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  1. Tony, I think the Triton area has been re-opened to new builders once again. Access to the build files is available after producing a keel, false keel and keelsonas it had been..
  2. The masts and sprit are done except for the boom rests. Rigging soon!
  3. You are right Brian! When I measured the footprint I measured between the top timbers. The tumblehome gave the smaller measurement. The beam is really 16-3/4". It will be a big model! The Admiral would probably not agree about me being a "twig".
  4. Thanks, Eddie. Milestone! The first frame is glued up. I'll finish all nine before rough sanding them.
  5. I laid out the futtocks for frame #1 on the billets. There are 11 parts per double frame and 9 frames in all. I'll glue up frame #1 today and cut out frame #2 also.
  6. Great progress, Zoltan. The planking looks terrific!
  7. I love the companion way (well, everything really!). The model's stand is also outstanding. Great work, Don.
  8. I'm finishing up the masts. The plans call for boom rests on both the main mast as well as the fore mast. This is similar to what was found on "Hannah", "Chaleur" and "Gaspee". "Sultana" and "Halifax" had boom rests on the main mast only, the sails on the fore masts being loose-footed. As you can see from the pictures, Chaluer's fore mast boom rest was quite a way up the mast compared to Independence. The rest is only 3' 8" above the deck on Independence, while the main is 6' above the deck. By contrast, Hannah's fore mast boom rest is 5'6" above deck , according to Hahn's plan. So while it would be okay to have booms on both the main and the fore masts, the boom rest on the fore mast should be raised significantly higher. I'm leaning toward no boom rest on the foremast, with a loose-footed fore sail. What do you all think? Chaleur Hannah
  9. I'm restarting this build. Mike Shanks and I have been planning on doing a joint projet: POF "Hannah" in 1/24 scale...the whole ship. Not sure about rigging yet. I think the Triton cross section will be good practice for that build. I cut out and surfaced the blanks of hard maple I'll use for the frames. The maple is 3/8" thick, giving a final double frame thickness of 3/4". The footprint of the cross section at this scale is huge: 9-7/8" X 14-1/2"! The photo shows the plans for frame 2 compared to a midship's frame of "Fair American" at 1/48 scale. I'm also planning a building jig. The jig in the photo is one of the popular "2 level" jigs used for the cross section, but it takes into account that the plan view profile of the model is not a rectangle. The bulwarks curve slightly. The profile of the sides of the jig (marked by the arrows are clearly curved. Does anyone have a good way to lay out this curve accurately? There is no plan view of the framing in the plans.
  10. People whose automobiles are WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN MINE, so they park diagonally, occupying 2 parking spaces to avoid dings. Jerks.
  11. Thanks, Mark, I will. It's odd because I can access the log from the "content I follow" menu, but it is shown as "deleted" in the Triton Cross section forum!. I can just restart the log, I suppose...
  12. I accidentally deleted the title of my HMS Triton cross section build. Can anyone tell me how to "rename " it.. i.e. add a title?