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Peter Bloemendaal

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  • Birthday 04/21/1958

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  1. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Thanks for the likes again everyone. The chain plates have been attached to the hull and the rigging is underway. I don't have a lot of problems, disasters or major successes to report. I just seem to plod along and follow the instructions to the letter. Sometimes I feel it makes for a bit of a boring log. Even the processes are mainly fingers, scalpel, scissors, glue and paint so no extra hand to make photo's while doing it....lol (and the Labradors aren't much of a help). I always admire the modellers that go off track and do their own thing, create new build processes or even scratch build, but that's not me I'm afraid....(yet). Enough dribble, here are some photo's to show my progress.
  2. Hi Svein, I can't remember. I think i read about it on Dubz's log. He'll be the one to ask. Peter.
  3. Looking great Svein, There is one thing I want to mention. The copper hull looks great but the ageing process ssems to be going pretty quick. Don't forget it will keep going. I treated one sample pretty aggressively and the copper is peeling by now. So at the stage when you are happy the way it looks you may want to seal the hull to stabelise the way it looks. I hope that makes sense. Cheers, Peter
  4. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Thanks for all the likes again everyone. Well the jeer blocks, slings and lower lift blocks are attached to the masts, the masts are glued into the hull and the chain plates are attached to the hull as well. Just a few photo's of the very simple setup I used to line up the masts and of the components mentioned above. I did notice on the close-up photo's that my netting has turned out very sloppy. Not too happy with that in hindsight but I am not keen pulling that apart and starting again. I'll learn from it for the next one (hopefully...). Looks like rigging is next... Cheers, Peter
  5. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Hi Christos, The kit comes with some extras in the laser cut sheets. Especially with delicate or high volume small parts. Peter.
  6. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Hi Messis, The quality of the instructions was one of the reasons I chose the Syren (amongst others of course...). I do recommend model shipways kits (not sure if I qualify with a sample size of 1...lol). I also don't seem to have a lot of trouble with the wood quality as some others mention in their logs a bit. Not sure why, but most of my spares still sit in the laser cut sheets. As for the blackening, I used the instructions on this website: http://www.modelboatyard.com/blackening.html and bought the following solution from an aussie website: http://www.watsonbrass.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=30&products_id=223&zenid=b7caed66653398c47a36f74d11d3797b I haven't had trouble bending the wire at all (and sometimes I bend them a lot!!). They can get a bit shiny but I don't mind it as long it keeps it's metal look. Hope this helps. Cheers, Peter
  7. Great to see you back Jesse. Model looks great as usual. When I use my phone I always attach them to an email and email them to myself and open them on my pc. You don't have to connect the 2 devices. Maybe that can work for you as well. Peter.
  8. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Thanks Thomas, Hi Messis, I made the chain plates with the 28 gauge wire supplied in the kit. I blackened sections of it first and made a jig (just different sized nails at the correct distances). It's all very well explained in the instructions. The second last photo is trying to show the jig and some of the nail locations. Peter
  9. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Thanks for all the likes everyone. Time for another update. I have been progressing nicely without any dramas (touch wood...lol). I have been building up the masts up to the point where I have to add all the blocks. Next will be gluing them into the hull. That will be a milestone and definitely a task I will take my time with. I plan not to use a jig but I will likely cover a fair distance running around the model to make sure they line up while the glue sets. I also made a start on the chain plate assemblies (so I can multitask after all, didn't think I had it in me....lol). I haven't put them on the channels yet. There are a few photo's to get through so better get on with it.... Cheers, Peter
  10. Hi Art, It's looking good. Just a few words of caution. Because the frames are only connected at the base, they have a tendency not to be parallel the higher up you go. When you start planking the outer hull without the deck in place, just make sure the frames are in the correct position. Also when you plank the deck before assembling it into the model, it may get a bit more difficult to get the curves right when fitting it onto the frames. And finally I didn't need clamping for the 2nd planking of the hull. There is no bending involved so just holding them for a few seconds was enough to lock them into place. Cheers, Peter
  11. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    A little bit more progress. The two masts are painted and I made some inroads with the mast tops. I let the photo's do the talking. Cheers, Peter
  12. Hi Art, I don't think you need to add shims anywhere (I didn't). I don't believe the decks are supposed to run parallel. Again from memory they were slightly curved in both directions & they were glued on all 4 frames. It did make clamping the deck's down to maintain the shape interesting... Cheers, Peter
  13. Hi Art, Not sure what you mean about fairing. From memory I don't think I faired anything, just cleaned the burn marks off as the parts came out of the laser cut panels. I did enjoy this build, just be careful with the sharp ends at the top. I managed to break one off and had a bugger of a time reconnecting it properly. It's looking good. Cheers, Peter
  14. Hi Art, Below the upper deck the inside hull doesn't need planking. If you go to page 20/2 of the manual, (where they show where the accessories are added) you can see some pictures of what the inside looks like. Also, If you decide to add it, you may run into trouble with the cannons on the lower deck, Cheers, Peter
  15. Peter Bloemendaal

    US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - 1:64

    Thanks Jim, I certainly am enjoying this build. Cheers, Peter.

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