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  1. 6ohiocav

    Wood Ship Kits for Kids

    Thanks all! Some great ideas. Keep them coming.
  2. Our modeling club, Shipwrights of Central Ohio, in conjunction with the Ohio State Fair, is sponsoring a building seminar for kids ages 8-12. the plan is to conduct the program at next year's Ohio State Fair in August 2019. We are probably going to create a very basic wood kit from scratch for the seminar. It will require some assembly and painting. Our plan is to then let the participants take something home with them to build on their own with their parents and bring back to a future club meeting for display. My question is whether anyone is aware of a commercial wood kit that could serve the purpose of a take home kit. It still has to be pretty basic and modest in price. Or, has anyone done such a thing, and if so, what did you do, and what worked or did not work. Our club spent an entire meeting trying to come up with ideas on how to get young folks interested in shipbuilding. I have a hunch that many of you have pondered that challenge. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
  3. Gary, Your pump and rails look great. Not easy to do.
  4. My Sear's Craftsman does the job. Pretty low tech item so you should find a suitable unit on the used market for minimal cost. For ship building, I use mine a lot.
  5. I agree with Jim. I put a cherry rail on my Niagara. Traced it from the laser cut pattern and cut it out on the jig saw. I substituted cherry for bass wood for anything that was not painted
  6. Tom, Can't agree more with Jim on rigging plan. I did all of the standing rigging on my masts while they laid flat on the bench, including all of the upper shrouds and ratlines. I tried to apply all of the blocks, but missed a few. I think I showed that on my log. Good luck going forward. Your paint work is superb.
  7. Gary, Your deck is outstanding. Well done. Love the Cedar and flat poly decision. Good luck on the hull.
  8. Jim, The pain I share in your frustration over photo sequence is tempered by the beauty of your ship. I can't figure out how to overcome this software glitch either.
  9. Gary, I would add that your decision to build these as separate compartments is ingenious. It looks like it would be easier to shape and a better platform to add the gun port and sweep linings (which took forever). Also much easier to paint. good tip.
  10. Gary, Good catch. You will be glad you made this correction at this time. Symmetry is important. Perhaps as important is the fact that the position of those sweeps will affect future decisions for placement of many other items. Looking real good.
  11. Great steady progress and everything looks great. I would suggest you consider applying a sealer to the basswood decking before you stain. Basswood is very soft, and has inconsistent density, so that it tends to cause blotches when stain is applied. Applying a sealer will equalize the density and help with a finer finish. Just a suggestion.
  12. Ken, As you travel through Ohio, think about stopping at Keim's to stock up on some inventory. Be happy to meet you there. I just packed up my Niagara, not as securely as your wonderful Constitution, and took it to the Ohio State Fair and entered it into the Miniature Fine Arts Competition. I had a two hour white knuckle drive worrying how she would travel. I can't imagine a coast to coast trip. Safe travels friend.
  13. Gary, Looking great. Have fun with the airbrush. What brand did you purchase?
  14. Robert, Your build is incredible, and I have been silently admiring it for a while. I have to agree with Ian. These are great tips and will surely find their way into my repertoire going forward. Thanks for sharing.

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