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  1. Being that tonight is the 121st anniversary of the demise of the Howard W. Middleton just a short distance from where I now sit it is fitting that I spend a few minutes and update folks on my progress. Move from Mass to Maine is complete and modeling area is set up with LOTS of boxes still to be unpacked (priorities...). Mizzen rigging complete and now working on anchor and associated fittings (was researching anchor chain and seemed like I should build two anchor boxes). Final list of to dos complete with probably another month of work ahead of me. Unfortunately one of the victims of the move was "misplacing" all the 1/4" brass angle I purchased so had to reorder from K&S Metals. Spent past two days (probably total of 5 hours) building glass case. Had the expert help of a good friend who is a retired 777 pilot for Air Canada so we had lots of time to debate how to best measure all the pieces using either centimeters or inches - inches won. All in cost for the case (30"L x 20"H x 7"W) is approximately $100 for brass and 1/8" glass (let's not worry about having to reorder all that brass angle...). Cherry base will be built by a good friend who loves to build furniture so there will be some donation for that! Attached are the final pictures of the case - we didn't have the equipment to do nice mitered edges but snips and files did the job pretty well.
  2. Mizzen mast rigging almost complete, dinghy ready and all glass and brass angles ready for case construction. However, it's time to move the Middleton back to her final resting place at Higgins Beach, Maine for completion. Moving truck arrives July 1st and we close on our condo in MA on July 10th and move into our house at Higgins Beach. So signing off for a while until I can figure out where my modeling work area is going to go in a smaller house with limited storage. And then there is the age old problem of where I am going to "display" my four completed models and make way for the one that gets top billing - the Howard W. Middleton...I guess there are bigger problems we all face!
  3. I guess this now makes it an "official" ship...
  4. Quarter boards and transom lettering completed. Modified the transom from my original design based on picture I had of a 3 masted schooner built in East Boston
  5. Finished product. Simple planking wood, painted, press on letters with a bit of carving at ends - scale came out just about exactly to 12' actual quarter board measurement. Not what I set out to do but pleased with the final look. End of this topic for now - other pics posted in scratch build log... Thanks to all for your help and support!
  6. Thanks all for your suggestions. I took a break from carving and finished tying all my ratlines (1200 clove hitches to be exact...). Given my lack of success (I did my best to use everyones suggestions) I will probably simply use the press on letters. I'm sure there is a way to link this post to my build log post in the scratch build section but if anyone wants to follow you can simply search for name of ship - Howard W. Middleton.
  7. A bit of a change to do some "accessorizing" today. Lashed 1/16" x 1/16" x 1/2" (6"x6"x4') timbers to fore deck right behind coal hold. Both coal and timbers are from the actual wreck of the Middleton - I cut timbers from a treenail. One thing I did find out is that if you cut old wood that has been in the ocean for over 100 years and dried in furnace room for several years, you better clean up the sawdust otherwise you end up with rust on the metal saw table!
  8. Well after 10 long months, 394 ratlines and 1200 (exactly...) clove hitches I'm finally done with this phase. Quarter board carving hasn't turned out so well so will now move onto finishing running rigging and then who knows.
  9. Allan, The wood is European boxwood (a fellow forum member was kind enough to send me a small supply of boxwood, pear and holly to try). I'm sure it is the limitations of the carver rather than the limitations of the wood... Larry
  10. VERY frustrating! Did second quarter board (one at bottom) this morning after getting a fair first one at top and this one was a total failure. Pieces broke off from both ends. May have to reconsider this process...
  11. kayakerlarry

    What brand of #11 blades do you use

    Any preferences on type of surgical blade or handle or supplier (Amazon, etc)??? Larry
  12. kayakerlarry

    Chesapeake Bay Flattie - ca. 1890

    beautiful indeed!. What a perfect way to harvest oysters...love the colors and equipment details. great work.
  13. OK, got two sides of prototype to look reasonably consistent (will forgo the cut out lines to give a cleaner look in this scale) so I guess there is no reason to delay. Final piece is on top and a bit narrower. Just did some measuring of space needed to fit all the letters after using 1/8" on either end for carving and that will be another challenge for another day...
  14. Getting closer but still trying a few prototypes using boxwood. Piece is a bit wider and thicker than final version but gives me a bit more latitude. I have to admit this is not easy stuff. Won't be quite as detailed as original quarter board but will be "artistically" close...My biggest problem so far is having the back of the piece break off as i cut down into the wood - you can see the impact on the top middle protrusion in second picture. Any suggestions to help would be much appreciated.
  15. Couldn't find any brass lettering small enough so tried the press on white lettering I have on a piece of boxwood. Once the ends are carved and board is painted black, it shouldn't look that bad. Caps are 3/32" and lower case letters are 1/16". Curious to know if anyone has actually carved raised letters that size - seems impossible... Larry

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