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Hello again friends. I started my new project two months ago. I used Aeropiccola's Essex kit plan to cut the bulkheads and the bulkheads former. Because the plan is not so detailed I am mostly following Portia Takakjian's AOTS of Essex.

I am now sharing what I have done so far and will continue to post pictures as I make progress.

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The upper hull was planked with 1,5x5 mm Spanish cedar. I used 1,5x5 mm of basswood strips to cover the lower hull. From wales to waterline will be painted black and below the waterline will be coppered. I am planning to keep the upper hull naturel.14.jpg15.jpg16.jpg17.jpg18.jpg19.jpg20.jpg21.jpg28.jpg29.jpg30.jpg31.jpg32.jpg33.jpg34.jpg35.jpg36.jpg
 

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Hallo Mustafa,
Many Many Thanks for starting this building log - great to see the progress on this model

Because the plan is not so detailed I am mostly following Portia Takakjian's AOTS of Essex.
do you have also this book with plans?
Maybe no real need, due to the fact, that she published the Anatomy book after this one
 

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I just recognized this small tool in one of your photos.
A very simple , but very clever idea to keep the distance of the treenails constant Thumbsup
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And I can see, that you are also drilling the holes by hand (like me) - Looking very good :cool:
 
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I just recognized this small tool in one of your photos.
A very simple , but very clever idea to keep the distance of the treenails constant Thumbsup


And I can see, that you are also drilling the holes by hand (like me) - Looking very good :cool:
Thank you so much for your interest Uwe. Yes, I drill the holes by hand :)
 
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I painted the hull black. Below the waterline will be coppered. I ordered self adhesive copper tape for the task. I worked on stern transom. Since I don't have detailed plans I draw some parts myself.

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The "Black beauty" in the wintergarden - a hull seems to be really a very good basis for copper sheating
BTW: You have a really nice place for modeling - I am jealous :cool: - I have to sit in the cellar :eek:
 
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