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  1. thanks for all the comments! I started on the rigging today, its coming along nicely. Still got a bit of rigging to go yet but taking shape now!
  2. thankyou for your kind words Scott. This is my 3rd build of a Modellers Shipyard (now Modellers Central) kit and I have been happy so far with the quality of their kits. I'm up to a point where I can either finish it and leave it as a row type or continue on to add the rigging. I plan on doing all the rigging on her.
  3. Around the time cyclone debbie was hiiting far north queensland we were hitting 95 to 99% humidity. Nothing was drying then! Seems to be a lot better now its dropped off again.
  4. Time for the next update! Next I laid the boards inside the hull and the cap rails. Once the glue had set I cut the row locks in the cap rails and stained them with golden oak stain. After that I put the benches in then put the supports under them. Next was to fit the rudder. I had a materials issue here, the instructions had the same 3x3mm timber that was used for the seat supports for the rudder handle, however there was not enough length left to do so. The supplied strip was 250mm long. There was 220mm needed for the bench
  5. Fantastic work! Great job of making it look aged and worked, such fine detail! Very nice.
  6. Over the last 10 days I've been slowly working on the longboat (however I have been a bit slack on taking progress pictures) The next step was to do the 2nd layer of planking. After the main planking was completed rowlocks were cut out, then a timber strip fitted over the rowlock strip and another one just under it to trim it. Once all the planking was completed it was stained with a teak stain, and a coat of varnish applied (this was later removed with some turps, very wet weather prevent it from properly drying and was still tacky 2 days after application)
  7. This is my rotary drill in the drill press the I used to taper the planks before laying them. It is currently fitted with a sanding disc, this made the shaping of planks fast, easy and accurate. Next the tapered planks were fitting to the hull,working toward the temporary plank. As I worked toward the centre the clamps became less practical, having planks only glued to each other and not the frame it was much slower so I reverted to map pins to allow more planks to be laid at a time, running a thin bead of glue on the faces of the planks being joined each time.
  8. Today I started to run the first set of planks. Firstly the bulkheads 1 through 9 are taped to prevent the glue and planks from binding to it (as mentioned earlier they will be removed later to give the hull its internal shape) The bow was too sharp an angle with too little timber for the clamps to grip so a map pin was pushed through. The bow and stern are glued in place. The next step was to calculate the taper on the 1st run of planks, these run from the first plank 45mm up the bulkhead where the 2nd run begins.
  9. Both the bow blocks shaped ready to be fitted to the keel. The bow blocks are then glued on to the keel Now to wait for the glue to dry before I do the fairing on the frames.
  10. Good day all! After an extended hiatus I'm back in the shipyard! Today I received my next project, the longboat from HMS Sirius, one of the first fleet ships. The box in which she came! Next is the contents of the kit spread out. First step was to lay out the frames and put the keel in place. The frames aren't glued to the baseboard so once planked it can be removed from the internals of the longboat, it is there to provide the framework to build on to. The transom is glued on to the keel however. Next was to shape the b
  11. Hi phiSuter Sorry, I have been away from the forum for a period (and changed emails, hence didnt get any notifications) How are you going with your build? If you have and questions please send a message and I'll help where I can! Cheers Jason
  12. Looking very nice! Shes coming along nicely. Won't be long till you're on to the rigging work. I've had to delay mine, fish tank sprung a leak so had to spend my new model fund on fixing it Oh well, I'll get there Can't wait to see more pics!
  13. An interesting side note on this subject, 3D printers are coming down in price. Earlier this year I read and article about 3D printers that suggests within the next 12 months (I thinks they are a bit optimistic here) they will be down to the price of a quality inkjet printer. You can currently buy a 3D printer for about A$2500 that uses the Objet/Polyjet/Multijet method of printing capable of printing objects up to 200mm x 200mm x 170mm. Something worth watching if you want to make scaled people for your ships, be able to print out the scale you need in what ever pose or rank you need!
  14. Looking very nice! Great job on the first planking run. Looking forward to seeing your next work Keep up the great job! Also, with the balsa fillers you installed in the stern, are they to help give more binding for the rear planks or for another purpose?
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