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  1. Thanks Cpt. Hook, don't be afraid. After sanding a few frames you will have developed the right feeling for it. Stern construction part I Basically the stern construction is a complex task and requires a lot of thinking ahead, prior to glueing parts together. I have started with the inner stern timber pack, parts 11-1 to 11-5. Due to the parts thickness (slightly oversized) the pack doesn't fit into the respective notches in the transom pieces. After glueing together parts 2-4 I have reduced thickness of both of this packs equally to fit the notches. The transo
  2. Frame treatment still in progress.... Although I was very careful with the frames it did happen. The small vice dropped off the blocks and the clamped frame broke off, fortunately it was easy to fix. To prevent this from happening again I have orderd the Proxxon FMZ vice, a much more safer way to clamp and work on the frames compared to my construction with blocks. To have a break from sanding frames I have started to work on the complex stern construction. All required parts have been located and cut off from the laser cut panels, ready for clean up. Next is to u
  3. Patience is not a problem for me, rather the monotony of the sanding. therefor I 'am making a slow progress, sanding frame by frame with sufficient breaktimes in order not to loose the entusiasm.
  4. You are right, caution must be taken for sanding and clamping not to break them. I have started at the center frames and work my way up to the stern first. Frame 23 is the first one who requires some slight bevelling. When the frame parts have been aligned and glued together precisely, the laser marks provide a good template for bevelling.
  5. First frames are cleaned up and sanded... I have started with frames 20 and 21 to get a feeling for the numerous steps on the frames as the center frames are not subject to any bevelling. The employment of electric rotating tools is very limited at this stage and can only be used on the frames inner side. All the steps must be sanded with needle files and small sanding sticks. 34 more full frames to go, this will keep me busy for a while
  6. Building cradle completed.... All joints has been brushed up with wood glue, reinforcement pieces are installed on some edges on where I thought it will appropriate to stiffen the parts. As the instruction manual 2 instructs a conversion of the building cradle after the hull planking is completed, I made the top of the building cradle removable from the base plate to ease the modification. Now, since all full frames 4 to 36 are glued up and waiting for sanding and beveling, the real fun starts.
  7. Meanwhile the missing parts E are already arrived, 5 days after sending the message to Tom. Another sign that Tom is really concerned about customer satisfaction.... So, the building cradle has been completed, just dryfitted. The perfection and fit of the lasercut joints is really remarkable. Beside removing some laser char here and there and sanding the curvature on piece A8, no major sanding or adaption were required. The clamps are only in usage because some of the plywood pieces are a bit twisted, but not really an issue. Next is to fix the construction wi
  8. I have send an message to CAFmodel, Tom concerning the missing Parts E1 and E2. He replied right away with the information that he will send out the pieces immediately. That's what I'am calling a outstanding customer service........ The construction of the building cradle will be suspended until arrival of the pieces. Construction of the frames has been started with the first full frame number 4. In the first step of cleaning up and sanding the frames I have used my disc sander to sand the pieces front and end smooth. Afterwards the individual piece
  9. Thanks for your interest and Likes! I have started to take care for the building cradle parts and it's construction. The base plates B1 – B5 have been screwed down to a solid board as per the instructions. The keel has been placed and Plywood pieces A and C so far are only cleaned up and dryfitted, Most of the parts A1 – A7 are not holding tight the keel laterally, I will install some additional guides to hold the keel in position firmly. The stem post pattern part A8 requires some grinding to fit the contour of the lower stem and it's proper spot in the cradle
  10. The keel assembly has been completed and cleaned up finally. Removing laser char is a real pain, but much more to go for the frame construction. Next chapter of the instructions are calling for the frame construction, I will skip this and rather continue with the building cradle assembly. This to have a safe storage for the keel and frames to come. The inspector of construction ia already onsite and satisfied with the progress so far.
  11. Thanks James, excellent that you are going to do a professional kit Review here. Jeff, good to hear that you are just about to start your build.
  12. Well, construction starts... I'am following the instructions which are asking for the keel assembly as the first step. The required keel parts are located on two lasercut plates 9 and 10. It is very gratifying that both panels are of the same exact thickness, just under 4mm. All parts are already pre tapered on both sides to form the rabbet. It is only a little more sanding and fine tuning on the tapering required. After the usual activities of cleaning and removal of the laser char the accuracy of the joints is excellent. To highlight the finished joint
  13. Seems that I'am one of the first who opens a buildlog of the CAF Le Coureur kit.. Unlike other buildlogs I will not start with a extensive kit review since this can be seen in other threads, like the one from CAF My kit has been arrived after 6 days from the reception of the shipping notification to door delivery, very fast! The kit was very well packed to ensure a safe transport. Before the construction starts, here are a few thoughts as per today about my intentions on how to show the model. I will try to display the Coureur as she appeared in 1776, j
  14. I did some trials and research on how to achive a good and realistic looking tarpaulin to cover the main hatches. I ended up with the method of a paper tissue, glued on the milled plywood pices with water diluted wood glue as the best result. After setting of the glue the tarpaulin got painted with one layer of Tamiya XF78.
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