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  1. Thanks Darivs! I've already snooped yours, EJ_L's and yancovitch's build logs. Your beautiful work is part of what inspired me to choose this ship. I'm resisting the urge that probably all new people have, which is to start over knowing what I've already learned. But I'll push on past that impulse. I'm really enjoying the process and excited at the progress. Is it too much to bother you for advice? I see a lot of different versions of the bow/bowsprit and I'm curious what your decision making process was. I'll be taking that on soon and frankly, I haven't settled on how to proceed. Greg
  2. Thanks Roger for the knowledge, I'm a little too far in to quit the mahogany on the hull, but I can definitely avoid in on the upper decks. The walnut seems to be behaving a lot better anyway. I have a bit of maple to mix in and I think the color contrast could look good also. Greg
  3. So it's been 3 weeks of lessons. I spent a lot of time studying how to plank the hull. I wasn't happy with my the job I did on the starboard side and i think I did a much better job on the port side first planking. I found a great article here on ModelShipWorld that gave me the method I used for the second planking. I am using Mahogany veneer for the planks and Walnut veneer for the wales. I made a mistake in laying out the gunports that I intend to correct on the other side. After a bit of thought I decided I would choose accuracy over symmetry. Anybody that's had this dilemma I invite your feedback. Please let me know what you think. You can see that the lower gunports are too low. Since I am building from scratch with only drawings to use, I measured against the location of the wales and since those were incorrectly located, the gunports ended up being so also. I still think it looks fine and only knowledgeable people will likely notice the error. Here she is will the last piece drying on the second planking. I've learned a lot about how long it takes and how difficult it is to clean up excess glue. I'll be much more conscious moving forward. I used maple veneer for the upper sides because they will be painted and a small test showed it to be most receptive to paint. I've also purchased modeling clay to see if it works for the small detailed pieces that normally come with a kit. I was happy with my first attempt at making a decorative crown that will ultimate be painted to looking like it is gilded. The tweezers are for scale, I used other tools to shape the clay. I used a product called SuperSculpey and after 15 minutes of baking it was good to go. Lastly, I tried to create a ladder/stair at scale from the Mahogany veneer. I wasn't really happy with the result. The grain is too loose and it ended up looking ragged. I'll try again with Walnut and see how it looks. I am new to this and any advice or feedback is welcomed. Let me know what you think and also what could done better! Greg
  4. I went looking to choose my first model ship and ran across the plans for La Couronne. I'm a sailor that is married to a devout Francophile so I felt it was a good fit. I've been at it for a month and have learned so much from this site. I've been inspired by the great work done by such talented modelers that I decided to add this Build Log to the mix. I've got experience working with wood, but the small scale is new to me. I'm really enjoying the combination of problem solving and precision. I'm working from scratch but I did copy the hull pieces from the Corel plans that are out there online. Short of that, it's all made from looking at other models and the tracings of the original drawings. I hope you enjoy the work I'm doing and I'm sure I'll be asking for a ton of advice. Greg I started with a dry fit of the hull pieces. My inexperience caused me to end up with a combination of plywood and basswood pieces. I'm decking in individual basswood planks cut to size. Started the upper decks And moved onto planking. (I know the workbench got messy) Learned a lesson at this point about what to plank first, but feel like a solved it well enough. I'll be double planking, so I can afford a learning experience. And now the Starboard side is nearly complete. A little more filler and some sanding and I'll be onto the bottom of the port side. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I'm here to learn and have fun building La Couronne!
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