AStevenson Posted January 11, 2015 Share #1 Posted January 11, 2015 This is my first post on MSW. Let me apologise in advance for errors I make in posting. I will try to remedy them as I can. There are some terrific longboat builds going on, which have been a great resource. I find myself frequently referencing BobF, Bob Riddoch and Chuck, among (many) others. Many of the techniques I have used have been directly copied from these builders and I greatly appreciate the wisdom they have shared. While I am trying to duplicate the skills and techniques that these builders illustrate, I am under no illusions about matching the quality of their builds. In my posts I will only try to document my own experiences. After researching Chuck's Longboat kit and visiting the original model at the NMM in Greenwich, I finally started my build in Sep14. I'm now (Jan15) nearing the finish of the planking ... so slow progress. A couple of points on the build to date ... 1. Read the instructions several times!! I was in such a rush to get started, that I glued the false keel/keel/stem together and varnished without notching or drawing the beading line. I have no doubt that it would have been easier to notch before gluing. However, I worked slowly with a razor knife and, in the end, I was happy with the notches. 2. The laser cut bulkheads went in easily enough. Since I'd varnished the keel, I did have to sand each bulkhead notch slightly slightly for fit. Someone had the smart idea of using lego squares to help set the frame. I think I did a decent job getting all the ribs square, but struggled to get them perfectly horizontal. In the end, I decided that what I had was good enough. It was easy enough to fair the bulkheads for planking. I did add the transom at the this point and used some temporary braces for support (you can see one in the photos below). mtaylor, divarty, Mike Y and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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