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  1. There is no record of exactly what boats were on the Constitution at any given time. There were many different ones on the ship at various times and they all tended to have a short shelf life. During a battles, these tended to get damaged pretty quickly so they were replaced. I recommend you scan through the various literatures that are available from the AOS to the US Navy archives. Then just choose a number and styles and sizes that represent those that could have been on it at any time. If it is to scale and was on the ship, no one is going to fault you for choosing one type over the other.
  2. Okay, I received this last week, but had to wait for the electrician to rewire my outlet before I actually got it running. This was a replacement for my old cyclone. It is a great dust collector. While I was between systems, I used the time to rivet loose connections in my ducting as well as installing two new ports for a more flexible "shop vac" type hose. This will allow spot cleaning dust not picked up by the cyclone. Laguna did a fantastic job with their new cyclones.
  3. With Excel 2011 for the Mac it will not work. I can finally get it to open, but none of the buttons will work. Again, I think it is using ActiveX and that is not supported.
  4. One trick I used on my Connie was to drill a small hole in the end of the mast and glue in the snipped off end of a needle. I had to do this on the Connie because the blocks I had glued into the hull still allowed for a bit of slop. The small needle point was enough to keep the foot in place while the rigging was put in place.
  5. I found the Mamoli ship's boats to be terrible. If you worked hard enough you could get something out of it, but I decided it was less work to build the ship's boats from scratch. There are many examples on how to do this in build logs here. You probably already have enough scrap from your ship to do it. They are a fun mini-project. Worst case is you find you don't like them and buy one from Model Expo or another vendor. You still would carry additional skills with you. Give them scratch building them a try. they really are a great small project. Here are some of mine for my Mamoli Constitution.
  6. I have never been able to open this with macros. I think ActiveX is used in this version of Excel and is no longer supported. By turning off Macros, telling Excel to open and repair and disabling macros, and opening in read only mode, it will open - sort of - but will not work.
  7. I have found inlaying them slightly does several things, if fitting tightly to the base of the brackets, it looks great and second, it provides a tiny bit of more support overcoming the slight slop of the screw through the bracket, and lastly, it also allows you to add epoxy under the bracket attaching the bracket to the base.
  8. You stagecoach is looking great. One word of caution with the Sharpies. They tend to bleed and more importantly, their color is not stable. They discolor fairly quickly.
  9. The thin rip jigs work extremely well with the 10" Sawstop I use. I found a similar jig made by Infinity Tools that is slightly cheaper and looks to be a bit more substantial than the Rockler tool. This is the one I have been using. Trying to cut strips between the fence and the blade is very dangerous and error prone.
  10. Theoretically I like the idea of rigging everything off ship. However, I find my mind just doesn't work like that. I end up rigging everything on ship. For me that is what works. Everyone has a different method. Fore to aft, aft to fore, bottom to top, etc. You just have to see what works. You will find your groove as you rig.
  11. Just realize that no matter what set you choose, you will still have tunnel vision. It is just optics. You. Ight see ligght from your peripheral, but it will not be in focus.
  12. You are welcome. I am glad it helps. It took me awhile before I figured it out and then it became clear. They really did a great job on explaining where each line went.
  13. Wow, it has been a long time since I posted an update on my Eagle. Here she is. She is currently being masted. More details in my build log.
  14. All good advice. A note on the tablesaw. I have both a Byrnes and a Sawstop table saws. Since I am scratch building, I do buy rough lumber usually in 8" x 2" x 8'. So I use the Sawstop to mill the lumber down to smaller sections then use the Byrnes to perform final cuts on the smaller stock. On another note. 10" Table saws are VERY dangerous beasts. Every day, people loose fingers to these. The SawStop saw not only is a fantastic saw, it prevents this from happening. If you are in the market for a 10" TS. Look at the SawStop. Woodcraft stores as well as other sell them. I don't have any stock in them but I love the saw and highly recommend it for the 10". It will never replace the Byrnes for the close work, but it is a safer saw than the Byrnes. I need both saws. However as Chris pointed out, the 10" TS puts out a huge amount of dust. So dust collection both active and ambient is critical if you want the dust controlled.
  15. I have had the Veritas micro chisels for over a month now and wanted to update my previous email. I love using these chisels. I am working on masting for my Eagle and find these are the go to tool when making small cuts and bevels on the masts. They also work well in getting into tight corners to remove squeeze out. I also have to mention that the stereozoom microscope I purchased off eBay is also coming in very handy. While it is a large tool, it is sort of tertiary to this discussion since it allows one to see really small areas. A good example of how both of these tools came handy is when I was making the top mast platform. After I cleaned up all the squeeze out using my flip down magnifiers, I decided to see how mush left over I could see with the microscope. It was a huge amount. However, with the small chisels I was able to clean out all of this squeeze out cleanly. You ask if it made any difference since it was so small to begin with? I think so. Cumulatively, this type of squeeze out removes some of the sharp corners that while they might not be evident, once they were all done, did make the stop seem much crisper. Anyway, that is my story and I am sticking to it.