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  1. Gun port frames painted, couldn’t find the plastic that was supposed to be included in the kit for the two windows so had to improvise with some from the packaging.
  2. A month on from the last update and the hull planking is finished.
  3. This weeks progress, hull filled and sanded ready for the outer planking.
  4. Latest update, hull has now been fully planked o time to get it prepared for the next planks. Nothing overly tricky with this stage stern planking went well bow could have gone better but I’m pleased so far.
  5. Planking going reasonably well so far with no issues. Down eight planks each side and now need to start tapering the new plank ends as it says in the instructions.
  6. As of Today this is the current build situation. Cabin area and steering went together quite well as did the poop deck. Only alteration and real work required was to the frames where the stern board fits. The edges need to be cut /trimmed at an angle so that it is possible to glue the board in place. Elastic bands did their job and it’s all good. Next phase is to plank the inside of the stern board Then make a start on the first layer of hull planking.
  7. Project is coming along with no major issues so far. Great care and strong clamps are required when bending the dummy gun decks at the bow. Take your time and be gentle with the pressure or you will crack or break them. I managed to get away with just a slight crack in one. One thing I certainly didn’t expect with this kit is that all the main decks are now pre planked. Planking wood is supplied but not really required. The decks look OK to me and it would seem pointless to lay new decking on top. One more update To follow them I’m up to speed with the current build pro
  8. The supplied manual in several languages appeared a little vague so I downloaded and printed the English instructions from the Mantua web site which were better but you still need the original booklet as it has photos that the downloaded version doesn’t have and visa versa. First steps went well all parts fitted OK if just a little tight, instructions were adequate.
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