ChrisLBren

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  • Birthday 11/08/1969

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  1. Looks really good - this was a very difficult part of my build so I know what you're feeling here. The only suggestion I would make is to either carve the filagree decorations or use some gesso to thicken them up - in my opinion the photo etch is way too flat and looks awkward compared to the 3D stern carvings and mouldings.
  2. I recently purchased my Swiss Pear from Bob Putnam at this website - I am very happy with his service, pricing and the product ! http://www.rarewoodsusa.com/
  3. Thanks for the comments and encouragement - to answer your question re the color - this flitch feels a lot lighter than the Swiss Pear I bought for Confederacy from Jeff Hayes. But Jeff's wood has been in my shop for years now - so it could have darkened. I've attached a photo for comparison
  4. You are right ! I do have the carbide blade that came with the Jim Saw and it cuts 3/4 like butter! For my 74 build - the largest dimension in the plans is 3/8 thick @ 1/48 scale - which is what I was referring to not the saws capabilities. Thanks for the heads up on Thurston - talk about quick turn around - I ordered the blades Tues and they arrived Friday
  5. Thanks man ! No sawdust will fly until I finish Chuck's Confederacy. If you would have asked me 7 years ago that I would source my own flitch, mill it and prepare for a fully framed 74 build - I would have laughed. Chuck's Confederacy gave me the confidence to fully embrace scratch building - and I can't wait to display his designed Confederacy completed.
  6. Back from the "butcher" - Jody was unbelievably good milling the wood and saved me a lot of trouble and sawdust. Here are the results 78 blanks - 25 inches long by 1 and 3/4 wide by 1/4 thick (he left on and extra 1/64 on each side for final finishing for all of the frames. I also have 6 boards of the same dimension but 3/8 thick for the keel and its associated parts. Based on my estimates it should be enough to fully frame a 74 in 1/48 but who knows ? I have two boards remaining on sticks for mistakes - another 12.5 board foot to be exact. All in I spent 550 for wood including shipping (100lbs of wood from my dealer in Maine), 80 dollars to mill with tip - and maybe a story re Versailles if my wood dealer is to be believed. Regardless this is beautiful wood - I hope to do her justice/respect with this build...
  7. Yup - you're right Greg. New blades from Thurston arrived - adjusted the fence - the Preac cuts like a champ again. I am glad I'm keeping it. Now just need to plan for my next purchases - a Lathe and possibly a Mill (I want to see if I can get by as long as possible without that one....)
  8. I am going to the "butcher" today with the wood - here is a photo of the lumber in my workshop pre milling. I am reserving the ones on the left for planking and other projects - the ones on the right will be used for framing. Ill post some photos later today.
  9. Thanks for the feedback everyone - I went ahead and ordered a couple of blades from Thurston for the Preac along with some for my Jim Saw. With some new blades and a fence adjustment - Im sure it may come in handy. I've owned it since 2003 and it has served me well.
  10. Hey Group, Ive got my Jim Saw up and running as I wind down my Confederacy and gear up for my next up build. What an incredible piece of hardware - more than capable of ripping boards up to 3/8 thick which should be the limit I will need for the 74 in 1/48th scale after I get the material milled down professionally. For my Confederacy build I used a Preac exclusively and milled strips/sheets from Hobby Mill which were at most 3/16th thick. I need to order new blades for both saws and am wondering if I should order any new ones for the Preac ? The Jim Saw with fine cutting blades seems to be able to handle most of the uses of the Preac. Just wondering if anyone out there uses both machines and what might be specific uses for Preac at this larger scale - maybe for very fine cuts using thin kerf blades for thin stock ? Or making gratings ? Any ideas here are appreciated. Chris
  11. Thanks for the comments and encouragement everyone ! I should have more photos when the wood arrives next week before and after milling.
  12. It's a Pear Tree from the Versailles region of France. I hope I can do her justice - with my skills who knows ? But at least there are two boards - LOL
  13. Hey Group, I am very excited to introduce my next project - which has been a life long dream of mine. Confederacy should be wrapped up by the end of March and I was going to wait to announce this one until she is finished. However in the past two days I have come across wood worthy of this project. It is from a tree that was felled by a big storm in 2000 in France. Here is an article that references the event: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jan/14/news/mn-53961 Whether this wood is actually from the Estate of Versailles can not be confirmed - it is however from this region. I have a facility near me that will be assisting me - milling it to spec for my build. I've attached some photos of the flitch as is before shipping. You can see he ran a planer across the boards to show the beauty underneath. I am very flattered to be assisted by an esteemed modeler who I have long admired - you can probably guess his name - he's building this same ship for a fourth time in a much larger scale...
  14. Thanks guys - here's the other side - adding the last aft timber on each side tomorrow
  15. Hey Gataen, I own the timbering plans (in 1/72 - I scaled them up to 1/48 in pdf) - I checked in with a builder on the Ancre Site who's building the 74. The booklet in the plan set shows some pictures of his build. He tells me that the plans are very sound - I'm sure you can offer us some feedback once you have received them. I am also curious which 74 you choose to build. Le Centaure resembles Boudriot's 74 in his 74 Gun Ship Treatise but with a Lion Figurehead vs a Greek Warrior. Le Superbe has a figurehead of a shield with the Fleurs de Lys topped wth a Crown. It looks very close to the figurehead of Le Commerce De Marseille - which according to the booklet standardization was taking place in response to a ministerial decree in 1786. The stern is less ornate than Le Centaure. Both are beautiful in my opinion. Chris