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  1. Thanks when you say printing paper do you simply mean a4 paper for a desk top printer or some specialist paper? I think I'll give this a go along with the miniture chisels I've ordered.
  2. Hello Picked up a billings smit rotterdam kit. Its the old kit. The wood is very grainy and flimsy. Anyone who has built this old kit will probably know what I'm talking about. My question is how do you cut out the windows from the superstructure pannels without them crumbling? When a row of windows are placed I find it just falls apart especially when cutting accross the grain. I'm thinking of trying miniture chisels. How did othwrs do it?
  3. Hello I just picked u a billings smit rotterdam kit second hand. The frame is built and stern deck installed. I'm wondering how to seal the grain to get a smooth surface. I'm going to be sealing and painting parts as I build as I imagine painting some areas will be difficult when complete. The kit came with a tin of humbrol sanding sealer but this is very thick. Can I thin it? (What with?) would varnish be better or any kind of spray wood sealer/primer? Also the rear deck has been painted without sealer. Can I seal over this to repaint?
  4. I'm looking for some plans for CAP SAN DIEGO as I've decided I'm going to start a 1:100 scale RC build. Found one website with plans seemingly available for purchase. Sent an email however the site looks like its from the 90s so I'm skeptical I'll get a reply. Any ides where plans for this ship can be obtained? Thanks
  5. Thanks for all the advice. I've tried to make a shooting board. Very basic with the materials I have at hand as buying more wood is difficult now. I planed flat the edge of a strip of wood using a vice and a board I've then glued this onto an mdf board and added a stop to it. If this isn't precise enough I'll probably just buy a dedicated tool or a disc sander. Hopfuly when my mini planer arrives I'll be able to true up the edges for my bulkhead filler blocks. I did want to ask what exactly would be regarded as an acceptable tolerance for a wooden kit? I
  6. Thanks for all the advice from everyone. Problem I'm having is I can't make anything with a 90 degree angle or flat face so if I try make those jigs it's pointless as they won't be straight themselves. I've tried planing a pice of wood flat to make a shooting board I can get the length straight but the thickness edge I can't get 90 degree it's always sloped. I've seen mixed reviews on disc sanders sub £250 price range and I'm not willing to spend that much. On second thoughts I might try using a square on a base and a sanding block.
  7. Hi guys Feel daft asking this but I need a tool to cut precise 90 degree cuts to make the blocks to fill my Hull. So far I bought a mitre box and saw I can make a square no problem but the saw has so much play that the cuts are never perfectly vertical. So for this reason I'm having trouble getting perfect filler blocks. I'm considering this https://www.drapertools.com/product/88192/550mm-Precision-Mitre-Saw But it has mixed reviews on accuracy so. I thought I'd ask on here is there are any recommendations for a good tool to make
  8. OK thanks, I've not made any cuts in the keel but I plan to use blocks like you did. Are those the blocks in the picture or did you completely fill the spaces? Also did you paint the interior structure with varnish prior to sealing it behind planking? Just the colour of yours in the photo looks darker than mine.
  9. Thanks, How did you solve it on your kit? What I'm hoping is that I can fill the spaces between the bulkheads with wood and it'll hold it straight.
  10. Thanks for all the advice, I went and built a basic jig to clamp the keel straight using wood blocks Thanks for all the advice from everyone. I considered contacting the kit maker the kit is a caldercraft Sherborne 1:64. However looking at the build logs I feel this is common issue so I need to learn to deal with it early on. So I made a basic jig using a base board and square wooden blocks I arranged this to clamp the keel tightly. This seems to have worked its difficult to tell how straight because of the sheer bit I definitely think it's an improvement. I then fitted t
  11. Hi again Sorry for the daft questions but it's my 1st build and I'm wanting to make sure I do everything correctly and not rush any steps. From the pictures you can see my keel is curved from bow to stern slightly, the photos makes it look worse than it actually is but in any case its not straight. My question is can I make a jig by gluing wood blocks to a solid base the idea bieng to sandwich the keel between the blocks and keep it straight. Then whilst in this jig glue and pin the bulkheads , false deck and add balsa blocks between the bulkheads.
  12. Thanks I'll go have a look at those builds I didn't realise I could glue these later, I guess where to follow the instructions and where to adapt will become obvious with experience. Much appreciated
  13. Hello I went and bought the Caldercraft HMS Sherborne kit. It's my first plank on bulkhead kit. Just started the build yesterday . So far I have removed the bulkheads and sanded smooth. I'm going to attach the keel pieces together next. My keel has three dark coloured woo pieces that attach to the main light coloured piece. These three dark wood pieces are wider than the lighter coloured main keel. I'm curious how I should glue this up. Should I try to center the main piece so that the same amount sits proud on either side or should it be sanded so all piec
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