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  1. Rails done. I like how it turned out running them flush to the stern. Helms battens on the deck. New tiller crafted. Just need to trim the end once the rudder is on to get a good fit Dont like the look of the wire traveler that goes mid-deck. Going to see if I can find a sample of something crafted where I could maybe use a painted dowel the same thickness. More to research. Working on the caronade next. Need to decide if I'm going to replace the metal firing quin. Painted the canon and hinge (i like the polished brass look for these smaller guns - takes me back to my navy days polishing vertigre off brassworks with the fruit punch they served in the mess hall!)
  2. Lower rail on. Time to grind height for upper rail. You can see how the upper stern is too high in this model for their own design. it's not supposed to be much higher than the rail. Time to grind. Just fabricated a wooden bowsprit masthead. Used alder to replace the posts from metal. Like how it turned out. I think I like the alder grain for scale. I also finally added an extension to the rudder (guess I'm in the rudder club now!) A little more shaping and it should be ok. Hoping the tiller will hide the joint. Working on replacing the metal tiller with wood but keep breaking it!
  3. I'll plan on more details in the log when I get to the sails. I have a feeling I might need a longer foremast. Bowsprit might be a little short too so going to see what it looks like if I use a little longer stock. Got a bit more to go before I decide that though. How'd you like the material you used for your sails? Anything you would have done different there?
  4. I think I'll go for the sanding approach afterwards too. That way I can get a nice even finish on the desk with no pooling. I tried the watco wipe-on poly with the companion and I like look.
  5. Also doing some research as I get closer to rigging. Looking in history at america gaff schooners, while there are a lot of varieties, one detail seems consistent. While the 1819 virginia seems to only have a single staysail ahead of the foremast, all the examples I have found have no less than a stay sail and a jib (sometimes two jibs). Seems like I should add a proper jib and shorten the stay sail behind it? I'm toying with making sails anyways. Wondering if anyone else has thoughts on this? Best comparison I found was the 1894 Morrissey. Seems very similar to this Virginia model with the exception of the leading sails/rigings. Another items I am seeing often are the nets on the forestays which this model omits. Can sort of see them in the Morrissey photo. Wondering if it is worth adding. Can anyone point to a good post for making these (without being to complex for a first timer!).
  6. Anyone have good/bad experience using wood glue for furnishings on deck after wipe on poly?
  7. Almost all the rail struts are on (going to save the last strut on each side until after the lumber boards are on to get the right angles. Rudder is shaped and hinged. Companion and hatch mostly ready as well. Going to start wiping on poly for these items. Still need to finish the lining of the upper stern but as most have found, that piece seems to be wrong. It's too tall and the opening for the rudder/helmet is to high. I already cut a new opening and covered the old. Going to grind down the stern a little after limber boards are on to make it look better. We'll see how that goes.
  8. First build log for first ship attempt. Already planked realizing I should create a log to document it! So far I found planking to be pleasantly challenge. Love the fact that if you take your time, most mistakes can be sanded out! I minimized the number of nails when I planked and pulled many out after glue dried (tightbond capenter's glue and cy to "spot weld" when needed). I've got the rubbing strakes on and now working on the railing. Need to give a shout out to DocBlake for his keel clamp. I followed his sample images substituting wingnuts because I had them available. Awesome clamp!
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