Hi there Robert,
Pleased to make your aquaintance!!
Dispensing advice? Well, I try, as much as my limited experience will allow me to, I am certainly no expert when compared to some of the members creations on this site.
Knew that somewhere in the world, someone would be building this model.
It will be a definite advantage for you to have the "Jensen" book. I have read
much about it but unfortunately never laid my eyes on it.
Have you seen this site? http://www.modelboatyard.com/bluenose2.html
Wished I'd seen it before I started, never mind.... Download the article and let me know what you think.... I would be making a much more "Scale" version if I had seen this!!
I built a 1/115 scale AL Bluenose I to see if I enjoyed the hobby, I did but found the scale too difficult to work with, or, that I needed new glasses....
I am using the current model to "Hone" my skills before embarking on other projects, it has taught me much.
How was the supply of wood stock in your kit? Mine was fine for Planking/Doweling for masts but lacked quite a bit in the Bulwark/Handrail department.
I belive that there also should have been a video included in the kit, (Maybe), of Frank Mastini building this kit? I certainly didn't have it....
If your kit instructions were the same as mine, you will notice that the blocks of Walnut for various bits and pieces of deck superstructure are missing, damn shame that.... The Laser-Cut plywood pieces that were supplied are rather "Flimsy" and I used small pieces of balsa to give these structures a base while I was constructing them. (Gluing the ply to the balsa base.) Made life more tolerable I guess. :) )
It will help also when you form the deckhouses to the camber of the deck.
How are you getting on with the Bulkhead arrangements? I found that a couple of these were virtually identical, around Bulkhead 7/8
In the times when I was waiting for things to dry, etc, I made up sub-assemblies, Deckhouses/Deadeyes and Chainplate to fit later, to my mind, it gave me a better sense of achievement and helped when I was a little despondent about things.
I posted some more photos this morning, have a look if you are of a mind to and take a look also at the member HMSBounty (Chris's) photos.
I guess that's all from me for the moment....
Let me know how you get on and would be interested in your comments from John Earl's web site. (URL Above.)
More than happy trying to "Dispense" advice and share opinion, this is what it's all about chap!!
"There are never any problems.... The only problems there are, are ones we create for ourselves...." (HOF Circa. 1988 )