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  1. Thanks, I really liked how they turned out... especially after seeing it on the bulkheads. Surprisingly, shaping these blocks for hull filler is more of a test of patience for me than the treenails were.
  2. I have the decks in place and have started work on carving out some bulkhead fillers, obviously I decided to not wait on fairing the bulkheads first. I figured if I was having to zero in on some fillers, the bulkheads will happen naturally. The cannons were gotten from Syren, I built one to figure out some spacing for the extra gunports and ended up getting a little carried away.
  3. Near the end it was a little, but I made myself a bit of a system to keep from sanding/snipping too many toothpicks. I drastically over-estimated the amount of toothpicks I was going to use, but it just means I have plenty on hand for my next ships... 3x 3200 counts from Sam's Club, ended up using about 600. I did just order some cannons and their cradles from Syren, I want to try and get the number/locations of the gun ports more accurate than the artistic liberties that AL seemed to take. I think I'll be faring the bulkheads next before I actually attach the decks.
  4. Nearly done applying these toothpicks as tree nails. I ended up enlisting my D&D sewing thimble to push them in and save my fingers a bit... started to develop a callus on my thumb from it during the week.
  5. It's looking good so far. I'm starting to get a callus on my thumb from my own tree nailing
  6. Not a huge amount of progress this past week due to the above mentioned office renovation. Phase one of it completed nicely, and I'll be able to start phase 2 (new desks) in a few weeks. Last night I started my tree nails, managed to get this amount done in about 2 1/2 hours but by the end I was getting really familiar with the process.
  7. It's definitely a strange coincidence. Your thread actually gave me some pause several times before I decided to put my build log up, especially when you started planking the hull before the deck... obviously I did start my log though! Great work so far, looking forward to seeing both ships come to life.
  8. As promised, here's what I've managed to get drilled out in prep for toothpicks. I still have the top 4 sets of the main deck to complete, but they are marked out.
  9. Thanks for the encouragement. I actually was talking with the wife throughout this week, and got a bit of a surprise... starting this weekend we'll be working on a slight remodel to our shared home office that'll allow us to get some added overhead storage via shelves, and she's given me the go-ahead to build a desk just for scale modeling. To help make things match (and since I'll be able to get the wood for it), I'll actually be building us matching computer desks (though the design will be somewhat simple), and my computer desk will connect to a 6 foot long modeling table. Due
  10. Already have one going. Decided on the Mayflower from Artesania Latina. I had picked it up from a hobby shop in Memphis back in July. If you have the time, feel free to take a gander at it.
  11. Of course, of course. I guess I should have put a /s in there somewhere, but thinking back on it I'm sure y'all see a lot of newer modelers going out to buy a bunch of tools and such that they don't actually need (or know how to use), and then fall out of the hobby. At most, I'll be purchasing some wood to make myself a basic tool holder, one of those shelves with a bunch of holes in it that the tools sit in, so they're not all over my desk. I might also get some stuff to fabricate a better building board, since right now mine is just a flat/smooth 2' by 1' ceramic tile that I go
  12. Thanks Backer. I finished planking the decks last night. Since I had planks left over that I had pre-cut, I decided to use some of the false deck scrap and try my hand at some tree nailing. I'll also use this planked scrap to test out the finish that I planned on using for the boat.
  13. Thanks for the welcome Old Collingwood. One thing I've been seeing is that a lot of people build their ships in relatively the same amount of space that I have available to me, and the other half have power tools and a full blown shop. The wife has started seeing me looking at workspace setups and asking if I'm about to head to the hardware store and buy a bunch of lumber to do the same.
  14. Last night, with the help from some Glenlivet 12 year, I managed to finish planking the first deck. It turned out even better than I thought it would.
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