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  1. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Small update and a question (see below). Finalised the bow ornaments today, that only took me about a week ๐Ÿ™‚ Started with the top sweeps: I kept the bowsprit dry fitted as long as I could, to make sure the alignment would not go off. Dropped the lower sweeps, but I made a mistake I only saw later, as the bend was too far away so the lines mess up a bit. Decided to continue regardless. Then the final details: Hull is almost finished now, just attaching the rudde
  2. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Got the mirror in place after a bit of a struggle. Suffice it to say I have one nail hole to hide ๐Ÿ™‚ Started on the bow ornaments, but after the first pieces I realised I was going to make my life very difficult painting the rubbing strakes after this section was finished. Soooo, put the ornaments aside and started painting. For one reason or another, the black varnish I used on Terror did not really like the African walnut; after two layers hardly anything took. So sanded down the layers and put on some matte black acrylic paint:
  3. Great job on the planking, congrats! Still trying to get my head around the technique, so your descriptions and pictures are really helpful. The Sapelli veneer can be a handful, very brittle, difficult to cut into shape. I had no issue bending sideways as long as the strip was long enough. I used 2 strip halves, cut in different places so they wouldn't align on the hull. I didn't use the cobblers glue which they're so fond of in the instructions, as you can hardly correct afterwards (and it stinks to high heaven). Used Mantua aliphatic glue, at key points (bow, any bend
  4. Hi all, thnx for checking in. It's been a while, but I've been busy: First the catheads: Occre's instructions show the catheads at a very shallow angle, but the plans mark a 45ยฐ angle from the heartline. This seemed to make more sense so I went with that. The instructions also showed how to construct off-boat, and then magically fit it into place. Didn't trust that too much, so went for a different approach: Marked the angles on tape using the middle of the openings as a reference: Then constructed the catheads off boat, making sure they fit properly
  5. Hi all, thnx for checking in. DavidG, chose the hard way, also as a learning experience: fitted the African Walnut. In retrospect, your second option would have been the optimal one, as I'm painting the strakes anyway, and that would not have left me with a nasty carving mark ๐Ÿ˜ž think I can minimise it though. Placed the top strakes and rounded off the corner strip: Now working on the gunport sides, the catheads and the railings...
  6. Thnx for that! Just another question: Iโ€™ve read that glueing planks while theyโ€™re still wet is a nono, but I also saw some logs where bulwarks were put into place to dry. So what is the best way: soak them, then bend them into shape on a mold and leave to dry, or bend them and secure them in place?
  7. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Some work done and a milestone achieved: second planking is done: Di needs some extra sanding here and there, but she's starting to look the part! Starting on the cathead construction now, which is a real puzzler. Going to go with my gut instead of following the instructions, which don't seem to make sense. Also thinking of the rubbing strakes, which are made from African Walnut. Tried some cutting and bending on a test strip, and basically this wood behaves like your average concrete when
  8. Hi all, It's been a while, but Teror is finally where she should be: There are probably hundreds of mistakes in there, but I can't help but feeling proud for my first build. The Admiral was equally impressed, so the display case has taken up a central space in our home ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again to all of you for all the help, advice and support. Without you, I'd probably still be figuring out which rope goes where ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay safe and take care!
  9. Hi there, good to see someone else went for the Billing Boats solution ๐Ÿ™‚ Did the same with my Terror, lined up the first chainplate from the middle of the mast, as you show in your picture. Took a bigger measurement though, 5mm isn't enough for spacing the deadeyes. Tip, grab some excess planking wood and draw a line every 5,5cm, then transfer that in pencil on the ice-shocks. That gave me a good idea of where the chainplates would end up. Chainplates for the mizzen mast run almost to the end of the shock, so it might be worth measuring before you install them.
  10. Hi Peter Thnx for your replies (I'm Robert, by the way), and thnx for the compliment! Thought so, that seems to make the most sense, but with my limited experience, what makes sense to me doesn't necessarily mean that's right ๐Ÿ™‚ No offence taken, I was pondering that question for a long time before setting off planking Di. Indeed Occre's instructions don't see any harm, but I'm getting to learn that instructions are sometimes more guidelines ๐Ÿ™‚ . I went through the articles elsewhere on MSW, beginning with Chuck Passaro's text, and to be hones, he lost
  11. Hi all, quick and probably stupid question: second planking is finalising and I'm prepping for the installation of the limber boards. Clear instructions for the bow portion, but I'm a bit unclear about the stern, as the bulwarks are not in a straight angle. A rudimentary schematic showing the stern: As for the question: do the limber boards get installed following the bulwarks (option A), or do the limber boards follow the alignment of the deck (option B)? This will allow me to sand the tops of the bulwarks correctly. Thnx for your input!
  12. Quick update: progressing slowly on second planking: Took a new approach to this as I wanted to make sure the sapelli did not leave any gaps. Basically I put down CA gel at regular distances (closer whenever a tricky bend came up), and in-between used PVA for glueing the rest of the strip. It's probably overkill, but it keeps the strips in place nicely, basically using the CA as nails until the PVA dries. 4 more strips to go, and the way the Cover numbers are going in Belgium, I might have more time on my hands as of next week... St
  13. Hi there, I've made a template on paper, which I put behind the shrouds so I could follow the lines. Lines were set apart 5mm, after checking with the experts over here ๐Ÿ™‚ . Securing them was a difficult choice, in the end I secured them with CA glue, tried the knot-tying but I kept on stretching the shroud lines in all kinds of wrong directions...
  14. Thnx for the feedback, David! Indeed the catheads seem a bit overcomplicated. I keep returning to your build log soon a daily basis, so no worries, you're not working in the dark. Great inspiration, thnx for that ๐Ÿ™‚ Thought so about the wood glue, didn't want to start without checking.
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