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I have chosen the Medway longboat as one of two projects that I am going to start now. The other is the brigantine Lexington, a semi-scratch build based on plans by Clayton Feldman and a mini-kit from The Lumberyard. It is my current intention to begin the longboat now, but suspend work when I get the Lexington project started (Chuck's delivery time is considerably shorter than The Lumberyard).

I will then take the longboat to New Jersey, where we will be spending a portion of the summer, and possibly early fall, and hopefully complete it there.

 

So far, I have completed the keel assembly and transom, and am starting on the frames. I'm embarrassed to have to admit that I butchered one of the overlap joints on the keel and have to use the simplified joint version. Not a good start.

 

Bob

 

 

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Bob, Off to a good start. Even though she's not a large complex model she will test us.

Hopefully you'll get to stop by Chuck's on a Saturday work shop day. It's a lot of fun.

Keep me posted if you do and I'll try to pop down and see you there. 

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Thanks so much guys for the comments and the "likes". You're too kind, given my inability to perform a relatively simple task.

 

We're staying at my daughter's place in Short Hills. Our present plan is to be there for all of August and some part of September. Chuck, I would love to come to a meeting and/or a workshop, if any will take place while I'm there. Rusty, it would be great if we could meet there.

 

Bob

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Moving along. I've assembled and fitted all of the frames, and glued the keel in place. As others have noted, the cutting of the parts and the ease of fit is remarkable. A light touch of sandpaper here and there was all that was necessary to ensure perfect fit and alignment. I'm now beginning the fairing process, which may take a little longer, because of the delicate parts and structure.

 

Bob

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It's been almost 4 months since I last posted. For the first time in over 50 years of modeling, I suffered total "burnout".  I just didn't even want to look at this model (or any other). Within the last week, I finally decided to give it another go, and proceeded to finish up the hull planking, where I had left off months ago. While I'm not particularly happy with the result, it does feel good to be back at it.  I've removed the baseboard and am now in the process of removing the frame centers.

 

Hopefully, I am past any thought of abandoning this project (to be clear, the issues were entirely mine, and in no way a reflection on the fine quality of this kit), and back on track.

 

Bob

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Bob, Nice to see you found your way back. I think it must be the South Florida weather or something because I too have been in a real slump as far as modeling goes. Perhaps I can take some inspiration from you and get back to it.

 

Best Regards

 

Art

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have to admit it Bob........but I've had a few spells like that myself.    when I started out with the wood kits,  I was a kid in a candy store........but I think it took it's toll.   then I began to follow my impulses........ now that I have a chance to think about it,  might have been a bad idea too ;)   so now I have to repent......and hope that retirement will bail me out.  all told.........I'm still happy to be in the place I am at this time  :)  :D   it's not a bad thing......it gave you the chance to build back up your 'ldea well', and recharge you bearings.  I'm also glad your back.........dazzle me some more with that beautiful work you do  ;) 

 

your planking looks awesome!

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I've now faired the interior, added the bow bolsters, cap rail, friezes and moldings. With the completion of this work, I will be putting this away until we go to New Jersey for the month of August and part of September, where  work will resume while there. In the meanwhile, I will be starting on Lexington, for which I will start a build log shortly.

 

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Just seen this,    so good to see you back on here bob,    fully understand how you felt,    our family here is a great medicine and  helps us all,    your build is looking really really nice,   have a great holiday see you soon back on here.

 

OC.

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Thanks so much Rusty, Dave and OC for the nice comments and thanks also to the "likes". Always appreciated.

 

Bob

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Now in New Jersey and back to work on the longboat. I've done the floorboards, the platforms and the risers. All pretty straightforward.

 

Next, on to the thwarts and the cockpit seats.

 

Bob

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