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  1. Hi George, the rear end of the BB catheads should be rounded off on the top side only. The straight front end of the BB parts should be rounded off and a roller should be added. The parts from the instructions : This is what they should look like : I hope I've made myself clear. Regards, Arjan
  2. I've been following this thread with interest because I have recently bought an old, partly built 414 kit . I have found that the BB kit has some issues of which the wrongly shaped catheads, parts 38 (414) or 57 (728 ) is one. Caner: The instructions of the latest 728 kit can be found here : https://www.pelikandaniel.com/dld/3BB7028_Colin_Archer_Instructions.pdf Some time ago an ABS hull was offered for sale on ebay by a German. I would advise you to check ebay regularly. Regards, Arjan
  3. A solid wood base could be helpful for a carvel built model. This is a clinker built one and lapstrake planking provides quite a bit of rigidity.
  4. In hindsight I think fitting the scroll pieces before attaching the strakes is the best solution. Mainly because the shape of parts 10a and 10b is not 100% identical to that of the scroll pieces. Personally I think the soft wood filling exercise is quite superfluous because the frame is sufficiently sturdy. Regards, Arjan
  5. I prefer building models of boats that either exist as replicas or are well-documented. There are loads of detail pics of the le Renard replica to be found on the internet. I'm currently building BB's Regina Yacht and to my dismay I haven't been able to find any reference material on this particular ship type , even though BB claim this was a common 19th century Baltic sailing vessel ..... Regards, Arjan
  6. I have also recently bought the AL Renard kit so I'm following this thread with interest. Looking good so far ! My intention is to scale up the kit parts to 1/25 (simply a matter of enlarging them by 200 % ) and I may not even build the original 1/50 kit. Regards, Arjan
  7. Thanks for your kind words ! Making the model watertight was not very hard. I filled some bigger gaps with filler and small fissures with ca glue. I then used some exterior stain to paint the whole model (both the interior and exterior). I finally used Vallejo polyurethane primer (available in various colors such as dark grey, brown and black) and polyurethane matt varnish . I'm a big fan of Vallejo polyurethane primer and varnish because it's waterproof and extremely hard wearing. The only downside of this type of paint is that it tends to clog up air brushes so I usually apply it with a brush. I haven't used any epoxy based products because I don't fancy endless sanding sessions and there is always the risk of mixing in too little or too much hardener (been there, done that .....). Regards, Arjan
  8. Thanks Steven ! In the mean time I have added my fifth crew member, one more to go. Originally this figure was supposed to have a spear and shield in his hands : This is his current position on the boat (no social distancing here .....) : Regards, Arjan
  9. Indeed, I have been thinking about Roar Ege. In terms of available figures/crew members 1/25 is an attractive scale. Regards, Arjan
  10. I'm also looking forward to the next installment of this blog. Lovely build, great figures and nice kit. I have considered buying the 1/35 version of this Dusek kit but I don't fancy making 60 oars and 60 shields ...... In this respect the 1/35 Dusek Gokstad kit is more manageable but, unfortunately the hull planking of the latter seems to lack the proper curve towards the bow and stern . Arjan
  11. Much obliged Steven, that's a very interesting thread ! I also love your build (you seem to have an enormous amount of both skill and patience). For me the oar length is quite academic because I will store the oars on the deck in two bundles. Minor length differences would , therefore , not be noticeable anyway (just a matter of a few millimeters in the case of this Oseberg model). Regards, Arjan
  12. Thanks Herr Hook, there are some who take matters slightly further 😊 : Regards, Arjan
  13. The number of crew members is steadily increasing, for the time being I'm aiming for a crew of six . Arjan
  14. Really outstanding work ! Pity there are no similar period Cutters in 1/25 scale, I would love to build an rc one. Unfortunately, the 1/25 Krick Zollkutter is far too small for a working rc version, besides it doesn't have a (single mast) Cutter type rigging. Gruss, Arjan
  15. Thanks for your feedback gentlemen ! I love figures and all my boat models have crews. Figures add life and give a sense of the model's size. I recently acquired a 1/25 Krick Alert Revenue Cutter but it wasn't until the kit arrived that I realized how small this vessel was in real life. This was mainly because I had never seen pics of this model with figures to match. This photo from the internet (not a Krick model I think) clearly shows how small this vessel really was : Regards, Arjan

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