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  1. Hey all, I have to admit honestly I have cheated and already begun this build. Truth be told, I wasn't even going to post a build log. However, early on I began running into problems and questions based from the plans (if you can call them that) and I thought I should at least let you guys know what my thought process was in resolving them. I have built another Panart kit (gundeck cutaway) and overall the experience was OK. There were many occasions where the instructions totally contradicted the drawings and the drawings totally contradicted what few pix there were. Fortunately, there were more than a few MSW members that helped me along with that build. It turned out quite nice and I have to say working with the large scale was a lot of fun. Sadly, this kit does not have the same appealas the gundeck. I have found a few old build logs, but honestly have gained little insight to the problems that I see. Lancia Armata is not much more than an armed ships boat, but at 1:16 scale even a small boat has lots of detail. This is one those builds where you plank the frames then knock out the frames and there are some issues around that. The biggest one is the lower part of the frame is supposed to remain fixed so basically you are breaking off the top 2/3 of the frame. There is a horizontal slice at the breakpoint but I doubt it extends far enough to give a clean break. I am definitely considering extending that slice before I cover the frames with planks. Then my biggest nitemare, the planking diagram (insulting to even give it that much credit) shows some bizarre pattern for planking. Keep in mind this build is supposed to have 3 plank layers. Yup, you heard me right. Here's the only drawing they show: Looks like what a 5 year old might turn out as their first planking attempt. I mean honestly, this is pathetic. And it is the only drawing that shows any planking at all. Is this how all 3 plank layers are supposed to be laid? Is there supposed to be a garboard? How about a rabbet? Are they truly suggesting that I lay these 5 planks and then carve fillers for all the gaps? This lack of detail is inexcusable. I apologize, I am still on a rampage due to the lack of details. Fortunately, I have enough builds under my belt to realize the deficiencies in the drawings/instructions. Someone that took this kit as their first build would be totally hosed. I will try to be more positive in the future. I am already making my own adjustments to get me thru this BS. I have decided to plank this just like every other build I have done. If you are familiar with any of my other builds you know that means marking off bands and breaking out the proportional dividers. I will have some pix and an explanation forthcoming. Sorry for starting out so negative, but it will get better.....
  2. I am about to start this build in an attempt to de emphasise the amount of work, and in particular repetitive work, that lies ahead for me in building my HMS Surprise. In the very early stages I am told to apply candle wax to former edges to prevent adhesion whilst laying the planking. This is necessary as the formers must be removed and modified afterwards and the new sections replaced and glued in. Two questions: Is candle wax the best medium for this work and do i need to edge glue the planks? The model is triple planked in, firstly, 1mm x 7mm Walnut then 1mm x 6mm Lime wood and, lastly, 1mm x 6mm Walnut. Once I have some work to show off I will post photographs and comments. If anyone has a build log for this model I would love to see it. In advance....my thanks for any comments or suggestions. Mike.
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