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  1. I would check carefully the placement of the gun ports. I thought I was dead on but it turns out they are a tad too high. Very minor but annoying. I was going to use other woods in the build but Chuck convinced me to stay the course and use the kit supplied wood. Good advice. Although I have built many models this is my favorite by far. I'm about half way done. I replaced the ships wheel and obtained 2 flags from the ships era. The biggest and best replacement was the figurehead. I had a fellow carve me one out of boxwood. It is superb. Good luck with the build. Any questions you have fire away. John
  2. Hi Guys Is it possible to harden hobby putty that has been made not to harden? It is oil based. Thx for any input you may have. John
  3. Great Build Lawrence. Nice to see someone taking the time to do it right! Could you please clarify something for me: The instructions indicate a wood called "coral". I have been a woodworker for thirty years and have never heard of such a wood. Be that as it may I note that parts 246 thru 249 are an orangie (?) colour. This colour provides for quite a contrast to the walnut and basswood in the kit. However on page 29 strips 67 thru 69 are described as being coral also. These pieces of wood bear no resemblance to the chainwales noted above. Indeed mine when laid against the walnut on the hull almost blend in, no contrast whatsoever. Did I get some substitute wood instead of the "coral"? I went out and bought a slab of african mahogany to come closer to the wood pictured in the manual but have yet to apply it. What is your opinion on this? Your strakes look much closer to the ones in the manual than the ones I was supplied with. I welcome your input. Thanks, John.

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