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Spanky

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  1. Spanky

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, I would love to contribute and participate. I know Dsiemens also gets support from members which I would also love to help out. Let me know how to make it happen. I would seriously consider attending one of these now that I am retired, I think it would be great. Thank you!
  2. Spanky

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, what is EASIB? This is actually the first wood carving I have ever done. I bought a "Foredom" (power) wood carver, very similar to a Dremel tool. I was trying to incorporate some "whimsy" into the stand. My plan was to have one tentacle removing the stopper, while another tentacle inserted itself into the bottle some, thus becoming the stopper. Being a rookie at this also, the stopper tentacle broke off. I think from being too skinny and the tool spins at 20,000rpm with a carbide bit on it that helped to torque it off. I'm still contemplating splicing a tentacle in. I am also planning on trying out some airbrushing on the stand once it's done being carved. I have never tried that either but am looking forward to experimenting. Thanks for the kind words folks!
  3. Spanky

    Mayflower

    I found myself getting careless and having to duplicate a lot of work, so I thought I would take a small break. So while not technically part of the build, I have started carving a stand for the Mayflower. Now, I'm about ready to give to stand a break and get back to the ship proper.
  4. Spanky

    Mayflower

    Putting some masts, crows nests and rails together.
  5. Spanky

    Mayflower

    I believe we are thinking along the same line here. Thanks for the input.
  6. Spanky

    Mayflower

    exwafoo, didn't really scare me but it is helpful to know where others have incurred, ahem ...bottlenecks.
  7. Spanky

    CSS Alabama

    Bravo, very well done all around, from ship to cork to display stand.
  8. Spanky

    Mayflower

    Makes much more sense to split off center, point taken there. you're scaring me a bit with your prior chainwale troubles. I originally planned on no pins, but pulling masts into place with threads run under the hull. I actually have the underside of the hull hollowed out so it's possible to do some alternatives. I just have to figure out what that is. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
  9. Spanky

    Mayflower

    I am guilty of taking off on this one without having a real solid plan. That is a great idea, scooting around the mast with the initial cut. I am slightly concerned with movement of the pins as well. I think though if I notch the wood slightly and the glue it in, it may be stable enough. The fore and mizzen will only have to be secure enough until the top sides are clamped around them. As far as the ratlines, I was going to search through here and see what has worked best for folks and take that tack. Two pins would be easier I think. Thanks for your input, I appreciate it.
  10. Spanky

    Mayflower

    Looking for some constructive thoughts or input here. I've been trying to be logical about how this is going to get into the bottle. Here is my plan. I want to use pins for the three masts to swivel up on. Since the hull is split at the center, I'm obligated to a one sided pin for the masts. Once in the bottle and the two halves are put together, I would raise the masts as normal. Once temporarily secure with lines sorted and untangled I would place the two top side halves in. Carefully placed together they will hug a fair bit of the foremast and mizzenmast, while the mainmast will have the only visible pin, ...on one side. Once the topsides are together I want to place ratlines etc. with pins attached, to mate with the hull. Wondering if this sounds like a viable solution? I know it won't be easy, but that's what makes it challenging.
  11. Spanky

    Mayflower

    Fixed up a life boat and oars.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Spanky

    Mayflower

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

    Mayflower

    Working out some deck rails.
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