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About JpR62

  • Birthday 03/13/1962

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    Valais - Switzerland
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    Historical figurines, Music, Golf

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  1. Using the tick strip method, I divide each strip in 12 sections of the same width. The planking fan greatly facilitates the task. All the marks were reported on each bulkhead. Time to spill the planks...
  2. Thanks Brian for your help. I will follow the tic strip method. This advice confirms what I thought.
  3. Thanks for all the 'likes'. I need an advice on the way I must work on the belts A and B. I know approximately the shape of the two belts. Based on the plan, I positionned a strip of tape to separate the two belts. I will use the method described by Chuck Passaro in the Cheerful instruction manual. So I measured using paper strips the size of the work area at each bulkhead. I just need to trace the separation between the twelve planks. Normally I must separate the area (in the center of the hull) into twelve equals bands The result implies that the width of the planks do not correspond to standard widths (4 mm or 5 mm). Each board should be debited to the correct size... I have two others options. I can use standard strips of 5 mm for the three first rows under the blake strake and : Option 1 : if I need to have two belts of the same size, the last 3 rows for the belt A will be of a different size of the 6 rows of belt B Option 2 : I divide the 9 remaining rows in 9 rows of equal width. The belt A and the belt B will be of different width. My question : which option to choose ? The first one seems to me the most adequate...
  4. The final planking of the belt C is done. I started by building a small support so I could work with the keel upside down. Then I tried for this belt to follow precisely the plan. At the stern, I inserted two stealers in accordance with the plan. I will now work on the belt A
  5. Thanks Brian and all the Likes. Brian, I will follow your advice and I will make the adjustments when the deck is finished. Normally this should be ok because a test was done with a piece of scrap wood (thickness of the deck planking) for the location of the quoin. I will sand the bottom of the trucks if necessary. Thank You for following my build.
  6. Back from the holidays. My daughter is returning to school and my son is still in the swiss army for his obligatory service. Back to the workshop. All guns are now completed. It was really a part of pleasure. Very pleased with the quality of the guns from the Syren Ship Model company. Thanks Chuck. Now it's time to finish the hull...
  7. And to finish some pictures of ship models taken last week during my visit to this beautiful museum
  8. I just come back from my holiday in St Petersburg. I took advantage of the holidays to visit the excellent central naval museum. Some close-up from the 'Botik' of Peter the Great. But first a few words on his story. History (from Wikipedia) : The Botik of Peter the Great (also called St. Nicholas) is a miniaturized scaled-down warship discovered by Peter the Great at the Royal Izmaylovo Estate in 1688. It was restored by Karshten Brandt, and Peter learned to sail using the boat on waters near Moscow. Peter continued to use it in state ceremonies and ordered that the boat be sailed down the Neva River on 30 August of every year. It was used in state ceremonies of later Russian monarchs, including the wedding of Catherine the Great and Peter III of Russia, as well as the centennial celebration of St. Petersburg. The boat was moved by the Soviets to the Central Naval Museum where it remains today. The botik (small boat) was constructed, either in England or by Danes in Russia using an English design, in the 1640s, and was then called the St. Nicholas. The boat originally belonged to Peter the Great's grandfather; an earlier theory held that the boat was a gift from Queen Elizabeth to Ivan the Terrible in the 1580s. The boat has a shallow draft and a single mast; it measures 7 meters (23 ft) by 2 meters (6 ft 7 in). It was steered using a tiller connected to a rudder attached to the sternpost. It also has four miniature cannons. Unlike Russian vessels of the time, the boat was designed with the ability to sail against the wind.
  9. As I was on the way of trenailing on the queen Anne barge, I decide to continue the same job with the Virginia Sloop. But this time, I try to apply the method described by Chuck in the Cheerful instruction manual. For the schema, I referred to the photos in Clayton A. Feldman's book 'Modeling an armed Virginia Sloop'. This book is truly a source of first rate information ! For the choice of the color of the wood putty, I hesitated between two shades: Golden oak or Natural Pine. Finally, I mixed the two shades in equal parts to obtain the color that seemed to me the most balanced. In order to better position the holes, I recovered the little jig used when working on the queen barge. I simply cut it to the length corresponding to the height of the gun ports. The method is simple: using the little jig, I mark the location of the future holes with the needle holder. The holes are drilled with a 7 mm drill bit. I round the hole with the tip of a sharp pencil. The there is more to fill the cavity with the wood putty using a toothpick beveled.
  10. The process of treenailing is finished. I decided to put two nails between the frames. I ordered some 10lb black line so that the result is light enough. I built a jig by gluing two strip of woods leaving a gap of 1mm between the two pieces. On the opposite side, I then traced, with a well-sharpened pencil, small marks at a distance of 6mm. Then just put the jig at the bottom of the plank and mark the location to drill using the needle holder. You will have the mark at one millimeter of the bottom edge and spaced 6 mm. To put the treenails I followed the instructions provided by the manual. The size of the drill bit is 0.3mm. Just be sure to use a sharp blade to cut the line. It took a while because there were a little over 300 treenails to glue... but I am quite satisfied with the result. Now it's time to work on the moldings and to take out my brushes...

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