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About SawdustDave

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    My family, golfing with friends, woodworking (furniture), Texas Holdem' poker with friends; and ship modeling.

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  1. Nice work CapSteve. Always fun to read your postings. Dave
  2. Plank Thickness Sanding Jig.... Creating scratch planks from raw lumber can be a bit of a challenge in terms of precision width and, even more so, thickness. While it is easy enough to rip the exact width with clean edges on a table saw, the task of taking lumber through the band saw to rip the thickness is another story since band saws simply do not leave a clean surface as seen here.... Obviously this plank cannot be used until the outer surface has been dressed down perfectly smooth. The trick in doing that is to wind up with exactly the same thickness from plank to plank. Since passing such a thin piece of lumber through the table saw is not real safe, and I do not own a thickness planer, I created a little jig that utilizes an old osculating drum sander. The fence allows me to pass each plank through the sanding drum with the thickness gap set to remove exactly the same rough surface from every plank. Feeding the plank through the jig takes about 30 seconds per plank. Perfect planks every time....
  3. This fascinating point was brought to my attention by a friend who served as an Army sniper (Special Forces). According to him, the development of rifled long guns quickly led to other improvements in sights and firing mechanisms that gave rise to highly skilled sharpshooters with real accuracy at ranges never before dreamed of. New battle tactics had to be employed as a result.
  4. VERY INTERESTING BIT OF RESEARCH.... "The hull of the ship began to be altered between 1847 and 1858, with the upper bulwarks being raised ~20” Is this a coincidence that it is also the same time in history that the British began issuing muskets with rifled bores to their troops? I would speculate the additional 20" inches might have been added to protect the crews from snipers. What think?
  5. Thanks Greg... Knock on wood - I wouldn't expect any more of these types of issues. However, I'm quite sure I'll manage to create plenty of unrelated issues on my own.... and will have to dig my way out of each as they come up. It's just the wacky way I sometimes tend to go about ship building. Dave
  6. Spar Deck Bulwarks.... Still dealing with issues that arise as a result of my initial launching of this build with plan sheets designed for a completely different configuration. In this case, it is the height and location of the bulkhead extensions above the Spar deck. Since my bulwarks have been created off ship as a long continuous module, I found it necessary to cut off all of the original bulkhead extension's and replace them with these custom fit pieces. These new pieces have been carefully milled to match the exact thickness of the black gun port framing seen here.... also, the location of each is uniformly mid-way between each gun port. I can now continue with the planking of the hull all the way up to the rail caps.
  7. Thanks for that info Tom. As much as I am enjoying this build.... especially being able to get so much help from so many friends familiar with her.... I must confess the many versions can be quite confusing to a "non-historian" such as myself. Beautiful work on the tops. Love the rope maker.... I may finally break down and give it a go after all these years. Dave
  8. Tom: I have struggled with the configuration of the spar deck bulwarks and hope you or some of the historians can clear up for me. More specifically, I'm talking about the height of the bulwarks above the aft eight gun ports as well as the forward three gun ports. Here is a photo showing the issue I'm sure you will be familiar with. I can only imagine that the increase in the height of these bulwarks occurred at some time in her numerous referbs.... Anyone?
  9. Hi Tom: Thanks for the many tips throughout your detailed postings.... especially this section dealing with gun rigging, as I am having a heck of a time with getting blocks and rigging to look right considering the scale of the blocks and the rigging line. Wish those were my gun rigging photos seen here. Keep up the beautiful work my friend. Dave
  10. COPPER PLATES.... Now that I'm adding a few planks to the hull (around the gun deck gun ports).... I am looking out to the copper plating and the thousands of copper plates eventually required. Resources indicate there are over 3,000 of these 14" x 48" plates. I am using 8 cm X 20 cm plates to represent the plates on my 1:60 model. Used a paper cutter to slice the 8 cm strips from the 4" x 10" sheet purchased from a local hobby shop. Also purchased this little pattern wheel I found at WalMart, then cut the notches to create a pounce tool.... (the tools I found on the market do not have the right spacing of the serrated tips) The results appear to be a pretty consistent pattern of dimples to represent the surface rivets.... So I figure I need to create about twenty five per day to accumulate a good starting supply by the time I get around to the need.
  11. Thanks CapSteve.... Indeed I have considered the bulwark fixtures. Great thing about these little pegs is that they are so easily trimmed flush in the event I need to add something over them. BTW.... Managed to finish the starboard side this morning.
  12. Thanks Greg.... very pleased with the result. No reason to think they would not work on the wales exactly the same. I should have also noted.... before painting, I used a long sanding block with medium grit paper in order to bring all of the pegs to uniform height. Two coats of spray paint filled in around the base of each peg very nicely and left a nice rounded appearance to the top of the pegs.
  13. Good question mate. I doubt it.... those are really tiny bristles. However, I am quite sure the first half of each peg will work just fine at 1:76th scale. Note that the stub is well tapered toward the end. In fact, I only used the skinny end to line the sides of each port.
  14. Spar deck bulwarks.... For all you fellow builders of this ship, you are well familiar with the challenge of the bulwarks of the spar deck. More specifically, the thousands of bolt heads so prominently visible from bow to stern. After several failed attempts to create those tiny dimples consistently.... 3D fabric paint, nails, CA gel - you name it - I finally settled on the use of those beautiful little plastic tooth picks with the flossing brush on one end. (used previously on the SOS) After shaving the bristles off (50 at a time), the following steps are tedious, but pretty straight forward.... Marked out the pattern on the white vinyl piece I'm using.... scored the simulated plank lines with a knife.... and began making holes along the pattern lines (two holes per plank). Tipping the peg end with the tiniest bit of CA gel, I inserted the batch of 50 into their holes.... Allowing the "pegs" to dry for about an hour, I snipped them off as close to the surface as I could with these nail snippers. And here's the result before painting.... And here's the result after spray painting with Hunter Green (Satin finish).... Port side completed.... starboard side just started. I did a rough count and came up with just over 3,000 bolt heads for both sides combined.
  15. "Good" is such an understatement. This model boarders on "insanity"! WOW! I love it! Dave