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  • Birthday 04/29/1993

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  1. I probably won't be updating this log for a while, as we are experiencing a bit of a busy summer, 2 weddings and a move!! bought a place and really excited to get out of this crammed apartment and I'll finally have my own space to work. Very excited for this!
  2. I installed the keel and stem after a bit, I prepped it by drilling .5mm through holes into the keel, taking some pin nails and cutting off the head to use them for strengthening the keel. After the install I took sand paper fine grit and finished off the entire length. But I found this little trick to hold the stem into place after I had applied the glue
  3. Hello all, Just a small update to what has been going on with the model, and progress made thus far... Sand was 95% completed and I have to say am I glad that's over... I still had to refine the bow and stern and along where the Keel will be placed.
  4. Thanks for all the positivity everyone! Blue Ensign, I have went through your build log multiple times and you, along with a few others have kept me going on this journey to completion. So I thank you! So next up I had done the lining out for the first layer of planking, kind of as a practice. I think I got okay results. I definitely don't think that I needed to because the second side I didn't do any lining out and just free handed it and got almost identical results. I used a resource from the NRG site to line out. Here are the completed first planking photos
  5. in the morning I will post 1 or 2 more times to catch up where I am currently with the build
  6. So when it came to the deck planking, this the point at which I came to a stopping point in my build, before I got the results as you'll see below, I had very high ambitions with little to no skill to grant me the results i was looking for.... I took about 6 months off and had the model packed away, I didn't want to look at it, think about it, all I wanted to do was throw it away because I felt I was not good enough to ever make something of this scale or complexity. (my hats off to those who build scratch models.) In the photos you'll see the deck at about 95% completion. when I finally grabb
  7. I then put some support under the false deck and also to simulate deck beams for the hatches. I completed the deck hatches and fixed them into place along with gluing down the false deck.
  8. At some point as I recall, I decided to scrape off the tanganyika from the false deck and started to plank the deck per TFFM and I cant tell you how many times I scraped the wood and started over. By this point I had ordered some Limewood strips for the deck planking and ditched the Tanganyika all together.
  9. I then planked the lower deck with the kit supplied tanganyika and cut out a slot for the hatch that would be under the stairs.
  10. So at this point I had built the initial frame and filled in between the ribs with balsa. I had noticed that this technique has been used by many who have built the Swan Class. I also had started the initial main gun deck planking the way the plans had instructed. I had also found a great resource 3D renderings by Denis Rakaric of the The Fully Framed Ship Model books by David Antscherl and Greg Herbert. As you can see from the photos, I'm not the most organized and I also don't have a true work space at the moment, so most of my modeling had been done from a kitchen table. (thankf
  11. Hi all, So I've already worked on this kit model for some time now. I started this kit back in 2020 and have made some really good progress. I have done my first layer of planking for the hull but I will post my progress up to this point so far. A little back story of myself first, I have been modeling since I was 14y, mostly on plastic car and airplane kits, but I have always wanted to build a wooden ship kit but never really had the funds for it. This being my first ship kit I have worked on I am really looking for some guidance and input so please feel free to give your "2 cent
  12. Mugie, looking forward to seeing more of your build log. When I saw your deck planking I nearly ripped out mine to start a fresh.
  13. Oh man! I’m sorry to hear that I’ve been reading his forum on his vulture build for tips and it’s been very helpful. I’m sure he was a huge help to a lot of people on this forum and will surely be missed... thank you Richard on informing me of this...
  14. Hello Dan, I am currently working on the HMS Fly from Amati and i bought the upgrade kit that includes the lifeboat. I don't like how the kit provided boat looks and I was wondering if you had any suggestions for me. Mehdi
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