Hi all it has been quite a while, but with job commitments moving me interstate for a few weeks, things got slowed down.
Anyway I have gone a lot further and competed all the upper planking. Before starting the lower single planking ( challenge), I have to cut another 64 gun ports.... and sand off the upper single layer planking ( hmm).
The only major issue so far has been the AL do not provide any measurements for upper planking final layering splits. I had to look at the photos and base it off cannon port count & bulkhead. Looking as the only other builds I can find on modelismoval.com forums ( Soanish ?) there is a lot of variations. Anyway we will see how it goes. Very early in the build so lots of chances to rectify nay issues.
2nd lower gun deck added & middle planking added as is visible through open deck at top.
Lower aft planking added
Upper hull planking commenced. ( I used 2 planks placed along keel to ask as guide as they are slightly less width than the actual keel and also added a pinning and alignment point for the planks at the bow.
The upper portion of the blaming above the WC needed some additional supports ( left over planking) as the hold for the bowsprit has no supporting pillars for the planking. These were removed once the hull planks had dried.
First 30 gun ports cut and planking completed to top of bulkheads
marking completed & read for final gun port marking & cutting.
The hull has not been sanded and finalized yet.
See you all in the new year,
To all on the forum and your families, have a great and wonderful Xmas and a happy & safe New Year.
Wishing you all the best of heath and many years of modelling.