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  1. Was wondering if anyone has them? My 1982 version of the kit does not. Thank you!
  2. Lots of progress though I've been slowed down because the kit is missing a gaff and two cleats. Also, my only set of sharp drill bits (purchased from Amazon) were super brittle and all the bits broke pretty quickly. I really dislike the stock brass mountings for the boom and gaffs, so I purchased some 2mm beads to make proper trucks. I also hand carved a couple of boom cleats from basswood and hope they'll be an acceptable match for the ones in the kit. While I'm busy waiting, I ordered some replacement rope and blocks from Chuck. Should give the model a nice look.
  3. Dilute some wood glue and spread it into those planks. Then give it a light sanding. The sawdust will likely help to cover it up. I think you are right though, the waterways will cover up most of it... maybe all.
  4. Hi Chuck, I was wondering when these might be available? I just purchased one of your rope serving machines, expecting it to arrive later (as just about everything else on the market has been delayed by a month). It arrived way ahead of schedule! So now I need to make some rope. 🙂
  5. What a great build. Nice work!!
  6. If you look closely, you'll notice I drilled the mounting holes for the mast. I wasn't particularly exact about this. Instead I plan to trim the bottom of the masts a bit undersize and use shims for alignment. I'll measure this with a home made Mastini masting jig.
  7. Coming along nicely. Thinking about replacing the brass clips for the boom and gaft with parrels. Wonder what size of beads I could use for that? Ropes are another detail I'm starting to learn about as well. The kit comes with some beige twine but I'd like to have both standing and running rigging (with sails), so I may need replacements.
  8. Cabins are finished and I just wrapped up the barrel. The pump is next and then I'll finally get to the rigging. Anyone know where I could get sails for this model?
  9. The cabins were a lot of work, mainly due to having to make the hatches and doors twice to get things to fit right. The kit provided parts were nowhere near the right size and the rails for the sliding hatch were not pre-cut, so this took a lot of work as well. The air/smoke/ventilation pipes were made from old lead and required brittle flashing to be sanded off. Finally, I found some 7mm brass portholes on eBay, so added two on each side. I found it interesting that the plan indicates that doors were only about 3' tall.
  10. Rudder up next... This was not so easy. Took a couple of hours of gentle sanding and fitting while watching TV. But eventually everything came together. The plan doesn't indicate how wide the tenon cuts need to be made, but I eventually figured out it had to be ~3x the width of the brass joints.
  11. Thanks! I thought about marking nails but they never seem to look that great IMO. They tend to look out of scale and too dark for my taste.
  12. Never seen nail heads in the rails before but it looks great. Was suggested in the AL instructions, too.

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