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  1. Part One - PartOne.pdf More parts will be uploaded soon......we are almost ready to launch!!!!😊
  2. This is where we will discuss building the keel, frames and framing........and the build board.
  3. You will notice a few "pinned topics" at the top of this group project area. These pinned topics were set up as an area for all of you to discuss those related subjects as it pertains to the Medway Longboat project. If you have a question or comment related to them please post within those topics so everyone can easily find them later. For example, There will be a pinned topic on planking your longboat. Please post any questions you have about planking in that pinned topic or in your own log for "your" longboat model. Other than those pinned topics, we ask that you only create a build log of your own. Please title it similar to the example listed below. "Chuck's Medway Longboat (1742)" This will make it easier to read if at any time in the future we have to move these build logs somewhere else. It will work just like any other build log. This forum should not have any topics in it other than the properly named "longboat build logs" and pinned topics. Should you want to ask a question or post something, make sure it is posted in either a log or one of the pinned topics. Dont start a new topic. If for whatever reason you guys feel there is a need for a new pinned topic because your discussion doesnt relate to the ones already there....just let me know and I will start another one for you. You know the drill....this basically works like all of the other group project areas. Feel free to ask any questions about this group here. All questions and comments are appreciated and very helpful. To join this project, you must purchase a longboat kit. This group project will have a two parts. First there is the hull. A complete kit containing everything you will need to complete the hull is available. The complete kit costs $175. Add link here to kit Then there is a secondary mini kit for masting and rigging available Add link here This is an MSW exclusive. You will asked to enter your MSW username in order to complete your purchase for the Medway Longboat kit by Syren Ship Model Company.
  4. Thanks....yes I am not a big fan of those brass and/or bulbous wooden belaying pins. Easy enough to make them myself and you only need four for the longboat. The knees are all finished now. I will add the roller and fixed block sheave on the stem next.
  5. Its this......instead of the sanding drum you see in the photo, I insert the 1/16" x 1/16" strip. Its only abut 1" long so it wont wobble.
  6. Thanks No photoshop here!!!! Just go slow and be careful. And keep your hands clean and workspace clean. Thats the secret. Sloooowwww and STEADY. 😊
  7. Moving along to the mast thwart... The ironwork was fairly straight forward. I used 1/16" x .025 brass strip to make the three straps needed to hold the mast in position. I of course drilled the three holes for the two bracket straps while the brass strip was flat (#74 drill bit). I used the plans to find their placement. Then I bent the two brass straps to shape around some scrap wood the same thickness as the thwart. The final iron strap was bent around a 3/8" dia. drill bit because that is how big the mast will be. Then I bent back the ends so I had a half circle remaining. Then the three pieces were blackened and glued into position. Once glued into position below....I drilled through the holes in the straps part way. Then I inserted small lengths of 24 gauge black wire into each hole. I carefully filed them down so they stood proud of the straps and looked like bolts. Then I touched up the blackening a bit. I turned the four belaying pins from 1/16 x 1/16 boxwood strips in my dremel. I use the flex shaft with the small pen-sized head while I turn the belaying pins to shape. Here is a photo of Mike's belaying pins from Cheerful which are done the same way. And this is what they look like finished on the thwart. Next I will complete the knees along the sides of this thwart and the forward -most thwart. That will complete most of the interior work before rigging starts. Although I will make some oars and a grapnel too. 😄 That will leave the rudder and tiller and a few last details and the hull will be completed. and ready for rigging.
  8. Just under the thwarts but on most cont. models one is shown in place and the other rests on top of the thwarts. The mast was portable and not permanently stepped remember. They would unhook the rigging and store that as well. Everything about the rigging and masts were portable so the boat could be brought onboard the frigate and stored at the waste.
  9. The Windlass is completed and installed. All I had to do was reduce the ends of the windlass until they were cone shaped and able to fit into the slots of the brackets. I just dis this by hand a little at a time with some sandpaper. I constantly tested and adjusted the cone shape until it slid into the slots easy enough. This meant shortening each side slightly. The brackets are laser cut. I removed the char and added the bolts while off the model. I used black fishing line as usual. The brackets are glued directly to the riser between the thwarts but actually under them. This left a space on the bottom edge between the frames and the bracket as expected where it hangs below the riser. So before gluing it into position, I added a 1/16" x 1/16" strip to the back, bottom edge of the bracket first. This made it so the bracket was seated firmly against the frames and riser. Before adding the bolts I held the bracket against the riser so I could mark the locations for them. You can see how some line up with the frames. While others are just into the riser. This detail is shown on the plans. The two windlass bars were shaped from a 1/8" x 1/8" strip. I just rounded off one end as you see below by chocking it in my hand drill. Then I squared off the other end as shown on the plans so they would fit in the square holes of the windlass. I will only show one in position and just rest the other atop the thwarts. But in the photos you see both installed just for the fun of it.
  10. Moab

    Thanks for the reply. I can't say I'm a total beginner. I've built the Armed Sloop Virginia, the Ranger, Thames Launch and am currently about 2/3 into the Panart Armed Launch. I've also built about 10,000 stick and tissue airplanes (at least it feels like 10,000). 

    When I view the work of members on this site I'm not nearly as skilled but at 75 I keep trying!

    What's the next step?.....Moab/Allan

    1. Chuck


      You just need to wait until I list them on my site for sale.  I am almost there!!!

    2. Moab



  11. Ok Guys.....put your thinking caps on. What if any type of flag (1742) should we fly on the mast? Lets see some images... Chuck
  12. I ship almost anywhere in the world. Except for China, LOL
  13. Nope....you will always need to buy at least the starter package and the plans will NOT have any drawings for the bulkheads and other parts. This is being done to prevent folks from stealing the design and pirating the project. You wont need those templates on the plans because you will have the laser cut parts. It also prevents people from posting the plans on their websites and forums as a download which is unfortunately all too common. It has happened with my Cheerful and I only need that to happen once before I find a way to prevent it. Chuck

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