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  1. Ah, my strategy was to push the heads in as far as I could but I think it's best to remove them as you say. I gave it a go and it's not too hard: A little bit of damage but nothing that should affect the second planking. Next time I will definitely not drive the heads in so far.
  2. Please excuse the amazon link but it is to a book I own that has a condensed visual history of the automobile: Car: The Definitive Visual History You can click on the "Look inside" to see its simple visual format. I would like to find something similar for ships/boats, either a book or online resource. I realize ships have been around so much longer and across lots of cultures and epochs so having a condensed history would be very crude but I'm just trying to get a rough top level view that I can then drill down further. In fact I would be fine for now with one that just focused on the Western Civilizations ranging from middle ages to mid 20th century.
  3. Oops! Sorry, Jim! [Sheesh... Now I feel like Kanye West at Taylor Swift's MTV awards 🤭 ... handing the mic back now]
  4. Thx, Sweep. I ordered some. Always interested in trying out new glues. Main planking done. Just need to fill in 16 holes: Side note: Thought I was following the planking from the videos but messed up with the 5th plank from the keel at the stern. Oh well....
  5. I got the Polaris too. Shame about the false deck being incorrect. That is really annoying! Make a build log for the Carmen II! I've been eyeing that one... but to be honest I think I got a ways to go before I'm able to attempt it. Definitely figure out plank bending. Luckily I started out trying to build Model Shipway's 18th Century Longboat where plank bending is crucial. I had to put that project on hold as the level of plank shaping is beyond me at present but I did learn enough to make planking the Polaris so much easier.
  6. Following. Jaw dropping work, Tom! I’m blown away by the level of detail and execution!
  7. Making progress but it's slow going. Doing the garboard planks and upwards was quite challenging at the bow. Luckily I got experience bending planks while trying to build Model Shipway's 18th Century Longboat. That build is proving too hard for me at present but it gave me enough experience to be able to pre-bend these planks to get an easier time of laying them down nicely. However, the very tippy part of the bow I had to soak and then bend and nail into place as it is simply too server a curve. Some pics of the progress so far: For fun I added a little "Built by..." message inside: Should add a little object in there too... so it makes an annoying rattling sound... 😁 So far spent 12 hours on this build.
  8. Still working on the first planking but thought I would share two things: 1) Just noticed that one of the planking nails managed to penetrate up into the decking: Ugh! I was able to remove it and push down the "bump" so it's not terribly noticeable. Definitely a cautionary tale for other newbie's like myself. Thankfully it was only one and not a bunch of them. 2) I've been thinking about the second planking and using contact cement (CC) as shown in the instructions. Decided to do a test run on a scrap of wood to see how hard/easy it was as I've never used it before and people have mentioned it bounds too quickly and so is unforgiving when placing the strips. I also tested using PVA glue: I found laying down the strips on the CC was not too hard although, in reality, on the hull the strips will be much longer and have slight curving. Still I found that if I'm gingerly with laying them down then there is a some wiggle room for adjustments. My main concern with using wood glue is that there's not good way to "clamp" the strips down while the glue cures. I'd have to keep manually pressing them down and I think that will be too laborious for all the strips needed. I also noticed with the PVA'd strips that they "cup", as you can see in the photo above. Not sure if that is a deal breaker. I guess sanding will remove the cupping but I don't think I'd want to sand too much with these super thin strips. I'll see how much the cupping reduces over time as the strips dry out fully. Anyone have other suggestions for gluing the second planking? For now using CC seems the simplest. In other news: Had a pop inspection at the shipyard: The Admiralty were not impressed. They mentioned something about there being a lack of consumables...
  9. Was planning on laying down the first 6 planks on each side but ended up only managing 3 for now. Started by bending the planks first so that they conform better to the hull: Six of the planks span the full hull and required significant bending at the bow. The other six don't span the full hull and only require a slight bend. Not sure if one really needs to bend them in order to do the planking but it sure makes it easier to manage. In the OcCre videos they use a small brad pusher to nail the planks to the ribs. I don't have one of those so had to use a mini hammer instead. I did find that life is much easier if you first mark where the nails go in along the plank and pre-push the nails in: After that it was plain sailing, though I was a bit too judicious initially with the wood glue between the planks: It took more time than I thought but part of that was figuring out a process for both the plank bend and installation. The next pass should be more productive....
  10. Ha, I also build plastic models and have 6 projects on going! Oh well.....
  11. Impressive work, Wahka! Shame about the gunports for sure. I think a mini-lathe might be in my future....
  12. Thank you, Wahka. It's coming along alright.
  13. After bending the bulwarks: Gluing them to the deck was quite an adventure. Did a lot of dry fitting and trying to figure out if there was a way to clamp them but because of the slight angle with the deck I didn't have any clamps that would do the job. In the end I glued them on in sections (from the stern to the bow) and held them in place by hand till the wood glue set. A long process and quite stressful. In the end I did manage to get them on well enough I think: Have to say that I'm very impressed with the PVA's gluing power; feels really sturdy. Next up is planking which I'm hoping is fairly straightforward.
  14. Yes, really impressed with what you've done! I struggled with the planking and have it on hold for now. Plan to spend time on and off, while doing other projects, to get better at shaping the strips. I might even start again. This is one model where there is really no room for error. Definitely following your build!
  15. Hi Commodore, I too got this as a "starter" kit but I've since put it on the back burner as the planking is anything but beginner level so am really impressed with how you've progressed with the hull. Excellent work! I only got this far: And had to call it quits for now.

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