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  1. Chuck Seiler

    Skull decorations on ships: real or fake

    Of note, the black flag is still used today as a symbol of anarchy.
  2. I have done a bit of work and am now going back and documenting. The next step was placing the frames into the build board. Almost all were overly tight. I tried to sand them so they were not too tight, but also not loose. At first they were fine, but as I repeatedly inserted and pulled, testing the fits, the frames ended up getting looser with the working of the wood. I should have used Chuck's "blue tape" solution. They ended up being sloppier than I would have liked. We shall what impact, if any, this will have. Another problem I had was with the keel joints. Chuck said not to sand the char from the slots, so I didn't...kind of. The frames were all too wide and needed to be thinned in order to fit in the lots. I made a single pass with an emery board to get the big chunks of char, but otherwise left the slots alone. I tried to be careful not to sand the frames too much so that there would be a tight fit. My experience with the frame tops was fresh in my mind. Test fit of frames individually and as a group proved successful, however when I applied the glue dab for the final placement the frames did not insert fully into the slot. Something expanded. 😞 I let the assembly dry 24 hours and tested it. There was still some wobble in the frame-to-keel joint so I gave each joint a shot of CA glue. It doesn't look as good as I would like, but I have a plan. 🔨 Faring begins. I am just getting around to reading Chuck's build log on the Medway Longboat in detail. I like the idea of tape reinforcement on the frames. I wish I read it sooner. The assembly is quite delicate, so slow and easy
  3. Chuck, Thanks, but no need. Repaired and back on the road.
  4. Magnifiers have been found!!!! Frame assembly continues and they look much better. I have unglued the bad frames and re-glued. Frame D broke and I had to repair.
  5. Are you saying that you only glue the planks to the frames and not to each other (edge to edge)?
  6. I have had the opportunity to look at my frames a little closer. Two of them are a bit off and I have to un-glue/re-glue them. I think the problem is that I wasn't lining the batten up correctly with the line on the frame. Bad eyes!!! I have to find my magnifiers before I continue.
  7. Perhaps I am missing something....but how is that a dolphin? Or is it one of those 3 Mile Island dolphins?
  8. James,

     

        How do I link a model in my signature to it's buildlog.  It has been so log that I have done this I have forgotten.

     

    Chuck S.

  9. Day 2 of the build and I have completed 6 frames and mostly have the keel done (more on that later). As I have a tendency to go off the beaten path, I appreciate Chuck's warnings "DON'T DO THIS!!!!!!!" in bold red letters. I will pay close attention to those. Nothing exciting to report so far, but I did want to make a couple points about the keel: 1. I really liked JpR62's (Jean-Paul) idea about using a 1/32 piece of scrap to offset the inner keel piece. I used some scrap wood from one of the plank sheets. After testing, I found I had to sand it a wee bit thinner, but it worked great. Thanks Jean-Paul. From JpR62's buildlog 2. I have issues with both the stem area and stern area. To accommodate these, I modified my build order so that I essentially built the keel in two pieces. The scarf joint is so precisely made that the two pieces should join together very easily (we shall see). Chuck's instructions regarding adding the inner keel to the outer keel makes this do-able. The instructions say to taper the stem and keel pieces before assembling. My concern is that if I do that, the pieces will not lay flat and I will not get a good joint. On the other hand, if I glue all four pieces together and attempt to taper, this is a recipe for snapping the keel. Assembling the forward part of the keel and the aft part of the keel separately solves this problem (I hope). I am not wild about sternpost/aft keel joint. To my view it affords too little support for the joint. I am too lazy to do alternative. I glued the sternpost to the aft keel using inner keel piece as a guide. All was clamped in place to ensure adequate alignment. Once dried, I used scrap piece to offset inner keel (the center it in the keel assembly). Glue in place. This results in a strong assembly. I can now taper. Bow and stern keel assemblies Here both halves of the keel structure have been glued together and the center piece of the inner keel (with slots) has been added.
  10. Greetings from San Diego! I am building Chuck Passaro's QUEEN ANNE BARGE and I figured I would do a build log. If you are reading this, it means I am half finished. I wanted to wait until I had significant progress before I published. My past efforts at logs usually turned out poorly. I get bogged down trying to document the build and end up getting distracted from actually building. Today is 08 July 2018. (Your calendar is different.) A grueling 7 months at work has come to an end (the grueling part, not the work) and I figured I would celebrate by getting back into building. I chose the QAB for a couple reasons. I really like Chuck's instructions. I have made or am in the process of several models which Chuck has written practica for. I also have used his "stuff" (line, blocks, windlass, etc). Top notch material. I wanted to do the MEDWAY LONGBOAT he is working on, but that will not be available for awhile. I couldn't wait that long. I decided to give QAB a try because of the quality and because many of the processes he uses for it will be found in the LONGBOAT. Another reason, although minor is a family connection I found with the Queen Anne period while doing ancestry research. I won't go into detail unless somebody is interested. I ordered the kit about 2.5 weeks ago. As usual, Chuck shipped it to me immediately and I have been studying the plans and instructions since (as well as other build logs). The build is finally underway.
  11. Dowmer: I had taken a hiatus from all building due to work related issues. I am starting up again with Chuck P's Queen Anne Barge (build log to follow soon). It is a simple project that won't bog me down. PROVIDENCE is on the back burner, but not forgotten. Ken: SOS said he got the plans from the captain of the replica. They appear to be the same as was featured in the book, since the author worked closely with the builders, except as noted above. I had attempted to get with the author and publisher to get permission to use the plans, but was unable to do so.
  12. A Chuck convention this weekend.
  13. There is another downside to over-beveling your planks. The planks will meet snug on the surface, but there will be a gap as you get deeper into the plank.The resulting finish sanding could remove that vital upper layer and create a gap in your planking. Don't ask me how I know this.
  14. Chuck Seiler

    Paddle Wheeler Klondike

    Did you drop in to see Mike Draper while there?

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