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  1. This is my second build. The first was Albatros by Occre. 1. The reason I bought this ship was that I was intrigued after reading the review in MSW. It looked very small and rather difficult but I decided to go ahead after speaking with Egor Tsinko, the proprietor of Crafty Sailor from whom I bought the kit. The version I bought included the (sewn) sails but not the simulated nails on the veneer planking 2. I will organize my log by categorizing it into "phases"; these just follow my own "intuitive" sense of what groups of steps constitute a phase. Phase 1: Assembling the hull a
  2. I have finished the Albatross....just cant believe it; almost gave up at a few points. Thanks to all who gave advice and encouragement--this is a great community. Here is a pic. I will be writing more detailed notes on dos and donts and what I liked and did not like about the model but couldn't wait to let u know I finished it. THX!!!
  3. Well the sails are up (see pic) but I am having a devil of a time "belaying" lines. Am using a tweezer but can't get the pin to catch the thread from below per a you tube video. Do I need another tool or is there a compromise that is acceptable?
  4. Well, I have finished the ratlines and have started the rest of the rigging. My big question is: Should I "belay" each line as I complete it OR just number it with blue tape and wait till the end to belay it. I have only finished about 20% of the rigging and was using the blue tape approach but am wondering if it will all be one tangled mess when I finish. Any advice would be appreciated.
  5. Well, I have finished the ratlines and have started the rest of the rigging. My big question is: Should I "belay" each line as I complete it OR just number it with blue tape and wait till the end to belay it. I have only finished about 20% of the rigging and was using the blue tape approach but am wondering if it will all be one tangled mess when I finish. Any advice would be appreciated.
  6. Well folks..I am finally hopeful that I will finish this model -- my first (see current status in pic). I have started the rigging. I have two questions and two suggestions: Question 1: Some of the pulleys have one hole and some have two. The instructions are clear on which goes where. But they are unclear on one point. Am I to assume that if a pulley has two holes, the thread should go into one and come back through the second? And that if there is only one hole then you just bring the thread back? What is the significance of one vs two holes? (Follow up----I think I figured it...
  7. So the model is almost ready for the rigging and installation of masts and I think I will take a break and spend some time learning about tying knots and other topics in rigging. I am quite pleased with how things are going right now--see pic--- but feel the rigging will be overwhelming--hope I can make it through
  8. Hi Folks: As those who have followed my build know by now, it has been a tough slog. But I am entering a much more enjoyable phase now. Why you may ask? The answer is "Tools I wish I had Bought Sooner". When I was growing up in Calcutta, India, a friend introduced me to Western music (both pop and classical). One record that I remember buying (vinyl of course) was Bing Crosby's "Songs I Wish I had Sung" in which he paid tribute to popular songs of other artists like Al Jolson (April Showers), Nat King Cole (Mona Lisa), Bob Hope (Thanks for the Memory) and others. On that theme I give my t
  9. Mr Coyle (apologies if I got this wrong): Thx very much for your prompt reply. I will follow your suggestion re: eye bolts and pins. Re "basics" I am attaching two pics that I hope will give examples of what I mean. In the first, I am not sure how to tie the knot to make the thread tight and secure (should I add some glue at the end...if so which kind...diluted PVA? and where do I "dab" it?). In the second pic I have no idea how to construct the "steps" i.e. rungs of the ladder so to say...how to construct the red horizontal lines so they look neat and tidy and secure?
  10. I badly need help on the next step in two areas. I am starting to put the deck "furniture" so to say and beginning the first steps in rigging/masting. 1. On the first there are a number of "pins" and "eye bolts" that go in different places with different thickness to the wood in each place. Yet all the pins and eye bolts supplied in the kit are of the same length, and often longer than the thickness of the wood. Am I supposed to cut the pins/eye bolts down to an appropriate size? And should I drill a "starter" hole to facilitate the hammering of the pin or eye bolt 2. Re: masting/ri
  11. Barry You mentioned that Occre sent you detailed "rigging" instructions that helped a lot and were not included with kit; where can I get them? Can you post a pdf file? Nazir
  12. The 3 critical mistakes I made in the building of the hull are: 1. inadequate attention to fairing; this was entirely my fault...there was enough warning on this from MSW folks. I recently saw a video of a modeler fairing using the Dremel 8050 drill---made it look so easy..I think I will get one. 2. not correctly doing the first planking (plywood); I connected the "paired" pieces ie from the two sides of the hull instead of just bringing them up to the center keel piece and stopping short of having the two planks touch each other; in all fairness, the illustrations in the kit were mi
  13. I would appreciate some help re: what glue to use to glue the wooden piece that goes below the bowsprit (see pic); i have done the best I can with sanding but the two pieces do not fit flush against each other---touch in places and very close in others; I assume some glue work better in such situations than others. Any help is most appreciated. I have PVA (Titebond) and Gorilla super glue but am willing to order another and wait to do this if so advised.
  14. After switching to Gorilla Super glue for the second (veneer) planking, I tried PVA (Titebond Quick and Thick) as the fumes from the super glue were getting to me; PVA worked like a charm...wish I had discovered this sooner (lots of folks on MSW recommend it). At this point the hull is basically complete. I can honestly say I have made every mistake in the book; here are some examples: 1. Not paying enough attention to fairing; result: mistakes in alignment and curvature of hull. Used some 3M sanding sponges but not sure what grit they were...and didnt have enough patience to
  15. Hi Folks: I am about half way through my first build..the Albatross by Occre; it has been a lot of fun, though challenging and not what any of you will call a work of art after it is finished. But I am already looking for my next challenge and thinking of buying the Avos by Master Korabel. My 2 questions are 1. Will it be far too challenging? At 78 years old, I feel I do not have too much time to spend on the "beginner" kits so I thought I'd just plunge in...what do you experts think? Which of the many versions of Avos should I get? I was thinking of the + edition from Ages of
  16. After I started using Gorilla super glue, the second planking proceeded much better; one side of the hull is done...here is pic. I can start picturing the hull when completed; definitely not a work of art but in many ways I learnt a lot and am determined to get better; many moments of sheer joy! Thx to all who have been giving advice and encouragement.
  17. I would appreciate some help. I am having a devil of a time with the lining of the hull. I think i may be using the wrong kind of glue. The instructions had called for 3 kinds of glue : carpenter's for parts that dont offer resistance; Fast-drying for "almost instant" setting and Cobbler's/contact for the veneers. The last is what they recommend for the lining. I have attached a pic of the 3 glues I used/substituted for these (couldn't find exact match at Home Depot for 2 of 3): Elmers carpenter wood glue, Gorilla Super Glue (for "instant") and Clear Gorilla Glue (for "contact" glue); the last
  18. Thanks to Chuck for the great videos. While I have tried to followed his advice re: adding chocks, I probably did not add as many as needed simply because it was really difficult to sand them down as part of the fairing process. In addition, I have been using the pins on the planks against his advice because for the model I am working with it is virtually impossible to hold the plank in place while glue sets in without pushing the pin through the plank into bulwark. I hope Chuck will understand! I am confused about one issue: can I use a pin vise to push the pin into the bulwark or is a pin vi
  19. First Failure then Success! After completing the bulwarks I have the following notes/observations: 1. The instructions do not tell you soak the bulwarks before gluing to the deck. YOU MUST---several times! I did it three times but wish I had done it more; because after I started gluing I realized the front of the bulwark was not bent enough; and as I had already put the lining it was too late to soak in water again. Also, I used pins too often and the integrity of the front part of the bulwark was compromised. So I ended up using a screw to hold the glue in place ...then rem
  20. After completing the the lining and the gluing of deck(s), I have the following observations: 1. It is really important to preplan use of the (Ramin) lining. The kit comes with very little spare lining so use it parsimoniously. I would suggest that to line the main deck, the bulkhead and the quarter deck you use 20 pieces of the lining (each is .6*5*400). First cut off 310 mm for the main deck (not 320 as instructions suggest, as 310 is more than adequate). The rest, 90mm, will be enough for the bulkhead and quarter deck--with some scraps left over for miscellaneous use)--- Note: I reali
  21. I would recommended great care at the next step": essentially, it involves gluing strips of wood on the deck, trimming off the excess wood and then gluing the (reinforced) deck to the "structure" of the ship (quotes from instruction). You need to sure you use the right strips; go to the "parts" list and make sure the lines/strips u choose match what the instructions say as there are MANY wood strips of different sizes in the kit. I have preplanned this step and have gone through it many times in my mind. I have hit several stumbling blocks: first, I tested laying the de
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