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  1. Hi Richard, that looks really good. I finally managed to finish my second planking below the main wale and am looking at your build log among others to see how best to proceed. Do you recommend planking the inner bulwarks before doing the outer planking above the main wale? I didn't really understand your explanation regarding the cannon eyebolts. Thanks, starlight
  2. Hello all, I have made very slow progress these past few months but I am finally finished the second planking below the main wale. Pictures below. -starlight
  3. Looks great, Richard. I wish I had done scale length planks for the 2nd planking as you did... they look quite nice. -starlight
  4. Hello to all, I have not been able to dedicate much time to my ship since my last update, and I can see that I have fallen behind significantly compared to the other Fly/Pegasus modelmakers. I am slowly progressing on the second planking, although by my reckoning I am only averaging one strake per side per week. I fear I will be stuck on this stage of the build for quite some time. Pictures below. -starlight
  5. Thanks to everyone who has been following along so far. I am with family for the holidays so please excuse the change in background. I finally finished sanding the 1st planking to a state that I am reasonably happy with: I have been slowly working up the courage to start the 2nd planking. In preparation for this, I glued on the rudder post and stern counter: Then I tried my best to lay out the main wale using the kit-suggested method of measuring down from the gunports, followed by pinning a temporary strip along the profile. The bottom edge of the strip represents the top edge of the main wale. I would certainly appreciate any comments on the placement of this feature. Thanks again to all and happy holidays. -starlight
  6. Looks amazing, Tim! I'm still dragging my feet on the task of sanding my first planking... hopefully I can take a page from your book with how decisively you did the second planking. -starlight
  7. Hi Richard, looks great! Forgive my ignorance, but what is the purpose of the sweep ports? I see that many modelers add extras to the gunport strips. -starlight
  8. Hi all, Finally finished the 1st planking. It's certainly not a work of art but it still turned out better than I had hoped. Some notes: Unfortunately I did not fair BH 12 enough and I ended up with a kink at the stern curve I only used water to form the strakes (no steam, iron, etc.) No CA glue, just PVA and temporary pins 3 small stealers per side used at the stern, none at the bow, no drop planks Pictures below. Will spend some time sanding and filling before moving on.
  9. Thanks to everyone who commented. @Tim, Richard: I appreciate the reminder to cut the outside of the 3 waist bulkheads before gluing. I'll have to buy a flush-cutting saw when it comes time to remove them... @mugje, I followed your suggestion and it worked quite well. There is some curvature at the bow that I found difficult to clamp, but I'm happy with how things turned out overall. @SpyGlass: Thanks once again for your expert advice. I think I managed to move them forward about half a mm, but then I started to feel that further fiddling was only making it look worse. I dry fitted the upper decks and the start of the quarter deck is roughly in the middle of the "step" in the gunport strips (at BH 8), which is I think how it should be? After gluing I had some slight waviness along the bottom of the strips. It's hard to see at a glance and difficult to fix, so I'll probably have to leave it as is. As well, the upper part of the strips are slightly separated from the waist bulkheads, since there was no glue to hold them in place. For the most part, I'm happy with how they turned out though. Anyways, here are some pictures. Am hoping to start the hull planking next week. -starlight
  10. Thanks Richard and Tim for your kind words. I made some progress on the gunport strips, with three rounds of soaking and shaping. Am hoping to get some feedback before I glue them on. I ended up trimming around 3mm off of the front ends. Here's what I have so far:
  11. Fast progress, Tim! I look forward to using your build log as another excellent reference when I get to the hull planking myself. For us first time builders, I think the goal should be to learn as much as possible while still producing an acceptable-looking result. With that in mind, the first planking is a perfect opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them. Just some food for thought. -starlight
  12. At this stage I am more or less done with the planking of the gun deck, for now. Some self-reflection: I ended up using a 4-butt shift pattern (as opposed to a 3-butt shift), especially because I was using the 3mm width Tanganyika from the kit, rather than wider planks as most others use. The 4-butt shift agrees better with narrower planks in my opinion. Special thanks to Richard44 for giving me excellent advice on the margin planking. Since I only had the 3mm strips to work with and I wanted to make curved margin planks of at least that width, I simply glued two planks side-by-side without marking any caulking. I then cut this 6mm plank to the correct profile using a paper template. The seam is not too visible and for low curvatures the grain of the wood is mostly aligned. In any case, I think this method is vastly easier than the suggestion in the kit instructions, which say to soak the planks, make cutouts along the inner radius, and then bend them. An issue I experienced using marker for the caulking: when marking the butt joints, the ink has a tendency to bleed into the planks because of the orientation of the wood grain (the ends promote much more capillary action than the sides). The trick, I found, is to make a single, quick, confident pass of the marker. Comments and advice are more than welcome. I hope to start the gunport strips this weekend. -starlight
  13. SpyGlass, Thanks for your kind words. Perhaps in future builds I will allow myself to cut corners, but as this is my first build, I am using the "out of sight" details as an opportunity to practice and make mistakes. Certainly I am now more confident about planking the upper decks. Regarding the capstan, there is indeed interference with the upper deck beam. It seems this has been noted on other build logs as well, especially if a dowel is added to join the upper and lower capstans. I will also have to file away some material on that deck beam. -starlight
  14. Hi Richard, Your hull planking is looking quite methodical and well done. If you don't mind me asking: for the deck planking, are your margin planks cut from a flat sheet of wood, esp. at the bow? I would like to add a margin plank to my build but I only have the kit-supplied Tanganyika strips to work with. The instructions suggest making cutouts along the inner radius and bending the strips, which I already know will be a nightmare to do. Thanks, starlight
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