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  1. I chose the Whitehall for my first attempt at ship modelling. I have tried to follow a couple builds here and am reading up trying to learn tips and tricks. My kits arrived almost 2 months ago but I've been waiting to get the tools and supplies on hand before I started. All pieces were in the kit and I built my form. After going back to my form I noticed my transom was not square. Everything else looked pretty good though *shrug* I made a decision to proceed as I feel this will be one of potentially many lessons I am going to learn. My next plan was to soak a few planks at a time and let them sit overnight to shape. I will then trim and glue those and repeat which the next few. I will try a nod keep updating as things progress. Cheers, Glenn
  2. Well here we go, have drawn in a deep breath and now launching my first build log. The chosen boat is a Boston Whitehall tender which I should say was not my first choice. I actually ordered HMB Endeavour by Caldercraft and then realised I was getting in way out of my depth. So you can see it sitting on the shelf of my new workshop..... so I ripped them all off and started again. this time I used an electric plank bender which after much trial and error started giving a good result. Luckily there were TWO sheaves of planks in my kit - I can only assume by mistake as the check list only mentions the 48 planks in one of the sheaves. Anyway, plenty of spare planks which I can see I am going to need.... at this point I have reached an impasse as I have started tapering the planks off too late (i think). And when you look at the port side from another angle you can see how the clinker effect has built up............... furthermore on the starboard side I found a gap was building between the planks and the forms and I thought that was just going to result in grief. In a desperate measure I carefully removed the last 4 planks and rather savagely cut a taper into them as can be seen here: which leaves me wondering what to do now to deal with the clinker effect and what technique to use to complete the planking through to the dreaded Garboard plank. I have seen it written that the Garboard plank should be last But I can´t help feeling I should get it done now and then try to fill the gap. It also struck looking through some of the fantastic build logs on this site that most builds involve bulkheads against which planks can be supported and glued and/or pinned. In the case of my Tender, they are just forms which must be removed so cannot be used for securing the planks. Doesnt that make this model rather more difficult when it comes to a first experience with planking.....(ok, so here I am blaming the model for my bad work !!). would appreciate any hints as I really want to move to the next stage but want to try and get it right. If I have to start again then no probs......as i said, I have plenty of spare planking ! thanks Simon
  3. When I joined MSW, I decided to build something easy and small to get my feet wet in ships and boats. I had asked which one to start with and was given a suggestion of the Tender from Midwest. Well it finally got here today and I couldn't wait to get started. I can see that ships are not a whole lot different from airplanes as far as plan drawings go. I have scratched built many planes and am looking forward to ship building. There are a lot of words and terms I am not familiar with in ships but I'll learn. So here is the start of my kit. If anyone catches anything I am doing wrong, PLEASE TELL ME so I can learn and get things right. I am sure I'll have some questions when it gets to the planking part. Thanks Richard
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