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  1. Chuck: I enjoyed your blog and its historical information. I'll enjoy watching your continued build. Cheers.
  2. That green paper copy of the main deck has been removed. Two knightheads were made to match a photo I have of the replica. I added spirketting in walnut. I used walnut because I need to preserve my stash of boxwood and holly. I’ll plank the entire bulwarks in walnut which will be painted red. Then I placed (no glue) the deck furniture and my two test guns as well as a sailor that is supposed to be in the right scale. The windlass is a ‘bastardized’ kit from Syren’s Cheerful model. It had to be made much smaller. The hatch gratings are also made from a Syren kit.
  3. You workmanship is still the best. Can't wait until we can have club meetings to see models live again. Cheers.
  4. Thanks Joe. I used boxwood for above the wales and holly below. The wales are basswood sanded and painted. I have to preserve my boxwood and holly. Cheers.
  5. I sanded down inside of the bulkheads and cut the ends so the hull looks more like a boat. I made a cradle for the boat, although I need to get a wider piece of wood for the base when my arts store is able to open. I decided to have a “false” deck. To do that, I first zeroxed my deck plan and I glued it to two 1/16 inch sheets of wood. I sanded the two pieces down so they fit the deck pretty good. I want to remove the green paper, but I need to map out where everything will be placed before I glue the “false deck” to the bulkheads. I’ve also got to get the warp out of the wood and get the bend so it sits down without pressure. Then I’ll plank the bulwarks and paint them red.
  6. Hull planking is complete. I added a molding to cover some problems where the hull planks meet the counter. I used a plain molding since the Providence was a converted merchant boat without much decoration. Next, I’m going to add another plank above the wales to ensure the cap rail will pass over the bowsprint.
  7. Thanks for your quick reply on spirketting. I checked my photo library and sure enough; there was spirketting on the HMS Victory I visited at Portsmouth back in 2015.
  8. I love to see your workmanship and to read your "tutorials". I'm probably the only one who doesn't know this, but what is a 'spirketting'? Thanks.
  9. The starboard side of the hull has been planked. It looks better than my last model, so I’m making progress. The trick is to properly bend the planks. On the aft part of the hull, two edge bends and one normal bend is required. That makes for a weird looking plank. And this plank will still need some adjustments. Photos are attached and you can see some places where I didn’t do enough adjusting. A lot of patience is required.
  10. Thanks Mark. I hope to not need stealers or drop planks. So I think I'll alternate; one down and then one up, etc.
  11. The middle band is planked. It was much more trickery than the last one. Bending the stern planks was a challenge. It had to be edge bent twice in two different directions, and then a regular bend to place it properly next to the keel former. There were several failures and my trash can became full quickly. Again, I’ve sanded with 80 and 120 grade sandpaper. I will sand with finer grades later and then add the Wipe-on-Poly. I’ll also have to do some paint touch-ups on the wales. Next up is that last band that is next to the keel. I don’t know if I should work from the band just completed or from the keel to the already completed bands. If anyone has a recommendation as to which way I should work, please let me know.
  12. The upper band (next to the wales) has been planked. I did a rough sanding and I think it went well. Now I’m creating new paper ‘tick strips’ to account/correct any variations. I’m definately going to have to do another coat of black paint on the wales when the planking is done. But that’s not really a problem. I’m going to do the middle band next and the band that borders the keel last. Comments, etc., are welcome.
  13. Hey Mike - hope you're staying healthy. I like your idea to determine the shape of edge bending. I'll have to try it out. Thanks.

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