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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. All right, we've begun. First thing I did was lay out the laser cut pieces I'd be needing for the hull. Once that was done, I began work on the false keel and keel. I used wood glue here, though I'm reasonably certain I could have gotten away with CA glue. In any event, the keel and false keel joining went very smoothly, though I have some (probably unfounded) concerns about the rabbet. I tried to get a decent shot of the joint, pictured below. So, that out of the way, we're moving to the bulkheads next. My plan there is to mark each of them where the uppermost strake will lay (without looking at the plans, I believe that's 1/8" from the top of the bulkhead, though I could be wrong). Once we get those marked, they'll be placed on the keel. I think I can get away with using wood glue there too, but we'll see. ~CE
  10. So, life stuff kind of got in the way (job search, kid, dog, etc), and I haven't had a chance to start the build just yet. I have, however, been reading ahead in the instructions, and was wondering if anyone had some advice on fairing a hull? Any help on that front would be much appreciated. ~CE
  11. Some various unboxing photos. I'm hoping to get started next week. This particular kit came with tools and supplies (not that I was hurting for those, my father in law has built a number of models and set me up with a not insignificant amount of tools.
  12. So, this is my first build log here. I've tried my hand at models before, notably the HMS Bounty, but felt I bit off more than I could chew. Hence, I'm scaling it back and trying a smaller model to gain some skills.
  13. Thanks for the welcome and the advice! I actually did find a build log of the exact kit I'm going to be working on, so I'll be referencing that as I go along. ~CE
  14. Hello! First time poster, and relatively new to modeling. I've tried my hand at a few kits before. Mamoli's HMS Bounty was my first attempt, but that got lost when I moved, and I found myself a fair bit over my head in any event. So, I'm scaling back and trying something a bit simpler. In the next week or so, I hope to start a build log for the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat. I'm hoping I can develop skills there for use on larger models. Wish me luck, and glad to be here! ~CE

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