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  1. Thank you Christian, and Peter much appreciated.🙂 @ Martin - Space is a real issue Martin, but unrigged I can display her to good effect. As far as my next project might be, I do have two of Chuck's other kits beneath the bench. I may return to the Belay pins, I was just too idle to get the lathe out. 🙄 @ Chuck - Thank you for your approval that means a lot to us students of your art. Even unrigged I think she presents a fine model, and I think a major credit should go to yourself whose design, plans, wonderful little mini kits, and fine example have indeed made this such a pleasure to build. I am thinking of adding the boom and of course the anchors. I am also thinking about a boat, Cheerful would certainly have carried at least one, probably two, but space onboard is severely restricted. There is not room between the winch and the pumps, and storage of even a modest 14' four oared boat stored on deck either port or starboard would effectively fill the deck space. I'm certainly going to look at it tho'. Regards, B.E.
  2. Post 84 A significant milestone is reached So here she is some seventeen months since the keel was laid. 8243 8245 8246 8248 8249 8252 8253 8268 8254 8264 Whether I proceed to mast and rig her is undecided but there is still a fair bit of fiddling to do before I consider her complete. B.E. 24/04/2019
  3. Thank you Keith, glad you like it, and I hope it will be of some use to you. Regards, B,E,
  4. To my eye Chris, the wales in that position look too high, and they would never be cut between gun ports, they were an important element to maintain the rigidity of the hull. It was not unusual for the wale to curve a little at the round of the hull at the stern; this is not the case with Cheerful, but was in the case of Pegasus. B.E.
  5. Post 83 Completing the deck fittings With the guns completed the remaining deck fittings are added; I have also busied myself making a stub Bowsprit which will remain in place if I decide not to rig her. 8215 8214 8256(2) I painted and weathered the Bowsprit retaining fids to represent iron which I thought more apppropriate than wood. 8228 Pumps. The pump handles are now coloured to represent iron. I used toned down black paint and brown weathering powder to slightly change the look. Belaying pins. From the plans 9mm o/a length 3.5mm heads. As suggested by Chuck I used 3/64” x 3/64” Boxwood square stock. How do you make belay pins, the answer is very carefully. These are truly fine little items and I only have to give them a hard look for them to snap usually just when I reach the point of near completion. I am carving these by hand using a very sharp N0 11 scalpel blade, and my success rate is currently around 1 in 3. I have doubts that the stems will hold good under any sort of pressure so I may have to increase the diameter and enlarge the holes in the pin rack. 8231 I did retro add the hoops at the axletrees of the carronades which was a bit tricky but achieved insitu using micro drills and flexible awls. I thought in retrospect that as the deck rings were in place to take the training tackles they should be there. 8268(2) The Winch in place together with the stub mast. Not much to do with the mast, apart from adding the boom saddle and mast cleats. 8216 I fashioned the saddle on the mill and used Chuck's 7mm cleats to complete the job. 8256(3) The chimney is covered with micro lead foil to represent metal. Need to generally check her over now, and give her a dusting. B.E. 22/04/2019
  6. Not one of my build photo’s posted by OC, Ferit, looks like Chuck’s super clean work to me. One of the risks of confusion when non related build photo’s are randomly put in a log. On the question of the Bowsprit position , nearly all British cutters of the period had the Bowsprit offset. Probably has something to do with the fact that the Bowsprit was moveable. Non naval or customs cutters were required to have a Bowsprit of restricted length and fixed, resulting in a speed disadvantage, or that was the theory. B. E.
  7. Gives a false impression that photo O.C. the port side position is very crowded once the gun is in place. Thank you Chris for looking in; in answer to your question, on Cheerful there are only the scuppers, four of which run along the waterway. I would imagine these would be very wet boats to operate. B.E.
  8. Smart looking cutter Cabbie, nice work on the ports and bulwark planking. 👍 B.E.
  9. Cheers guys for your input, nothing seems to work well in relation to that port side gun, whatever you do something gets in the way to impede operation. There barely seems room to move the bow guns past the windlass to change position. It would seem logical Peter to use temporary boards to close ports, but then our logic would say that the gun shouldn't be there, and it would be sensible to have lids on the bow ports. I think Chuck worked on the basis of available evidence in relation to Cheerful rather than indulge in assumptions, to produce a model based on the actual plans, and contemporary models. If nothing else it provides a talking point for we that are interested in the minutiae of such things.🙂 B.E.
  10. Thank you Michael and Rusty @ Peter - It would, but the Bowsprit step standards are also a problem. @ Dave - grasping at straws but maybe recoil was very limited on these guns, and they wouldn't have to move far in order to load and swab. We know that run in guns weren't fully run in to the extent that you could stand in front of them and it was practice to lean out of ports to clean and load. What Ensign did you order? Chuck shows a Union Flag at the Gaff possibly influenced by the rigged model of the Hawke which has a small one at the Gaff peake, but I think this is unusual. I would love to see a photo of your model once it is completed. @ vossie - Agree with everything you say vossie but we're still stuck with the contemporary written evidence in relation to Cheerful. I have the same issue with the side steps, my inclination is to fit an additional step, and I even made them but the plan shows only three, so I am going to resist. Always more questions than answers in the world of period ship modelling. B.E. 18/04/19
  11. Post 82 The agony of indecision I have now rigged all the guns, bar the portside bow chaser. I have flipflopped between fitting it at the bow port or the second port, but the decision now has to be made. 8026 Having the port gun at the second port position but the starboard gun at the bow gives the model an unbalanced look, and having no guns at the bow with those large open ports empty doesn't look good aesthetically to my eye. I still think it's odd having those two large openings without any protection from an incoming sea. 8034 Gromit seems as confused as I am, but I can't deny the irrefutable evidence of the plans. The notation that the windlass be moved two feet back to give more room to work the portside chase gun. 1972 The plan appearing to show the revised position of the windlass. But the most important factor Mrs W agreed the bow position looked the best, even if it raises issues of practicality. 8027 So bow position it is with all its apparent difficulty of working the gun. I can now fix the gun and Windlass and complete the other deck fittings. B.E. 17/04/2019
  12. Good to have news from the prairies Martin and pleased to see that you are still chipping away. I couldn't come close to producing those figures within the size constraints you have to work. Keep at it. B.E.
  13. Nice job on scratching the Bowsprit cap Caroline, the kit provided item is worse than useless. B.E.
  14. Thank you Wallace, I always try to avoid making myself work if at all possible. 🙂 B.E.

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