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  1. Today's progress. Next up is figuring out how I want to sand down the keel to be flush with the ribs. I don't think I can get a rotary tool in there, and probably wouldn't trust my steadiness if I could. So, the old fashioned way, I guess. Stay safe, all. ~CE
  2. Being stuck inside all day isn't that bad, as it turns out it gives me more time to work on this. Finally got all the hull planks on. I'm no expert (the exact opposite in fact), but I think it looks passable. ~CE
  3. Some progress pictures. I managed to get the markings onto the forward bulkheads (I am NOT great with tick strips), and so far I'm liking how it's coming out. ~CE
  4. I actually ended up redoing the garboards and taking them back a bit. Not as far back as my first attempt, sort of a halfway point. I actually was using your build as a guide for that. Here's where I'm at so far. I wanted to get the planks up far enough to attach the transom (thing will not stay on for me) before I started worrying about tick strips. As it stands, I think I'm looking at 11 planks per side. ~CE
  5. Been a while. Life kind of caught up with me, combined with having to restart a significant portion of this build due to a planking run I ultimately wasn't satisfied with and a losing battle with CA glue. Thank goodness for replacement parts. So, here's where we're at. I've got the garboard and broad strake in on both sides, and I'm much happier with the run of the plank this time around. I ended up moving the garboard forward to just touch the upsweep of the stem rather than have it terminate near the scarf joint. Now I just need to figure some math. The instructions say 12 planks per side, but my preliminary estimate has 11 if I want there to be space left at the top of the bulkheads. Maybe I can thin the planks slightly? ~CE
  6. I've been working on this day by day. So far we've got 7 planks total on, and we've hit the first on that touches the transom. For the most part, the planks are pretty flush to each other, minus a very small step here or there, but I figure those will come off with sanding. Related, wood putty is my friend. ~CE
  7. I'm more concerned at the moment about edge bending the planks. The two I've edge bent so far crumpled a touch (nothing that sanding can't fix), but I can't figure out how to not have that happen. I'm anticipating 12 planks a side. ~CE
  8. Now we've got the second plank on either side. Took a fair amount of fiddling, but after some light sanding, I think it looks pretty all right. Kind of at a loss where to go from here. I'm thinking the tape method to shape the planks at the bow? Tick strips and me can't seem to get along. ~CE
  9. I ended up taking the garboard off and trying to sand down the stern some more, though I was limited in my efforts by the bulkheads. Still I managed to get the garboard on both starboard and larboard, and have the next planks bent and ready to go. I'm a little concerned about how one of the garboards looks a little indented from the clamps, though I'm hoping that will buff out when I get around to sanding the hull. I'd imagine the color will even out then as well, though this is getting painted anyway, and the garboard won't be noticeable under the floor planks. ~CE
  10. Small update, after much worrying about getting this right and not screwing up, I got one of the garboard planks on. It didn't slot into the rabbet at the stern as well as I would have liked, though I'm thinking I can correct that with sanding the hull after it's fully planked later. Thoughts and suggestions appreciated. ~CE
  11. So, life stuff got in the way, but progress is still being made. I got the bulkheads pretty well faired (I hope) and decided to sand off the laser burns so I could see the tick marks for the bulkheads better when I get to that point. On that subject, does anyone know how to remove pencil marks from this wood? Erasers and sandpaper don't seem to be working. At the suggestion of Ryland, I did use scrap wood to make a frame, which isn't pretty, but boy is it functional. I still need to put the transom on and mark the ticks for the planks, at which point I'll be enlisting my father in law for advice/help (he's done modeling before: a New Bedford Whaleboat, Charles W. Morgan, and USS Constitution, all Model Shipways). ~CE
  12. Okay, so we have the bulkheads done. Next I need to fair these and put the bow fillers and transom on before we start planking. Sidenote, anyone have any good sources on fairing a hull? This is historically where I've had a ton of trouble. ~CE
  13. Bulkheads are half done. What I've been doing is marking them 1/16" down from the top, which is where they will need to be filed to later. The practical upshot of doing this now is twofold: for one, it's easier to mark them when they aren't attached, and for two, the line I've drawn makes it easier to see if they're level with each other. Brief aside, I really should get one of those green hobby grids. I feel that could be useful. ~CE

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