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Swift 1805 by stripehunter - FINISHED - Artesania Latina - 1:50 - first build

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A year to the day since I bought the kit, I am finished.  My only regret is I wish I would have kept track of my total hours worked.  Will do that next time.  Thanks for all the likes and kind words along the way.






























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I am enjoying your log. I started working on my 1805 Swift 35 years ago. I purchased it before having children and got the first layer of planking set. Then... life got busy. 


All our kids are successfully launched and I recently retired. So, the little ship is once again progressing.

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On 3/17/2016 at 6:17 PM, stripehunter said:

My bulwarks seemed a little too angular in the stern.  I steamed the back portion of them and clamped them to dry and square things up. 




Given the little irregularities in the lay of my deck, I opted to plank the bulwarks after application. 



My first working with the thin planking, I decided to let it take the shape of the bulwarks, angling up at the bow.  In hindsight, I probably would have used my jig to shape these planks, as I did on the outside.   Live and learn, although I must say I'm not opposed to the angular appearance.  Most of this will be concealed anyway.


At this point, I decided that I would apply the keel/stem/post before the second planking.  I applied the stern piece, and started filling it in. 




At this point, I wasn't sure what to do about the stern and the post; whether to transition to thinner planking, etc. There's not good pictures or instruction detail regarding this area.  After giving it much thought, I decided to use thick wood over the entire stern/rudder area.  This would make my keel too short, so I opted to inlay the post into this wood. It should put the rudder in a nice spot still, and I like the results so far.



I glued the post in place there before doing the rest of the keel pieces.



Thank you for posting this, this is the point i am at in my build that almost made me quit - I have a bit of an idea what to do now, thank you!

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