French 8 pounder frigate La Castor, from Le Renommee draught by Jean Boudriot, Combination method, Bread and butter and plank on rib.

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Spent the weekend cutting out gunports, first by drilling the four corners, then drilling around the edges. Once roughed out I used a diamond file to square the ports and create a notch for the upper frame to provide support. Then cut the upper and lower frames to fit and install them. Worked out very well and I am pleased with the result. Now I can get ready to install the keel and stem, in preparation for planking the hull.

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Step by step it is really looking like a ship - and BTW a very interesting construction method
One question related to the installed keel and stem.
How will you handle this gap between these two elements which is visible?
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Or is the stem not fixed at the time you made the photo - and should be rotated slightly to the front
 

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You make a good point and it leads to an interesting problem solved today. I ended up taking the whole stem off and reworking it. It turned out that my measurements were off a little and I installed the stem too high. So, rather than accept it, off it came and once reworked, reinstalled in the correct position, and the small gap rectified at the same time.

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I made some progress on the upper hull planking today. Changed the bit on my drill to a size larger for the Yellowheart wood and the nails go in easier and don't bend so often. I also leave the Yellowheart in the steam box longer so it will bend easier, and clamp it in a form jig to keep it in shape until dry. It seems that I'm not too old to learn something after all! Just happy to be making progress, small though it is. I must say, this hull is eating up these little Brass nails like a sponge, the small packages of 100 doesn't go far, I purchase them from a supplier in the US and I am running out yet again. Anyone know of a supplier that sells larger packages at a decent price. I will need several 1,000's more, and money is tight.

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I made some progress on the upper hull planking today. Changed the bit on my drill to a size larger for the Yellowheart wood and the nails go in easier and don't bend so often. I also leave the Yellowheart in the steam box longer so it will bend easier, and clamp it in a form jig to keep it in shape until dry. It seems that I'm not too old to learn something after all! Just happy to be making progress, small though it is. I must say, this hull is eating up these little Brass nails like a sponge, the small packages of 100 doesn't go far, I purchase them from a supplier in the US and I am running out yet again. Anyone know of a supplier that sells larger packages at a decent price. I will need several 1,000's more, and money is tight.

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Not sure what they charge for nails but I purchase a lot of stuff from Cornwall in the UK. Prices are good and the shipping costs don’t put you in the poor house. That’s where I find the major block in ordering from the states. The product price is often good but then to get it across the border is another story. One might say outrageous.

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