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  1. Thanks Christian! Indeed it was caused by the stretching of the paper while glueing it on the board. This was most noticeable on the long and thin parts like the 4th futtock (frame 5). I have used a water based glue stick so presume this caused the paper fibers to deform....lesson learned!
  2. I need some help from you fellow Triton builders. I've sanded the frames up to the line and they fit in perfectly however while checking the assembly drawings it looks like the frame parts are slightly too long. I've also checked the that the scale printed correctly and can confirm it is ok... So the only logic solution to me is to sand the frames further (over the line), has anyone else experienced this issue?
  3. Thanks Christian for the welcome! I've taken the liberty to use Chad's approach for cutting out the rabbet line on the keel. First I glued the razor blade on the plan with a very small amount of CA glue, I then glued the guide scrap piece on the blade and finally glued it all together on a flat surface. I then scraped off each side of the keel....
  4. This time I'd like to share with you my method of bending/twisting the planks. First I just slightly wet the plank with some tap water - wetting the fingers and passing on the area that I intend to bend. I then position the plank in the vise and with the help of some clamps twist it in position (actually just slightly over bend). I then use a normal hairdryer to heat up a plank and woila...in 3 minutes you have your fully bent plank Hope this helps someone. Rok
  5. Thanks Jon, for the encouraging words The first step has been completed; I must say there were much more frame parts then expected. I’ve kept the leftover parts and collected some dust as well – perhaps it will come handy during this build. Rok
  6. Hello comrades! I have some questions for you which hope you can answer and perhaps help some of us newbies: - After finishing the planking what is your fairing procedure? - Which sandpaper’s grits do you use? Are you using files too? - How do you protect the keel/stem/sternpost from being scratched? - Any tips for fairing tight corners? Thanks in advance!
  7. The shipyard re-opened! The upper planking has been completed with some issues however. I've been using very thin black paper to simulate the caulking which did not allow me to bevel some of the edges causing minor gaps in the planking. Now it's time for some sanding to make it smooth. Could some of you guys advise how do you perform the caulking (except for the pencil method)? For the lower planking I'll go without the caulking simulation so I am aiming for some better results
  8. It's been a while since my last post - the shipyard has been closed for a while due to lack of motivation Anyway some upgrades have been done this year so work has now resumed and hopefully will continue till finishing this interesting project. I've upgraded the workshop with a Byrnes table saw, a Proxxon DSH 2 scrall saw and an Optimill which might seem a bit exaggerated for our hobby but the reason I bought it instead of a smaller Proxxon is that I could now use it for other projects/materials. Not clearly seen but on the picture is also a extremely useful electrically adjustable table - I've bought the base in Ikea and fitted it with a custom top...it really helps to lift it and work while standing from time to time!
  9. Like many of you I have also chosen the cross section as my first scratch build. I’ll be building it simultaneously with by Confederacy so maybe some steps will proceed slower then expected. The first step for me was choosing the wood...I’ve decided for a combination of boxwood and walnut, maybe I’ll also use some pear but haven’t fully decided yet as I am a bit concerned about a conflicting color scheme. I am really looking forward to this build and your comments and suggestions!
  10. Work continued in the shipyard... The lower counter has been planked, I've added some thin lawyer of paper in between to simulate the caulking however seems that it was too thin so some of it tear apart and is not visible throughout the whole length of the planks...lesson learned! Exact sanding on the port and starboard side will be done at a later stage once the side planks are positioned. I had some spare time and decided to make the doors for the beakhead. I think it was easier to make them now considering that the cut out doors on the bulkhead G are much shorter then the pre-cut doors so some careful sanding is required. PS: I am not sure why some pictures are not rotated properly, I am posting the URL from Google Drive and they all look formatted properly there?!
  11. Hi Jim, Thank you so much! Seems that we are both having some issues with emails. I’ve sent one email last week and another one this week....maybe it ended somewhere in the spam folder. I will resend it also from my business email so hopefully you should get it. Anyway I am very happy that you are still in business and that the magic saws are still available
  12. Hello everyone, Does anyone (especially the US colleagues on this forum) know whether Jim Byrnes is still in business? I have placed an order for his magic table saw almost two weeks ago but did not receive any feedback on the shipping charges. I’ve also sent a couple of emails just to make sure that everything is in order but didn’t get any reply either... Rok
  13. After almost a year I have resumed work on my Confederacy in January. Unfortunately I did not have much time to update each single step up to now as I have managed to complete the gunports and beakhead planking (treenailing still to be done). The jig that you see in the below picture is made of scrap MDF that I had at home and was used just for aligning the ports perpendicular to the hull. For the gunports I've decided to go with a red ochre colour as to me looks a bit more authentic for the ships of that era. The first coat was undiluted paint, followed by another 3 coats of diluted paint with some fine sanding between each coat.
  14. Hi to everyone, I know there are already several similar topics however I have not been able to find an answer on this specific issue. I am currently looking for buying a desktop mill and noticed that most of you are using the Sherline mills. Unfortunately they’re not available in Europe so I would have to ship it from the US and import it in EU. This could be quite expensive so I am looking for alternatives. I’ve been looking for the small mills like the Optimum BF16 Vario. Does anyone has experience with such desktop mills in ship modelling? Are they accurate enough? They are quite heavier then the Sherline or some Proxxon mills so I presume I could use it also for some other milling requirements which is of course an advantage... Any help/advice on this one would be much appreciated. Thanks! Rok
  15. I've finally managed to complete the bow and stern fillings. I am quite satisfied with the bow which was quite easy to do, the stern however is much more difficult as there are not much lines you can follow during the sanding process. Any suggestions / ideas whether the stern shape is ok or should some more be done? Unfortunately I've been too late in reading Dubz/Dirks post about the sanding of the frames 8 and 8B. As you can see from the below picture I had to use some filler to get it back in place, I've also noticed after taking the picture that some additional sanding of the GG part will be needed in order to get it flush with the frame 8.
  16. Although I haven't posted in a while work has continued in my shipyard. The bow filler has been added (I'll post a picture once it's fully sanded), the sub-gun deck platforms have been added and the ship's frames for the cut-away part are in place. For the sub-gun deck platforms I've decided to go with some testing of my caulking and treenailing skills but it was not really required. I am not quite happy with the results as the wood filler creates too much contrast with the planks (too yellowish for my taste) and the spacing of the treenails is not perfect - at least I know what to correct on the deck planks... Can anyone recommend the best solution for the even spacing of the treenails? The framing of the stern is also quite close to completition. You can see from the picture below that I've used a different approach for the checking of the sills position...
  17. Stem, keel and bulkheads in place! I've also spray painted the inside of the sub-gun deck platforms although it was not mentioned in the instructions (maybe I've overprotected the top of the bulkheads as there is some paint missing ).
  18. I've found out that some of the etched references were missing both on the bulkheads and fillers. On the bulkheads I had to draw the reference lines as they were also missing, below also a photo of the fillers marked by hand in case anyone else is missing them too (sorry, I know I have a terrible handwriting).
  19. Thanks to everyone! Seems that each one of us has a different opinion / method. I've raised the question as I found out in some posts that some people tend to avoid using balsa but was not sure why. Definitely pine and basswood offer much more support but it also requires heavier sanding. Since my filler is only used for additional support/shaping of the bow/stern and I am a bit lazy I will stick with balsa
  20. I would like to hear your opinion whether to use balsa as bow and stern filler or would you suggest to use some other type of wood? Thanks for your pros and cons!
  21. The build is continuing with the rabbet strip being glued to the bulkhead former. Since it should be centered I've used an 1/32'' strip to help me guide exactly on position.

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