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About Overworked724

  • Birthday 08/26/1966

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    Libertyville, Illinois, USA
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    Chasing my wife around the house (sometimes I catch her), Biking, Running, Model building (recently), Movies, Reading (Sci Fi and Ficition)

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  1. ...by the way...the paper wrapped around the shaft of the masts is there to prevent oil from my hands getting all over the masts. (I was a messy baby, too.)
  2. Trestle trees painted. As are the bases of my main and foremast. Glued on the cleats at the base of each. Aligned by simply marking a piece of masking tape...taaadaa! Moving on!...
  3. Got the crosstrees painted. Working on the collars. Loaded up my special dowels with the appropriate rigging widths. Getting ready....rigging spiders are crawling out of the woodwork already.
  4. Created some new closed heart collars. You can see the photos below...the ones I originally made (left) were too small. You can see the original trial size on the right which is slightly too big. The one in the middle represents my target size. 4mm in a side. (Sounds like a Goldilocks episode) The photo below shows my open hearts and closed hearts vs the laser cut ones. My hand made ones are certainly more crude...but screw it. I spent a while trying to get the technique down. I’m using them on the ship. 😁 They represent a lot of effort. 👍🏽 Moving on....
  5. Not a bad bit of progress today. Step by step. Got the foremast chuck in place. Also got the boom rest seated on the main mast along with the boom rest supports. In a pique of curiosity, I decided to try the mast hoops on both masts to ensure things lined up. As neither mast is stained, the effect is kind of vanilla...but I wanted a test fit. Glad I did as the ring bolt I made for the main boom was interfering with the settling of the mast hoops! Minor thing but noticeable. Since I still had the option, replaced with a smaller eyebolt. Resolved the issue handily! Ok...moving on!!
  6. Breakthrough!!!! I finally got my technique down for making a decent boom rest (wrap around) for the main mast! In truth, the process is easy...just needed to step back and rethink it. Used a compass and a 1/32” basswood sheet. Cut the inside out, then filed to fit the mast, followed by trimming and rounding the outside edge. Eureka!!!!
  7. Executive decision. Remaking the closed heart collars. The open hearts are as good as I can get them but the closed hearts are actually too small. The detail isn’t the problem...the gap that the rigging will need to fit into is too small and is more rounded than it is triangular. So will increase the size by 1mm and take another stab at them. Funny...I thought the closed hearts would be hardest. So...taking a step back. Order of attack: 1. Remake the closed hearts 2. Build the boom rest! (Think I finally got the process down to make a full wrap around boom rest) 3a. Finish up building/pre-rigging the bowsprit 3b. Finish up building/painting/pre-rigging the fore and main masts 4. Stepping the Masts Day!!! 5. Drink a stiff scotch before beginning the adventure of rigging my first wooden model ship!!
  8. Thanks, Lou! But in truth...the jury is still out on whether I use my scratch collars or the ones I just got online. But at least I can say I can come close to making them!
  9. Well...I can say I can now create an open heart collar from a basswood strip. Wondering if I should put that on my resume! These are 5mm on a side...although Chuck’s were 4mm, I’ll call this a success and move on!!! They came out fairly decent, too.
  10. Finally got the technique for making semi-decent closed-heart collars! These things are TINY! 3mm on a side is about the limit of my capability. Started with larger stock stock to get the technique down. Then went to smaller stock wood strip to try to repeat at a smaller scale. Proof is in the pudding. 😎 Moving on to the open heart collars!
  11. Funny thing...writing about my 'building blocks' (pardon the second pun) has just given me a flurry of creative inspiration!
  12. Time to vent a bit. The main and fore mast have a fixture above the cleats near their base. The main mast has a 'boom rest' on the plans. As Chuck's practicum references, the ship plans call for a wrap around boom rest for the main mast, and they omit any such feature on the fore mast. Chuck improvised and put in a chuck (pardon the pun) on the foremast to hold up the mast hoops. On the main mast, he put a 1/2 boom rest which serves the same purpose, plus also holding up the ship's main boom. Both features point aft (to the back of the ship). Making the chuck on the fore mast is not a problem. Easy enough to make. It's the boom rest on the main mast which is a bit of a problem. I have basswood sheets, and trying to carve out a semi-decent 1/2 (or whole for that matter) circle which wrap around the mast is quite difficult for me. Not certain how best to accomplish this task, as I have tried a number of ways - never to a satisfactory result. (often accompanied by a lot of swearing) So...this is the main issue that has held up my progress on the masts. Something as stupid and inconsequential as a simple 1/2 circle 'boom rest'. Ok...yes...I have made some 'passable' boom rests. Am I happy with them?...No. I think I have a solution, but have not yet attempted. We shall see. But, I had the same issue of hand making my open and closed heart collars as Chuck described in his practicum. I tried making the collars but my results were...um...substandard. Since I required these little bits to finish up 'pre-rigging' my bowsprit, I got similarly stalled until I could get them made. I am sure it would be a useful skill. Perhaps I am simply using the wrong tools/wood/technique to get to the final 'acceptable' end result. But in the interim - I want to move forward with my model!!! And. since Model Shipways omitted inclusion of these vital parts of the kit - I opted to try ordering some of appropriate size. (Believe me - the relief of ordering the parts for a few buck vs. creating a half-assed approximation of those tiny pieces was indescribable...cheers to me for problem solved!) OK....my vent is over...moving on.
  13. Ok. Main boom is done. The parrels using black beads was awesome idea (whoever’s it was!). The metal bands turned out stellar using my Tamiya/Sharpie/Razorblade technique. 😁 One thing to note is that I used black wire for holding parrels between the jaws of the yolk. Easy to crimp once it’s on the mast. Moving on to the next set of sticks!

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