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Larry Van Es

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  1. I used 1/4 inch I believe. As for the length, I think that I used 1 1/2 inch. I had purchased 12 feet of it and had them cut it to four foot lengths. 12 feet was the minimum length. I got 16 cannons for every 2 feet. I used the extra length to chuck it in the lath and mill. I'm in Europe or I would send you photos.
  2. You already have more demonstrated skills than I had when I started. I chose MSW Syren because of the great manual that came with the kit. She was built specifically to accompany the Constitution to the siege of Tripoli and played a pivotal role in the battle. You can download the chapters of the manual at: http://modelexpo-online.com/model-shipways-us-brig-syren-1-64-scale Under the Instructions & Parts List tab Even if you decide on another ship model this will allow you to study in general the methods used to build wooden ship models. Good luck
  3. I've never had a problem with insecurity. When I was in grade school I was given a pocket watch that didn't work. I told everyone that I was going to repair it and they told me that I was crazy. I've always thought that if I worked hard enough and long enough I could do anything. Well I took everything apart, found out why it didn't work, fixed the problem, and put it back together. It ran but ran very fast and backwards. That's when I discovered that I had built a time machine and I stuck to that story. So relax. The point is to have fun and if you're doing that it must be right.
  4. Thanks for all the plugs for our club guys. You would really benefit from attending a few meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of every month. at the Red Cross Building near Fullerton College. In addition to the up close personal help we have a table at the back that sells books and things that have been donated by other members for pennies on the dollar. We also have an auction once a year where you can pick up models, books, tools and equipment. If you go on line to http://www.shipmodelersassociation.org/index.html You can see the latest newsletter and get a feel of what the meetings are like. We usually have 30 or 40 people at each meeting. My contact information is on the first page of the newsletter if you have any questions. I'm in Rome right now but will be back in a week.
  5. Welcome to the hobby from southern California. In picking your model pick one that you really like. If you don't love the model you won't stick with it when the going gets rough.
  6. I've read all of the O'Brian books and am just finishing Julian Stockwin's Inferno. I started from the beginning with both series. Although both series are similar in that both heroes have a learned friend as a foil, I frankly I found the Stockwin series more enjoyable. Like you said I enjoyed how both start with a young man who knows nothing about the sea who has to learn everything. You learn all facets of life as a seaman from the bottom to the top. You also learn a great deal of the history of the British Navy during this era. I was lucky. Being a member of a club I was able to purchase the entire O'Brian series in paperback along with the companion book Sea of Words ( a dictionary of nautical terms ) for ten dollars from the back table. I also was able to purchase the Stockwin series in used hardcover, most for less than ten dollars with shipping. It's amazing how both heroes took part in just about every part of British naval history.
  7. You can remove most of the solder with the wire brush tool for the dremel. Then re-blacken. But I don't really see anything in the photo though. Remember that you won't be able see it as closely once the ship is rigged as you can holding it in your hand. The galley stack and tree pumps came out nice.
  8. I think that this would tend to leave a rather ragged hole. Most would rather have the nice round hole that drilling leaves. A lot more work but then again who does trenailing if you have a life.
  9. That's good advise. It's a lot of work and if your not in love with it, you won't finish it. I started a solid hull bounty years ago and didn't get very far ( bulky not sleek, no guns etc.). I ended up with a POB model that I love. After I put all that carving into that solid hull I didn't like it. Ended up planking it anyway. Still didn't like it and put it aside. Should have just started with a POB.
  10. I was able to purchase most in the series in like new hard cover by searching the internet for less than $5.00 including shipping. Some were as cheap as $3.00. I think there's 16 in all. I'm half way through the last one now. I liked them better than the Patrick O'Brian. series.
  11. The nice thing about Model Shipways kits is that you can go to http://www.modelexpo-online.com/ and you can actually download and review the instructions before you buy most kits. After you click on a kit under the picture there is usually a tab called "Documents". There you will usually find the Parts List and Instruction Manual.
  12. It's good to see that your going to be back at it. It looks like she was about to sail.
  13. It was real windy and cold yesterday. It was only 75 degrees and leafs were blowing across the streets as I drove.
  14. Your planking looks great. Did that book that I gave you help? Looks like she'll be ready to float by the Dec. meeting
  15. The history of the Syren is interesting in that she was built specifically to assist the Constitution in the blockade of Tripoli. In fact she played a much larger role than that of the Constitution.
  16. Looking good. I just sent you a private message. Keep up the good work.
  17. Hi You were one of the builders that inspired me to build the Syren. I still have all the pictures of your build log that I pulled for study. I ordered my Syren a few days before leaving for vacation in Hawaii and discovered yours and the others build logs on MSW. Since I had about 3 hrs waiting for my wife to get up in the morning and about 2 hrs waiting for her to get ready for dinner, I had a lot of time to research the build logs. I sent you a private message about your question. Anyway welcome back.
  18. What are you going to use to blacken the pewter? I found it almost impossible to blacken pewter.
  19. Make sure that you check everything in the box against the parts list. Not only will you find out if anything is missing or broken, but later when a lot of the parts are removed, it will help you find a part that you're looking for - not to mention the occasional, "what the hell is that and where was it supposed to go?"
  20. I used a carpenters pencil from the hardware store. The lead is very heavy about 3/16" wide by 1/16 thick.
  21. They were on my build site before the crash. I'll try to find the old photo's and repost them. As I recall I cut a piece of the wood that I used for my filler blocks and cut it to fit within the width of the deck at the narrowest point where the the mast holes were to be drilled. Then glued strips of wood at each end to allow for the curve or the deck. At this point I don't recall if I had the capability to chuck it up in a drill press and drill the hole to the correct angle. I may have filed the strips on each end of the block to achive the correct angle. Either method would work, and a few test drills on an old 2x4 would allow you to verify its acuracy.

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