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Martin W

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  1. Hello BE -- This is a sweet build. With the planking on the lines of this boat come out, and I have to say they are fascinating with that sharp bow. Your work is as precise as always and I for one appreciate that holly plank you had to use because it shows up the amount of spiling you had to do. But William's face does not look at all guilty. C'mon, confess it: you staged that photo. 🤨 Hope you enjoyed your trip. I think we're all getting itchy feet. Good luck. Martin
  2. Fiddling work indeed, but neatly done. The shot looking down to the deck is great! Cheers, Martin
  3. That's a pleasant looking work space, BE. I have to admire your woodworking bench with the dogholes and front vise. I'm gearing up to build one for myself, so that I can build drawers and another bench for the basement, where my boatyard will be. I also like the way you've neatly stowed all your equipment. Frankly, I'm jealous. Martin
  4. Terrific, BE. And I shall be following you to Zulu. See you there, Martin
  5. Hi Jason -- I hope you've survived the blackout and that your electricity is back on. It's hard to work on a build in the dark, eh? Cheers, Martin
  6. You've listed the very reasons Mrs W of the Hills was able to convince me (she didn't have to work very hard) to move here. Plus there's a sizeable woodworking community. Here's proof of just how rural we are: Cheers, Martin
  7. Hello BE -- As I was touring MSW for new Swan builds, I came across this. What fun to read through the log of your progress, and to see you and William at it on a surprisingly different sort of project. As always your ingenuity in building in details like the baskets and the strops on the blocks is fascinating, and your narrative flair always entertaining. And I never thought there would be such reliable archival information on the fishing fleet! As I'm waiting (and waiting) to get my own work space together in my new residence, I'll get my modelling dose from watching you finish this and then moving on to the Zulu. Cheers, Martin
  8. Whenever shop time, boatyard time, or any other enjoyable activity starts to become too much of a chore and not enough of a pleasure, the only solution is to get away, drink a few beers, and think something, anything else. Naps are good. Martin
  9. You're right, Peter, it was a long drive. And even though it's technically the same country, Connecticut and Oklahoma are pretty different from one another. I haven't checked out any of the wine you mentioned, but I have had some local beer, and it's definitely potable. I'm itching to get back to work. Cheers, Martin
  10. Hey Peter -- I see what you mean about the height of the cutter's floor, but doubt I would have noticed if I hadn't been looking. Once you get all the rigging done, that detail will probably disappear behind all the other details to look at. Your yards etc look pretty good to my eye. That flattened area (hecadexagonal -- with the x instead o c, maybe? it makes sense in Greek) in the center is always a teaser. I tried out a few yards before my move up here and threw them all away for much the same reason you stated -- they were either too thin or uneven in the flattened areas. Anyway, it's nice to follow your progress, since I am still a way off from getting my boatyard established. Cheers, Martin
  11. Thanks everybody! Chris, 38 moves tops just about everyone I know. My parents were with an oil company and moved 32 times -- I settled down somewhere around the 25th, and REALLY hope this will be the last. Spy, it's great to hear from you. There was a time when the Swan class builds were all over the place, different, and exciting. I still hope that when I finish this Fly I can take on a scratch-build of a Swan at 1/4 scale, which will be much easier on the eyes. Ron, we're leaving town next week, and right now from the perspective of non-stop packing it seems both like an infinitude and much too soon. Jason, we will be almost neighbors -- I'll be in Winchester. When I get my wits about me again, and if CT doesn't enter a second shutdown, we'll have to get together to talk ships. Mike, I have gone around in circles about taking these two ships. I gave the Prince away, just because 3 of these crates wouldn't leave any room for the other things I have to squeeze into the cab of my truck. I reminded myself of Bob Fine's motto of one ship in, one out, and decided that someone else might enjoy looking at a model and maybe even get inspired to try their hand at it. Thanks for checking in, Toni, and thanks again for the suggestion about the peg board -- aren't you also about to make a big move? Florida? Santa Fe? They're both pretty warm. Cheers to all until I get to Litchfield County! Martin
  12. Hello Everybody -- For these past 6 months, I've started on some phase or other of the Fly only to realize I had packed away the tools I needed to get it done. I put together a batch of Syren's deadeyes, and used the sanding contraption to round them off, but then saw I had no equipment to solder the chainplates. I started on the masts and spars, and tried out different species of wood, ultimately ending up with the spruce that I used for the Rattlesnake. But then I only had stock long enough to cut 2 masts. And then packing took over. We bit the bullet and bought a house in NW Connecticut, having sold our house here much faster than we had imagined possible. I finished my last two woodworking projects (a blanket chest for my sister out of walnut, and a credenza for Mrs W out of white oak), then used my full scale tools for one final task, that of packing the two models I'll be able to take with me. Here's the process, based on Toni's sage advice. Here's the old Rattlesnake perched on a piece of pegboard, to which I've screwed some pieces of scrap that will hold the sides. The frame is the white oak credenza (minus the drawer pulls, which I've roughed out, and will have to finish carving in CT). Here you can see the back of the box that will encase the model. And here's the fully encased model: Next up is the Fly, which will be easier, since it's unmasted and will take a smaller box. It isn't on its final base yet, so I used a piece of one-by pine that I had lying around the workshop: The process is just the same as before, but with a smaller box, and with some baltic birch 1/4 inch ply I wanted to use up: And here's the last glimpse before getting to my new boatyard: The only problem now is that with no modelling to do, and no furniture or carving projects going, I can only twiddle my thumbs till we start the drive. I might have to take up beer-drinking. Cheers, Martin
  13. Well done, Ron. What wood are you using? I can't tell the actual size of the carving, but those cuts under the wings and separating the wings from the head are awfully tight. Are you using some kind of gouge, or ye olde exacto? For most of my carvings, I had to resort to using dulled exacto blades as scrapers, and found that strategy more effective -- and less destructive -- than the more straightforward one of gouging out waste. Cheers, Martin
  14. Ron -- How many times do we all have to learn that a big part of model building consists of gnashing the teeth and using language that would make a sailor blush? I spent the weekend out in my woodworking shop cutting dovetails for drawers. When I tried fitting the pieces together nothing would hold. And then I realized I had cut tails for pins, and had to do them all over. So I know your feeling. Cheers, Martin

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