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  1. There is no need to thin the stern. Later the stern post (part 110) will be attached. It is the same thickness as the rudder. Moreover there will be a gap between the stern post and the rudder to allow for the hinges which enable the rudder to turn.
  2. Slow progress. The first layer of planks is finally complete. Fortunately not much filling was needed. The second layer is now in progress. The final cladding around the stern has been tidied up since these pictures were taken.
  3. Long time etc. Other things have intruded. I am only now getting to the finish of the first planking. it's fairly straightforward but time-consuming. On the odd occasion when an entire plank is to be soaked I use a length of plastic pipe filled with warm water - works well. Here is progress. I have a suggestion for the side front bulwark pattern. It's too late for me, but it may help someone just starting. I commented earlier that when installing the pattern, it tended to bulge out because of the (vertical) curvatur
  4. My aim was to have the top of pattern flush with the 8th bulkhead. This meant the top edge of the slot in the strip is about 1/2mm from the stem. No big deal. If you look at the instructions there is a note to the effect that it doesn't matter if the top of the pattern is not flush with each of the bulkhead tops. The way I have done it, the pattern falls naturally to the 8th bulkhead without stress and is a perfect fit.
  5. Thanks Joe. Hi Jason. I bought the thing some years ago and can't now remember where on earth I bought it - that's age for you. it's been quite useful, especially for planking. I'm on my way down to the south coast in a few minutes, but when I return next week I'll see if I have some record of purchase.
  6. I have begun the installation of the gunport patterns. It has turned out to be quite difficult. The bow pattern was very reluctant to bend to shape - at least the shape I wanted it to be. I first gave the pattern a preliminary bending over night. This made the horizontal bend a little easier. The difficulty of course is withe the vertical beding to follow the line of the bulkheads. The instructions suggest pinning the patterns to the bulkheads. I made a halfhearted attempt, but the pins were very reluctant to go into the very hard ply bulkheads and I d
  7. Before Granado I built HMS Vanguard designed by Chris Watton. His design, his plans and instructions proved to be outstanding. The result after only five years was a truly wonderful model (I may be biassed). There is a build log if anyone is interested. Chris has now set up his own firm and that was the attraction in my choosing Speedy. I hope this log may help those who are just starting the hobby. In putting the frame together it is crucial that the bulkheads are square with the keel. The laser cut parts in the kit are superbly accurate, but even so the there is slight 'gi
  8. Having just finished Granado I am now starting HMS Speedy, Lord Cochrane's brig. He assumed command in 1800 and is the model for the fictional Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's wonderful series of books.
  9. Fred; there are two pendants (one each side) and and two 3mm deadeyes lashed to the bowsprit.- again one on each side. If you still have trouble, I'll take a photo which I hope will make it clear. Good luck. I am now working on Speedy and will start a log later today. Bob
  10. Thanks Joe, Jason and Thomas, and thanks too for all those who have 'liked' the build over the last few years. We just arrived back from the south coast for what is supposed the be a heatwave over the next week.. Should have stayed at the beach. HMS Speedy has arrived which should keep me occupied for a while. I have had a quick look at the kit. It is beautifully presented and the materials are absolutely first-rate. I will start another build log once there is a little progress to report. Happier New Year to all.
  11. Well the thing is finally finished, though I will put a few rope coils here and there later today. It's quite a challenging model. As I have noted earlier in this log, the materials supplied were quite variable - some was really quite poor (some of the timber strip was unusable). The instructions were good and the parts list was really well done. This is how it's turned out. Here I have blue-tacked a very small crew member onto the deck to give some idea of scale. He is a 1:72 person and of course the model is 1:64. Once some of his 1:64 colleagues are delivered
  12. I have finally successfully ordered HMS Speedy. The difficulties with the security controls on credit cards have been resolved (almost all of which were my fault). Chris Watton has been has been superb in providing help with what as been a software problem out of his control. I could not recommend him and his company more highly. Looking forward to a happy New Year and a new ship to build.
  13. The anchors are finally rigged. It's turned out reasonably well. I think that's the end of ship-building for the year (and what a year!) and the beginning of three weeks at the beach - Pisco sowers, Sangria and perhaps a glass of wine. Happy Christmas and a far happier New Year to all. Bob
  14. Well the niggle got the better of me - as I knew it would. Doing it at this stage was a little fraught with anchors and other bits of rigging in the way, but I am now a little easier to live with. I should complete rigging the anchors which more or less finishes the whole thing except for some tidying up and doing a few more rope coils. We go to the coast, south of Sydney for about 3 weeks on Monday, so that will be the finish of boating until the New Year. By then I'm hoping to have a solution to the HMS Speedy problem. This is how belaying the main tack now look
  15. Jason: unfortunately you're right. My mistake was merely referring to the belaying points on sheet 9, which shows the tack simply belayed to the cleat. It pays to read the instructions alas. It MAY niggle me enough to redo it. Hardee etc. 1. In the photo the shackle is dry-fitted. It is now glued and flush with the deck. 2. I have covered all painted surfaces with flat polyurethane. 3. The way I have done it, mortars are effectively fixed by the sides of the housings. Look at the Jotika website for photos of the alternatives. Best of luck.
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