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  1. It's summertime, I know I've done a few things on my build since the last update but progress is slow. Too many other things to do.
  2. It's been awhile since I posted an update but I'm still plugging away. Planking has been giving me lots of grief, learned quite a few things about the properties of glue to carry forward for my next build. The ship is currently after second planking, still reglueing a few boards which didn't fully stick. My back didn't like that process of holding something with a fair amount of pressure for awhile while the glue sets so I started tapering masts. Still needs a few final touches before sanding.
  3. I don't know about the POB being easier than solid hull. Solid hull is supposed to be easier because you don't have to plank it always and if you do you have a nice flat, solid surface to work against. You also don't have the issues generally of twisted bulkhead lumber causing you issues. Any kit can in theory be constructed by a beginner, some just take more patience.
  4. Very nice build Slog. I was wondering if you could give some more detail on the deck boats. I see the caldercraft kits come with all 4 but unfortunately the constructo kit I am building only comes with one so I will have to scratch build the other three.
  5. So I have been looking to get planking started, but trying to figure out how to begin has been giving me lots of grief. Is there anyone who built this ship that's able to tell me if you are supposed to get a fair amount of lateral bending on the planks to conform to the curves? If I bend the planks around the bow like it shows in the figures to then get the correct position at the rear I would have to bend the planks upward by probably about 30 degrees. This doesn't seem right.
  6. This is my second ship build, with the first being a Constructo Bluenose II. I made many errors on that build that I hope to learn from with this new build, although this new ship is a large step forward in complexity so I am looking forward to the challenges that it brings. I decided to go with the Constructo version of the HMB Endeavour. Before the site crash there were several build logs with this ship and it appeared to be one of the better kits. I am quite impressed with the quality of the materials provided currently, previous to this build I built the Bluenose II also from Constructo and some of the materials of that kit were less than desirable. It is also nice to note that even though I thought this ship was a single planked hull that according to the note contained with the kit that due to customer requests they have included a veneer second planking. Since I have never planked before as the Bluenose was a solid hull it will be good to have this option should I require it. I was pleasantly surprised that there appeared to be quite a large amount of instructions, there is a book containing a picture of every step of the build along with 5 full scale posters of every aspect of the ship for reference. The bulkheads came nice and straight (thankfully) so they provided very little issues getting the ship square. I used small pieces of leftover wood from the bulkhead punchouts to ensure that everything was held together nice and square for the next parts of deck laying. My first change for this kit was to create some lower decks so the grating in the decks actually went somewhere to give it a more realistic look. It required for me to cut out a few of the bulkheads to make room for the lower decks. This also gave me a chance to try out some decking ideas on decks that are less visible. I used a lumber crayon to blacken the sides of the deck planks to simulate the caulking. From there I used toothpicks to simulate the treenails and then after sanding I gave the deck a nice stain. I am happy with the results although I think the treenails are a bit too large for the scale used so I will use a smaller drill bit size for the main deck treenails (if I decide to do this). Once the lower decks were in it was time to glue on the top decks and start planking them. I decided to go with a 4 butt shift for my deck planking.

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