I believe I used a semi gloss poly on the deck. Hope this helps.
I do on all areas. I like the way it looks. I even add to painted surfaces to enhance the lookDo you recommend using this finish for most decks? Instead of a varnish or stain? I’m still looking for something that would look good on all decks. Maybe this will do.
Karl, I went back and looked to see if I had any notes on what stain(s) and I don’t have anything written down. I don’t remember exactly what I used but the stains I typically like are walnuts, oaks and ebony. I probably used an oak stain on masts and deck. Likely walnut on deck furnishings. Ebony not on this model but I like it for display stands and certain areas as highlight. Hope this helps
Barry, do you recall if you had much adjustment with the bulkheads during fairing? I have same kit and hope to avoid mistakesLast update is for planking. Finished that up over the weekend. Second planking effort for me and while it was better than my first still learning. I found the Swift to be fairly forgiving on plank alignment but I also paid closer attention to fairing the bulkheads. I still need to develop my eye on seeing the best line for the planks to follow. Next steps will be planking the deck, fitting the bulwarks and final sanding and filling of hull before painting starts. Lots to do this week but lots of fun as well View attachment 58991View attachment 58992
I did not have any issues with the bulkheads but there was some fairing needed. The fairing process on this ship was pretty straightforward given its lines. I learned from my first project to take time on the fairing process. For me it was hard to go slow on fairing because it seems pretty straightforward to get a plank to lie properly along a line but when you start considering how the planks will truly lie upon planking it’s not so straightforward. So best advice on this i can give is to go slow here and really try to project the various lies of the planks will take. At the end of the day if you need to take a little of it’s easier than adding strips to build the bulkhead back up. Good luck.Barry, do you recall if you had much adjustment with the bulkheads during fairing? I have same kit and hope to avoid mistakes