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Syren by JesseLee - Model Shipways - scale: 1:64

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I received  this kit as a gift. Very excited about it. Here are pics of the box & contents. Pre-reading over the first part of the instructions. Everything I've done before has been more simplified so I know this one will take me longer but I am ready to dive in!

 

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I'll be following along JesseLee.  She was my first and I really enjoyed the challenge.  Chuck's practicum is first rate.

 

Have a great voyage.

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Hi JesseeLee,

  I also would like to pull up a chair and watch your progress.  My Syren is next in line behind Chucks' Longboat.

Best wishes,

Pythagoras

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Jesse, looks like a great build. Some day I'll build her. Until then, I'll pull up a chair and follow along. Where's that popcorn?

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Welcome sygreen, Augie, Thomas, Sal, Grant, popeye the sailor, Pythagoras & Ken! Glad to have you along. I'll probably need some advice as I go along so it's good to have others around to ask for help. Will try to start posting first steps after I return from a Drs. appt. this morning. I'm looking forward to this build. I know anything coming from Chuck is high quality, I love his rigging rope so I know plans designed by him has got to be good!

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Whoops ...

I nearly missed the beginning. The stands are filling up fast ...

I'll just take a seat up here in the nose-bleed section.

Edited by CaptainSteve

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Almost to late for the party.......

Count me in for a while....

But I'll be missing something.........POPCORN.

If you don't mind ,Jesse, I will put it in the corner.

Only the beverage is Mark Taylor his thing.

 

Sjors

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'Bout time you showed up with the popcorn Sjors!!! ;):P

 

Sorry to hear that the medical situation is slowing you down Jesse. But as Augie said, we'll all be here ready and waiting for you when you're ready to go again. And now we have Sjors's popcorn to keep us going while we wait. ;)

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Nice to see you've arrived Mark - I was wondering who was going to cover the bar duties. ;) Pass me a cold one please, to go with Sjors's popcorn.

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Sjors, Mark, Piet, George- glad to have along! popcorn sounds good to me too! Popped the old way right? Not this new fangled microwave crap?

 

Well after every imaginable delay possible ( & a few unimaginable) I finally got started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Somehow I missed getting pictures of my beginning steps of gluing the rabbet strip on the bulkhead former & cutting the bearding line but I did get these steps done. I like the way the instructions have you make a rabbet. My other kits didn't have this.

 

Tapered the stem knee & glued it & the keel to the bulkhead former. Taped the temporary false keel on now ready to move on to the bulkheads.

 

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Cut the bulkheads out to start the dry fitting & tapering the angles on the sides. Barely got started & I can tell I'm losing my touch. This stupid disease makes anything manual difficult for me & I already broke my first bulkhead. Drilled a hole through each piece & glued a toothpick through it with wood glue.

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As enthusiastic as we all might seem Jesse, nobody's in a hurry here. Whatever speed you feel good with, will be great until you're feeling better. Take your time and have fun! :) 

 

Cheers

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Jesse,

 

You're off to a good start.  Those frame pieces are delicate and I don't think you'll find a modeler anywhere who hasn't broken some off.   Now if they made the bulkheads from cast iron... they might not break.  :)

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Great save Jesse,,, I am looking forward to seeing your Siren materialize into a fine addition to your collection.

 

             Happy Modeling,

                Marty G.

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Good catch.  And rest assured (as Mark said) that in the many Syren logs I've followed, there have been quite a few bulk heads cracked.

 

That rabbet method is really a good technique.  Chuck used it in Confed as well.

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Looking very good so far! And don't worry about breaking parts . . . probably everybody does that sooner or later. If I would count all the discarded parts during my Syren build they may add up to a second hull :D. So just have fun and enjoy the build.

 

Thomas

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Began dry fitting & beveling/fairing the bulkheads. They were very tight & I had to do a lot of sanding to get them to fit. Had to be careful not to sand too much since these things were VERY tight. Of coarse another break as usual!

 

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Well, getting very frustrated with the computer. I wont put the pics in the correct order for some reason but you can figure it out.

 

Same bulwark broke again so I pinned it with a toothpick. Got the filler blocks all cut out & dry fitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's those end-grain joints. They never hold without some kind of re-enforcement. I use dowel or biscuits on a larger scale. Pretty tough with a tiny scale. Good idea with the tooth-pick.

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There's a scripture in the Bible that says "The first shall be last and the last shall be first". This is how you approach loading the pictures. Think of stacking the photos on a desk. The one on the top will be the last one added to the stack. Your doing great. It's more fun from here on as the stack of wood begins to become a ship.

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