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Royal Barge Circa 1700 by MikeB4 - Syren - 1:24

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Thank You. You've created a kit that is very high quality. That is why I've decided to take on this project first before some of the other kits I have of lesser quality. I know there are going to be some challenges but it will not be because the kit falls short.

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The instructions say to taper the four pieces that will make up the keel before they are glued. Would it be easier to taper them after they're glued together as one piece?

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Its up to you....Whatever you are more comfortable with.   I tapered them ahead of time but then touched up the entire assembly afterwards.

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I found a solution to the problem of the keel being bowed out of the box. I created a jig and decided to put the entire keel together before tapering it down. This way I can center the notched pieces with ease. I'm hoping once I start attaching the frames that will resolve the bowing.

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I am moving along slowly. I have completed the task of installing the frames and putting the keel on. Frames2.thumb.jpg.c9a87a643f54a4d001607a48dda01025.jpg

I broke a couple of frames in the process. Nothing I couldn't fix.Frames3.thumb.jpg.1f92a9a380f6b794439f8251381ef0cc.jpg

I used a hair dryer to heat up the keel so I could straighten it out. I got it pretty good.

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I don't know if it's possible to complete this model in the next ten weeks, but I'm going to enter it in the 37th Annual Joint Club Ship Model Conference. The pressure is on. 

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Awesome Mike.  I cant wait to see it.  I will be there as usual and look forward to it every year.  But dont rush it

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The only corner I may have to cut is the carving of the ornaments. I can probably carve them in the future and add them to the boat. For now I'll use the resin castings.

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I got the first level planking done on both sides. There where a few unexpected challenges but I'm moving along. I have seven weeks left before the Connecticut show. even if I don't make the dead line completely I will bring the model to the show as is, unless I meet with a complete disaster before hand.

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I've got the cap rail installed and sanded down. Not a perfect job by any means. I took a little to much off on the forward starboard side. I don't think it's a deal breaker but I wish I could do it over again. It's a learning experience to say the least. I only have 23 days left before the model show. I will need to work on it everyday until the show.

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