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  1. Hi John I thank you very much for your kind remarks. You take care Bro. Thanks again Dave and I hope your Hannah build is going good for you too. Too me I am almost done and i consider rigging a whole different project. I will probably leave the guns, boat off, because I know when i will most likely knock the off sticking my hands and rigging tools in an out of there.
  2. Thanks Dave and Mark for your opinions....your very right. Hello All, Been having internet problem for just about 2 weeks, the problem has been resolved so here we go. I worked on the mast and spars, plus the Hannah's little boat. The mast and spares were made from dowel and stain a light shade of walnut. The spares were shaped and painted black and goes for the crosstree area too. The crosstree area was built from basswood and painted. The ships boat was build upside down like so many other small boats builds in these boat forums that I have seen. So I didn't show this. I just had to pick a size and go from there. Bob Hunt does not do any of this(longboat) on the Hannah practicum. But mentioned that the boat was about 2.5 inches. Well mine was a little bigger and to me it matched or was close to the size seen on Hahn's model. I decided to use holly, boxwood, and ebony for the boat. Add as much detail as I was wanted. Ring bolts an rings, tholes were all brass. The craddles out of boxwood. Hanh placed his across the breadth of the ship and a tight fit for the cannon but it worked. It worked for me too, but I decided to go with the Halifax settting with a couple of adjustments to mine. Hey gotta make it my own as they say. Plus it looks pretty good to me. What say you all? It's not glued in place yet, because I will be rigging it to the craddles off the deck. Which will be easier, then I will glue it into place maybe before or after the rigging. The Hannah is mentioned to be a good starting POF model with minimul rigging. I have done more complicated rigging before, thats why I haven't decied as of yet. I have learned to make the rigging as easy as possible. If I do rigging! So internet don't fail me now...here we go.
  3. Thanks John for your kind words! My internet is up again so before it goes down again....here we go. the photos are self explaining. but the last 3 are there to get some advise or help. remember i started this in 2016. the hannah has 10 swivel guns for some reason i only had 8. i don't even remember wher i got them from. so to order more and to match would be a guessing game. i have 2 others,,,,,But di ships have all the swivel guns the same or did they have a couple of different guns. i thinking they kept it the same. the last 2 pics is what i am having trouble with. the rigging. so here you go.
  4. Dave, Ken thanks for your kind remarks, and all the likes! hello everyone, I have been a lot of internet problem with my provider. so have not been able to post. at this time the chain-plates and dead-eyes are completed. swivel gun posts and guns are completed. almost completed with the painting. i am adding eye-bolts everywhere. i am done with the grading. i only graded 2 locations. the reason being is i add a below deck detail and adding grading at each location would of made it difficult to see. the rudder being the only thing i have left to do other then the sticks. as for the masts, yards and bowsprit, i am considering rigging. but when you look at hanhs model and look at his plans both are rigged differently. i am a woodworker not a seaman. so i really need some step by step instruction of where all the lines are to be rigged, blocks to be placed, and eye-bolt locations. But still i do need step by step. i would love to rig it but worried to screw up. hanhs rigging sheet doesn't help too much for me. i even search places like ebay to see if someone was selling left over plans of a hannah kit that has the rigging instructions, but no luck as of yet. if i can't find them, then i am just about done with the hannah. i can add rigging block and eye-bolts that i can figure out to the model, but not everything. BUT THE BIG CONFUSION IS WHY HANH RIGGED THE MODEL DIFFERENT FROM THE PLANS. and another issue for me is i started this model in 2016 and here it is 2020. I am fighting burn out of this model. there is no way this should of taken this long, but there was so many times i could not get to it through the years.......I CAN'T BELIEVE I AM SAYING YEARS!!! so i have a few pictures to add here and more to come once i clean them up. just having a wonderful time with our www provider. i never should of retired. or i would fix the damn service myself.
  5. i was really surprised how they came out. With all the steps to do i was certain i was going to srew up some where down the line. having never done this before.
  6. THANK YOU JOHN AND FOR ALL THE LIKES TOO!!! The cannon carriages were a lot of work. so many steps and so many cuts to so to make it happen. Here's the results...
  7. HELLO ALL, I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF DEALING WITH ALL THE FURNITURE AND BITS AND PIECES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE QUARTER AND POOP DECK. I'M WORKING ON THE BILGE PUMPS, COMPANIONWAY, DECK HOUSE, RIDING BIT, TIMBER HEADS, CATHEADS, CANNON CARRIAGES, AND NOW CONSIDERING ON HOW I WILL BE MOUNTING AND DISPLAYING THE MODEL. THE PICTURES SHOW HOW I HANDLE SOME OF THE ISSUES ON MAKING ALL THE ITEMS. BUT I DECIDED AT THE END OF THIS POSTING TO SHOW WHAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. I GOT A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY WITH WORKING ON THE CANNON CARRIAGES, BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER SEEN REALLY GOOD PICTURES OR EXPLANATIONS ON HOW TO CREATE THEM. BOB HUNT DID A GREAT JOB IN EXPLAINING HOW, BUT HE USES PICTURES OF THE RATTLESNAKE CARRIAGES. SO I AM HOPING MINE CAME OUT LIKE THEY SHOULD. I AM STILL WORKING ON THEM, BUT DECIDED TO SHOW WHERE I AM AT WITH THEM. I DIDN'T SHOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BILGE PUMPS OTHER THEN THEY ARE MADE FROM CHERRY WOOD AND EBONY HANDLES. I USED 3/16" SQUARE CHERRY AND TAPERED TO 1/8". THERE WASN'T MUCH TO THEM. ON THE TIMBERHEADS I DECIDED TO SHAPE THEM, DRILL A HOLE ADD A BRASS ROD AND PINNED THEM TO THE DECK. I HAD MARKED WHERE THE STANCHIONS WERE AT AND IT IS WERE THEY ARE PINNED AT. I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD A BETTER JOB AT SHAPING AWAY FROM THE MODEL. AS FOR THE DECKHOUSE AND COMPANIONWAY I USED A BRASS HANDLE AND BLACK CARD FOR THE HINGES. SO I HOPE I EXPLAINED THINGS WELL, BUT IF I DID NOT PLEASE GO AHEAD AND ASK ME TO CLEARIFY AS TO WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY.
  8. THANK YOU JOHANN AND DAVE, AND ALL THE LIKES! WELL I AM STARTING TO DEAL WITH ALL FURNITURE AND BITS N PIECES AS I SAY ON BOTH MODELS. SO I WILL BE JUMPING BACK AND FORTH ON BOTH MODELS. BECAUSE THIS SMALL STUFF IS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE. THE DECK-HOUSE AND COMPANIONWAYS ALONE TOOK ABOUT AN HOUR EACH. THEY HAVE ALL THE TRIM TO DO. TAKES FOREVER.
  9. HI EVERYONE, AS MENTIONED A FEW WEEKS BACK I MISSED PLACE MY FLASH DRIVE WITH THE PROGRESS I OVER THE PAST EXTENTED TIME I WAS AWAY FROM POSTING. SO I FINALLY HAVE GIVEN UP LOOKING FOR IT. SO I AM JUST GOING TO UPDATE WHERE I AM AT PRESENT. WHEN I DECIDED TO ADD DETAIL TO A LOWER DECK, I ALSO DECIDED NOT TO FULLY PLANK THE HULL. SO WHEN DONE GUEST AT MY HOME COULD STILL SEE BELOW DECK. I DECIDED TO PLANK BELOW THE WALES IN FRESHLY MILLED BOXWOOD AT THE TIME I DID THE PLANKING WHICH WAS ABOUT 3 MONTHS BACK. FROM THERE I COMPLETED THE WINDLASS AND I ALSO WENT WITH PLANKING BELOW THE CAPRAIL WHERE OTHERS LEFT THE STANCHIONS. THEN I REALIZED A GREAT MISTAKE OR SOMETHING I OVER LOOKED. I TOTALLY FORGOT THE SCUBBERS. OH WELL THEY ARE OUT. I PAINTED ABOVE THE WALES AS YOU NOTICED, BUT LEAVING BELOW THE WALES UNPAINTED. I MILLED HOLLY FOR THE DECK PLANKING. I AM STILL UP IN THE AIR ABOUT TRUNNELS AS OF YET. I LEFT OPENINGS IN THE DECK TO AGAIN ALLOW ACCESS TO SEE THE LOWER DECK DETAILS. THE COAMINGS WERE MADE OF PEAR WOOD. I THOUGHT IT GAVE A NICE CONTRAST TO THE SWISS PEAR, HOLLY, AND YELLOWHEART. AS FOR THE GRATINGS WHICH ARE NEXT IN LINE TO WORK ON. I'M THINKING HOLLY, BUT DON'T KNOW. FIRST I AM NOT SURE I CAN MAKE THEM GOOD ENOUGH TO USE. HAHA! SO THERE YOU HAVE IT I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF MAKING THE DECK DETAILS ON THE HANNAH. PLUS WORKING ON ALL THE DETAIL OF MY WHALEBOAT. TWO SCRATCH BUILDS AT THE SAME IS NO BIGGIE. I GET A LITTLE TIRED OF ONE I SWITCH. PLUS I AM A WOODWORKING. BEEN MAKING SOME NICE PICTURES LEDGES FOR MY WIFE, PLUS A MAPLE AND WALNUT CUTTING BOARD SHE LOVES BUT WON'T USE A KNIFE ON IT, SO NOW IT'S HER WINE TRAY. LOL! MY SON WANTED TO WORK WITH ON AKING HIS OWN SKIMBOARD FOR OUR BEACH TRIPS. SO I AM DOING THAT ALSO. I RE-ORGANIZED MY MODELING WORK AREA SINCE RETIREMENT. AND MADE MYSELF WORKBENCH TABLE TOP FOR MY BIGGER PROJECT. SO STAYING BUSY YOU MIGHT SAY. I HOPE MY MODELING SKILLS WILL IMPROVE NOW THAT I HAVE MORE TIME TO PUT INTO. GOD WILLING AND QUITE A FEW YEARS DOING SO.

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