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  1. 😁 I think my use of English failed me here I mean, what is the advantage of mdf over plywood?
  2. Chris, do you know why mdf will be used and not plywood?
  3. I tried Future (or Pledge over here). Not impressed, it is really a very diluted varnish, looks like a form of acrylic or polyurethane. Best to use the proper varnishes. For the Valejo varnishes, be a bit cautious with thinning. Polyurethane varnishes thin with water but you can only add that much, I think just up to 20% before the varnish bonds start breaking down. It is supposed to be thicker than paint and brushes rough but its levelling properties are amazing. I tried years ago their previous acrylic varnish and was not impressed. I think you have their high end polyurethane varnish, I have not used it. Not sure how these varnishes will react to spraying. The water based varnishes are nowhere near as tough or as consistent on behaviour as the enamel ones but are much easier to use. The matt varnish will need really good stirring, probably constantly as you go along. Definitely experiment. I had a spectacular failure with my rudder where the polyurethane varnish congealed and separated. Not sure why, I did experiment with various ways of thinning (on the rudder!), adding retarder etc and the varnish did not like one of the combinations.
  4. Great paint job Bob! The waterline came out fantastic, might took a while but you got it. Indeed, put some varnish on, you don't want scratches on this lovely hull! Are there any raised edges between the colours?
  5. This is a fine boat, very nice especially considering it is your first wooden model. Beside kits there is also the dark side, you could of course scratch build anything you like. A simple boat at a somewhat larger scale could be lots of fun and also educational.
  6. Thanks Alan, very nice to have you for the rest of this journey! It is a very enjoyable boat to build. Hopefully not long now, I started doing the 3D plans Jan 2016 so almost 5 years ago!
  7. I d give it a day to be sure. Use the special low tack non bleeding tapes, Tamiya, yellow frog or equivalent. They will not lift the paint but good practice to remove tape as soon as possible as the bond generally gets stronger as time goes by. I left ordinary masking tape a bit too long and it lifted the varnish from my cabin top
  8. Hand brushing I always need more a dozen coats, especially if the surface underneath is a very different colour hence the need for appropriate primer with grey being the more versatile . I leave 15-20 min between coats and put all coats at the same session if time permits. So airbrushing seems to be 20 times faster than handbrushing.
  9. I enjoyed very much going through your log Ilhan. Great job! A very well thought process, looking forward for the rest of the journey
  10. Bob, these scratches need filler to disappear. You might be able to raise them with a wet towel and heat but I doubt it. Whether you will go back depends how much it bothers you. I have previously sanded a hull after all paint coats were on! It was painful but had to be done. Now, for a couple of scratches it might not worth it but then again, you only have primer on. Also, it kind of looks like your primer coat is very thick? It needs just to cover the surface. Sometimes is the wood. I like maple and beech for planking because they are very flexible but also hard, sand nicely and keep an edge beautifully. Soft woods mark easily. 400 grit is plenty, will leave surface plenty smooth for a gloss finish. No need for 600. I would actually use a sanding sealer first, then primer, then paint, then varnish. The sealer will leave the surface glass smooth and seal the grain. My 2 c!
  11. This is a very nice green, seems to have a blue tint. I like it a lot. How about matt bellow the waterline and satin above? You could spray the whole hull satin and then spray matt on top of the satin to simplify masking etc
  12. This is great, a fun log to follow. Like the story with the ugly duckling-all will fall into place in the end!
  13. How realistic this photo is! Impossible to tell it is not a real ship. The way you work and paint really goes well with the large scale. Very nice
  14. Indeed Steve. My post does not really reflect how frustrating that day was. I dropped a part and took ages on my knees to find it. As I was getting up, I knocked my hand on the bench and the part dropped again. Went on my knees again, this time could not find it. I am sure my hair are a lot more grey today! Kevin many thanks, also a big thank you to all that hit the like button Vaddoc
  15. Those rings on the sails are almost as big as the portholes! Completely out of scale. Probably better off without.

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