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  • Birthday 11/08/1969

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  1. Hey Chuck, Youre doing a beautiful job here - as Greg suggested - maybe try another finish. I do like the idea of either a shellac finish which the masters used - wouldnt be tough to learn that technique or sanding sealer for an unfinished look.... Regardless - nice work !!!
  2. Looks terrific Marsalv I am also thinking of not adding the additional ports and build her as launched. I still need to finish my keel assembly ! Chris
  3. Nice work - thanks for these close up shots of your keel - these are really helpful ! Have you decided whether your adding the extra gun ports or modeling her as launched ? Chris
  4. Thanks John and Mark - you were with me every step of the way for Confederacy ! Don't worry Mark - Im keeping all of my "precious" French Pear scraps- since the ship will almost entirely be constructed out of it - Im sure I will find a use for most of it at some point or another.
  5. Thanks guys - yes Mike - it is my French Pear - cuts beautifully. This really is a learning curve - I'm having to relearn how I build using for the most part the Byrnes tools, the Proxxon Mill and chisels. I am finding the larger scale 1/36 a little more approachable. So far its really challenging and I have yet to complete the keel and its assemblies !
  6. Greetings MSW. I am back after completing Chuck's Confederacy scratch after a 7 year build finished in 2016. (he did give me some cheats on the figurehead and some sculptures....) She is an incredibly designed kit - I learned a ton - and ironically it was built in several apartments while single with nothing but a crappy Delta scroll saw and an old Preac table saw, along with Xacto knifes. Jeff Hayes perfectly milled wood helped a ton ! And then I got married and my twins were born which slowed down everything in 2013. I have always wanted to build a fully framed French ship and collected a full library of Ancre subjects (the 74 Gun Series, Monographs of the 74 timbers, Commerce de Marseille, and La Renommee). So after buying a house in the suburbs - I built out a workshop. I gathered the necessary tools over the past few years - Byrnes Table Saw, Thickness Sander, Disc Sander, Proxxon Mill, Proxxon Planer, Wood River spindle sander and a Dewalt full size table saw to reduce my flitch of pear wood to usable size. I have also collected Lie Nielsen chisels and its Lee Valley Sharpening system. So it seems I can't fail right ? I did... Call it being a Dad of young twins or just sheer intimidation. I could not complete the stem for La Renommee to my standard so I quit. I then decided - maybe a simpler subject would work - so I began construction on La Jacinthe in 1/32 scale. Not only did I have issues with consistency of enlarging the plans (thanks FedEx/UPS store) - I grew bored with its construction - I have already successfully completed several plank on bulkhead models. So I returned to the enlarged plans that Delacroix sent me for Le Gros Ventre in 1/36 scale - a noble subject - with nice lines, simpler sculptures and yet a serious challenge. I have heard from several members on this forum that building fully framed in larger scale is easier... So here is the start of my build log - it will be messy showing all of the mistakes in order to build a fully framed model. Here are my results after 2 months of work - the last photo showing my useable parts.
  7. I traded a few emails with him back in 2015. He was working on Le Francois at that time.

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