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In my working on the Red Jacket, I neglected to sand in the deck camber before I put the bulwarks on. So now I have 3 choices:

1- ignore it

2- rip the bulwarks out

3- get creative.


I can't do #1 because the laser-cut deckhouses have the curvature cut into the bottoms already. As for #2 - NO WAY JOSE !


So I got creative, and made a spine and ribs to the 3/32 camber. I made sure the ribs supported the deckhouse edges, fiferails, and mast locations. I think it will work just fine. tapering the ribs is much easier than trying to sand the entire deck, anyway.


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Hey there. In this world of plank on bulkheads and frame it is refreshing to see a solid hull model come to life. That is where I began my journey into ship models. I am intrigued by the assembly methodology so have signed up to track your progress. I am curious about the hull line shown above. Is that the waterline?


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With the mainmast done, it is time to work on the mizzen. So here's the dilemma: The mizzen goes through the aft cabin roof. If i drill a hole in the deck, like the fore and main, I will never be able to line up the aft cabin roof hole correctly at a later time. So I have to drill though both at the same time. But I can't install the aft cabin yet, there is too much other stuff that needs to be done first.


My solution is to do the minimal assembly of the aft cabin (sides and roof) and carefully tape it into its final position. Now I can do my drilling, then take the cabin off.


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I've never done a solid hull, it looks like a lot of wok to get the profile correct.


I like the look of the Red Jacket, very nice lines. 


Keep up the good work.

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And now the very tedious part - assembling and placing the deadeyes and chainplates. The photo-etched chainplates need to be bent, then their tops formed in a "U", a wire inserted and the "U" crimped down on the wire. Next a deadeye is placed on, and the wire brought up and around it, glued in place, and the excess wire cut off. Place, drill holesd for the pins, insert, repeat 60+ times. Ugh! Here's the port fore channel finished, with the double beaded molding place on the edge.



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