I did bevelled them and looking at Tom’s own build pictures he did the same to frame 37. Not sure about the purpose but I’m sure it will become clear later on in the build
Yes @Chello, I see they are indeed bevelled at Tom's build. However that makes it even more strange because the line is at the aft side of the top timber (where the black arrow is pointing). Thus the line is indicating a bevel in the opposite direction (like the red line):I did bevelled them and looking at Tom’s own build pictures he did the same to frame 37. Not sure about the purpose but I’m sure it will become clear later on in the build
Hallo Poul, alias @PoulDI'm still waiting for the HMS Alert 1776 kit which I wanted to make my very first build. For now I do not want to build 2 kits simultaneously so it will most likely take a long time before I start on Le Coureur. However, I have been waiting since May and since I received Le Coreur kit from CAF I have struggled daily to keep my hands away from the boxes. Yesterday evening I could no longer resist to at least try to put one of the small accessories together. Thus I started on one of barrels and already there I run into a few questions so I decided to make a premature build log. The sole purpose of also this log will also be to ask questions and receive all the help and guidance I can get so that I and perhaps other rookies can learn and improve. Hence once again, please don't be shy with the criticism and advise. All comments are appreciated.
Coming back to my barrel questions: The instructions calls for 2 layers of staves. I wonder why that is? Was barrels back then made with 2 layers IRL? It is also not clear to me if the outer staves should be located directly on top of the inner staves or should the outer stave overlap the joint between 2 inner staves?
Also, the circumference has now increased by approx. 2.83mm. At least in the center of the barrel 12 staves fitted pretty accurate in the first layer, so should I now leave a gab of 2.83/12 between each of the staves? Or should I have sanded the inner structure much more than I did? (too late for this barrel )
As of now it look like this:
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Many Thanks for showing us these hints, which are helping very much, especially the first one is a "Must Have"Not an interesting update for current builders of the kit.
Just wanted to share a few minor mods. I've made, just in case it could be of help to other rookies who might build this kit in the future.
In order to be able to take the keel in and out of the building berth while building the stern structure I modified the aftmost tab under the keel so that the keel can be slided forwards when the stem is lifted a little:
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I also cut away the tab blocking the post timber from being lifted , glued it to a small piece of plywood and fixed it again with a small screw so it can removed at any time. Later I'll do the same with the small tabs that holds the side counter timber in place:
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