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Peter Bloemendaal

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About Peter Bloemendaal

  • Birthday 04/21/1958

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Peter Bloemendaal

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

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

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

    Thanks for the 'likes' again everyone. Made a start on the lower masts. They make a great change on the overall look of the ship. Still have to add a few bits and pieces to complete them but I thought it is worth sharing a few photo's. I thinks I am in luck with how they fit in the holes on the deck. I made the tenons a bit longer and gave them a snug fit. Then I rotated the masts to a position where the tilt angle was just about right. I marked the positions and started building up the mast assemblies. So when Gluing time comes in the distant future it doesn't look like I will need a big setup for the positioning of the masts (fingers crossed). Here a some photo's. Cheers, Peter.
  7. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks for the previous likes everyone. I have finished the bowsprit assembly including the rigging so I would like to share that milestone with just a few photo's. Next I will make a start on the masts. Cheers, Peter
  8. Peter Bloemendaal

    Little known facts of Titanic sinking

    My guess is with the amount of alcohol needed to fortify all his organs, he probably would have died of alcohol poisoning had he not ended up in the water. The sinking may have saved him...lol
  9. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks Jim, That explains your comment perfectly now. It also explain why I didn't get it. My question was more related to the 0.008" tan line that lashed the two hearts together. I couldn't figure out where/how chuck had hidden the start and end of that line. I did the two bobstays last night and I think I figured it out. Or at least I have a result that I am reasonably happy with. Cheers, Peter
  10. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Hi All, Just would like to share a bit of a brain fart I had over the weekend. As I was doing work on the bowsprit I felt like mixing it up a bit and make a start on the main masts. Well, first step is a no brainer - taper the mast. So got the plan out, measured the bottom, 8mm (tick), the top 5mm (tick) added a bit of length for the bit in the drill chuck and tenon and cut two lengths, one for the main and one for the fore mast. Next few hours I was creating dust sanding away, and after the sanding spent a fair bit of time carefully cutting the tenons to fit them on the ship. I also made some photo's for the forum. I was pretty chuffed with myself. Finally, after dinner I decided to go back in the shed for a bit and read the manual to familiarize myself with the next steps. After reading step 1, went back inside for the day. The top 5mm of the masts are the squared sizes. the masts barely need to be tapered at all... After the dust settled (pun intended) I considered it as a very valuable afternoon of modelling, I learned a big lesson (not to get too cocky) without breaking anything or using a part of the kit that is difficult to replace. Cheers, Peter
  11. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Thanks Al. Hi Jim, The Bowsprit assembly is already glued on so it's too late for your tip. I did dry test the fairlead holes by putting the correct size lines through to ensure they are large enough. Can you show me a photo how you did the hearts, I can't quite picture it. I'm still curious how Chuck made the rigging of his hearts look so tidy. BTW, I like your music choice, I have been playing that song "a salty dog" from Procol Harum into double digits now and it started me looking for more on YouTube.....lol Cheers, Peter
  12. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    I have a question. In the manual, one of the instructions explains to 'lash the corresponding hearts with 0.008" tan rigging line'. These lashings are everywhere in the model. I have studied these photo's but I can't figure out where to start and end these lines and how they are tied together. I can't see any half knots or glued ends. I feel a bit stupid, but can anyone explain how these are done so neatly. Cheers, Peter
  13. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Well, its been a while so I better post another update on the build. I finished the Bowsprit assembly up until the rigging. It hasn't been without its challenges. I made the bowsprit twice because I wasn't happy with the 1/4" dowel size, I thought it a bit too small compared to the size on the plan. The saddle looked to be the simplest part (and probably is ) but took me 4 attempts. And the Dolphin Striker broke off as I was working on the Gammoning. Luckily it broke on a glued connection so after cleaning I could glue it straight back on and didn't have to re-do it. The bowsprit collars were seriously fiddly and I am starting to struggle to understand how and/or where some of the rigging lines start and end, resulting in some results that don't match the instructions. So far I have managed to hide them but I need to do some research in this area. Anyway, enough dribble, here are some photo's.
  14. She is beautiful Messis. Very well done. The natural look of the sails is very impressive. That British ship has no chance of catching up.... Peter
  15. Peter Bloemendaal

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

    Hi Josh, It's the Gorilla Wood Glue. I have included a photo. Thinking back on the steps I used to create them I may have been slightly wrong on step 5. I started using weights but I think they came out too flat the next day. I did put them under a steel ruler overnight so they kept their shape but can't remember if and by how much I weighted them down. Just a bit of trail and error I suppose, just like all the other steps....lol. Here is the photo.

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