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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

    I have finished the staysail rigging. I am a bit behind on the rope coils, so before I make a start on the yards, I'll play around with making up a set of different type of rope coils to see how they fit and look. But that will be the subject of my next update. For now just a few photo's on how she is coming together. I'm genuinely still amazed I got this far and still loving the look of her every time I walk into the shed. Looking at the chapter where the yards are being rigged it ain't going to get any easier from here.....lol Here are some photo's...
  2. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks for all the likes again. Next is the gaff and boom addition. One of the instructions was to seize a length of line to the 1/8" double block under the main top. As I didn't allow for this when I put the block in place there wasn't anything to seize the line onto (maybe I am still missing something...) So I decided to cut the block off and re-install it with the additional line attached. I also realized (after a while scratching my head....) that I had forgotten the 2 blocks for the boom topping lifts. So they had to be fitted under the main top as well. Not the neatest job, but I do now fully appreciate the reason for adding all these blocks when the masts are build...lol. Hand drilling upwards under the top with the rigging in place was a bit of a challenge. Here are a few photo's... Cheers, Peter
  3. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks for all the likes again. Just an update with some photo's to mark the milestone of finishing the standing rigging. Onwards to Chapter 19 - the construction of the yards and the running rigging. Cheers, Peter
  4. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks Harley and Christos and also the 'likes'. It's going well but I'm having a few hickups I like to share. First, as I am upsizing the size of the standing rigging as recommended by Chuck, I am finding that not all the blocks that were added to the mast assemblies can accommodate the larges sizes. I have had to replace a few. Also the blocks at the top of the masts (3 on the main, 4 on the foremast) I glued in the wrong position. I didn't allow for the gang of fixed rigging loops to go first. The drawing shows them where I assembled them but they should have been approx. 8-10mm higher. Due to my inexperience I didn't pick this up until now. I had to remove them all and tried to clean the mast up the best I could. I will add these block when needed. And finally I had to drill out the holes in the top mast cross trees from 0.5mm to 0.8mm to fit the rigging. Definitely got some sweaty hands doing this but I got away with it. Moral of the story. Check the blocks and hole sizes, etc. with the rigging lines before fitting them onto the various assemblies. Here are a few photo's of my progress. Cheers, Peter
  5. Peter Bloemendaal

    What have you received today?

    Look what arrived in the mail today. I am looking forward in joining the Confederacy club once I finish the Syren (So much fun, so little time...lol). Peter
  6. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks Nirvana & Dutchman, (and the likes). I have 4 sons, oldest is 30, youngest 20 so something tells me it won't be my last grandchild...lol. The other three don't seem to be in a hurry though. I must say it is a pretty special feeling holding someone so small again. His uncles can't wait for him to be able to hold a cricket bat. (Australia is in need of a good batsman...lol). Anyway, I digress. Back to modelling. Just some progress photo's of the standing rigging. The photo's speak for themselves. I always had a feeling that I wouldn't enjoy doing the rigging as much as I did the hull. I was wrong.....
  7. Peter Bloemendaal

    What have you received today?

    Well, technically I didn't receive it and it wasn't today either. But a precious gift never the less and worthy of mentioning. Meet Lucas, my first Grandson. A little seafarer in the making. Cheers, Peter
  8. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks Sven & Dutchman and thanks for all the likes. I have been a bit quiet for a little while. I noticed I dropped a bit in motivation so took a few weeks break from modelling. Luckily it didn't last long... I think I'm about halfway through the standing rigging so I thought it be a good time for a small update. I also would like to wish everyone a Happy and prosperous New Year (I got the happy bit sorted already because my first grandson was born yesterday 👍.) Cheers, Peter
  9. 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.
  10. Hi Svein, I can't remember. I think i read about it on Dubz's log. He'll be the one to ask. Peter.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.

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