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So I started the build a week ago, rainy cold winters weekend here in Canberra AUS.
First ever wooden model, so it should be interesting.  I chose the kit as it seems people recommended it as a beginners kit, so why not?


I had a look through numerous build logs to get an idea on what was involved, and luckily there is miles of really good information and handy tips on how it all works.  

I decided from the get go that I would take advice from members who had built the kit, so thanks to Rick01, AndrewW for the info and inspiration.


So off we go.....

I had read through the instructions (pretty light on too be honest) the night before.  

Cutting out the parts was easy enough.  Sanded and dry fit before glueing up.  Glue was just the normal woodworkers PVA (we have oodles of it for woodworking 😉 )


First the ribs and spine.  Squared it all off with a machinist square.



Then put all the decks in as per the instructions.




Then the Top Gallent




Following on from the instructions, I then went on to the planking after sanding all the ribs so they would sit nicely without any gaps.




And more planking and the Garboard.  This caused a bit of angst as I wasn't sure I had it right.  But I figured I would get it in then adjust if necessary.




Sorry the photos got mixed up (above).

Did some more planking and then thought to myself something doesn't look right.  Looking at the front I forgot that the stem and keel had to go on after planking, so a few adjustments had to be completed.






Then I looked at the garboard and remembered what the planking info said. So I marked and cut these off as the Simple Hull Planking Techniques advised not to bend them up.  Whoops, exactly what I had done.  So of the ends came. 

After sanding and trying to adjust them I wasn't happy with the way they were going.  So off came the Garboard planks.  I also put in some balsa blanking strips to the front.  I still need to sand them down.




So the plan now is too??

Not sure what I am going to do now.  Reading a number of posts on here, tips and tricks and watching youtube to give me some hints.  

So I am taking today off from it just to concentrate on getting my head around what to do next with the planking.  If I need to I may take more of the side planking off.

Anyone have any suggestions on the best next step?


Side Planking.jpg

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It's not looking that bad at the moment. You'll be putting a second planking on it so remember that you can cover a multitude of sins that way. Are you soaking the planks to help bend them? It really helps. Some of those gaps are going to show slightly from the inside so it's either ignore, make some wood putty up using sawdust from one of those planks mixed with a little PVA glue, or soak the plank off and re-glue it down a little tighter. We've all been through this stage and to be honest I still can't plank neatly! I'm thinking that from the exterior anyway a little fill and sanding of the first layer and you'll be pretty pleased with the result.



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Thanks Rick
Yes have been soaking and then bending.  Letting them dry when the are all clamped on the boat.   Leaving overnight or at least 4 hours before unclamping then glueing and clamping again.  I think it maybe too humid in the house??  When the glue up I push them all together then reclamp and leave for at least 12 hours.  They have all gapped.  I agree wood putty may be the way to go unless I pull them all off and start again.  Going to have a big think about it today.  May start again I think.


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Don't despair - I've got one where I stripped almost a whole side off as I just couldn't get it sitting right. Have you considered sanding the thin edge at a slight angle so that they meet more closely? I'm happy if I get a couple of planks on in a day and even now there are times when I use a wood putty on the first layer!



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