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    Wooden ship modelling (European 17th-18th century), home automation and walking. The latter mainly to earn myself a beer.

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  1. I always plank the hull first. For the kits I build I had to cut off the frames at deck level after planking the hull so you want to cover that while planking the deck. Regardless, I find that the deck generally fits poorly so any adjustments made can be covered easily, including a possible gap between hull and deck. The only disadvantage is that the last deck planks require extra care when installing, particularly when the hull curves inwards.
  2. I use light oak as the way I understand it, the deck is/was always light of colour. I use matt/satin varnish, water based from the DIY store. After that I use steel wool to make the deck smooth. You can put additional pressure in areas where people walk to get a weathering effect. Something I don't do because I feel that you would need to weather the whole boat to make it natural. Peter
  3. When I woke up this morning I did not feel the need to buy a vice. After reading this post I just ordered the Stanley 360. Lesson learned; stay away from this section of the forum 😀. Peter
  4. As if you get transported back in time. They look so natural with amazing detail.
  5. In the initial phases of the build I use metal angles screwed on a wooden board. Make sure you position them so that they fall inbetween the frames. Make it a tight fit so that the false keel slides inbetween them. That will keep the keel straight while assembling the frames. You can then place spacers inbetween the frames to create a firm structure that will keeps its shape (much better). I also make sure it is positioned on the board when installing the first couple of planks on either side. If only I had a picture to show you, but there are many building logs here that will show you what I
  6. Very pleased to receive this book today. Written by Ab Hoving, it organises and explains Witsen's book on Dutch 17th century ship building (which is somewhat incomprehensible). Plenty of illustrations as well. A great 'tool' for my first scratch build. For non-Dutch readers there is also an English translation of this book "Nicolaes Witsen and Shipbuilding in the Dutch Golden Age".
  7. If you are concerned I would do it. It won't hurt and you don't want to keep wondering whether it is strong enough. Whether it is actually necessary is difficult to say. If you did not fair the frames properly there may not have been sufficient area for the glue to hold. Although if you used CA glue it won't need a lot to start with. Also, if you edge glued the planks it will likely not be required.
  8. The last picture shows the coat of Hamburg, but that's as far as I get.
  9. Or this one as a set: https://www.amazon.es/Modelcraft-PSA35-ingletes-Multicolor-piezas/dp/B01M4K49OU/ref=mp_s_a_1_16?dchild=1&keywords=razor+saw&qid=1606333622&sprefix=razer+saw&sr=8-16
  10. Hi, It would be easier if we actually know what you want to use it for, but a razor saw may be what you are looking for. An example for sale on the Spanish Amazon: https://www.amazon.es/Excel-Razor-Saw-Handle-Blade-Red/dp/B001F2EA12/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=razor+saw&qid=1606333263&sprefix=razer+saw&sr=8-3
  11. Wow. What a master piece!! That should be displayed in a museum for many more to enjoy. I certainly have enjoyed watching you build this.
  12. A hobby should be fun so if there is no enjoyment then I would go and do something else. One thing to consider is to pick one of the old images and replicate it as you see it. If you hang it behind the finished model, people will appreciate the model as something that reflects the art of that time.
  13. Instead of hitting the like button just a quick message to let you know that I very much appreciate your detailed description and the many pictures you show of your build. It's like a tutorial for a complete built that I have bookmarked to go back to as I progress with my Royal Caroline build.
  14. Mind blowing. There is now a serious risk that I will get bored with building boats😄
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