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  • Birthday 05/16/1945

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  1. Congratulations on a very fine model! Also, I commend you on a well written and informative log. I now have a good source for my build. You should come down to Jersey for one of our meetings. Cheers.
  2. I removed the frame centers and what remains actually looks like a boat. In fact, that all went so well that I glued on the cap rail. No problems there, or so I thought. Looking at the photos, and later at the model, I see a ‘swerve’ in the middle of the boat. I think I must have had a fairing issue that went undetected until now. I’m hopeful that when I fail the inside of the hull and cap rail that I can ‘cover up the problem’. But fairing the inside of the hull comes later, for now it is on to the dreaded bolster.
  3. I’ve been working on my club’s group build of the Medway Longboat, but I did take time out to complete the bow sprint and its standing rigging. All the lines and their collars were served. Getting the lengths of the bobstay collar and bow sprint shroud collars correct proved to be a challenge. It took a few tries before I was pleased. I used dead eyes since I thought that closed hearts looked too big.
  4. Hey Chuck. Thanks for the info. Of course, when I saw the Constitution in Boston, I hadn't begun modeling so I had no idea what I was looking at. I should go back. So what is your opinion on tree nails on the hull?
  5. Thanks Rusty and Chuck. I'll bring the model to the meeting on the 22nd.
  6. Just got home from a New Year’s Day party that marks the end of the holiday season. I even got a little time to spend in the shipyard these last few days. As a result, I’ve completed the planking of the Medway longboat. I still may do some more sanding and a few more coats of oil based Wipe-on Poly, but all the planks have been installed. One thing I forgot to mention on my last post is that Chuck told me to make very sure as each plank is installed that it is glued to each frame. So I need to try to move each frame just above a plank after it's put on the boat to insure it's properly glued.. I'm going to spend some time on my Independence build over the next few days.
  7. I've always wondered about tree nails. I'm sure they were used when most of the 18th century and earlier ships were built. But once the planks were installed, the hull was painted. So, the tree nails would be hidden under the paint. Same for nails, probably. So why go through all that trouble? I like tree nails on the decks. The decks were constantly scraped and I think the tree nails would be seen. Of course, when I was in England and took a day trip down to Portsmouth, I couldn't see any on the deck of the HMS Victory. I did see the tree nails on the USS Constitution in Boston.
  8. Thanks for the kind words Rusty. As for Tree-nailing vs. nails, I'm just going to go along with Chuck's plans and use the filament. Jim: Did you get more Monofilament on-line? If so, what site did you use. Thanks for all the 'likes' as well. Cheers and Happy Holidays.
  9. The hull is faired; and the frame’s tick marks redone. So I started planking the hull. So far, I’ve completed 5 strakes. The strakes have been sanded and have had their first coat of Wipe On Poly. I should point out that there is a water-based version of Wipe On Poly, as well as a oil based version. And I feel that the oil based version is far superior. I probably will sand more and add more Wipe On Poly once the remaining 4 strakes are completed.
  10. What is the title of May's book? Your model is outstanding as usual.
  11. Excellent Mike. Your workmanship is stunning to behold. Cheers.
  12. I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been working on my club’s group build of the Medway Longboat. But I’ve managed to finish rigging the guns. Not much to discuss. Everything went straight forward. I added eye bolts for the in-haul tackles which are stowed away.
  13. Your model looks excellent! Very fine workmanship. And you log is a pleasure to read. Cheers.
  14. Your model looks really good Ryland. I also used Doug McKenzie's spacing jig (and forgot to give him credit in my log). Cheers.
  15. After fairing the hull, I lined off the hull using the paper strips and tape as per the instructions. However, today I went to a workshop at Chuck’s house for members of the my club that are participating in the group build. Chuck pointed out that my fairing of the hull was insufficient. Where the upper and lower pieces of the frames were glued together, one of the pieces still has char on it. This means that that piece with the char is actually ever so slightly ‘shorter’ than to other. This means that the piece with the char will not be glued to the planking - it’s to short. The problem is that if both pieces aren’t glued to the planks, there will be real problems when the center of each frame is removed. Either the upper or lower piece could split. So fairing must continue. So I removed the tapes and continued fairing both sides of the hull. The method I was using was OK, I had just stopped too soon. After a awhile, I could see that the fairing looked better. Of course, I must re-do marking each frame with the ticks from the paper strips, etc. and adding the tapes. But that is a small price to pay; a possible disaster was averted.

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