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DBorgens

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  • Birthday 01/20/1957

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  1. Beautiful work! You are putting a lot of craftsmanship into your build. Dave B
  2. Does anyone else find starting the final planking intimidating? I so want to get the run of the strakes reasonably right. So I spent much time marking the location of the wales and the waterline (for reference). Judging from the plans the wale should be a few millimeters above the waterline at the waist. Having set the lines, it’s time to get started. I am using Chuck’s method of edge bending using dry heat. Practicing with a walnut strip, I found it fast and actually fairly easy. Switching to the boxwood plank, I formed the edge curve, then I formed it around the bow (actually freehand by holding the plank against a board to approximate the bend needed). The plank also has a twist at the stern which I carefully heated in place on the hull (covering iron perfect for this). I glued the strip in place without much force. So far I am liking the dry bending method. Dave B
  3. My original attachment of the gun port strips to bulkheads 5, 6 & 7 (which will be removed later) using double sided tape and clamps did not produce the proper contour. You can easily see the gaps. Why not try reheating and clamping in place? Since I could not use a hot water soak again, I applied heat using a covering iron from my RC sailplane days. I used the highest heat setting on the iron which produced a nice toasted effect. I’ll need to keep this in mind if I use the iron for final planking. After several heating and clamping cycles (fortunately, they cooled fairly quickly) the gaps remained closed. Dave B
  4. Mugje and Voyageur, Thank you for joining. The partitions were fun and provide an opportunity to work on the details while doing the heavier construction. We had company over the weekend so I haven’t been on the forum. I have a bit more catching to post and will do so shortly. Dave B
  5. Getting started with first planking. The kit supplied lime wood is nice to work with. Gap forming at bulkhead 1, looks like time to spile. The kit does not provide lime strips for spiling, so I switched to 1/2 inch wide basswood strips. First planking almost finished. The last strake had to be made in halves as ½ inch was not quite wide enough for the full curvature. Dave B
  6. I have been working on Pegasus for a year and a half, and am just now starting the build log. Aside from the beauty of the ship, I chose Pegasus for the wealth of guidance available here on MSW (thank you in advance, I need a lot of help). At this point I have completed through the first planking and the build has progressed normally with few surprises. This is a very good kit, but like many, it begs for some scratch and sub kit “improvements”. My first choice is new capstans based on TFFM. Looking at these now, I need to finish some details. The main deck begged for cabins, which provided a distraction from assembling the “big bones”. Working from scratch allows some design work and creativity. Trial fit of cabin partitions. Dave B
  7. Glenn, I’ll pull up a chair as I’ve found you logs and comments very helpful. Very nice workspace, especially the counter space. My saws and sander are in the garage which provides some exercise (one flight of stairs). Dave B
  8. Patrick, glad to see you back! Your Sapphire makes me want to sneak aboard, ha ha. Very well done while I still struggle at 1/64th. Dave B
  9. Bob, Welcome back, it’s been a while. I’ll stay tuned. Dave B
  10. Dave, I’ll pull up a chair and follow along. Very nice work so far. I’m interested in a future scratch POF and this may fit the bill. Have you bought many of Bob Hunt’s books? They are very expensive for the lot. Dave B
  11. Hello and welcome to MSW. Very nice carving in a beautiful block of oak. I would be tempted to finish it it with a fine sanding, some oil and congratulate myself on a fine hull. While I don’t have any tips, I will sit back and enjoy your build. Dave B
  12. Be sure to include the width extensions for the pin rails, otherwise you will drill the holes nearly on the glue line. This leads to more shaping of the cap rails but is worth the effort. This is not an original thought, I saw it on another build log at the time. One thing I’ve learned about ship building is to always think ahead. Dave B

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