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John Fox III

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  1. Amazing amount of fine detailing, excellent job portraying the ship! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  2. Thanks Alan! Always glad to share a new idea or technique, the more we share the more we learn from each other! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  3. Thanks! There are some views of the finished hull posted in the Block postings I made earlier. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  4. Sure is looking good so far! Good luck in the bottle!! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  5. Thanks Bernard! Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  6. Thanks! Though it's not an s-i-b, some of the info might be useful for those who build them. The idea should work on any hull without tumblehome. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  7. Greetings All, Last installment of my paper hull project. Lots of photos today. First few show the hull as the deck was planked over the deck beams, using 0.015" thick maple veneer. The deck was then sanded and varnished, after which it was cut to just a bit beyond the edges of the hull. I then used a small drill bit to drill multiple holes a bit inside the outline of the cockpit opening traced on the deck, and carefully cut through the veneer and beams and supports to open the cockpit area. I used an X-acto knife and #11 blade to do this, and then carefully cut to the outlined cockpit op
  8. Greetings All, Onward and upward with the paper hull work. First photo shows the deck beams and horizontal support pieces, made from 1/16" thick basswood, 1/8" wide. The deck beams are all cut to the curve of the deck, the support pieces are just straight. Second photo shows the deck beams glued in place, they are individually cut to fit at their locations, third and fourth photo shows them at different angles. The last two photos shows the support pieces glued in place, they keep the deck beams from twisting while sanding them all even to the bottom of the deck level. There is nothing sp
  9. Thanks Mick! I do try! Anchor's A Weigh! John
  10. Greetings All, Further progress on my paper hull project was to make a floor piece of maple veneer. I printed out a copy of the floor from my plans and glued it to a piece of maple veneer. I carefully cut it out, then used 0.015" maple veneer cut into strips 1/32" wide pieces and glued them to the floor underside. I did sand off the print paper before adding the strips. These strips are fake frames that the grating made in another odds and ends bit I did to sit on. This floor was then glued into the hull, and glued to the inner keel piece. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  11. 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
  12. Great work, and at a scale only a Lilipution and I can love! <Grin> Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
  13. Greetings All, As the paper hull work continues I've made up a keel piece that includes the slot for the drop keel. It was assembled from pieces of 1/32" thick maple veneer that was hand sanded down to 0.020" thick, then glued together as shown. The cutout to match the keel area of the paper hull was then made, and the keel glued to the paper hull itself. Additionally I added a 1/16" thick cedar stern face to the back of the paper hull, it is intentionally made thicker than needed, and will be sanded down to 1/16" later in the work. I then took the same maple veneer sanded down to 0.012"-
  14. Greetings, Jeff has it right, J. Stockard is where I get my thread as well. And, I finally remember that I use Uni thread. Anchor's A Weigh! John Fox III
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