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Spanky

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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    Mayflower

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

    Working out some deck rails.
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    Mayflower

    Working out the bow (prow?) section and how to get it through bottle neck without problems.
  6. Bruce, that would be great. If and when we emerge from the viral hibernation. That boat looks like a gas, got your trap line up, nice clutter free deck. Man I wish I was young again.
  7. Bruce, I have not done much large boat sailing but I used to be able to sail the snot out of a Hobie Catamaran. Sailing a 16 foot Hobie solo with a butt bucket, 20 knots wind, flyin' one hull out of the water with the tiller extension out, is one of my happy places. Alas if you've ever wrangled one in heavy wind you know it is a thrill for the young and strong. I'm afraid my body can't hang with that level of fun anymore but I have some wonderful memories, ...and a couple not so great. Sailed in a match race in St. Martin between a couple of retired Americas Cup yachts. It was set up for tourists, but still a big thrill. Would love to do some big boat sailing some day though. How about yourself Bruce, sailing past? I live probably 2 miles from Meijer headquarters so not far from your nephew.
  8. That is a great idea for sure, thank you for sharing. So impressive you can put such detail on the inside of those. It drives me nuts that many (correct me if wrong), when underway, were stowed upside down with a tarp over top?
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    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.
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    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.
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    Mayflower

    A little planking, cannon ports cut out.
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    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.
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    Mayflower

    I found a cool apothecary bottle that is pretty clean and clear that I think will work nicely.
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    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.
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    Asgard

    I think it looks awesome, very nicely done!
  16. Bruce, that looks killer. Very nice job. Fellow Wolverine here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Where are you located?
  17. Best of luck to you Bernard. Are there many cases there? If so, I imagine they will postpone your surgery. You may not want to be near that environment for a while anyway.
  18. Friends, I anticipate a great deal of ship in bottle building over these next few months. I fortunately retired in January from, of all things, respiratory therapy. I used to run life support machines daily. I have 3 kids in my house, 16 yrs, 20 yrs, and 23 yrs. I moved them upstairs today and am isolating myself downstairs for potentially, a long haul from them. The kids will get it and be OK., they have to come and go some. I will eventually get it and probably be O.K. but I don't want to be in the initial group. I'm 60 years old, so still young but this is scary from the standpoint of lack of resources, i.e. ventilators and staff. Wondering how you folks around the globe are coping? Advice from those in hot spots? At any rate please be careful and don't underestimate this bug. On a different note, I am beginning work on a new build I hope to log here. The Mayflower actually. I know there are kit's out there for this ship, but this will be scratch. More on that soon.
  19. Wow, you did yourself proud with this model. Very impressive.
  20. Pretty ingenious, I can see that being very useful. May have to try that also.
  21. That was great! My Dad has been gone for years but this was his hobby, he had a huge hardcover Ashleys book of knots and would spend hours doing real old school knots etc.. He took a lot of pride in his ropework and would talk with anyone who would listen. He had all kinds of special rope knives and splicing tools. He was an engineer for Gray Marine, then plant manager for Chris Craft engine division in the late 60s. My Dad would literally have booked a trip to the U.K. just solely for this little museum. Really sparked some great memories from my childhood, thanks for posting.
  22. Onni, Love the stand and SIB. Just starting a stand for my favorite SIB. It's a Jonny Reinert bottle and deserves a proper stand. Planning on power carving an octopus as the stand.
  23. Thank you gentlemen. Daniel, I saw a picture of your box in another build and really liked it. The portability factor I like a lot. The Don Hubbard jig I like as well. I was given a nice wooden box with a liquor in it for being in a friend's wedding. The box is just the right size and strength so I think I will try and incorporate some ideas here and mate them with the box. I'll see what I can conjure up.
  24. Thanks Jeff. I've painted a few flies but never tied them. Steal their box for SIBs?
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