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  1. 8 points
    I'm just about done with the deck details. I included as many upgrades, embellishments, improvements and details (also mistakes) as I dared. I had some materials left over from two other models that I put to use. I early abandoned all hope of historical accuracy and the scale of the model is too small for true accuracy so I decided to make the model "my own": I upgraded the cannon barrels and carriages and lashed them down; I included two swivel guns in the aft; I fashioned cannon balls from pin heads and mounted them into the ball racks; I made belaying pins from brass wire (I also had some left-overs); I made jackstay eyebolts from brass wire and put the rings in the ring boxes; I found some chain for the anchors and I improved the bowsprit construction. I am most particularly proud of the 21 ft ship's boat that I fashioned out of scrap planking and made a mini planked-up boat out of. This was my first attempt at trying to do this and I planked the boat onto a false frame that I then later chiseled out. I decided to go with the "ship that's been to sea look" than the "ship that came right out of the ship yard" look so somethings look ragged, worn, rusted and damaged (at least that's my excuse!). I'm finishing the bowsprit rigging now. I also fashioned some deadeyes from 3/16" dowel (maybe not the right scale) and mounted them on brass wire chain plates and decided on a "double channel" mounting for them because they would be too difficult to rig if I mounted them against the side boards. On to the foremast next!
  2. 6 points
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    Made some grating, doors into the forecastle and ladder steps down it's front.
  3. 5 points
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    One step forward, two steps back. Made what I thought was a binnacle on the plans, until I realized they were not yet invented during the reign of the Mayflower. I also broke the rails on the upper deck so I will leave that for a little later. I managed a capstan, some stairs and a bit more grating.
  4. 5 points
    A hoy! I have been working on the masts, yards and ratlines. I bought some fly tying silk and it is very fine. However it is not a single strand, but multiple ultrafine threads laid up together. They are not braided together, which means they easily fray and seperate. But I'm reasonably happy with the results I've got for the ratlines. Shroud lines are standard sowing thread. I set the shrouds up with the correct number of strands and angle, then overlaid the silk ratlines. With tape holding everything in place I dabbed super glue all over it, then absorbed/wiped up the excess glue. Following Onni's advice, I will fix the shroud lines to the mast now, and then glue the base of them to the hull sides later. I made each side of the shrouds on the same strands. This allows me to simply fold the shrouds in half and tie to the mast under the platforms. I've noticed a lot of folks drill holes in their masts and yards to pass rigging through, however it sometimes requires larger mast/yard diameters to allow a through hole. I've chosen to try and keep the mast diameters small, and taper my yards in an attempt to be scale. It means I can't drill through them, I've tried to no success with a no.75 drill. So I'll have to come up with another solution for running rigging between the yard tips, I think it will involve thread blocks. I've experimented with yard braces. It works well I think. There is a small thread block tied to the mast and the yard braces passes through it. When the yard is pivoted to be parallel with the mast (for bottle entry) the line goes slack. When the yard is then pivoted to perpendicular the line goes back to tight. Convenient geometry of triangles and pivot points. My latest problem is how to make the rear cabins. I need to build them up because I haven't carved them out. For shaping the actual windows I can't cut timber panels accurately enough, nor does the grain of the wood allow it. So I have experimented with two methods of creating windows: One is to stamp the shape. So I made a little metal punch to stamp the shape of the window onto a piece of wood that I can then glue to the sides and back. The second is to try and imprint the shape of the windows onto a piece of wood. I bent some tin to shape and sharpened its edges. A light tap imprints the profile. Neither of these methods produce amazing results but it's better than nothing. Does anyone have a way of reliably repeating the exact same cabin window shape? My next major tasks are to work on the prow detail and stairs on the deck. Hope you're all staying safe. Regards, Caleb.
  5. 5 points
    John Fox III

    Paper Mache Hulls

    Greetings All, Continuing on with my paper mache hull saga, I removed the planked paper hull from the plug. This was done by carefully slipping the tip of a #11 exacto blade between the plug and paper and tracing around the plug edge. At first I just barely inserted the blade tip, careful to follow the angle of the hull while inserting. Later I made my cuts a little deeper, where possible, the curvature of the hull at the edge near the stern is too sharp to allow much depth. The stern was reinforced with the wooden piece, in that area I used a flat chisel made from a piece of razor blade secured into the end of a piece of 1/8" brass tubing. The chisel was inserted between paper and plug, and pushed down as far as the hull shape would allow. I then used the chisel as a lever to slowly lift the stern area to remove the plug from the hull. The first photo shows the hull at this point. The second photo shows the result of cutting out the drop keel opening in the paper and inserting a piece of 1/32nd maple veneer, this was used to hold the hull during further work. Next step was to make in interior keel piece, made similarly to the method for the outer keel. The next 3 photos show what this looked like, with the caveat that after making the piece I decided to go with one made from pieces of cedar wood, which was the next photo. The interior keel was cut out in the main cockpit area and just after of the bow area, leaving the rest at bulwarks level for the keel well. The cockpit area was cut away to the level of the bottom of the deck and grating level. See how I made the grating in an earlier post in Odds and Ends.The maple piece used to hold the hull was used to align the interior keel piece by inserting the maple holder piece through the hull and interior keel. The interior keel was then glued in place. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  6. 2 points
    Thanks Micky, my sentiments exactly! Along those lines, I spoke with my helmsman and he said he was tired of getting splinters in his hands and a sore back from horsing around that old-fashion tiller, so I upgraded the helm to a more convenient to operate ship's wheel - although it only has five spokes. (I fashioned it out of an old watch gear I had in my box-o-junk and some brass wire for handles). I suppose the original Harvey could have had a tiller and the "desk" in front of it seems consistent with a tiller arrangement but I had to turn the "desk" around and make a wheel box out of it. I finished making the lower dead-eyes and chain plates and mounted them in "double channel" fashion. I turned the dead eyes out of 3/16 dowels (its what I have the most of) and gave them some walnut stain for an antiqued look. I also got a start on the foremast which will be in the paint shop soon.
  7. 2 points
    Hi Lubber, The detail on your ship is incredible, I love it! And, at the end of the day, it's your ship, and if it differs from the original, just say that it went in for a re-fit when you became Captain! Cheers Mick
  8. 2 points
    Thanks Jim! I would have preferred that I knew what ship it was supposed to be before I started building it. However, now that I know I'm seeing so many variations on other models I don't know what is supposed to be accurate. I'm using the model as a practice exercise. I have had to manufacture many of my own parts which I haven't done before so that's slow going with a lot of trial and error. The model won't look as polished as an accurate scale kit build will but as I progress it is kind of endearing its self in me.
  9. 2 points
    Caleb

    Mayflower

    Nice work. The good contrast of colours makes everything stand out well.
  10. 2 points
    Onni

    Mayflower

    Nice details Spanky. Looks great.
  11. 2 points
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    As promised two pictures of gadgets I built for putting things inside the bottle i.e. masts with yards or what have you! One on the left has a spring for extra grip. One on right is fine-tuned by an interference fit by sliding the rod back to create tension. Notice the gripping power. Also to create that grip, a dab of Gem tack was installed to fully dry on the inside of each finger.
  12. 1 point
    I began this tread under the title "Cheap-O Plank on Frame Brig" hoping that someone might help me identify exactly what this kit might be. Well I figured it out by researching riggings for sloops, which led me to schooners which led me to Baltimore Clippers which led me to the Harvey (The Pride of Baltimore is a different ship) which has the exact deck plan as this model. True to modern day fashion, there is a You Tube Video of someone who experienced exactly my same plight and bought one of these kits and then figured it out. Of course by now I have made various blunders trying to do things the way I thought they should be done since I didn't really have much for instructions. I gave her a coat of paint, which hides a lot of sins but the paint scheme is more 1747 instead of 1847 ( I needed a lot of oakum and tallow on the hull). I have to say the quality control on the kit is lax; many of the parts that were suppose to mate don't, A few parts are missing, some parts I don't know what they are for but that became fewer as I pieced together the deck furniture and I can figure out where some of the left over parts go. The sail plan doesn't include the square sails on the main mast and I had to research the lengths of the masts, yards, booms and gaffs which I found. Apparently there are more accessories that I can buy that include brass cannons and belaying pins but I don't see any blocks or deadeyes available. Since this is a SIB site I won't bore the audience with the rest of the build. I may post a final picture when I finish. But the Harvey is an interesting ship, actually it was a merchant ship outfitted with guns for protection against pirates which were then still numerous. She sailed the California coast around the days of the Gold Rush so she may have had precious cargo. I was defiantly more "intellectually engaged' trying to solve this puzzle then if I had a kit that was well planned and easier to assemble - but I won't end up with a museum piece, which would have been unlikely in any case! Experience is the only way to grow.
  13. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    With this social isolation, and being newly retired, I thought I would launch into a new build. I bought some "plans" off ebay of the Mayflower for $5.00. Basically a few sheets of paper with some good information, ...but it's in German. At any rate I knew this ahead off time and just needed the basics to start.
  14. 1 point
    AndrewH

    Mayflower

    Beautiful clean detail, Spanky Wonder how a poor matelot gets up to the Forecastle? There might be some rungs on the first post with a section of the bow that might be rungs for climbing andrew
  15. 1 point
    AndrewH

    CSS Alabama

    Sorry to be so late in replying. The Swedish site is a good read, and there is an option to see it in Swedish or English before discovering the toggle, which for me is in the bottom of the page on the left, I had learned/deduced some useful Swedish maritime words Lovely build, Onni, and thanks for the warts-and-all basis. It gives me heart to proceed and maybe air my efforts. andrew
  16. 1 point
    James w rogers

    Mayflower

    Looking great, really well done!😎
  17. 1 point
    I like it a lot, great details, I prefer the been to sea look!😎
  18. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Thank you Spanky for the kind words. May God richly bless you and yours, especially your Mom! 😇 Chass
  19. 1 point
    Spanky

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Very, very nice. It's so humbling, yet inspiring to check out how awesome some of these builds are, including the skill and talent needed to get there. After perusing your build I've found myself whistling O' Canada. My Mother is Canadian and my son plays hockey. Must have been the coin you used for scale.
  20. 1 point
    exwafoo

    German to English Conversion program

    I use https://smallseotools.com/image-to-text-converter/ its an online free tool. Then use google translate. Alan
  21. 1 point
    colin edgson

    Colin Edgson

    Thank you for your reply
  22. 1 point
    Caleb

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Those white hand rails up the front are fantastic! Do you mind sharing how you achieved them please?
  23. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Thank-you, James and Jesse for the kind words. The sails are made from a heavy watercolor paper. I scribe the details in with a mechanical pencil and detail with watercolor pigment! Chass
  24. 1 point
    James w rogers

    San paolo 1743 xambekk malta.

    Back to it after a bit of a break. Anyway, hope you're all OK? Given the current situation. Finally tackled the job I've been putting for ages as I was hoping to find something for the overhanging grated deck, but alas nothing suitable came about, so I'm having to try and make it from scratch with a very small drill bit in my dremel. Not going to look to scale but hopefully won't stand out to much! The Hull, so far, is already cut in half and dowelled and sitting on its locating plug which will be set into the sea.
  25. 1 point
    MickyK

    HMB Endeavour, a scratch build

    Hi All. A bit more progress! The Main and Mizzen are now on deck, at the moment just sitting there. I think I'll do the lower shrouds at a later date, mainly so they don't get damaged, and more importantly, they don't get tangled! I've put the sheets on the gaff sail, and they are becoming a nightmare, so those bits and pieces of thread which will end up hanging out of the bottle come launching time will be sorted out later. Still a bit more to do! Cheers, and stay safe. Mick
  26. 1 point
    John Fox III

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Great work, and at a scale only a Lilipution and I can love! <Grin> Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  27. 1 point
    exwafoo

    Coronavirus around the world.

    I live in the UK North West and although fit as a fiddle, because of certain birthdays being passed, I am classed as vulnerably, so have to be extra careful. Most people seem to be doing as they have been told and staying in and isolating, but there are the normal entitled 'nobody tells me what to do' idiots who who want their 15 mins, and would much rather believe the social media disinformation. Basically, in this age it seems our Govt cannot legislate for stupid. There are even lawyers (1) trying to put a case together to state that lockdown is illegal and take the Govt to court over it. I did the grocery shop last week and panic buying had hit. The last time I saw shelves as empty was when the ship I was in visited Maputo, capital of Mozambique, a Marxist state in '86. There was nothing. Black market was rife. However this week the shelves were 90% normal, and there are now reports of unopened food past the 'best by date' being binned. Again social media hype caused the panic. It seems to be hitting in the denser populated areas, as you would expect. The NHS is doing a superb job, and with the back up of the volunteers and the Forces Medics, plus emergency hospitals, we should see it through. Its just that all the extra kit manufacture and logistics takes a finite time to kick in. Unfortunately, as ever, the media reporters (2) would much rather sensationalise the bits of bad instead of the lots of good. (There's two occupations numbered above that any vaccine should be trialled on first in case it doesn't work) Anyway all, stay inside,and stay safe, All the best Alan
  28. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    I must apologize for my inactivity. Between change management at work, taking care of my aging mother, and now COVID-19, things are a bit hairy these days. Anyway some progress as follows:
  29. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    Working out some deck rails.
  30. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    Slowly building her up, scuppers, more planking. I have been playing with this for a couple weeks and this is the point I am at currently.
  31. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    How to get that shape in there? This has busted my brain a little, but I am going to go with a split deck in addition to the hull. Perhaps I am a glutton for punishment.
  32. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    A little planking, cannon ports cut out.
  33. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    I have not had much luck with split hulls so far, nor Galleon type ships because of their inherent shape. Being hard headed, and becoming more patient with each build, it has become a personal challenge to get a split hull properly in there.
  34. 1 point
    Spanky

    Mayflower

    I found a cool apothecary bottle that is pretty clean and clear that I think will work nicely.
  35. 1 point
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  36. 1 point
    MickyK

    HMB Endeavour, a scratch build

    Hi All. I've done the hand-rails,(Gunnels?, Capping rails?, Bannisters?, Not sure of the correct terminology.) Made from polyester thread, wiped with super-glue (CA), then wiped with a rag. Makes the thread quite rigid. Then glued with CA. The canons aren't loaded yet, but they are made from styrene. Cheers Mick
  37. 1 point
    Onni

    CSS Alabama

    The stand has evolved into this. I intend to place the name under the flag. Cut out the flag shape from plywood,sanded it down and painted it. Those stars were difficult to do! Mark on the flag is a reflection from the light. Font painting is a bit tricky too. I like to try to do everything by hand instead of just printing things out.(You can tell its hand painted😣)
  38. 1 point
    The wheels on the gun carriages reminded me of a trick I used to keep track of cannons.
  39. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Life has been extremely busy. Change management at work, taking care of my aging Mom, and the Vice Admiral is asking for a ton of renovations on our house. It never ends! Anyway, attached is a picture of the mizzen mast with sail less flag. I have to finish making the flag. Also I have quite a bit of deck furniture and ancillary stuff built ready to install on the deck. The Canadian dime shows reference to the scale I am working in.
  40. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    Checking some clearances just to be sure!
  41. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    A little more work on the deck and I started installing the foldable bulwarks or Gunnels for you old salts out there. Wivern could drop her bulwarks and fire a broadside either side with the use of swivel turrets.
  42. 1 point
    Chasseur

    HMS Wivern by Chausseur

    I got a chance to work on the mount that holds the hull in the light bulb and soldered up the Bow Sprit and Jib Boom complete with Martingale. I referenced Underhill's book for this. I had to build a special jig from a miniature close pin to hold the Martingale while soldering. I chose the eyelet end of a sewing needle for ease of rigging later! Tweezers show scale reference Note dot of glue to hold the needle while soldering into position. Used some thin wood shims to get the proper positioning. Here is the completed Bow Sprit/Jib Boom less paint, foot ropes, Head/back stays, and guys. Still some intricate work to do on it today!
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    This is another model in my living room. She is a side wheel steamship by the name Santa Clara. My apologies, tbese are about 5 feet long each however they fit the thread title somewhat.
  45. 1 point
    This model is in my living room She is the "Sovereign of the Seas" at some point I will have her restored but it is a wonderful model that is very beautifully detailed.
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