After running the Evstafi at NATS this year, I am beginning to really like these smaller ships. Jeff has twisted my arm again, and is forcing me to build two St Louis Cruisers. These are some really nice looking ships. So here wego..... Josh, fetch my beer! Laying out the frames for cutting on the scroll saw. I am using aircraft grade 1/4" ply. Some ribs will be filed down to 1/8" in a couple of places, but I still prefer to use 1/4" at first. ...and after cutting the outside, I stop here so I can lay out the caprail and upper deck piece. I dont like using the plans for the top cap because they normally are not symmetrical. I will draw out a center line the length of the ship deck, then mark all the frame locations with a square. Then I double check the width with the actual frame and adjust if need be. Once I have the frames marked and checked, it is time to outline the top cap. Then I take a piece of clear lexan, and trace the contour so I can transfer this exact shape to the other side, thus giving me a very nice symmetrical hull. Here is where I had to mark out a couple of the casements that hang over the side a little.... Bow has a couple as well as the stern as well... Now time to cut out the top cap, or rail... One more final check of the frames before cutting out the inside shapes and notches. Here you can see where I had to move the frame back just a little. You want to insure the frame comes to the edge of the rail on the "long" side and hangs over a little. This over hang will be sanded off later when I shape the frames before planking her. I nice little jig I made to scribe notches of different sizes... Here you see the area I darkened. This is where I will be cutting the inside. Also a notch close to the top for the casement stringer.... Here is the frames layed out and the water channel being fitted. Next I will finish the bow keel and then fill in the bottom with balsa.... Stay tuned.