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  1. I wanted to thank you very much. I'm just finishing the fairing of my Eleanor. Your adventures on your efforts to do the first planking will be very helpful for me. Richard
  2. I'm still waiting for my Eleanor to arrive. Chis you were right, it got to the door of my apartment building on Friday (yesterday) . If I owned a hat, I'd eat it. Unfortunately UPS didn't know enough on how to get into the building. I called them and explained how to enter, just a standard french door bell (go wonder). They offed to deliver on Tuesday, I told them to wait until Wednesday since I won't home on Tuesday (grrr!). Next time I won't question you again 🤐. Richard
  3. Wow, the kit really is complete. Thank you Chris, un grand merci beaucoup.
  4. Was looking at the above pictures while waiting for my Lady Eleanor to be delivered; the Flirt will be my next venture. Have a couple of questions. Will there be some variation to expose the lower deck now that it is engraved and has an open door? Also to have some deck furniture to be placed on it in that case? What are the pins that you are using in the first planking? I assume that they don't come with the kit? Richard
  5. Not a chance, except if you hand delivered it yourself. Where upon I would give some good french coffee (not as good as the italien) and pastry. My guess will be Tuesday, not your fault. Just my knowing the french and UK postal services. Richard
  6. You and Chris have just settled it. I just placed an order for Fifie, along with its sails. Now all I have to do is wait until it crosses the channel, or the "sleeve" as the french would say. Thanks to the both of you. Richard
  7. As my second build (my first is Agostini's Victory cross section), I'm having problems deciding between Lady Eleanor or Lady Isabella. May I ask why you chose one over the other ? Richard
  8. What sort of clamps would that be ? I have a bunch of clamps that you've shown in your photos. Would someone have pictures of the bigger clamps ? I too have a great deal of trepidation about planking. Was going to order the Speedy, but will hold off and order the Zulu today from Chris. Richard
  9. Thank you for your reply in using distilled water, I'll test it. Another person also agrees with you. Wasn't sure that would be possible. Thank you also for your welcome, I'm just learning by building Angosti's victory cross section (which demands a whole bunch of skills except rigging and planking) and by eavesdropping on the blogs. After that I'll tackle something more difficult with planking. Two things worry me planking and tapering the various masts & yards. One of the things I've picked up here is "patience" and also to use the Vallorbe flat files where only the two flat surfaces have teeth. Richard
  10. Newbie question: I have a bunch of water based acrylic paints, Prince Auguste & Liquitex (Liquitex is US manufactured). What does one use as a thinner, water ? Richard
  11. If the boom sheet is under the tiller, wouldn't that get in the way of trying to change course ? I've sailed dingies and the boom sheet was always before the tiller. Richard
  12. Glennard I've been following along your build of the Speedy with a lot of interest while in confinement. Am also interested in tackling the ship. Forgive me for asking, if you've already answered the question. What is your mini lath that you're using to tackle the various yards and etc, ... ? Richard
  13. I suspect that you and I are not the only ones. One problem I'm having is to translate all the technical terms in to products I can buy in France/Internet. Such as "matt polyurethane varnish".I did a google search and came up with https://www.ebay.fr/itm/VAL27651-Av-Polyurethane-Vernis-Mat-200ml/202177657484?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D63098d2ee2f145c8bb36efc44398039a%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D324123542252%26itm%3D202177657484%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2386202%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWeb&_trksid=p2386202.c100677.m4598 https://www.amazon.fr/VAL27651-Polyurethane-Varnish-Matte-200ml/dp/B00BATAAVO/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_fr_FR=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=mat+polyurethane+varnish&qid=1585945737&sr=8-4 I hope that is what James was talking about. Operating in a non english speaking country, things get lost in translation and purchasing. Richard
  14. I'll be going for it as soon as it becomes available. My current build of the Victory cross section is a good learning experience, like always read ahead in the instructions and make sure you see where all the dependencies are on to what your doing at any given moment. I can't wait for it to become available. After that I'll tackle with something with more rigging. Rigging doesn't scare me; I'll have to admit that planking makes me a bit anxious. Richard
  15. One main question. How long will I have to "dream" before I can get my hands on it. Another question has to deal with Brexit, do I get it with out the UK charging me taxes since they're no longer in the EU. Oh well, I'll just have to wait and see. Richard
  16. As a beginner, I'm just building D'Agostini's' cross section of the Victory, as my first build, I'm carefully following your build of Lady Isabelle. It is a bit daunting for a beginner ! I'm going to try it as soon as its available, with sails, but your build log will be invaluable: the methods of painting, sanding, varnishing (?), futur rigging, ... Please continue, your information will be invaluable as far as I'm concerned. Richard
  17. Not knowing where you are located Bonjour SpyGlass, Vallorbe seems to sell directly to only people resident in Switzerland. I live in France so I used two French websites in order to order some of their files. Both sites will deliver internationally. I not knowing where you are located, but you should be able to find a local site where Vallorbe files are sold. http://ecatalog-mob.maqprint.fr/chapitre.php?cha_id=920 The above site is well organized Richard
  18. Looking at the Vallorbe website is like walking into a candy store. They have so much choice. Never have know so much choice existed. I've just placed an order for their models: Limes de précision: flat grooved on 3 sides and one grooved on 2 sides (top and bottom), and what they call rifloir, ones that have curved endings. Thanks very VERY much for mentioning the site. Now all I have to do is keep impatiently looking at my mailbox. Richard

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