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Onni

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  1. Welcome aboard New sailer.
  2. 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😣)
  3. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Continue with the making of some of the deck items.There are two large breech loading cannons of 110lbs and 68lbs(according to wikipedia) the larger one of the two is positioned between the mizzen and main mast.Fabricated some air vents but later on I thought that they looked a little bit too large for the scale of the ship so I will make some new smaller versions.Added a couple of pipes to the funnel.Making lifeboats is a chore for me;just carved basic shapes and hollowed them out with a drill bit which looks like a dentist's torture instrument. Davits are constucted using 0,3mm steel wire which is very springy.Later on discovered that I also made those wrongly as they should be designed to fix to the outside of the hull.(More about that later!) Built the bridge out of a thin gauge veener but it just looked too big and clumpy so remodelling it in plastic;much easier.
  4. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Thanks for the compliment Bruce. Ships from this era hold a certain amount of fascination for me ; the combination of sail and steam is enough for me to get suitably enthusiastic about a project and if it's a historic ship, then it's an added bonus.
  5. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    The workbench,aka,the kitchen table!
  6. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Oop's,sometimes bad things happen. It's repairable though.
  7. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Time to do some painting. Looks a whole lot better with a lick of paint😉
  8. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Managed to get quite a lot done on her this weekend.Cut out gun port doors from 0,3 plastic and glued them in place. That was a bit tedious! The stern was a problem;tried to form it in thin plastic but it was hopless (or maybe I'm useless)so I cut out a stern chunk from a thicker plastic and moulded it with thin stern bulwark and underneath with modelling clay.It dosen't look so great but when I've sanded it off and painted it, I hope it will look better. So now the stern slots in place. Worked on the masts and bowsprit just to get them the right lengths for the bottle. Tried a 3mm diameter brass tube for the funnel but it just didn't look right so I went with a 4mm wooden dowel which I will drill out an opening on the top later.
  9. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Not that happy with the joining of the hull in the middle so I cut away the bottom section,cleaned off all the old glue and replaced with a new piece of styreene. The aft of the ship looks terrible but I will attempt to redress that later on by some sort of method! Before anyone points out that the'Alabama' only had a two bladed screw and not a four bladed one like I made; I have already fixed that issue with a stanley knife😂
  10. Onni

    AMERICA

    Really nice work. Congratulations.
  11. Looks good to me! Nicely shaped hull.
  12. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Some progress made but also some mistakes! I am using 0,5mm thick white plastic to skin the hull of 'Alabama' but it's a bit difficult to mould around the hull;0,3mm would of been easier but I am afraid that the bulwarks would be too thin and weak. Had a few cannons left over from the 'Black Pearl' so I can use them to check inside height of the bulwarks. On Tuesday evening had the opportunity to use a hobbymaster bandsaw to slice up the hull. As you can see that didn't go so well;cut a bit too much off the bottom but it is still usable. The wood is terrible,can't remember where I got it from but I won't be using it again! Even sanding it is difficult,always leaves a ragged edge,anyway it all pegs back together quite nicely.Last picture is the bottom piece cut off, just to show the grain of the wood.
  13. Wow,that was quick. Looks like it's going to be a cool build😎
  14. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Its a bottle that I picked up here in Finland which is a one use bottle with calibrations on the side of it(which will be hidden under the sea; so to speak) It's a bottle that I have never seen before .Has 'Kertapullo' stamped on the bottom which roughly translates to 'one time bottle;' (disposable I suppose).Liquid volume of the bottle is about 2 pints if that gives any indication of the size of the bottle.Hope that helps.
  15. Onni

    J w Rogers

    Fantastic collection of ships in bottles representing hours and hours of work. Great work.They all look amazing!
  16. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Sorry everyone ,especially James as I mistakenly posted my stuff on James's great build log. I was reading through his log and forgot to switch to my own log. Thats what silly old men do!😭
  17. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Positioned and checked mast heights. Drilled holes through the thin veneer for them and the jib. Also drilled holes carefully through the hull both horizontally and vertically so that the hull should go back together the same after cutting it in half and quarters by joining it with small pegs (cocktail sticks) The outside hull will be covered by a thin styreene that will hide any drill holes. I will have to cut carefully following my pencil line on the deck top so as to keep the mast holes secure and on the centre line. I won't cut the actual deck;it should go in whole.Have to travel to my craft/hobby club ( about half hours drive) to do the cutting of the hull on a band saw as I don't have one here at home.
  18. Very nice model. Camouflage colours are always going to pose a problem. My late father served on an 'F' class Destroyer during the Second world war but couldn't really remember the camouflage colours she had in the build up to D-Day after the Western Approaches (blue and white)were painted over .
  19. Nicely balanced model that fits the bottle well. Congrats, looks great!
  20. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Jim,Thanks for your info on the flags. I know very little about the American Civil war so it is useful to get some advice. I presume your referring to these two flags so one can choose oneself which to use, anyway; its gonna be a long time before I haul a flag up on this build!😣
  21. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Feel a bit of a sweat coming on when I looked at your beautiful models. I will try to do my best 😌
  22. Onni

    CSS Alabama

    Built in secrecy by John Laird in Birkenhead, England in 1862 for the Confederate States Navy Alabama became a feared raider; sinking or destroying many Union vessels until she was finally sunk herself by USS Kearsarge near Cherbourg, France June 19th 1864.In 1984 the wreck of the Alabama was discovered by a French minesweeper in the western approaches of Cherbourg roads at a depth of 60 metres (200 ft). I will do this build log in more or less real time with 'warts and all' (mistakes) just to show that our hobby is not so easy or straight forward as it sometimes seems.Select a bottle (which determines size of ship) and construct a simple stand for it.Had some old wood laying around that I thought would be good to use but actually wasn't,cuts badly and doesn't sand well.Cut out the deck using a 0.4 mm wood veneer that I will sand down and stain later on.
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