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Ryland Craze

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  • Birthday 05/05/1949

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  1. Here is a print friendly version of the Byrnes Saw Tips. I have enjoyed my Byrnes saw and have used it more than what I thought I would have. It is a high quality and precision miniature power tool. Byrnes Saw Opeation Tips.pdf
  2. That is good news. I was afraid that I had messed up the transom. It is great that you designed this kit so that small mistakes by the builder can be corrected leaving no evidence of the mistake.
  3. Thanks Rusty. I will definitely remove the tape after I finish fairing the frames and before I start the planking. When fairing the stern portion of the frames, I accidentally hit the "ears" of the transom with my sandpaper. This took off a little wood on the "ear" of the transom where it should not be faired. This did not cause much damage, but repeated hits with sandpaper would round off the the transom edge. To prevent this from happening again, I placed a piece of painters tape over the "ears" on the transom to protect it from accidental fairing.
  4. Thanks Chuck and Michael for your comments and also for the "Likes". Chuck, the tape really made a difference as it strengthened the frames. The camera makes it look as if it is overlapping the frames in some places. I trimmed the tape so that this would not happen. But, I did not allow for the angle of the frame edge being changed when the frame was faired and a small portion of the tape has come in contact with the sanding stick in some places with the sanding of the frames. This has not caused any problems with the fairing process. I will be removing the tape when I begin the planking process so as not to chance the tape being glued to the frame.
  5. Thanks everyone for the "Likes". In preparing the frames for gluing the keel to them, I took care to make sure that they were properly aligned. The design of the kit gives you a little "wiggle" room for adjusting the frames from side to side. With the keel dry fitted to the frames, I used a 1/32" thick piece of flexible planking material as a batten and kept adjusting the frames from side to side until all the frame edges touched the batten. I taped some of the frames to the build board using painters tape so that they would not move when I removed the dry fitted keel. I also marked the frame where the edge of the keel was so that I would have a reference point to place my glue. When it came time to glue the keel to the frames, I followed the kit instructions and placed a generous dab of glue on the frame pieces. After aligning the keel, I used a damp paint brush to remove any excess glue. I glued the stern half of the frames to the keel and let them set up for 24 hours and then glued the forward half of frames to the keel. Here are photos of my progress to date: Next step is to "gently " fair the frames and to line off the hull. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!
  6. Ryland Craze

    Season's Greetings 2018

    Merry Christmas to all of my MSW friends and I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.
  7. Ryland Craze

    Just joined yesterday...

    Welcome Sea Hoss to MSW. We look forward to seeing your Syren build. If you finish it by the end of April, maybe you could bring it to the annual Northeast Joint Clubs Ship Model Conference and Show held in New London, Connecticut. I have seen several well done Syren's on display there over the years.
  8. Thanks for the "Likes" and to Ken for his comment. I have completed the frames and I put two coats of Wipe-on-Poly on their sides. I sanded them with 600 grit flexible nail files. I had to do very little sanding to get the frame tabs to fit into the slots on the build board. I also had to do a little filing of the slots in the keel to get the frames to fit. Once completed, I test fitted the keel assembly to the frames and everything fit perfectly with some minor adjustments. Next up is to get the frames properly aligned and glue the keel to the frames.
  9. Question on gluing the keel on top of the frames. The slots for the frames on the build board allow for some side to side movement for adjustment purposes. I am concerned that if the frames are not exactly centered on the keel, then this will cause problems when it comes to planking the hull. Does anyone have any suggestions that would help to make sure that the frames are properly aligned on the keel?
  10. Chuck, should I put a coat of wipe-on-poly on the sides of the frames before I attach the keel to them? If not, when should the wipe-on-poly, if any, be applied to the interior? Thanks
  11. Thanks guys for the comments and for the "Likes". I cannot take credit for the spacing jig as this was Doug McKenzie's idea. I am also participating in the Ship Model Society of New Jersey Group Build of this kit and Doug had emailed members a drawing of this spacing jig. I just put his jig idea into pictures. I left a little gap between the keel and the 1/32" spacer so that any glue that would seep between the 3/32" notched piece and the keel would not glue the jig to the keel. After a few minutes of set time of the Titebond II glue, I removed the jig and cleaned up any excess with a small dental scraper and a paint brush dipped in water.
  12. Thanks for the comments and the "Likes". It has been awhile since I posted and thought that I would give an update on my progress. The instructions call for a 1/32" rabbet along the keel. This is accomplished by centering the four 3/32" notched pieces on the 5/32" keel. I used a method that Doug McKenzie used on his Longboat build to center the notched pieces. I created a small jig by gluing a 1/32" thick piece of wood to some scrap wood and used this jig to center the notched pieces. Here are some photos of my construction process: The remaining long jointed piece fit almost perfectly between the stem and stern jointed pieces. All I had to do to get a perfect fit was to run a couple of passes with a sanding stick on the stem end of the long piece to remove some laser char. This shows the precision of the laser cut pieces in this kit. I put a coat of wipe on poly on the keel assembly, inserted the simulated bolt pieces using the the supplied fishing line, sanded the bolts smooth and finished it off with another coat of wipe on poly. Next up is assembling the frames.
  13. Ryland Craze

    Hello all and already looking for help

    IIiya, Welcome to Model Ship World. I have attached a copy of the Phantom Practicum by Chuck Passaro. This looks like a very nice model. Good luck on your build. Phantom-Practicum-Complete.pdf
  14. Jim, It is good to hear from you and to see you back in the workshop. You will find a lot of support in this Group Build and I look forward to following your build.

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