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  • Birthday 08/31/1952

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    hiking and kayaking and sailing.

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  1. 120 timberheads have been gauged and installed. The cap rails then steamed, bent to form and installed along with the bow grating and taffrail. I wish that the final painting of the transom area was cut cleaner than my skill allowed but I'm going with it.
  2. Thank you Tim, Its not entirely uniform around the hull. Although the top is ok the bottom I discovered varies at the deckline as I run my thumb and finger along it. With waterways hiding random inconsistencies though, I'm very satisfied with its looks. Angelo
  3. I appreciate that Bob. It always seems like two steps forward and one back and I'm not as far as I hoped, thinking the hull would be painted by now. But even at this point I'm very satisfied with the work.
  4. The boat is out of irons and has a deck and waterways with timberheads now being installed. The transom was not seamanlike at the waterway so this improved it. The bulwarks could also use another sanding and coat.
  5. That sounds better than what I've done. I went ahead and penciled in and topcoated with 2 coats of a clear matte polycrylicfinish before I saw your reply Roger. Being that this is my first model ship kit at this level of quality detail, (my only other 2 kits were from the Scientific Model Co. and a breeze compared to a Bluejacket kit of which I revel in the challenge it affords me) I'm going full speed ahead to the next step and look forward to when I display a finished post of Atlantic. And Jim, sorry I missed yours too. I am satisfied with the results presently of the caulk lines
  6. Hi Jim, I noticed that technique on the planking forum, but when I researched a photo of the Atlantic's deck the planking appeared to my guesstimation about 4" wide; at 1:96 scale of the kit that would involve planking 1/64" wide, way over my novice skill level although the number 2 pencil to highlight the scribed caulk lines sounds like a good answer. Yes? Thank you, Angelo
  7. Thanks Tim, Overkill is fine if it leads to the solution. My bad for overlooking the instruction that state not to use water based wood glues so I picked up a bottle of contact cement. Angelo
  8. I'm currently working on the Atlantic kit from Bluejacket Ship Crafters. Forward progress on the hull is presently in irons on account of lack of knowledge in figuring out how to darken the the caulk lines scribed on the 1/32" thick deck panel. The deck finish desired is a light wood deck with darker but not necessarily black caulk lines. Tried the instructions which say to use an oil stain to achieve a light colored deck on test pieces but it darkens it to mush even when i try to wipe it off immediately with mineral spirits. I know I'm doing something wrong, just don't have the solution per s
  9. Thanks Bob. I gouged and chiseled the bulwark down to a hair below 1/16" first and ai worked as slow as Geppetto and still made errors. breaking thru the fantail with chisel. also forgetting to camber the deck at the transom. while the top of the bulwark measures to 1/32" the decline thickness was kept at 1/16" for strength. otherwise a lot of fine sanding with 120 grit then 400 on tiny sanding blocks. I repaired chisel break and deck camber with glazing putty. My question is will the scribed decking hold on the bondo when I glue it with Tite-Bond wood glue? sorry for my delay in responding b
  10. Next the hull was removed from its' pedestals and cradled for gouging, chiseling, and sanding the bulwarks down to 1/32". A little nerve wracking.
  11. I affixed the hull to the pedestals to get their slots chiseled out ahead of priming the hull soon.
  12. Thanks Bob, I acquired the set of those styrofoam sanding block I noticed in your post of Pen Duick. A big help with the hull sanding.
  13. So I added putty and wood to an oversanded keel. I'm satisfied with the over all results at this stage.
  14. Thanks schooner. The glazing putty should fix it since the oversanded area is less than 1/16 in. The rough sanding should be done in a few days then I can put the sideview templates to it and check my work.
  15. Yes Bob, I sand it about an hour or two a day and I constantly stop and check the contours with the templates. I may have over sanded on section C towards the bow. The cardboard templates I cut out are starting to wear out down around the bulwark tops at the rail line and probably affected section C. I'm not certain if putty will fix this or I should lay in a new layer of the extra basswood that comes with the kit along the keel line. Any tips on how to correct this would be welcomed by all. Otherwise it's shaping up according to the sail plan. One note, I've been cutting up old picture frame
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