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Tom E

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  • Birthday 11/16/1971

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  1. Congratulations! They look great! I'm a huge Bluejacket fan, and these are now on the "wish list"...….come on Santa! The case is pretty handsome too, it compliments the subject. Tom E
  2. Evening, Hope everyone is well. Chores were done early, and into the Shipyard I went! Started pulling together the pieces for the Forward Fife Rail. I imagine this little guy will have a lot of stressors on it. Loaded with Belaying pins and rope pulling on it must push this wood to its limits. Well glued joints with pins it is. Started with the knees to there respective bits. I would just move forward from there. Side bars next then the smaller bits. It was more difficult in my head. It's square for the most part. Not bad for my first try. A little sanding should hide it! Before I glued it all together I did check it on deck with the Foremast for reference. Looks good to go from my side. Built a little Jig/Shelf to find the right size drill for the Belaying pins. Didn't take much. Started with a #65, was a bit loose, went to a #66, was a tight fit but just right. Compared the size of the drill to the belaying pin, was a Hail Mary. All dressed up. It will still get some more sanding, and I want to fill some glue starved areas. The pins were laid out according to the plans. I noted there was only 1 hole that was dead center. That little fact actually made laying out the rest easy...….I thought. I figure with these pins coming in and out the holes will widen and become easier. The holes are on the "tight" side, but not by much. These pins have been pulled and its in the paint shop as of tonight. Last thing I did today was put a primer coat on it. I'll follow the plans and the knees will be black and the rest will be "bright", per the plans. I've been using the Model Expo Niagara paints, I'll use the Deck Buff, same as the Masts. Tom E
  3. Jond, Such a beautiful ship. The deck is weathered nicely, it really looks great. Bowdoin just seems to drop in perfectly to the acrylic sheet. Are you going to build up anything around the hull of Bowdoin, like icebergs and the like? Tom E
  4. Evening, Quiet night in New Hampshire, wintery outside, but the Shipyard is warm and the Patriots are winning! As mentioned in an earlier post, I started the grating for the Fore Hatch. This time I laid it down 1 piece at a time, instead of building the grate outside the Coaming, like I did with the Galley grating. I think it came out more uniform and even. Started to bring together the pieces for the Fore Fife Rail. Never built one of these before. This should be interesting. As of this evening, I have all the parts shaped and ready to go. My biggest worry is keeping everything square. Everything in its place. Once I'm done with a piece I stow it in these plastic organizers. Bought them at Michaels. Maybe $3.99. Stackable and easily store out of the way. Tom E
  5. Some would call that an "ugly Christmas Sweater"...….I would not! That's awesome!
  6. Evening, Well, admittedly, I did more playing than actually building! But I have started building the Forward Fife Rail. Every once in a while I like to put everything "together" and see where I am. Never did I ever think I would get this far! Its so cool! Not one thing is glued to the ship. Purely just a "test fit". I my rebuild the Galley grating. Looks like one of the sailors stepped on it! The Fore hatch grating came out much better. Tom E
  7. Evening, Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. The best part of the holiday is when everyone heads home and I still have a full weekend to spend in the Shipyard! This build needs an update! The Main Mast is coming along. The Tops are pretty easy and fun. I got them shaped up and in for paint within a day. As with the Fore Mast, I strengthened the sides of the Top with a brass strip. A firmer base for the Top mast shrouds. The wood used is pretty flimsy and needed a bit more back bone. One coat of primer. First coat of Hull Spar Black. As a side project I primed and painted the Galley Stack. I don't have much skill yet to really bash this thing. What I have done is modified the Galley base. Instead of just a simple pad per the plans, I put some 1/32x1/32 strips underneath to lift it up a tick. THE LAST FOUR BLOODY CARRONADE! So glad my next build (Bluejackets Bowdoin) has none. As of tonight these all have eyebolts and a coat of primer. I'm hoping to have these done by the weekend...…..we shall see! Tom E
  8. Count me in! I've admired this kit for a while. Tom E
  9. Beautiful ship! This kit is officially on the wish list! Job well done Tom E
  10. Jack, I'm pulling up a chair for this build! With all the plastic models on MSW now, It's rekindling the kid in me that did nothing but plastic models. I've never worked with PE, but I really want to give it a try. It does add some great detail. PS - Your Ice boat came out great! I doubt I'll ever be a scratch builder, but If that was a kit....I would buy it! Tom E
  11. Evening, Admittedly, I haven't been in the shipyard as much as I want to be. Life gets in the way. Nothing bad, just prepping for the winter. Get the truck inspected, serviced,,,blah blah blah....chores. I made some progress on the Main mast. It starts with the Octagon. I did much better on this one than the Fore mast. Squared up the top portion. I finally stripped that orange like paint off the Forecastle Hatch. Stained it an "Early American". Looks soooooo much better. I also finished the Galley grating as well. I chose the "Early American" stain for the Forecastle hatch because it was close to the color of the Gratings supplied. Don't know if its right, but I like it. Just as I wanted, Its just a tick or two darker than the deck for some contrast. On a side note, We had our first snow event! Local ski resorts are starting to open up. There's a lot more snow in the mountains than what we got in town. Tom E
  12. Evening, Well, I started today about 4am, just to get the chores done and get back to the shipyard. First quiet weekend in a while. Looking to take full advantage! I started cutting the Main Mast From what I can tell. The Mast has an angle roughly 11 degrees. Am I reading this right? Is the angle measured on the protractor from the center line of the dowel? Not the fore or aft edge of the dowel? I've also been keeping in mind where the Shrouds are located, and 11 degrees looks good. I made my Galley grating! It was kinda fun. The eggcrate method with the grating supplied is unique. Odd looking stuff. Maybe not for this build, but, I see an upgrade to Syren gratings in the future. Primed, then a few coats of red. I just had to throw in the below pics. Its been a beautiful fall in New England. Winter is next! I'm ready! Tom E
  13. Andrew, The Bowdoin is my next project. I just love the look of this ship. I'll be following with great interest! Tom E
  14. Evening, Been a while, time for an update. Admittedly, haven't been working on Niagara as much as I want to. During the Fall, a lot of family and friends visit for the foliage. Good food, family and friends...…...good times, good times! I drilled out the hole for the rudder. That was nerve wracking! I was going to drill it out with my Dremel......was. I was looking thru other ship builds and I saw where it was drilled out and the planking around it exploded. Did not want that! I wrapped some tape around a 1/8th drill bit for finger traction and did it by hand. I'll clean it up with some sand paper. The Hawse holes will be done the same way. No power tools here!!! I built the Forecastle Hatch. Seemed easy enough. It was the paint that would prove difficult. I used a Golden Oak paint I had left over from another build. Yes, Its as orange in person as it is in the pics! The paint has been stripped off. I've been thinking of staining it a dark stain to contrast the some what light deck stain. I'm still chewing on that one. I started building the Galley Hatch over the weekend. Should have pics soon. Most building of late has been Carronade. I only do 4 at a time. Feels rushed If I do all at once. Just feels like more of a controlled process. I'd feel overwhelmed with all 20 guns at once. Below are primed and ready for the first coat of red. As with any Cannon being built, eyebolts are always in the picture. We all have our own methods. Here how I do it. I use a pick like tool Model Expo sells as a "Rigging Tool". I use 28g wire and wrap around the tool head. While holding the wire with the left hand and the pick in the right. Twist about 2 times, then gently force down the neck of the pick to form a loop. Need a bigger diameter eyebolt, force it further down the neck of the pic. I would go about 1/3 of the way down the neck. That seemed like an appropriate size. I remove it from the pick to fix it up a bit before clipping of the tail of the wire. 1 eyebolt. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! It works for me! Tom E
  15. Evening, Time for an update. Spurred on by a stained deck, I have been somewhat busy. The work week does get in the way of my ship building tho! For several weeks now, more than I like to admit, I have been wondering how many blocks are under the uppermost Crosstrees. Looking thru numerous builds, looking at the plans...….frustrated. Then I found the below on one of the plans. I had just never seen this before, believe me, I looked! Its the second paragraph that grabbed my attention. Sooooooo, I did that Started stropping 1/8 Syren blocks. I used a simple seize to tighten things off. Then I'll hang from the straight part. Only needed 4. If it's wrong, It's easily re-done. I also started on some deck furniture. I'll start with the Forecastle hatch. Work my way aft. It starts with a box. With a small square strip around the top. This will be covered with planks. I'll start with planks, then I'll start using the grating on the other pieces. I wanna get a feel for building furniture. I'm still learning! Tom E

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