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Scottish Maid

Gwyl Blaser

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I have started to work on my next SIB.   For some reason I really like the lines of this ship, and I have someone who asked me to build a fairly large model in a bottle for them.  This will be a 1:95 scale of the Scottish Maid.  The hull itself is almost 9.5 inches long. 





I cut some nice walnut to see how it will look as the keel.  It is not quite thick enough and it be not as tall once finished but I want to wait and see what the width is once I cut the hull down the middle.








Next up I will be to refining the shape.  I will post more photos as the shape looks a tad better.



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I didn't have much time to work on my project today, but I did manage to do so shaping of the hull.  I will probably not shape the hull to much more until I have cut the hull in half.  Then I will continue shaping once I know how far to carve and sand.






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I look forward to seeing how this one goes. Your work on your other Scottish made was very good.

David every time I see a thermopylae it reminds me of a story I heard in my local club. A model builder was asked to do some restoration work for a guy that couldn't get the names right. He kept calling and saying how's the thermo pile coming along. Thought it was funny.

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I need to cut the hull in half on the vertical plane, so I devised the following set up to do this with the best accuracy I could achieve.

I first wanted to drill the mast holes on the center line for two reasons.  Once the hull was cut in half it would be harder to accurately drill down the saw line.




Here I am countersinking the holes in the jig I will be using to hold the hull while I run it through the saw.




Next I used the holes in the jig to mark the hole in the hull.




I then used those marks to pre drill the hulls in the hull for the jig hold down screws.




Here the centerline of the hull is attached to the jig.




Ready at the saw to split the hull.




Notice the small wedge under the port side of the hull.  This was necessary to keep the hulls vertical centerline perpendicular to the saw blade.




Next came the task of sawing the hull in half.






Here is the hull after sawing in half.  Now on to the center frame/keel.  I am planing on making a rabbit in the keel to accept the hull planking that will be done in the near future.




More to come this week as I should have time to spend in the workshop.



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