Erik W

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  1. With the onset of nice weather, I temporarily have put working on my Cheerful build on hold. Lots to do outdoors! One of the last photos I shot of the Cheerful a couple of months ago, for the purpose of being emailed to my non-modeling friends and family, included a pencil in the photo. The reaction was kind of funny to me. Everyone was surprised at how small this 1/48 scale project was. In thinking about it I realize I didn't have any photos like that of the 1/350 scale USN destroyer I built a few years ago. I broke out the camera just now, dug around the junk drawer for a lighter and took these. Thought you folks would get a kick out of them. By the way, the most difficult thing on the 1/350 scale build was the rigging, particularly the signal halyards, which are .002" diameter Japanese fly tying line. First that Cheerful photo. The 1/350 scale USS Nields. . . . and the only in-progress shot from this build showing 2 aftermarket 20mm Oerlikon AA guns. Each one is 7 pieces! If you're interested in more on this Nields build, and why it's personal to me, here's more info: Erik
  2. Hi Allan, I tried to PM you, but was given the error message, "allanyed is unable to receive messages". Thanks for the offer of sending me Kurt Hasselbalch's contact info. The Herreshoff book, which was just published late last year, lists him as curator of the MIT Museum. So, yes, please PM me his email address. The sailboat in the book that really caught my eye is the NY50 Spartan. Though, they're all quite beautiful. Thanks! Erik
  3. Thanks Mark. I just shot Pete a PM. His Herreshoff builds in the gallery look great! Erik
  4. I recently received the book Herreshoff American Masterpieces. Reviewed here: This is truly one of the best coffee table books, on any subject, I've seen. If you like recreational sailboats, it's a must have. It's a huge 11 1/2" x 14". The photography is amazing. The Herreshoff plans are part of the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum. Does anyone know if these are available to the general public? It's an intriguing thought to build a scale model of one of the sailboats featured in this book. Erik
  5. I've gotten more planking done on my Cheerful. The starboard side is complete, now it's on to the last half of the port side. Erik
  6. I just ordered the La Belle Poule monograph from them in Wednesday evening 1/19 and only paid for the slow 5 Euro postage. The book was shipped Thursday 1/19. It arrived from France to Colorado a week later on Friday 1/27. I ordered another book from them a year or so ago and it was shipped the next day and arrived within 10 days or so. Erik
  7. I had to do some of that mental math between my first build and my current build. My first build was the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat at $40, with some new hand tools, and some of Chuck's rope, say around $100 total . . . for a 6 month project. My current build is Chuck's Cheerful built with boxwood. Most of the cost was up front, with follow-on purchases as I've needed more supplies, or hand tools. I think my total cost will be around $800. I was a bit put off by this price tag, by far the most I've ever spent on a single model, but I did the math for the cost per day over an estimated 3 years (knowing my slow speed) of working on it, and it comes to $.73 a day. Very reasonable in the long run. At times, I've gone months without spending money on the Cheerful project. Of course, a new parallel hobby seems to be collecting sailing ship books . . . I, er, won't talk about the cost of those 35 books. Also, I made the decision to choose a second build that wouldn't require power tools. If I get to the end of the Cheerful, and am confident I've found another life long hobby, I may dive into the expense of power tools. Erik
  8. Pete, The only other thing the book says about the wales on the Rogers Collection model of the Royal William is the sentences following what I had quoted above, "This produced a solid-looking main wale that became the norm for the remainder of the century. The Royal William's main wale is solid, except that here it is made of two, not three, broad strakes, both painted black and lacquered. The upper wales, too, are solid, though unpainted, but the channel wales are of the old, double wale construction." Erik
  9. I just received this exquisite book today. It's filled with great color photos, and is chocked full of tons of interesting information. I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of these ships and models. Erik
  10. Today I received Seawatch Books The Rogers Collection of Dockyard Models by Grant H. Walker. I stumbled upon this in the section about the 100 gun Royal William regarding double wales, " . . . a Navy Board order issued on 14 October 1715 directed that this traditional practice was to cease, and that henceforth the main wale would be made up of three strakes, all of the same thickness." Erik
  11. Mark, Good point. I hadn't thought that though pricey, the frieze paintings would themselves have been a cost saving and time saving during construction, compared with the carved work that was falling out of favor. I'd like to think that the real ships carried this elaborate frieze work. Sure would've been an impressive sight to behold! Chuck, It makes sense if the frame futtocks were secured directly to the wale, that you would have multiple wales. Thanks guys, Erik
  12. Herring, Mark, Thanks for the info! That answers my question in as much detail as possible. Mark, I've often wondered how accurate these models are compared to how the ships were actually built, particularly in regards to things like the elaborate painted decorations. I guess to some extent we'll never be 100% sure, since, though a lot of the models survived, the ships themselves did not. Thanks again, Erik
  13. What was the point of a double wale vs. a single wale? And how common were these? Photo location, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich: Thanks, Erik
  14. Julie, Both of these books address scale sail making. Both authors are committed to using techniques that make sails look realistic and correctly scaled. supplement is part of this revised masting and rigging book: Erik
  15. Druxey, I think that title might be sold out at Seawatch Books. I've looked for it before, and can't locate it on their website. Erik