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  1. You might want to hold off with the decorations for a bit, since you'll be doing a good bit of banging on the hull down the road. Your work looks really good, and it's gratifying to see this build continuing. Cheers, Martin
  2. Thanks for checking in Skip and Nils, and thanks for the nice words. Nils, everytime I check out your work, I get inspired to pay more heed to details, and maybe even figure out some innovative solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. Skip -- the question of what to do when seems to arise every time I sit at the workbench. I've mostly been following the sequence laid out in FFM, but skipping a chapter here and there has led me to make a list of every thing I still have to do. As for carving, really, if your tools are sharp, and you're patient, you can surprise yourself. Cheers, Martin
  3. Hi Skip -- I do have a log going, though I'm very slow at posting updates. You can find it here:
  4. That's a nice binnacle, Peter. And that second view along the deck is really impressive. Cheers, Martin
  5. That looks pretty doggone nice, Skip. Now you won't have to worry about those pesky worms. Cheers, Martin
  6. Hi Skip -- Your logic certainly seems sound. I think we all work out a basic idea of which position we want the guns to represent -- ready to fire, or simply secured against the seas -- and rig them accordingly. The main point here is that your work looks neat and realistic. Cheers Martin
  7. Hi there Nils -- I've been limping along several days with only a provisional computer and so have missed your latest updates. Great work on the Zeesboot, which shows off your usual high quality craftsmanship. And let me also say that you are very lucky to have your new little friend -- a handsome fellow indeed! I've been pining for a dog more than I can say, but Mrs W insists we can't have another until we leave the Prairie. Needless to say, I am green with envy. Make sure to include him in many of your updates! Cheers, Martin
  8. Nice work, Peter. That was a bold move to cut the taferel, and it definitely seems to have worked well. Bravo! Cheers, Martin
  9. Thanks for the input, guys. I hadn't thought at all that it would be proper for the planking to be visible, but what you say certainly makes sense, especially for a 6th rate. And thanks, Dwight for the suggestion of Dull Coat. I'm definitely going to check it out. Cheers, Martin
  10. Hello Everybody -- This isn't an update, but rather a question. As I work on the quarter badges, I wonder about how the windows are going to look. The hole I cut way back when for the window is far too small, and rectangular, to fill out the 3 lights. I'm thinking of painting the area covered by the quarter badge black, so that the lights won't show the boxwood/castello planking. Any thought, recommendations? Cheers, Martin
  11. The son of the father fisherman has already begun to develop a questionable posture. That's a good recipe for neck problems down the road!
  12. Hi there, Bob. It's good to see you back at it. I for one have missed your updates and the chance to see a true craftsman at work. Cheers, Martin
  13. Hi Folks -- Thanks for all the kind words and for the encouragement. You're a great bunch, and I have to say that you've convinced me to have a try at the rounded version. And let me say further that the reason is that I know each of you understands first hand what it means to test your skills. Peter -- Your logic of giving the skipper a view makes absolute sense. It's one of those insights that seem perfectly obvious when someone points them out. Cheers. Mike -- I'm right there with you: it's the angle of the whole design, and lack of actual symmetry that has had me biting my lip. But I think if I keep the decorations to a minimum, a bare minimum, maybe even just the glimmer of a thought, I could work out the curves and angles. The key, I think, will be lining it all up with the angle of the stern. (Gulp.) Toni -- Your advice seems sound, and couched in such generous is irrefutable. I do have FFM 2, and have used it to shape the (first version) of the lower stool on the starboard side. Holding it in place helps me see that even at a light 3/8" it could be a bit too proud. I think I might do a mock-up off-ship and see how it looks in terms of scale, integrations, and so on. Grandpa Phil -- The Prince will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was my first build. And, OH! the fits it gave me. But it's also what led me to MSW, so it was all good. The bad news is that the weather here in Oklahoma has been strangely pleasant (apart from the minor detail of 3 floods in 2 weeks). So, it's been a bit hard to confine myself in the windowless boatyard (which doubles as a safe room and beer storage). But the Quarter Gallery has become a problem to be solved, so I'll be thinking of it at the very least even while I'm outside wondering if this could really be June on the Prairie. Cheers to all, and I'll post regular updates of my various efforts. Martin
  14. Thanks for checking in, GrandpaPhil -- what are you working on? Having taken the stern decorations about as far as I can, and then finishing off a few other details, I think it's time to turn to the Quarter Badge, something I feel a bit intimidated by. I've looked over as many builds as I can think of, and I'm pretty well torn over whether to try the slightly rounded version or to take the safer route and put flat badges on. It's pretty much impossible to tell if the NMM plans show a rounded or flat badge for the Fly, so either way would stand an equal chance of being historically accurate. FFM notes usefully that even the rounded version should not extend outward any farther than the quarter pieces, which on my build would limit it to 3/8 inch. With the decorations, that would be essentially flat. Here's a tracing from the NMM plans to show the rough placement of the badge (I've actually placed this much too high): This tracing doesn't show the decorations, just the general outline. I'm leaning toward the flat version. And that then raises the question of whether to cut out the pieces and then apply carved decorations, or to cut the pieces from thicker stock and carve the decorations into them (I'm also thinking that Plain is Good). There's also the question (perhaps a bigger question) of the three lights: there's only one window cut into the hull here, and because of the furnishings in the Captain's Cabin I can't cut any more. So I'd have to simulate lights with black paper or something. Any suggestions or guidance would be more than welcome!! Cheers, Martin
  15. That's a fascinating technique. I never imagined that it would be even possible to plane wet wood; I thought it would seize the blade. I'm going to have to try that out. Cheers, Martin

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