Hi, I thought I 'd show what I've been working on instead of working on the Renown or the Eagle. It's HIJMS Takao. I really like cruisers but they are crippled under IRCWCC rules. I got to thinking and one thing led to another and so here I am. This isn't the first wooden model I've started but I have never gotten one so far advanced. Still, it's not perfect and I've made plenty of errors, but so far there are no 'show stoppers'. The next one will be sooooo much better. I am using a 'box keel' -- That is -- there is no keel, The hull gets its strength from a box (actually a series of boxes resized as the hull narrows) made from the deck, 2 sides, and a bottom piece. The sections are cut into 3 pieces - a bottom and two side peices. Some sections are joined at the top to help stiffen the box. The bottom piece is a flat section of plywood (grey in the diagram). This is screwed onto a work surface to keep it flat. The 'stiffening' sections are then glued on and then sides of the box. Tthe side pieces of the sections are then glued on and the deck attached. Balsa blocks are used to bring the solid edge up (1in below w.l.) . The box is then removed from work suface. Next the bottom pieces of the sections are attached, and then the bow and stern pieces (which are not part of the box because they get too narrow). Balsa is then used to fill in the bottom. Now everything is sanded. Which I am in the middle of right now. Anyway still lots to do -- I need to drill holes in the box sides to let the BB's out -- I need to install the props -- etc. This isn't the perfect way to build a boat -- it's heavy and doesn't leave a lot of space -- but I don't have to work in the armour as it's part of the structure. I just thought people would like to see it.