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  1. I’m still wrestling with the wood shavings. I can make the shavings evenly now, but I can’t mount them properly yet.
  2. I also attended at two weekend workshop on boatbuilding at the same institution (as a gift from my beloved admiral)! It made lofting so much easier to understand. It was taught by Dave Dormond, who is boatbuilder on staff at the museum. An easy easy recommendation for the interested.
  3. As mentioned before, this kit is based on a 1806 design by Samuel Humphreys called “Yacht for Canton.” His father was also a well-known designer. I stumbled across a model built by the father at the Independence Seaport Museum (in Philadelphia, PA, east coast USA):
  4. Gaetan, Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I’m ready to dip my toe in machining so seeing such a library is exciting; seeing your library, in light of you delightful work, more so!!
  5. If you had to pick two or three of your machinist’s books, which would you recommend?
  6. Edward, thanks for the kind words!! I’m still in my early days of modeling and it is delightful hear such encouragement!
  7. More work on the deck, a bit of hull shaping and one bulwark attached! The runs of decking were sliced with an xacto blade then I used a small brush to add a bit of brown stain to hide the fresh cut of the wood. The photo shows the deck after a coat of varnish.
  8. @Jond I finished your suggested book, Barons of the Seas. It was an interesting history - I was surprised by how many the wealth families with connections to the opium trade described are names familiar to anyone who has lived in NYC! I didn’t realize how much overlap existed between the clippers and steamships nor to the mechanics and economics of the opium trade. What are some of your favorite books that you would recommend? Unrelated, I haven’t found any good references for deck fittings or rigging and I’m open to suggestions! In the absence of an good intel, I’ll just build the kit as per the limited details given in the kit.
  9. Photos of the process described above. I used yellow to mark the suggested line in the plans and then overlaid the blue tape and 'felt' for the bump of the overlap and marked it in pencil. Then I removed the blue tape and laid it on the wood to cut, added an offset then cut.
  10. The kit’s supplied templates for the sides didn’t match the supplied hull. I was at loss as to how to proceed. I made in templates by putting (yellow) tape below the deck on the sides of the hull as per the plans then put a second layer of (blue) tape, which I marked with pencil to capture the curve. I removed the blue tape and stuck it to the sheet to be cut, thus transferring the 3D curve to a 2D surface for cutting. I then added a parallel line to match the transferred line and then did my cutting. If the there is a standard way to do this, I’m all ears!
  11. I’ve attached all the slivers to their proper places on the decks. Then I used a cotton cloth and some hot water to remove the remaining paper. I think it looks better than the printed oak sheet but not as nice as I hoped. It looks better in the photo than the real world. C’est la vie! I going to sit on my hands for a day or two before deciding to proceed or try again.
  12. Apologies, the last photo shows the photocopied paper still attached to some of the wood! Thanks for the advice though - I agree,
  13. Just amazing work!! I’m curious; what references or plans did you consult while building your ship?
  14. Ha ha, for better or worse, this is how learning works. Keep at it! Regards, Eric, destroyer of wood, fabric, rigging, paint, etc.!
  15. And some more decking. My process is borrowed from marquetry; one of the side effect is you get two sets of decking to chose from! After cutting, bit of warm water removes the paper.
  16. As for myself, I found looped needle threaders better than needles, but I found 'cord needle' even better! For me, applying the CA to about 1/4" inch of the thread was the best length of glue; if it was too long, the coated part would bend in weird ways and if it was too short, I couldn't make use of it. So keep an eye on that and play a bit with it. If you go with the old-school 'spit' approach, be aware of tiny, near invisible 'mini' threads which will make it harder to thread small holes.
  17. I'm impressed by the research! I need to work on that (among many other things..) I wish you full steam ahead!

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