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Hello from Port Chester, NY

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My hobbies: beekeeper, painter, model ship maker! It wasnt my goal to get hobbies that rhymed but there you go. Just started my first build which is a pretty straight forward Chesapeake Bay Skipjack by Midwest Products. Really nice kit. Lots of introductions to new techniques, no planking but thats the next model. I wanted something to learn from and to make mistakes on that was not too expensive. Actually most of the cost has not been the model but in all the ancillary items to help me build it (paint, tools, brushes etc)


Thoroughly enjoying this one so far. Customizing it a little with some oars, and some oystering tools. I'd love to make some barrels but am not sure how.


Next up is the sails and that has me stumped. i never thought one would paint the sails with a lacquer. That really threw me sideways. lots of research yet to do




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Barrels,  check the site database  or the online journal for ways to make them.

You can get a dowel that is close to the diameter and use a drill to turn it to the arc cross section shape.

If nothing is closer, there is a Wood Craft in Norwalk that has veneer to cover the dowel plug.

Trying to think of a way to reuse the same plug and assemble the staves.  Best I can come up with is a second dowel that is the diameter of the ends, that the staves can be glued to at either end.  Maybe a band of paper or cardboard as support for the middle.  Cover the ends with veneer.

Come to think of it, just use cardboard instead of veneer, if you are good at painting faux wood.  Or if you have a good graphics program, down load a wood texture from a graphics site and print it on paper.

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Welcome! Midwest models are great first-time projects. I'm not sure about the whole "paint with lacquer" thing for sails (at least I've never done it) -- maybe they're thinking about getting the sail to hold a wind-filled shape? Anyways, I don't think that step is completely necessary. Just remember to give the sail cloth a good ironing to get all the wrinkles out.



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