearding lines and rabbets. If l work on correcting my five lessons highlighted in the previous post l should produce a better hull next time. I am now looking forward to planking the deck and the inner walls of the gun port bulwarks. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  8. Hi Paul, Thank you very much for the information, it is very much appreciated. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  9. Hi all, Well l have completed my first hull planking. l am not too disappointed as it is my first attempt and l have learnt a lot. Planking a model ship is certainly a challenge, my hat off to all you builders out there who produce model's of such high standard's. My next tasks will be to prepare the hull for painting by trimming, filling and sanding. The five most important lessons l have learnt so far are: 1. The bearding and rabbet lines. These are much more important to the final look of the hull than l realised. I won't pay lip service to them next time. 2. Beveling the bulkheads. It is surprising how much wood you can sand away in such a short time, l won't be making work for myself next time. 3. Taking more time over cutting individual planks. I won't move on to the next plank in line untill the one l am working on is absolutely correct, this may mean my scrap wood pile grows but ultimately it will lead to a better looking build. 4. Make my build sessions shorter. As l get more tired l tend to accept poorer quality work, there is no rush. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint. 5. I will not add the keel untill the planking is completed.
  10. Hi ccoyle, Thanks for the sanding sealer tip, l shall use it as l do plan to paint. My wood working skills are not sufficient yet to display a varnished ship, although I am quit pleased with the gunport bulwarks. Do you recommend a specific sanding sealer? Should l look for a sealer produce for model ships or would a trip to B&Q suffice? Many thanks for your input. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  11. Hi all, A few more planks in. One more session should see the hull completed and, with any luck, a bit of sanding / filling should produce a reasonable job. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  12. Hi all, Today l have planked the stern and am five planks down the hull. I am finding that the planking is very time consuming but very absorbing, time just flew by today. Yesterday l missed my lunch! 🤣 During my next session l will endeavor to progress by another five planks, but not tomorrow, tomorrow l am going 🎣 Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  13. Hi all, I have sanded it smooth and l am glad to say l have not had to resort to too much filler. I have started the second planking and completed the first 3 planks on either side. I am not using pins as l would like this (gunport bulwarks) area left unpainted, if my planking is ok l will use varnish, if not l will paint it. I will now work carefully and slowly down the ship. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  14. Hi all, Well that is the 1st planking in place, still a lot of tidying up, filling and sanding. Ha ha, l know what you mean Edward, thank goodness for filler and sand paper. I am reasonably happy with the outcome, it is, after all, a learning curve that l am on. I understand my errors and l shall learn by them. With luck the 2nd planking will be easier. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.
  15. Hi all, It seems to be going smoothly so far. I am endeavouring to keep things as symmetrical as possible and hopefully any errors l make on the 1st planking l can put right on the second. I am planking both sides simultaneously and am eight planks in, four each side. Best wishes as always. The Lazy Saint.

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