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    Fly tying and Trout fishing in my Nirvana, New Zealand.

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  1. Beautiful boat and outstanding work on the model! I built the Model Shipways New Bedford whaleboat kit recently and am struck by the similarities between the two. Perhaps form follows function or some sharing of design? Great work!
  2. This old snail has made a bit of progress. I have finished the planking and installed the covering boards. I left a gap as others have done to enable a view of the wet well, after the hull is painted I will add a couple of bare planks to illustrate a rebuild in process. My next step is to smooth the hull using cabinet scrapers, a technique learned from others on this forum and used successfully on my previous build. I then do a light sanding, fill any gaps, scrape again, seal the hull and do a light final sanding and then apply paint. A few pictures.
  3. I just got in the house from walking my dog in a snowstorm and the sky lit up and a loud bang. There was a lightning strike about one mile away according to my weather app. Not sure who jumped higher, me or my dog, he is hiding and I am tempted to join him! Strange weather in Chicago.
  4. Good plan to re-wet and re-clamp. Unfortunately wet bent wood has a tendency to rebound a bit from as clamps are released. You might try wetting the planks, clamping them in place and use a hot hair dryer on them immediately to set the shape. Some use a heat gun but too easy to scorch the wood. Clamp or rubber band the the middle forms first and do the ends last.
  5. I know others dismiss these as toys but I have used them to great effect. Used them in the last couple of days to clean up a badly cut rabbet and other issues. Remarkably sharp and easy to control for miniature work. I also use their miniature block plane to spile planks, remarkably suited to that job. If there is any interest I will take photos of my process. https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/miniature-tools/chisels/72391-veritas-miniature-chisels?item=05P8501 https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/miniature-tools/planes/70138-veritas-miniature-b
  6. This is probably contrary to most advice but I started planking about 1/3 of the way up the hull and down to the garboard strake area. I then measured out the garboard area, made a cardboard template, rough shaped the garboard and then finish sanded it to shape, worked great. I pinched the idea from here in post #57 and beyond.
  7. Welcome aboard! The kit doesn't look terribly complicated but no need to aim for perfection on your first try, it is a learning experience! Ask for advice at any time, most members are very willing to help. I am a relative newcomer here and have received tremendous encouragement and advice. I look forward to your progress. Cheers
  8. It looks to me that there is a rather severe curve to the bulkhead and the plank needed to be bent to to conform to the curve. Probably too late now but a method I have used involving a length of cove molding and dowel on a soaked plank. Soak the plank well and clamp it into the molding, the curve can be adjusted somewhat by the amount of clamping pressure. The planks often have to be bent not only on their length but also on their width to meet the bulkheads fairly.
  9. Thank for the complements! This is my third build and I am strictly a wood butcher but try to learn as I progress??
  10. A quick update. I have essentially completed the deck framing and moved on to planking. I used Chuck's method presented in his video to edge bend the planks and it worked a treat! Thanks Chuck. I didn't soak the planks but just applied a bit of water with a brush to the upper surface after they were clamped in position then used the iron, they were finished in minutes after I used a hair dryer on them after bending to completely dry them. When the edge bending was done I used the heat of the barrel of a plank bender to form the curve to meet the stem and stern at the proper angle. The planks w
  11. An update. I have continued doing painting on the interior and progressing with the deck framing. I find framing the deck a very enjoyable task! I was concerned that the rather tenuous connections between the beams and clamps were very weak but as I installed the lodging knees it became a very strong and stable hull. As to the lodging knees: I measured between the beams, cut the raw wood a bit oversize and sanded them down to a snug friction fit. I then took measurements from the plans for the concave areas, marked that area, cut it out with a fret saw and did a final sanding to s
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