Pic 20: The hull has had a thorough and final sanding, the prow and keel are fitted, and I'm making the holes for the cannons. The kit calls them 'loopholes'.
The position for each hole is transferred one by one from the plans. Just one thing to catch the unwary - unlike every other drawing supplied, the pretty side view is NOT actual size. I reckoned that every dimension has to be multiplied by 1.15, but check it yourself. Also note that the six loopholes on each side level with the main gundeck have to avoid the formers inside, since gun carriages will be fitted there later.
The holes are made with a modeller's drill fitted with a dental burr - useful as they cut sideways too. See Pic 22 for more details.