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  • Birthday 07/21/1962

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  1. I've had several stays sag on a build finished 2 2/12 years ago. Only some of the ft and rear stays have sagged and none of the running rigging. Only thing I could figure is it did stretch after time as ft and rr stays on same mast are loose so not bending of the mast. These were installed probably 3-6 months before the build was finished. This is on a Constructo Albatros and I don't remember if I had to color them or not - if so I would have used a Sharpie marker. Have about 10 lines to redo and since I used both CA and PVA to secure them getting them loose will be a PITA. I'll try the water application and hope it works. 2 previous and older builds are fine?
  2. Mark, You're off to a nice start so far. The nails used for the first planking should be removed before the second layer is applied. Small diagonal cutting pliers will work. I use a sprue cutter from plastic modeling to grab the nail heads and pull them out. For the thin second layer I usually use CA/super glue but other also use a contact glue. I use wood glue for most of the assembly. I cut and fit each plank and then use a very small amount of the CA applied to the first planking layer with a toothpick and press the second layer planks into place. Works for me but you may find a better method.
  3. I have been working on the Occre San Martin. Have only finished the first layer of hull planking and the deck planking. So far I've had no issues with wood quality with either the plywood pieces or the planking strips. I've built up kits through at least the first hull planking from Corel, Mantua, Mamoli, Artesania, Constructo, and Caldercraft and the Occre wood compares to any of these. At least my kit does.
  4. Some of AL's kits during the 1980's used pine for the first layer of hull planking instead of bass or limewood. The pine was real difficult for me to work with and far less willing to bend than the normal stuff. Lots of breaking even with soaking and heat. The box art on the right of your picture is typical of the timeframe when pine was used.
  5. Haven't been here in awhile and missed this one. I'm also building the Cruiser and it's my first Caldercraft kit. I had the same issue with the capping rails so I angle cut them where the deviated from the top of the bulwarks. The sanded the cut edge to fit the rear cut off part of the capping rails better to the top edge. Matched pretty well and sanding the side edges blended it decent enough. I'm up to doing the deck fittings on mine. The only other issue was with the second layer of hull planking. This English walnut wood really splintered a lot more than the stuff from others I've worked with - mamoli, corel, constructo, and AL. Leaves more of a rough hewn look to it. Have not seen the review from Julier - I have all the period ship handbooks but none have the Cruiser in them. Is the review available somewhere? Your build is looking great so far and looking forward to following along!
  6. Keven, You have a nice build going so far! I have this kit and it's a nice looking ship but I haven't seen many build logs on it. Have you encountered any issues with the kit so far or had to change anything ? Thanks, Jeff
  7. Very nice looking work so far and first planking looks good. I just ordered this kit from Cornwall and have the Domanoff upset set for it coming as well. I've done a couple of hulls with AL's thin outer planking ( Swift and Independence) and really like it. Easy to cut with scissors. The Occre at .6mm may be thicker than the AL strips though. I'll be following along !
  8. Nice looking carriges and the first layer of the planking, coming along fine !
  9. Good start on this one. Nice to see one being built as I also have the kit. How do the gun port location notches on the bulkheads look for relation to the deck ? Seems some Corel kits have had as issue with this from what I've seen in other build logs.
  10. Thanks to Walter for sending a copy of the build notes for this kit. Nice to have assistance like this & great people to help out ! Will be a great help as my Italian skiils stink.
  11. Thanks, I'll contact mantua and see. I've purchased missing parts for kits from their store before but they didn't have the instructions listed.
  12. Thanks Walter, saw your build log on this kit but didn't know if the older version you had came with instructions or not. Wasn't sure if more recent versions did either but there is a youtube unboxing video that shows an instruction booklet. I've sent you a pm with my contact info as any sort of documentation will help me out. Jeff
  13. I just recieved the Sergal Peregrine Galley kit but it is missing the instruction booklet. Looking for anyone who has the kit and is willing to photocopy it for me - at least the english portion. Help needed! will pay for cost of copying and shipping Thanks, Jeff
  14. I have a few AL kits and find the quality varies considerably. Have finished the swift and have the first planking completed on the independence. I also am starting the first planking on the Dallas. My Swift and the Dallas are 80's vintage and have pine for the first planking. This just doesn't work well at all. The Independence used lime/bass or something similar and was much easier to plank even though a more difficult hull shape. 2 recent AL kits I picked up, the Hermione and the San Juan Nepomuceno, I am very disapppointed in - a lot of metal components that should be made of wood, and both are just single planked hulls. These are a couple of difficult blunt bow ships to try to single plank. Think both are advertised some places as double planked hulls.
  15. Ulises, Great work on this one so far ! Way beyond my capabilities yet to tackle that one. I also picked one up from ME for 440.00 back in Nov. I've had no problems with Mamoli instructions, not perfect being a little vague in parts but so are most. Only issue I've had with Mamoli is just barely enough or just shy on the quantity of wood. Michael : As for the "coastal" Florida hobby shop - I have a Mantua Le Superbe that was ordered and paid for in Sept 2013 and no sign of it yet and no response from them. Expensive learning experience of who not to buy from.

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