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  1. Interesting technique !!! Really nice progress Chris
  2. ChrisLBren

    Embarking on the Confederacy

    I scratch built the kit while Chuck was designing it. I used Swiss Pear and boxwood and don't regret it. I prefer hard Woods to soft ones like Basswood. Great kit -build - if you have any questions let me know Chris
  3. Hey Alan The first needs to be cut 50 50 with mineral spirits to set up your base coat for even penetration. Then allow 24 hours to dry in between full strength coats. I personally like 3 total coats - it's up to your personal preference.
  4. So I am about to start cutting out the bulkhead former and have attached a copy of the suggested method in the Monograph. In the past when I have built POB upright the top of the former coincides with the deck making for longer slots in both the former and bulkheads. In the method described in the monograph you can see its much skinnier and the top of the former (well bottom in the diagram since its inverted does not follow the deck line) and just seems an arbitrary straight line for the slots which in this case are less deep in both assemblies. Any thoughts here ? Monograph Method #2.pdf
  5. I'm following the Monographs method - the only filler blocks will be at the bow and the stern. The extra thickness of the bulkheads gives you more of a surface to plank and lessens the naturally tendency of plywood to warp. We will see !!!
  6. Bit of an update - not exciting but necessary groundwork - all of the bulkheads are cut out (1/4 inch plywood laminated to approx 1/2 inch thick) with their lugs. I have also highlighted the bevels and have left a little extra meat on the bulkheads for the faring process. Next up - drafting the slots on both the false keel and bulkheads and cutting out the false keel. After showing my wife the various versions of this ship Ive decided to copper the hull below the waterline (this will be a first for me), the rest of the hull will be black (either dyed Pear or Ebony if I choose to make my life difficult - well aware of its challenges - this hull has very gentle lines working in my favor), the deck and masts will be pear wood and the figurehead and sculptures Euro boxwood.
  7. Looks great ! I have this Monograph with plans both in 1/36 and 1/48. I will follow your progress !
  8. ChrisLBren

    Completed Starboard Viewa.jpg

    Beautiful job Toni - very impressive. You must feel very proud of her after several years working on her. Best, Chris
  9. Thanks for the likes - so now that I have assembled bulkhead 10 - I used Gorilla Spray Adhesive for the lamination - this is great stuff - I can see why this method makes so much sense. As you can see everything lines up on the build board. I have highlighted the bevel and left some extra meat on the bulkhead for proper fairing. Every bulkhead - regardless of deck sheer will be 4 and 3/4 high - so the keel remains exactly parallel to the build board. When all of the bulkheads are built and their slots created for the false keel they will be drilled into the the wooden slats and then into the build board.
  10. Hey Group, Bit of an update - I decided to proceed with the "upside down" method for Topaze. I wanted to give this a try to make the planking process easier as an inverted hull secured to a build board vs planking in my lap. First step - I cut out all of the plywood blanks from a 5 and 1/2 inch wide board for the bulkheads with my new 10 inch Dewalt Saw (great buy for 380.00) and marked both centerlines and as a vertical reference point the rabbet line. This way I will insure the keel will be level for all of the bulkheads. I then adhered the plans to the boards using repositionable spray mount. Lastly I drew the lines for the lugs on the blanks that will be used to mount the bullkheads to the build board. Every bulkhead will be laminated with another 6mm inch thick plywood bulkhead (without lugs) which should give me more surface to plank later. Im hoping to cut out all of the bulkheads with the Dewalt scroll saw (no product placement - just a big fan of these tools ) this weekend.
  11. Congrats on a job well done. Beautiful Confederacy my friend !!!!
  12. This Mono is designed for beginners and outlines a proposed building method - so I thought I would give it a go. It seems much more complicated than building right side up that most are familiar with.
  13. Hey Group, So I would love some feedback. I fully intended to build this ship with the suggested method in the Monograph - which is unlike any method I have ever used in past builds. Im really starting to scratch my head. Let me explain. So as you can see in the first photo the build board has been constructed and the wooden slats you see correspond with the various bulkheads. These are to be screwed to the bulkheads and then to the build board. The ship is build upside down - once the bulkheads are installed you insert the former. Here's where it gets tricky - you can see I have copied mirror images of the enlarged bulkheads from the plans. These will be copied and glued with spray mount to a vertical line drawn on the square of 1/4 inch plywood and the bulkheads can be cut out with my scroll saw. Later the notches will be added for the former. As you can see from the plans - I drew on "lugs" on the bulkheads - these will be screwed into the slats on the build board. The only issue here is you need to create a reference since the heights are all different on the various bulkheads to account the deck line - which is not horizontal to the keel. I used the edge of the plans to create the reference line. After carefully measuring and comparing the enlarged plans to the originals - Im seeing a variance between .25mm - 1mm. Im not sure if this is due to the fact these plans were originally hand drawn by Boudriot, if its my error measuring or an error in the copying process. This whole approach seems very odd. Not only are these bulkheads laminated - resulting in 1/2 inch thick bulkheads - the recommended method in the monograph recommended a bulkhead former or 1/8 inch - which was clearly an error - it should be 1/4 inch according to the plans. I am seriously tempted to just build up right - create bulkheads that run from deck line the the rabbit line - use a 1/8 inch wood to line the bottom of the former (to create a rabbet - like on my Confederacy build) and then add the keel and stem parts. Also I dont really see the need to have 1/2 inch thick laminate bulkheads. The spacing seems fine to me especially if I choose to fill in the spaces between the bulkheads with basswood. Does any of this make sense ?
  14. Hey Group, Just saw this one on ebay - all the of photos are direct lifts from Ancre builds. Shameful... https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/La-Renommee-1744-S1-Scale-1-48-1230-mm-Admiralty-model-Wood-model-ship-kit/253849692528?hash=item3b1a9ee970:g:OgcAAOSwmOZbjiNq
  15. Well done - gorgeous model - Ive enjoyed following your progress ! Best of luck with Le Gros Ventre.

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