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  • Birthday 10/19/1949

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    Whidbey Island, WA, USA
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    Wood carving and archery. Now model ships.

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  1. this picture was taken before I used the fret saw to relieve the warping pressure. One of the reasons I started this project is because I am the lucky recipient of a full chest full of tools from a deceased person who built about 20 ships. Most of the tools I have not used yet but the mitre box was used to cut the flooring planks.
  2. What is the process to add to a build log you started? do you use the edit function?
  3. This is my first model build. I read some of the build logs here for the Mare Nostrum but most are for the redesign model in 2016. I got one of the old ones but the price was right. I made a vice before I started to assemble the kit. Once I started I had some difficulties identifying the kit pieces because they were not numbered. Unlike the redesign, there are not many pictures and very brief instructions. I assembled the false keel and glued it together. I added the planking to the floor section and secured it with contact cement. I made it solid and then cut out the holes for the ribs. I did not like the blandness of the planking so I stayed it so that it looked more realistic and then varnished it and the dividing walls. When I attached the flooring section to the false keel I needed to clamp it to force it down flat. After I took off the clamps I noticed that the keel section was no longer straight so I took a rally fine fret saw and shortened the flooring a blades width next to the ribs. It relieved the pressure and seemed to cure the slight bend. I have to put the bunks in next but I have not figured out how to make them look more realistic .ie a pillow, and some texture/loft. I put the false keel in the vice and glued on the rear section. So far I think it is ok.
  4. Myaylor suggested I start a build log. Is there a template that you would recommend? I m assembling materials to build a vice to hold the keel. I will start assembly upon completion of vice build.
  5. I have been a wood carver for 30 years, and have done mostly birds for the last 10. I relish doing really fine detail wood carving and thought I would try to build a ship. I bought a kit for Mare Nostrum and now I am in the research process prior to commencement of starting. Attached are 3 of my carvings.

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