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  • Birthday 05/16/1945

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  1. Right Chuck! I forgot that the scale of this model is bigger. On my model, I was planning to use 1/16 for the cap rail and now I realize I need to use thinner wood. But your comments about being aware of scale and how that would translate to real life size is really valid and important. Cheers.
  2. I concur with all the comments on your workmanship. Of course I’m used to that now. Chuck is a hard act to follow at our club’s show-and-tell. Am I right that your cap rail is made from a 1/16” thick sheet? That would be a 3” cap rail in real life. Or do you sand/file that down to about 1/32”? Why not start with a 1/32” sheet? Love your workmanship.
  3. Hey Chuck - I like the look of this project. I get that the plans you show are from the book you mentioned. But where does "Senior Ole Salt" get his plans? I'll be following along with interest. Cheers.
  4. Thanks for the comment Al. And thanks to the 'likes'. I didn't edge bend the boxwood between the wales. I was able to bend the 1/32 plank and it fit fine. The lower wale was thicker and I felt needed the edge bend. I should point out that most all of the planks at the bow were spilled. Good luck on your build. Cheers.
  5. The lower planking is complete. The port side looks pretty much like the starboard, which is good. I sanded both sides and applied clear stain to the walnut. Then a coat of polyurethane to give it a finished look. I’m pleased with the walnut’s color. I also added the stern post and finished the counter planking.
  6. Hi, Ken. Long time since we built Fair American at the same time. I’m now working on Syren and I’d like to ask your help with furling sails. Never tried it before and I’ve read lots of articles on making the sails. But, I can’t figure out what lines need to be attached to the sails when furled, and when they are attached (before or after mounting the yards). Can you recommend articles or sites that focus on rigging furled sails?

    Thanks, Ed (ejg711@yahoo.com)

    1. KenW


      Ed:  I’ve been away and haven’t had access to WiFi.  I’ll prepare an answer as best as I can.  My problem is that I’m still not home and my spelling is horrible and my memory isn’t much better.  A good source is Dave An... book AFFM volume 4.  He discusses each sail from the British Admirality perspective, which is a good place to start.  Also the book by Peterson and I can’t remember its title.  

      Hope this helps.  I’ll try to clean up the references when I get home and have the books in my hands.

  7. I got a fine sharpie pen; and my problem with it is that if I rube the line with my fat finger, it is wiped off. I now prefer the Sharpie ultra fine permanent marker. It doesn't rub off. The line is still thicker than the fine sharpie pen, however. Just a FYI. Cheers.
  8. What kind of packing tape do you use. My tape won't take pencil marks. Very annoying. Your work always looks perfect. Cheers.
  9. WOW! I'm very impressed. It seems when you can't be more impressive, then you submit another post. Excellent work. Excellent carving. Excellent everything. Keep it up!
  10. The starboard side of the lower planking is complete. It still needs to be more sanding with finer grades and then the apply clear stain and polyurethane. When I started I used pencil to mimic the caulking, but I couldn’t see it once some initial sanding was done, so I just stopped using the pencil. The planking will just look the way it looks. Most of the planks at the bow area are spiled. Some of the rest are edge bent, some not. But I’m happy with the way it turned out. There are no dropped planks or stealers at the bow. On to the port side! In my spare time I began looking at the transom. The dye-cast metal transom provided by the kit is obviously too big for the reduced scale of my model, so I know I will have to create my own. But the kit’s transom is ‘longer’ than necessary. I hangs down over the counter like a ‘skirt’. Did boats of this era really have that? None of the models I’ve seen, including those in the Rodger’s collection at Annapolis have that. I’m thinking I’ll end the transom where the counter starts. Any thoughts?
  11. You're a good wood carver! Very impressive. Good job.
  12. Well, with only 3 strakes to go, the planking actually looks fine. I guess Dave and Mike were right. So thanks for the encouragement. The last strake may still be a little tricky, but I believe that is normal.
  13. I just checked in on your build of this odd shaped boat. Looks like you doing well so I think I will just follow along. I enjoy reading the results of you historical research. Cheers.
  14. Thanks Lou, Dave and Mark. Your comments lead me to believe that I'm on the right track. My strakes do get thinner at the bow; and my Walnut must be "old". It'll be interesting to see when the planks that I'm adding from the keel upward meet those that were added from the wales down. Cheers.

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