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The deck is finally complete. That seems like the last major constructional step. 

 

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It turned out reasonably well. Here is my first attempt at a scarf joint: not perfect but I'm happy enough. 

 

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Here is the capstan. I can't believe so many are taking Chuck's lead and sloshing red paint it! I guess what to me is a little masterpiece ( Chuck's contribution not mine) is the everyday to the master.

 

Unfortunately I dropped it at the moment of completion and broke off the central stick which may make positioning the upper section a tiny bit more tricky – but nothing serious.

 

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I took Chuck's advice regarding painting the hull right up to the wales rather than the waterline. I think it looks much better. And I've made a start on the rudder. Shame that's got to be painted but no choice really.

 

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Nicely Done.  The capstan looks great.  I still go back and forth about painting it.  I see you chose not to simulate the caulked seems between the deck planking.  
 

its really coming together.  

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I had a go at the cheeks and hair brackets and I'm very pleased with the outcome.

 

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Rather than make up the cheeks off the ship I started with the middle section and fixed it in position with the hair bracket. The top and bottom sections of the cheek are not yet glued in.

 

 

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Then the top cheek and hair bracket. I wish I'd started with the top bracket as that must (I think) line up with the top of the stem. I put my bottom cheek a couple of millimetres too high and got very cramped for space to fit the resin moulding - but I got it in with a bit of filing. I' wasn't sure if the resin piece above the gammoning hole was a casting sprue or meant to be there. I cut it out as I needed the space but I suspect that's incorrect. 

 

Here the hawse hole piece is not glued in.

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Then I glued on the friezes. The advantage (as I see it) of not fixing the top and bottom sections of the cheeks is that the  friezes can easily be manipulated into position and pressed to follow the bevelled edges of the middle section very easily between thumb and forefinger. Painting the section first also disguises any mismatch between the wood and the paper. I "painted" or coloured  the cut white edges  of the friezes before glueing so I'd have no white paper showing.

 

 

 

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And here is the result.  Far from perfect but I'm very happy. The joints between the cheeks and the brackets could have been tighter but I guess much of this will be disguised by the gallery (is that the correct terminology?).

 

Now for the other side. 

 

The precision of the laser cutting, incidentally, is a marvel.

 

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