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    πŸ“ Not what I’d planned for today
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    But things just go off in any direction.
    Mercantic hatches
    I’ve made them in separate parts to aid painting
    First left over planking used for the coverings glued to 1.5mm ply.
    Then treated with osmo oil stains for a weathered timber look.
    Later to be covered in osmo Matt oil
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    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    She’s preparing to beach for the next low tide to make a delivery 😜
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Not what I’d planned for today
    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Please do not think that I am criticising a superb build in any way, but do the instructions for the build tell you to plank the hatches? A ship of this size would normally have steel hatches, but if she did have wooden, as many smaller vessels, they would be covered with all over tarpaulins battened down and held with wedges.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Not what I’d planned for today
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Robert
    Never sell yourself short.
    If you can use a rule a pencil and one of these you can make almost anything.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Not what I’d planned for today
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Andy

    This is looking very well indeed. I wish I could build like this.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Not what I’d planned for today
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi T Like the cover-up .LOL
    Rick
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    πŸ“ Saturday
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Today I’ve cut out for the bow fairleads.
    I’ve removed the centre frame ribs in the well deck and replaced with 5 ribs per side.
    I’ve just fitted the port side rubbbng strakes.
    Fitted an upstanding around the aft access hole.
    The day is young but time for dinner 🍽
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Saturday
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Michael
    As I said of yours the real models look better than the pictures can show.
    Even then it’s hard to take in your level of detail as the longer you look the more you see
    I’m slowly returning to a normal colour having gone green with envy πŸ†
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Saturday
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Busy busy busy, you must win the fastest builder award
    whilst maintaining quality workmanship, great job
    PS and pictures don't lie I've seen it for real.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Saturday
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    They're going to be painted invisible 🀣
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Saturday
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Andy,
    In photos 2,6 the keel that comes above the deck hight are they going to be trimmed down or are they going to be lockers.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Update
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Struggling for time but I’ve fitted the bilge keels
    Marked the waterline
    Engaged now in cutting the washports.
    I’d like to get the anti foul coat on this weekend.
    Stern gunwale glued on just now, final sanding to shape when the glue sets
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    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update
    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Love the flare on her bow. In fact she's a nice shape all round, wouldn't at all mind going to sea in her full size version.

    Nerys
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    "Struggling for time" Andy when we met the other day you told me how long you spent building. Sorry to tell you but there is only 24 hours in a day and that's not likely to change any time soon, even after Covid😁
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Andy

    You are doing an amazing job of your ship. Keep plugging away at it.

    Robert πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Woven glass cloth
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Last night I glass coated the port half of the hull. This morning I’ve sanded it to satisfaction with no visible blemishes needing filler.
    Next the Starboard.
    Picture one is the start of sanding again with 120 grit
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Woven glass cloth
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Colin
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Woven glass cloth
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good evening Andy, I like the way you are bringing her to life with each new post.
    Query, what grade of glass cloth are you using.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Woven glass cloth
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Robert
    Next job after sanding is to mark the waterline with indelible pen
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Woven glass cloth
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Andy

    You are doing a fantastic job of this ship. Well done keep it up.

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    πŸ“ The days not over
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Continued
    Faced with a choice of breaking out every frame rib to replace them all or shaping them and accepting their thickness, I decided on the latter.
    Just three more to do at the stern where I’m also in the process of making the gunwale.
    Intermediate bulwark ribs will now be fitted.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The days not over
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Andy

    It is looking very well keep it up.

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    πŸ“ Full steam ahead
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Bow ribs and gunwale now complete and other bits.
    Hull sanded ready for glass coat, no significant defects that won’t be filled with next coat of resin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Full steam ahead
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you all πŸ€—
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    2 months ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    Very nice job, and I am sure you are aware of the fact that "Flat Bottomed Girls they make the Rocking World go Round. Regards, Gary.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Full steam ahead
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking great Andy

    Promoted again
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Full steam ahead
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks boss 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Full steam ahead
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking good Sub-Lieutenant Andy.

    Congratulations on your promotion.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Change of tack
    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Last night I started on the hatches and it was going so well today that I’ve delayed sanding whilst good headway is being made.
    I made and fitted the coamings trial fitted the rudder and made an oversize bow gunwale to trim later.
    Continuing on with the hatches
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Change of tack
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    T (Andy) you certainly do good work.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Change of tack
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Andy nice job keep it up.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Change of tack
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Andy.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Change of tack
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great progress shipmate, looks better with every post.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Hull sanding and sealing
    3 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Finally the rain stopped and a couple of hours with 120 grit sorted out the planking. A lead pencil is used to indicated the highs and lows as sanding progressed.
    Sealed the wood with a coat of resin before another sanding and minor filling.
    Then a glass coat will be added another day.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull sanding and sealing
    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Wonderful shape to the hull T. Progressing nicely.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull sanding and sealing
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That is a nice looking hull.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Progress
    3 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Not many pictures but I will add more later.
    Hull is almost closed and the last piece will be a block of balsa for final shape before sanding the entire hull ready for grp overcoat.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Progress
    3 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi T33CNO

    This is looking very good. Keep up with the hard work.

    Thanks
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Progress
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You have done a great job on the hull T3.
    Taken shape quite nicely.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Progress
    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    You do nice work T
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    πŸ“ Yesterday’s progress
    3 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    More planks and the bow bulwark fitted.
    Once the bulwark is set the frame ribs are knocked out to be replaced with scale ribs in the correct places as marked in pencil.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Yesterday’s progress
    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Rounding into shape T nice job.
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