Your so right Paul, Thank you. I cant say I didn't enjoy the challenge because I did. at the end of the day I refused to give up and I won the battle.whats as a kit without a little frustration ( isn't that why we buyem ;-) ) ,bloody good but ! great job.
the shape of this hull is unlike anything I've done in the past it was absolutely a challenge requiring tapering of planks on both ends at times. Bearding the keel at the stern made a huge difference as it allowed me to use as many full width planks as possible at that end of the ship. fortunately most of the numbers came out even with regards to plank width and along the mid ship area but that also meant a cramped bow and stern if I wouldn't have bearded it. that dead wood area would have had second planking anyhow per the plans so I went with it for first planking also. At any rate the job is done and I'm happy with it I use a roller to roll my planks flat but I wait till the glue has tacked up well usually 10 min for titebond III I then reroll every plank for three plank prior to the last one I install just to keep everything as flat as possible. I use this roller works real well.Excellent, she has a very unique and fascinating shape, you are doing a really good job, that colour planking with the black should look outstanding,
best regards john,