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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. Welcome! One thing came to mind reading your post. You now have three models in production at a fairly similar stage. My suggestion would be to focus on one for (near) completion. Often the learning of a particular building phase comes much later in the build (even the best instructions sometimes get the order 'wrong'). That way you get the maximum benefit for the next build. With you experience in plastic, you may be well aware but I thought I mention it.
  2. I'm more of a boat guy, but this looks really, really good! Great skills you are showing. I enjoyed reading the log!
  3. Welcome! When I returned to the hobby after many years absence I first build a smaller, not too expensive, model just to see whether I still liked it (and whether old age had not deteriorated my skills 😉). The advantage is that you go in a relatively short time through all the stages (hull, decorations, rigging). It will give you a good idea about your strong and weak points. That also helps selecting the next model. As an example, I built the Sultan Dhow from Artesania Latina but there are obviously many options, depending on your liking.
  4. I have used both thread and pencil, but prefer pencil because it is easier to do and I like that you do not end up with clean lines. Although you may get (light) smudging when sanding, I like the look after staining with light oak. Maybe without staining it is less attractive so that could be a deciding factor. Picture below is the stained deck using pencil.
  5. Ok, this is probably the point where I have to admit it was a fairly wild guess. In a previous life I worked as a conceptual engineer and if somebody asked for a number, I got them a number! I would worry later about substantiating. So Marc, I fully accept not being selected as the winner. It was an honour to participate🙂.
  6. If I understand you correctly then that is how I did my Sultan Dhow (from Artesania Latina). That was a first for me as I normally have the false keel as one piece. Comparing the two methods; adding stern post later is definitely easier. For the keel not much difference but then I never see the need to cut the rabbit when double planking the hull. Where I struggled most was with the bow area as it was more difficult to make it nicely fit after planking. I was a bit concerned about the structural integrity, but it ended up not being a problem. So the way you consider building is how some kit manufacturers propose the build order. It may end up being more of a personal preference to go one way or the other, having done it both ways has not given me a strong view to do one or the other.
  7. Thanks! I am sure I will find it now. Good luck with the house. It may be difficult to transition back to delicate wood after that 😃.
  8. Excellent work on hull and rigging! Something to aspire to. Hopefully you get back to her soon, otherwise I get stuck with my own RC😁. I had one question. What colour blue are you using for the hull? It is a beautiful shade. Piet
  9. Going great! I certainly would use less filler. Raised areas can be sanded and for sunken areas I use left-over veneer of 0.5 mm thick. I only use filler for small gaps. Have fun!

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