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  1. Good Morning, Ebay is a quick way to find the value of a kit. In terms of dollar value, most likely an older kit is not worth very much. The kit could have educational value for your son. New kits are made with laser cut parts, which save the builder time because less work and skill are needed to prepare the parts. Older kits typically have the lines of parts printed sheet stock - which means it takes much time and skill to prepare them. This means older kits are less appealing, therefore less demand, therefore less value.
  2. Smoothing the Planking Working on the starboard gun ports and planking is complete to the first full strake below the ports. Next step is smoothing the planks. Here the fishtail chisel is used as a scraper to lower the high spots. The chisel edge has a slight curve. This technique is useful for blending plank edges higher than their neighbor. And the pattern file is used to remove material right along the edge. Check progress by wiping the planks with a rag and alcohol - helps to get rid of the fuzzies. Working from the b
  3. Hello J11, Thanks for the comment. One step at a time and learning on the way. First time building a multi deck/3 masted ship for me. Enjoy the springtime! Started work on the hatches and companionways - coamings specified in the kit as glued up strip wood but working on milling the rabbets in 7/32 x 5/32 stock. Stay tuned!
  4. Lower Gunport Framing & Planking The lower sills were installed with 13/32” wide spacer blocks, height of the Gunport opening, against the upper sill. Next the side frames were cut on the table saw using the same spacer blocks to set the fence. The side frames were also aligned with a 9/16” block, which is the width of the Gunport. Wood tabs were glued to the Gunport backs to act as a backstop for the cannon. Planking 4 strakes down from the planksheer is straightforward. Planking ends 1/32” above the lower edge of the upper sill leaving a lip
  5. Lower Gunport Upper Sills Measured, cut, and dry fitted sills. Then glue and install in assembly line fashion. Used a spacer block 9/32” wide for uniform spacing from the bottom of the planksheer to the top of the sill. Sill between bulkheads A and B required a bevel cut, so used the protractor as a guide for marking the board. Aligned the mitre gauge by lining up the line on the board with the table saw slot edge. Last photo shows sills installed. They are the boards below the plank sheer.
  6. Leveling the Bulwarks Using this setup to level the heights of the bulwarks athwartship, port and starboard. First photo shows the combination square sitting on the bench top, with the stem clamped to it. My bench is level. The torpedo level shows the first set of sills are level. Second shot shows torpedo level on next set of bulwarks aft, and port side is a little high, so will file it down. And will proceed aft along the bulwarks and repeat.
  7. Hello and welcome to the forum. I’m originally from Norristown and miss the pizza! Good luck with your first project. A ship with a single mast is a great place to start! Always around to answer a question.
  8. Hello Reynard, welcome to the forum. Always available to answer a question. Have a great day.
  9. 2020 video showing Eagle Coastal Schooner and Baltimore Clipper near completion.


    Galleries: Baltimore Clipper, Eagle

  10. Hello and greetings from Boston, USA. Always open to answering a question. Have fun and happy springtime!
  11. Nice look and feel, especially the anchor chain, anchor, and cannon. Thank you for posting.
  12. Hello, the paint, shading, and rope work is convincing. Sometimes I get tired of processing wood and your work shows there is an alternative. Thank you for taking the time to post. Have a good day.
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