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  1. Thanks Dave - just when I think I've been challenged I get to another step in the book. This is really an amazing and rewarding process. Brian
  2. TRESTLE TREES Well these are really challenging. I've never worked with metal construction of this scale. I still have a long way to go, but thought this would be helpful.
  3. Thanks Red Rhino. The color scheme for the hull was a real labor of love. Aside from the recommendations from the manual I drew inspiration from Bob Steinbrunn and Rstrick's amazing models. Additionally, John Hearl helped me find the right color red in this post. After searching everywhere, turns out Rust Oleum makes a Red colored primer that was perfect.
  4. Thanks John - I'll check that paint out. I like the spray paint idea as well. Brian
  5. Hey guys - I'm on my second try of hull color for my first build, the Smuggler. The manual says to use 50:50 Floquil Boxcar Red and Roof Brown. In looking for a flat reddish brown enamel I came across True North's Flat Royal Navy Hull Red. After looking at it for a few days, I'm thinking it's too orange. Any thoughts? The topside color is Flat Euro Dark Green.
  6. Nice Job! What a great accomplishment. Brian
  7. PAINTING Well this was more difficult than I thought it would be. You really see your mistakes and careless glue ups when you have magnifying glasses and a micro paintbrush. With the timberheads painted white, I began painting around them with Ocean Grey. That turned out terrible as it was to difficult to get crisp lines and a quality look. I then decided to use a 3MM masking tape to create the white "bands" on the deck along the rails. This gave me a much better (albeit slightly less historically accurate) way to paint up to the rails. The waterways are several coats of True North Grey Primer and the rest of the deck is True North Ocean Grey. The trim on the Cabin Trunk , Campanion Way, and hatches is True North Sea Blue. My next step is the hull.
  8. Thanks guys. This has been a challenging first build. I have a new respect for the engineering put into these ships and the complexity of these models. I have such a desire to sail on one I googled old movies and found the classic Captains Courageous. It was so great to see an old schooner up close with all the detail I've been trying to replicate. Highly recommend the movie.
  9. Thanks. This is so challenging and taking all my skills and experience building models...and this is considered a beginner model!
  10. I tried a variation of Bill's suggestion and flattened both ends of the brass wire (used nail set and hammer). I then folded down the flattened pieces. Maury - I'm going to try the monofilament as well. That sounds easier. Thanks everyone! Brian
  11. Good suggestion Bill. I'll try it and let you know how it works.
  12. Hi - I need to link these 2 parts. What is the best way to cap both ends of the wire to create a pin that will not fall out? Brian
  13. Yes - In talking with Charlie Cook at BlueJacket, he suggested I build the bullworks using the 1/16 square stock. I started by gluing them up on top of each other first. I then cut out Scuppers on the bottom piece. I glued the entire structure to the hule. After attaching some of the timber heads I realized I need to add another 1/16 piece as my bullwork height is slightly under sized. The hull will not be planked and is sealed with Zinzer sanding sealer (diluted lacquer). I do plan on painting the hull.
  14. Thanks Nic. Just posted the start of a build log. Brian
  15. Hi everyone - My name is Brian Hogg and I'm 57 years old. My latest quarantine project is the Smuggler by BlueJacket Ship Crafters. I obtained the kit from my wife's late uncle about 20 years ago. It's been sitting in storage for all of these years. The hull was for the most part already shaped. I had to do a little more shaping and sanding and now I'm starting on the bullworks. This is my first model ship and I'm blown away with the details of the drawings and the quality of the kit. I'm really excited to get into the project. I've been an RC modeler for years, a wood worker and I've always wondered what it would be like to build one of these ships. Now I'll know. Looking forward to sharing my progress and of course soliciting help from the community.

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