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  1. Stuff still piled on the floor. It''l be a bit before I can start my shipyard.
  2. Frank, It's very good to see you back in action. Sounds like your wife is taking all that crap in stride. Good for her. I'm in the middle of moving. Next stop setting up the new shop. My love to your wife. Rich
  3. I packed all my Connie plans since I'm moving but if you look closley at the pic you send me, you can see how I screwed up. I measured all the shroud downhauls and many were incorrectly marked so that after I cut the gunports, properly installed shroud downhauls would block a canon port. It was way too late to fix such a blunder so I installed the shrouds with no downhauls!!  step back and make suer each shroud can have a downhaul and not block a gunport

    1. achuck49


      Enjoy your move (bad joke).


      I believe that I have a battle plan. 


      Will it survive first contact?




    2. HIPEXEC


      good luck

  4. I'm closing down my shipyard so I can move. At my age it's time to downsize. I haven't touch my boat in a month while selling my house. I miss everybody but some things are necessary
  5. After the stand was finished, I looked at the whole thing from all angles and realized the ship was on a port tack instead of straight up! So I did some shimming and sanding and straightened the whole thing. The lesson here is, check everything from all angles every time.
  6. The ship's stand is now ready for some touch up staining and several coats of varnish.
  7. I've sanded away the stain in the areas to be glued. I've installed pins in each cradle and drilled holes to receive them in the base. The long strip you see is trim molding when it is all glued together. Then I will varnish whole thing.
  8. The cradles and base are finally set so the ship sits firmly on the stand. Next I will pin but not glue the cradles. Then I will sand and varnish all pieces. Then permanently glue everything together. By the way where that big knot is I will place a brass plaque with the ship's name
  9. I'm doing the final fitting and positioning of the ship's stand. Next will be mounting and finishing
  10. Still working on the ship's stand. I cut out one cradle and now I have to finish sanding it and staining it.

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