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I've got some issues with the other kit I'm working on at the moment, and I'm also going to need some work done on the AC at my new house before I can work in my new "man cave" in comfort. While I'm waiting on these matters, I decided I'd dig out one of the card models in my stash and poke around with it. This one is CGS Canada, a Canadian fisheries protection ship built in 1904 that did service in the Great War and later, after being sold off to private interests, sank off the coast of Florida in 235 feet (70 m) of water. You can read more about her history here. The kit is designed by David Hathaway of Paper Shipwright in the UK. I have enjoyed building several other Paper Shipwright kits, including SMS Rhein, the Swedish monitor Folke, and the Spanish monitor Puigcerda; all of these are in the gallery. Like many Paper Shipwright kits, this is a comparatively simple model consisting of three sheets of parts, two pages of diagrams, two pages of English instructions, and a cover sheet. At £6.50, it's a sweet little deal. I chose this particular kit because I like the look of it, but also because it has a minimum of railings that will need to be built. David includes a template in each of his kits that allows the railings to be made from thread. It's a nifty method, but not my favorite task, so the less the better. Another reason why I chose this kit is because one of the main challenges for me with card ships is getting a nice-looking hull without arriving at the "starving cow" look that card hulls sometimes get. David's kits use the "egg crate" style of hull construction, as do for example kits from HMV (Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag). I will be trying out some new methods to try and get the "perfect hull". We'll see how that goes. The finished hull will be about 10 inches long. Here's some photos of the kit elements. Since it's a card kit, all of the elements are on (surprise!) paper or card stock. Ciao!
Hey all, I was about to plank this side in. The other side is completely done. I won't be ordering my bow thruster until the end of this month. If I complete the planking here, the only access to the cuddy (inner nose of the bow) will be through the top. The top would be open as I only have the decks pinned down. My intention is to prep and cut 20mm holes but order a 30mm thruster. Can all this be done if I close this planking off? I've also attached a photo. Regardless of the planking stuff, which of the 3 compartments does the thruster typically get installed? (i have a build thread labelled as Smit Rotterdam)