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 Start with the keel and frames. The parts are marked or identified in the pl Some kits have solid wood hulls and are easier to shape and build. 

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Add the hull and deck planks.

​Then add the deck furniture. The plans with the kit guide using special wood for some parts. 

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 Add the standing rigging, usually black because it was tarred for weather protection.   Then add the running rigging that was used to move sails. 

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 Add the sails if the kit has them.  You can see how a sailing ship operated by the running rigging and sail plans.