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  1. It's coming along nicely, James. I'm about where you are on my build. I had a lot of carving/sanding to get everything to fit. I also broke one of the fragile cabin sides. I was sanding and it got caught on my shirt and broke off! I will be updating my log later.
  2. Alan, Nice! I was thinking of breaking out my dremel and a sanding drum, but I don’t trust my control of it. I’m afraid I would go too far. let me know how you make out with the Proxxon. Paul
  3. Hi James, Thanks for checking in, I appreciate it. I'm getting ready to start my cabin assembly, so warning noted! I sanded and filled and sanded the well deck three times and I am finally happy with the results, at least before painting. You are correct - smooth decks on real boats tend to be very slippery when wet. As far as sanding goes, I've learned to be patient and take my time. As you can see from my post I have been using spot and glazing putty for filling cracks, etc. and that has been working fantastically! After I did the initial priming of the pieces still on the card I went and bought some artist paint brushes and the new brushes made a world of difference when I primed the hull. The primer went on much easier and covered better. Paul
  4. Hi Alan, Thank you for the tip. I have some of that Pipe insulation Laying around somewhere. I’ll hunt it out and give it a try. Although, that may be too big to fit the space I need to get at. Paul
  5. Continuing on with my build... I sanded the hull into shape and my next step was to attach the keel. I took a page out of schooner's log and decided to insert pins into the keel while gluing it to the hull (for a stronger attachment). I took 1/16" brass rod and cut four pieces to fit into the top of the keel, leaving a 1/4" protruding to fit into the hull. I drilled four holes into the top of the keel and inserted the rods. I then took a pencil and rubbed the top of the protruding rods to cover them with lead. I then placed the keel into position on the hull, then drilled holes 1/4" deep into the hull at the four marks left by the lead. My next step was to finish shaping the stem and fair it with the keel. Once, I had that done I used auto spot and glazing putty to fill in any gaps or dings, then fine sanded the entire hull to get everything smooth. I did this twice, so far, but am having a difficult time getting the well deck smooth. I decided to put a coat of primer on, to better see where I still needed to smooth on the hull. The primer is drying as I type this. Obviously, the well deck still needs attention. Once, the primer is dry I plan on hitting the well deck again with spot putty and more sanding. In the mean time, I am trying to think of a better way to get into the well deck better with the sandpaper. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have used a sanding block, wrapped sandpaper around a hobby knife handle, a chop stick and used my fingers.
  6. Hi Everyone, Okay, I am back from my getaway and ready to move forward on my build. I have been following the instruction booklet and referencing schooner's log. I started shaping the hull. I'll have to admit I have been freaking out about this part, as I barely can draw a straight line with a ruler on paper, let alone a straight line on a curved surface. But, I'm happy to say the bow went pretty easily. I used a couple claps to hold the boat so I could use the template and draw my "don't sand any further line. For the following image I taped the template to the bow to show my result. The sanding went way faster than I imagined it would. The top of the stem fell away from the tape while taking the picture. The template fits a bit tighter at the top, but admittedly I still have a tiny gap, which I hope to take care of during my final shaping of the stem and adding the keel. Next, I needed to mark the center line on the stem, deck, bottom and transom. I found this to be a bit tricky. I took several measurements, used the deck piece as a template and finally think I got it as close as I could. On the bottom I used the "string trick" from CTYankee's build log; thanks James. That seemed to work very well and I'm happy with the results. My next step was to mark the location of the three template stations for shaping the hull at the bow. Now, it's sanding time again!
  7. As I am building the same kit as my first build, I a green with your response to Nic. I feel the same way. Great job on the hull! I’m getting ready to start shaping my hull and being a bit hesitant, as I don’t want to screw it up. Any tips? Thanks! Paul
  8. Hi Per, I just went through your log. Amazing work! I commend your tenacity and look forward to following along.
  9. Hi James, I have only painted with enamel back in my youth on plastic models. I'm thinking that I will need much better brushes than the ones that came with the kit. The kit brushes don't seem to hold much paint. Schooner has a build log of the Red Baron (if you haven't seen it yet), he addresses the painting a bit. Thanks for the good wishes. Talk soon. Paul
  10. So, I haven't disappeared. I've been busy readying my "real" boat for a ten day cruise up the coast of Maine with my wife. It's our annual haj! We leave on Friday. We can't wait, the beauty of Maine's coast is hard to beat! So, continuing my build, I have stuck with the instructions and sanded, primed and/or gloss coated the designated parts before removing them from the carrier sheet. I had to locate my old breathing filter, as the fine sand dust really had my lungs rebelling! Although, I am grateful that the kit contained paint brushes I am definitely investing in better brushes going forward. The next step will be shaping the hull.
  11. Hi CT, I just started the same build for my first build. Hopefully we can help each other along the way.. paul
  12. Hi Richard, I just started the Red Baron as my first build from Bluejacket. I’ll be watching your build. paul
  13. Paul, it looks great! Years ago and I mean years ago the Krabbenkutter was the first wooden boat Model I attempted. I was naive! When I opened the box I freaked out because of all the planking. Needless to say I never completed the model. I have begun again, but this time with a beginner level kit. Still love that krabbenkuter.
  14. Welcome Neil, the dining room table is my only workshop. I just started my first build and I’m finding that the sanding gets messy. Paul

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