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  1. The second planking started out quite well. I was able to get 7 planks on without tapering any planks. I was able to complete the planking but did need to add a stealer plank on both the starboard and port sides. I am not sure if this is an acceptable technique to use on the second planking.
  2. Nice job John. I just added this model to my collection and am following your build with great interest. I am also a newbie builder and hope I can learn a lot from you.
  3. Next up was the start of the first layer of planking. This was the point as a newbie I was dreading. Just hoping I could muddle thru this step without ruining the model. While the planking may not be great I was able to complete the first layer.
  4. After fairing the bulkheads the it was on to gluing on the bulwarks. After gluing on the first side of the bulwarks I noticed some small indentations from the clamp pressure. This was resoved on the other side by using some scrap wood under the clamps.
  5. The bulkheads and some of the infill parts had engraved lines on them. These parts were beveled prior to gluing on the hull. You can see in the pictures the beveling helped as a starting point to begin fairing the bulkheads. You can also see the false deck has been glued down at this point. The deck fit into a recess on each of the bulkheads so it was perfectly aligned. This step was a little nerve racking as the deck had to be nudged into position and I was concerned about it cracking. Once I had it in place and dry fitted I was not going to remove the deck as it takes a little work to get into place.
  6. After deciding to try out this hobby I made my first mistake. I selected a ship that had poor instructions and did not have a single build log on this site. I have put that model on the shelf for now and decided to look for a model more fitting to be built by a newcomer. After seeing and reading the build logs by James H and BE I was very interested in building the Lady Eleanor for my first ship build. The Vanguard model site had the complete manual for this kit available for reading. That convinced me that between the other build logs and the very complete instructions that this was a good kit for a total newbies first build. The model is extremely well built and the directions take a beginner thru the steps assuming you know very little about ship building and terminology. I really appreciate the instruction detail and there are plenty of photos to help visually with the build. The initial building of the bulkheads on to the false keel was very easy. The bulkheads fit snugly into the keel and required no squaring. Here is the ship assembled with the bulkhead and sub structure put together.
  7. My mistake. It is actually a plank on bulkhead model. I am working on the vanguard model Lady Eleanor.
  8. I am working on my first plank on frame model. The planking came out decent and I am now sanding. How smooth should the hull be before I attempt gluing the second planking?
  9. This ship is on my future build list as a possibility. Thanks for the detail in your build log as it is always helpful to learn from others. Have you seen the build tutorial for this ship on the Amati website?
  10. All of the metal fittings and the deck furniture have been placed on the deck. I had to rely mostly on the plans because the instructions did not have much detail. Made me very nervous but in the end I think I got everything placed correctly. Both the companionway and the skylight were scratch built using the plans. They look just OK to me. Since this is a learning experience I am glad I am learning how to use plans and hopefully my build skills are improving.
  11. My Fifie is arriving today. As a newbie I find myself studying other builds on this site to gain knowledge and see what other build challenges and success others are having. I looked at the build log by James H and thought that this would be a good beginner model for me. After visiting the Vanguard Model website and reading the manual I ordered the ship. I have to compliment Chris Watton on his website design. He includes the manual on the website for his ship offerings. This allowed me to read thru the manual. The level of detail for this ship is just what I need right now as a beginner in this hobby. My current build plans and instructions lack the detail I would have wanted as a newbie and is making things difficult for me. Also there are no build logs of the ship I am working on. So the info you can provide in your build will be very helpful I believe to someone like me.
  12. Thanks Bob The Vanda-Lay drill press looks like a great tool.
  13. The Dremel 4300 now comes standard with a 3 jaw chuck instead of using the collets. Most other Dremel rotary tools can can use the 3 jaw chuck which can be purchased as an option. Thinking the Dremel might be a good and cost effective way to drill holes in ship models.
  14. I am working on my first ship model which has a solid hull. I have been using an electric drilI and found it difficult to accurately drill holes. The kit required drilling of masts at two different angles and even the precise position of the hawse cheeks were a challenge. What is the method that would produce more accurate drilling? I am not opposed to purchasing a rotary tool drill guide or even a small drill press.
  15. I am also new to this hobby and am planning on building this kit in the future. Thank you your build log. I will follow it with great interest. Your work looks good to me.

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