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  1. Just another possible option: See if there are any vocational wood-working shops/schools around. They may let you use tools or help you..
  2. The appropriate size would be actual block size divided by 120 or 130.. So an 8 inch block would be 1.6 - 1.7 - mm. I'll try to find a recent discussion about very small blocks.. At this scale you are talking about little bits of plastic or whatever to simulate blocks..
  3. I think it's a matter of " what looks good to you.. Google " images of belaying pins ".. You will see a lot of nice coils..
  4. Looking very nice. On those tie off's, keep them simple and cover with coils.. I like this example provided by SpyGlass Maybe not as much volume, but go for the look..
  5. It is a type of walnut from Africa. Not usually as dark as American or European walnut. I would be reluctant to say it is a particular color, and you end up with something different. It should be as easy to work as walnut or cherry.. The grain is usually finer than American or European walnut. Are you planning on using shorter planks, rather than going from stem to stern, as a lot of kits suggest? FWIW I have used these 1/32 basswood sheets from Model Expo to make my own strips which gives you more options for varying your plank width. You can also sta
  6. .5 to .6 Is usually good. Model Expo usually has a good selection. Just stay away from what they sell as boxwood.. Unless they have changed, their " boxwood " is not...
  7. I use CA a lot. Mostly anywhere it is not very small pieces. I used it for planking with veneer on my current Resolution kit project I used to avoid it because I had trouble managing overflow at edges. Then I learned to keep a swab and acetone close by, and have learned it's pretty easy to keep mistakes cleaned up.
  8. FWIW I have used a homemade accelerator that works pretty good. 1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda in 1/4 cup of purified or distilled water. Brush it on where needed. More baking soda makes it faster..
  9. It would be great to find some plan drawings of this boat.. Someone had posted some more pictures of the Chasseur, but I haven't found them yet.. Here is a link to a copyrighted interior view: Chasseur
  10. Something else to consider, depending on the thickness, you can see how far you can sand down the backside of these pieces and make them as thin as possible without losing the detail.. I have done this with Dusek/Mamoli kits before..
  11. That looks like the instructions you find in the Model Shipways kits like this one. Armed Virginia sloop A lot of those Model Shipways kits have downloadable instructions. The instructions by Chuck for Syren and Confederacy are like tutorials for model ship building..
  12. If you can't easily remove the stem, keel and sternpost pieces ( ... considering creating the rabbet is easier done with those pieces out of the picture ) you might consider covering them with masking tape while you do your trimming. After trimming with chisel or whatever, you can fine tune with course sanding paper..
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