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    Biloxi, Mississippi
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  1. Good plank on bulkhead option

    Eric: Do not let the size and nature of the Syren kit cause you any misgivings. The plans are excellent, the instructions are first rate, and the most challenging part of the build, the framework of the hull, will be much easier because the components are likely to fit very well and be easier to fair and plank as a result. The Fair American is an older kit and I can tell you that the frame work has some issues. I have heard several modelers mention it. I doubt you are going to have those problems with the Syren. Also, Chuck is here to answer questions you may have as you progress through the kit's construction. Russ
  2. Damaged Model

    David: If you look at the Model Shipways Dapper Tom rigging plan, it will probably be very similar to what you have. The AJ Fisher Lynx privateer rigging plan is also probably very similar. Russ
  3. Damaged Model

    This is an American topsail schooner, early 19th century. It is probably meant to be a War of 1812 privateer schooner or something similar. It is most likely a solid hull model. It might be an early solid wood hull kit, depending on the size and scale. Maybe Marine Models, AJ Fisher etc. Russ
  4. Greg: I have said this before, but I think it is worth repeating. Soft soldering is akin to gluing two pieces together while Brazing aka hard soldering aka silver soldering is like welding two pieces to become one piece. Regardless of the stresses involved, which sounds more permanent and less likely to fail over time? Also, a soft soldered joint is difficult to hide whereas the hard soldered joint can be blackened and will be invisible. Once you learn to do it and have a little practice at it, it will become second nature to hard solder. Once I learned the basics of it, I could not figure out how I went so long without it. Russ
  5. Deadeyes and Chainplates

    Are they brass? If so, you can anneal them to make them more pliable. Then you can "spring" them around the deadeye and squeeze them gently to hold the deadeye snugly. Russ
  6. I agree with Wayne. Look at the plan when you get it and see if it is marked on the plan. Russ
  7. In its simplest form, it is the length on deck minus 3/5 of the breadth. If the length on deck were 50 ft and the breadth was 17 ft, then the length of the keel for tonnage would be 39.8 ft. Let us say the depth of the hold was 4 ft. Now, multiply 39.8 x 17 x 4 and you get 2706.4. Divide that by 94 and you get 28 79/94 tons. It is not the actual length of the keel, but what they used in the tonnage calculation. This is called the Builder's Old Measure. It was used through about the mid 1860s in the US and was replaced by the Moorsom system that more accurately calculated internal capacity. Russ
  8. oyster skiff On horses

    Thanks. These little skiffs are fun to build and do not take very much time to get a nice result. Russ
  9. This is a 14 ft long oyster skiff used along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  10. commission completed in December 2016