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  1. Nicely expressed... I think Kevin's answer is a good idea. From what I saw in all the threads Chris' wife sincerely supports his passion and deserves a decent dinner or two (once this Covid issue is over). Thanks to both of you! Cute dog, too! All the best Uwe
  2. Thanks for the comments and the Likes! Yes, I am very much looking forward to start building Alert or Speedy, although watching Jalouse and her nice lines develop is fun too!
  3. ... by the way, SPEEDY might become JeALOUS(E) if I`m not ALERT enough... Sigh...🤔
  4. During the last couple of months the build of my Jalouse was progressing rather slowly. But I can at least post a few pictures. Guns are assembled and put in place, channels and belaying banks are fitted, longboat is on its cradles, sweeps are being made and the jolly boat is also ready. I hope that I can soon start with masting and rigging.
  5. Have you assembled the guns yet? I noted that with my Jalouse's guns the bore for the brass wire which is to form the trunnions (part no161) is not leading symmetrically through the gun barrel. The bore is rather at a ratio of approximately 1/3 vs. 2/3 of the circumference. This means that the guns might not pass through the gunports if the trunnions are placed wrongly on to the carriages ("top-side down"). I took a picture of the relevant plan section and tried to mark the bore of my guns in red.
  6. Even if Amati and Vanguard have surpassed Caldercraft kits, Caldercraft are in my opinion still in the upper range compared to other stuff I have seen out there. I completed the Cruiser and the Ballahoo, I started with Diana a while ago and currently I'm building Jalouse. All kits highly -and only- benefit from those drawings Chris did and the instructions manual. Same goes for Amati's Lady Nelson. Of course Chris' Vanguard series is in a far different league (I just bought Speedy recently, so I know), but when Caldercrafts Portfolio came to life, times and technologies were different from tod
  7. After a speedily order processing HMS Speedy arrived already today! What an outstanding kit! And yes, I definitely do like it ! 😄
  8. Yes, I know what you are talking about. Sanding these thick plywood parts is a tedious job, even with an electrical oscillating sander, and I'm not looking forward to this with my Diana... (One of the reasons why I have been concentrating on smaller kits). Actually, I am very curious to see that pearwood material! Uwe
  9. Although my Jalouse is still months away from completion I just ordered Speedy after I have been reading this entire thread! I am very excited to receiving this kit... Best, Uwe
  10. Hi Nazir, This is what I use, you can find this nice gadget in shops where they sell sewing stuff or sewing machines. It is a very thin wire sling which passes nicely through blocks, eyelets etc. and which makes rigging a lot easier. Best regards Uwe
  11. Hi all, I started the build of HMS Jalouse sometime late in September 2019, but took the first pictures only in March 2020 because my Olympus camera broke and I have currently only my old smartphone available. Therefore the quality of the pictures is not too good. The kit is of the usual good Caldercraft quality and standard, with the exception of the strips provided for the deck planking. The strips were not precisely cut and the width varied up to 2mm (per strip) on some of them. The plans and basic hull construction are also as known from Caldercraft (planks on bulkhead). The plyw
  12. You didn't all that coppering in one day? Amazingly accurate! I have tried coppering so far only once, and that (HM Schooner Pickle) ended -also for other reasons- in the waste bin. So I decided to paint my Jalouse white...
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