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  1. Were those mini plants part of the kit? They look great. Why do some sand off the laser char? Is it an appearance thing or something else?
  2. Let’s Go. Stanton Moore. Amazing drummer. l’m loving the music history by the way.
  3. Jockey full of bourbon. Tom Waits
  4. You can never hold back spring. Tom Waits
  5. Final push to finish this week. Sails were done by hand and show how bad I am at sewing. The brown paint is too dark but it hides some flaws. Rigging was simple in theory but still have so much to learn. Overall, I’m ok with this first try and an eagerly looking to do another with some experience under my belt.
  6. Also made some oars and a minuscule harpoon for the first time ever. All seems a little amateurish compared to the other builds I have been checking out but that’s why we are here, right?
  7. Making some progress but holy learning curve Batman. I think the thwart knees are too chunky.
  8. Side project is a French castle from Aedes Ars. A little tedious but nice.
  9. Wrong side of the road. Tom Waits.
  10. I’m set up in a pseudo second kitchen in the basement. Disadvantages: tiny, a bit cold, cat box location. Advantages: fridge for beverages and beverages I guess.
  11. Getting organized. Started planking on the formers. Seems I was a bit off even though I swear things were level when I started. Picture #5 shows the obvious problem. I’ll try to trim things down and even them out. Hopefully once painted my shame will be hidden.
  12. Starting small but already things have gone a bit off. This is my first wooden boat and just learning the jargon has been one of the hardest parts. I’ve read Ansel’s whaleboat book and I’m looking up words like when I was struggling mightily Russian class back in college; clumsy cleat? thwart? Here goes nothin.
  13. Well, you all made me do it. So many good looking ships, I had to get involved. I have gotten back into doing plastic models and figures for the last year and, much like others here, decided to take the jump to ships. This has been said many times but holy cow, there are some beautiful ships on this site. Currently struggling with just learning the jargon and am planning to start with a whaleboat from Bluejacket. I’m originally from the northeast USA and grew up around decaying whaling towns so it just seemed right. Thanks for being such a welcoming community.

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