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  1. Well, I finished planking the spar deck. I used that same procedure that will be used when planking the hull, so this was good practice for me. I gave a lot of thought as to how I wanted to finished the deck - to leave it natural or to stain it per Bob Hunts Practicum. As you can see, I went for the latter. The major factor in my decision was artistic. I think all the deck details, esp. rigging is highlighted by the darker deck. I spent time studying the USS Constitution's deck color via its website. I saw gold highlights in there, so I gave the deck some golden oak stain before applying the grey and brown. I may give it a black wash as a final touch-up. Next up: I choose not to do the main and topgallant rails per the BHP. My hands are quite steady, so detail painting does not bother me. I will install the two rails before moving on the planking the hull.
  2. Just a little update. I've been having fun planking the spar deck. I was intimidated by the need to taper the planks. Several different methods are suggested on how to do this. After several failed attempts, I ended up just making the taper with a straight edge and then used a sanding block to remove the excess wood. It went fairly easy after that! This kit did not have enough stock to finish the deck, so I'm waiting for the postman to bring me some more along with a few other items. My next post hopefully will show a completely finished spar deck!
  3. It is time for a little progress report. Following Bob Hunt's Practicum, I've been working on the spar deck and lower gun ports. It went fairly well. No real drama. I completed the chapter on one side as a a sort of learning guide before starting the other. The masts are just sitting in the mast partners - final alignment is forth coming.
  4. Thanks David and Rick - for the words of encouragement and advice!!
  5. I thought an update is in order. Found time this summer to spend on the model. I've been following Bob Hunt's Practicum, along with various blogs on this site. All have been very helpful! This is an advanced model and by all considerations way above my skill level. But with lots of help, I've been taking my time and plugging along. No major drama so far. I have determined that framing is similar to that I did working construction during summer vacation while in college. I rather enjoy planking. I'm going to give it a rest for a couple of weeks while I attend to domestic duties.
  6. Well, I finally began building this model. First thing I did was make a complete copy of all the plans. I like to keep the originals intact and use the copy for templates, notes, etc. Besides following what others have said in their logs, I'm also using Robert Hunts practicum. Nothing too dramatic so far. The keel went together easily. There was one moment when I was going through the bulkheads. On four of them the letters were clearly burnt into the wood but the rest where not to be found. I set Sheet 1 on a table and tried to match up the bulkheads to their corresponding outline. I thought I had them identified. But a few days later when I was closely examining one of the bulkheads under a bright light, I could make out a faint impression of the missing letter!! I only had two wrong! The problem was now solved. Before gluing the bulkheads to the keel, I started my initial faring. I used a sanding drum on my drill press to remove the material. It worked just fine. When gluing the bulkheads I used a small square to align it. If it was off, I just clamped the square to the keel and left it there until the glue was set. Next it is on the to filler blocks... Pleas excuse the poor quality of the attached photos...
  7. With some trepidation, I've started the build on this kit. I was going to wait until this winter (when I do most if not all my modeling) to begin but decided to get an early start. This is a bucket list endeavor. I built two of the Revell plastic kits back in the 60's and out of that experience dreamed of building a proper wooden model. I'm just a beginner modeler so I'll be stretching my skills to do a good job. I've completed three models : U.S.S. constitution and H.M.S. Victory cross-sections and the H.M.S. Victory bow section. I consider these to be practice in preparation for this model. To assist me, I purchased Robert Hunt's practicum which really fills in the gaps left open by the MS instructions. Also, I'm following about five build logs in this site. So with them and all the other useful information on the forum, I just make a good go of it. So far, I'm assembling the center keel, keel, stern and stem. Pictures to following once I finished the clean-up. Thanks, Tidbinbilla
  8. BTW, here is the results of my summer labor on the Model T:
  9. Well, I finally finished this model! I'm happy with it. I took some liberties with the choice of color and rigging due to artistic tastes.I really learned a lot. This plus the other two cross-sections that I've completed have been practice for my next ship - the Model Shipways USS Constitution. This was the first ship I built back in the 70's and it will now be my final. Thanks for all the words of encouragement.
  10. Spring has finally sprung in Wisconsin, so I'm putting my model away until the snow flies next Winter. So far this has been a rewarding and exasperating experience. The kit is fun to assemble. The materials are of good/high quality. I can't say the same for the instructions. I don't know how may false steps I've made due to not understanding what they are trying to say or display on the plans. If it wasn't for the other blogs on this site, I would have tossed the whole thing in the bin.
  11. Well, the model is finally starting to look like a ship!! The first base color coat was laid down. After completed hull, some touch-up and a semi-clear coat should dress it up nicely. At that point, I may stop for the Winter. Spring is just about here and I've got to shift my efforts to paint and upholster a Model T I've been working on all Winter. Have to get it ready for touring season starting in late May...
  12. I've added the moldings to the hull and started working on the head/beak. I must have had a senior moment when doing so because when looking at the hull a few days later I realized I misread the "blue prints". I'm going to live with it... Next will be to install the copper plates... Having more fun now! Thanks for the words of encouragement...
  13. I just finished what has turned out to be one of the most labor intensive and least rewarding tasks. Applying the second layer of planking went a lot smoother than the first. I got better at using the heating iron and tapering the planks. But the part that I find most irritating is that when all is said and done most of the work will go unnoticed! Half the hull will be covered with copper plates and the other half painted and/or covered by rigging!! I may leave some of the planks below the waterline exposed... I will be happy to close this chapter and move on to more fun stuff.
  14. I've cut out the gun ports prior to applying the second layer of planking for the same reasons Jeff mentioned in his build. Likewise, once the hull is complete, I will build the final three decks in detail.

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