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Hi everyone, I’ve been semi-active on the site for a while now but this is actually my first build log. I’ve previously completed one prior build, Endeavour’s Longboat.  Onward as they say.   I’ve selected Chatham Yacht as a level up in complexity.  I’m attaching some initial kit photos for reference.    Scott

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Hi,

 

Had a quick look and did make some notes as I built it. The below might be relevant to the stage you are at. Of course i might have got these wrong.

 

  1. Keel walnut section to short for the plywood piece by 4mm. Not sure what I did about this as looks fine without joints.
  2. Found keel slots on bulkheads 1 to 3 not symmetrical or vertical - worth checking because if don't correct hull will look twisted.
  3. Found bulkhead 5 oversize and needed material removing and bulkhead 6 needed material adding.
  4. Installed additional support to bulkhead 6 for the false deck to stop it pushing down.

Hopefully that will help with your early stages. Like I said just a heads up, your kit may be different or i might have got it wrong. You can see below where I have added to the bottom edge of bulkhead 6.

 

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Thank you Thunder, that’s very helpful.  I found the keel just like yours was a tad too short of the rudder post but I filled the gap with glue and sawdust and seems to be fine. I didn’t have any issues with the bulkheads themselves other than questioning myself as to whether I underdid or overdid the suggested bevelling. A photo here of the hull construction with the exception of the inner/outer stern.   Scott 

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The material accompanying the model does indicate a 1741 launch date but then indicates a rebuild/relaunch date of 1794, and Jotika/Caldercraft indicate that this specific model of the HM Yacht Chatham is based on the 1794 rebuild.  It was on that basis I had selected the original topic date category.   However I will defer to the moderators if they feel 1501-1750 is the most appropriate date category. 

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The balsa filler blocks being glued in I realized after a dry fit of the foredeck just how much sanding I had in store for me to align to the curvature of the bow.   The result below - the foredeck is still not pinned and glued at this point. 
 

 

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Ok, a bit of a pause here.  I looked at the only other partial build log of the kit and based on that thought that I sanded too much of the bow balsa filler. I had sanded it down to align with the profile of the foredeck so there was no overhang of the filler, but in doing so it meant that the bow plank termination pattern was fully exposed at the sides and that’s where my planks would end rather than flush with the prow.  So I added on more balsa and sanded so that they are flush with the top of the termination pattern and meet the prow rather than having the plank end meet the side of the termination pattern. Not sure if I’m explaining myself well enough here but the photo with the balsa filler being added back. It does mean that it overhangs the foredeck though - see photo below. Have I got this wrong?  

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