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  1. There is a very good narrative of the rebuilding of Boadicea including lines in Vintage Boats by John Lewis published in 1975.
  2. Oh and you do vintage cars too! I have restored a 1929 Singer Junior and I'm doing a 1930 Singer Light Six at the moment - both pretty wrecked barn finds when I got them My other one is a 1937 Singer Nine coupe which needed a complete mechanical rebuild but was otherwise lovely!
  3. I have the book Martin but she has a transom so no real help. I will wing it as you did. I'm just over the border in north Cambridgeshire so East Anglian craft are of great interest to me too. I also have the Underhill books and my first model, made while I was at UEA many years ago, was of Leon subsequently semi-destroyed by one of my daughters swinging a cushion! Lots of dust on her too!
  4. I have always loved working boats Martin, and the leisure craft that were based on them. I'm currently trying my hand at a 1/2" scale Colchester smack based on the non scale plans in the Chatham Directory of Inshore Craft. Sort-of-scale frames generally completed but I'm puzzling over how the stern goes together. I also built a Harwich Bawley to 1/4" scale quite a few years ago from non-scale drawings in the science museum - the tree nails are massively oversized but I didn't know any better at the time, but everything is scratch built apart from the chain! Sailing Drifters and Sailing Trawlers by Edgar J March are both really good sources of fishing boat lines and details.
  5. I love this build Martin - I'm more of a fan of domestic and fishing craft than military stuff and I'll be following you as you complete her.
  6. You could drill the end of the blank and glue a smaller piece of dowel in place to fit the chuck on your drill. It is a rather meaty mast though! I really like this model which has a lot of the charm of Victorian pond yachts so good luck with the restoration.
  7. If you have a hand drill you can use that as a crude lathe and wrap a cylinder of sandpaper around the mast blank with your hand. At a slow speed this is quite effective.

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