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  1. I agree with Chuck, I think a good block sanding will make it look great. Planks look good as it is already. A nice sand will definitely do the trick. JJ
  2. Wow that looks great! I’m motivated, going to go add some planks to mine right now! JJ
  3. That looks really good Rusty, great progress. Did you make your scraper or buy one? I think I’m building in cherry next. JJ
  4. Thanks for the comments guys, on to replicate it on the next side. Hopefully have her planked up in a month or so. JJ
  5. Got the first belt finished tonight, gave it a rough sanding with 120 to clean up all the glue seams and level it out. Tight seams are tough to make especially with all the curves but I’m ok with where it ended up, Lots of learning, still may go the copper plate route as I really like the finish on minerva. Chucks tic strips he provides are extremely helpful and fit my hull very well, I feel confident in lining off my next hull now. Going to start the same belt on the stbd side next week. JJ
  6. Hi Fred, I recently received my carvings from China with no issues. Jack is shipping international through FedEx with no issues. JJ
  7. Ok I’m back on the wagon, she’s upside down and ready for lining off this week. The plank intersection at the counter has proved to be a difficult operation, I’m sure I’ll have it perfected by the end of this build. JJ
  8. Thanks Dvm27. im actually building it in the engine room of a yacht. I have a decent little work space for the saw and the model, not much more. I don’t get to make tons of dust like the rest of you do!
  9. Almost ready to flip her over and start working the other direction I just need Add the black strake and open up the planking for the doorway and a few more details this week.
  10. Looks really good Chuck, looking forward to chapter 4, chapter three as well. Lol. does the 1/48 figure come with chapter 4? I could use a project manager on my Winnie. JJ
  11. I really like how the Amazon is finished, it has a nice weathered look. Not sure if this is from age or intended but I makes it look real. A lot of the models at the naval academy appear like this. I also like Minervas finish..I can’t decide either, on which direction to take mine! JJ

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