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  1. This is a kit I have wanted to try for a long time. I was inspired to finally go out and find one by member Duanelaker's recent build. I got this one on e-bay for $19.50 plus shipping. I hope I can do it justice. The box shows a little water staining but the contents were dry and did not at first appear to have been wet. All of the parts were in their unopened original packaging. An inventory confirmed all of the parts were there, including two pre-made and finished paddles plus the parts required to make two more. As you can see there is some discoloration (mildew) on the "strongback" building base. Upon closer inspection you can see that it is warped to the point of rendering it unusable. This will be easily replaced by a nice stable strip of 3/4" marine plywood. Two of the building forms were slightly warped also. So I soaked them for a couple of minutes and clamped them between a couple of strong backs for the night. Hopefully I will be able to get started in earnest tomorrow night. Best Regards
  2. Welcome to another addition of simple boats built by Dave. I have gone down the rabbit hole of having more kits then years left on this earth. I can only hope I get to all of them...I can not wait to retire! so here is the box and insides for post #1...since it was an EBay find, someone had already taken all of the pieces out of the wood blanks and didn’t break them! I was missing half of the stem so I had to scratch build a new one. Practice!
  3. It has been a couple of years since my last log but now that I am settled in my new place it's time to start a new project.
  4. I have a little experience working with wooden ship kits, but my sons always ask if they can help. I'd really like to build my HMS Victory with them so I decided to get this small kit to help them learn some of the principles behind wooden ship kit building. We got started by cutting the Keel and the first four frames out. The older son is the only one that can handle the Xacto knife so he cut those with my help. Both of them got bored with sanding quick but when I pulled out the rotary tool with the sanding drum to do the inside edges, they didn't mind so much. These are just dry fitted right now: The futtocks will be visible in the finished product and I didn't want to leave them blackened from the laser cut. So I thought I might spice them up by adding a veneer to the inner edges down to below the floor. Hmmmm, where to get the veneer? So I decided to test out this little saw I bought off Amazon and see how good it could do. I used one of the thicker planks from the kit to see if the saw could do planks. The result on the sprue plywood: I didn't get pictures but next I tried making a veneer, something pretty thin that I could use on the frames. The result was a few section of veneer. I wasn't able to get any really long thin strips but I did get multiple shorter pieces. Yes I did clean the glue up but not perfectly, I want a nice crisp corner when I trim later. The Result: We have yet to see if that will do anything for the overall model, but it was fun and I can chalk it up to experience for later.
  5. I'm back to start a new project. This time I'm going to attempt to build the English Pinnace. This is in a larger scale than the eighteenth Century long boat that I built last, but is still going to be a challenge to plank. I'm going to attempt to bend the strakes with heat only and not use any water. This is the advice that Chuck gives in his video. I'll see how that goes for me.

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