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Hi all, I'm on a mission. My great great great grandfather was a sailor and served on 5 ships from 1787 through 1793. He sailed to Australia on the Scarborough in the first fleet. He moved to the HMS Sirius, HMS Supply, a hired Dutch Snow called Waakzaamheid then returned as one of the 5 first free settlers to Australia on the Bellona. I decided to build them all. Nuts I know. So I've finished the HMS Supply & moved on to the Bellona. Imagi e how cranky I was after buying the Corel kit when more research turned up another Bellona. An East India company ship that he really sailed on. Bugger! Oh, well I've started now so I may as well enjoy it. Any advice greatfully accepted. Thanks Gan Do
Good day all! After an extended hiatus I'm back in the shipyard! Today I received my next project, the longboat from HMS Sirius, one of the first fleet ships. The box in which she came! Next is the contents of the kit spread out. First step was to lay out the frames and put the keel in place. The frames aren't glued to the baseboard so once planked it can be removed from the internals of the longboat, it is there to provide the framework to build on to. The transom is glued on to the keel however. Next was to shape the bow blocks with a 45 degree bevel. To do this I used my rotary tool in the Dremel drill press with a sanding disc on it. It made the job faster, easier and did a great job!