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Martin W

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  1. I can certainly understand the interest in leaving your Cheerful unrigged: there are lots of details to look at here, and if space is an issue, an unrigged build definitely has its attraction. This is a fine piece of work, BE, and IF I ever finish my Fly, I'll return to this log as a tutorial in what might show up next on my work bench. Any thoughts on your next project? But I wonder that you didn't shape the belaying pins on your lathe? Cheers, Martin
  2. So, it's been some four months since I updated here. Well, I have been working at it, but, in my usual fashion, which mostly means making a piece, scrapping it, making it again, realizing it was even worse than the first version, and so on. My problem in this case had to do with the fact that the lower quarter piece had the size & shape restriction, it needed to support the upper quarter piece, and at the same time it needed to allow the upper piece to stand slightly away from the bulwark. I decided to follow the pattern I showed above of the Kraken/Squid/Monster, and to make it pretty much of a round carving instead of a relief. The latter option prevented me from showing any detail at all, and it caused problems with the requirement of supporting the upper quarter piece. At some point, after carving a fair version and working out a few ideas, I realized the trailing legs needed to look interesting from three different angles, which meant that I had to make each leg look separate from the others, without losing any strength. Carving that detail -- of the separate trailing legs -- took a surprising amount of time for the simple reason that they kept breaking, so I had to start over. So here's the result: First straight on of the Stern in its entirety. And next is the view from starboard: And the same from slightly forward, to show the separation of the trailing legs: The very tail of the legs revert to a kind of relief, and that's because the tips of the legs broke off too many times to leave them as a round carving. I'm hoping that after I apply the poly that will be less obvious. Next is starboard from below: This image might be a bit confusing, but what you're seeing is the head of the dogfish that twirls around the Triton's legs (its eye is mostly what you see), and below that is the Kraken/Squid's lower jaw and trailing legs. So, here you can see the separation of the legs. And next is the Port version: And with this, you can see how far the upper quarter piece stands out from the bulwark of the stern: As for the fastening: I used 2 pins, one connecting the Triton's head to the tafferal, and another connecting the Kraken/Squid's head just below the horns. And in shaping the lower piece, I tapered it on the outer surface so that the outboard side of the mouth is the farthest distance from the bulwark and the outboard side of the tip of the trailing legs the closest; and I tapered the inner, gluing surface just the opposite way, with the trailing legs close and the mouth far. In that way, the gluing surface of the inside surface of the Kraken/Squid remains flat but angles the entire carving outward. And even though I think the Kraken/Squid's "head" (they don't really have heads, after all) is a touch large, I am reasonably satisfied with the appearance of Curvaceous Baroque Ornamentation and delicacy/bizarreness. There's a covering board that goes over the tafferal, followed by the rail running along the tops of the turret mounts (forget the name). And those are up next, before I take on the challenge of the quarter badge. Cheers, Martin
  3. The Captain should be pleased. That bulkhead is impressive with the pilasters and glazed windows. I also have to like the door knobs. Cheers, Martin
  4. Wow! You knocked those out in short order. You must have a sense of how to do gun rigging, eh? Cheers, Martin
  5. Hi BE -- That look of the side-tackles is something that bothered me on the guns for Fly, and the problem, in my view, is that the blocks are either too big, or they have to come up too closely together. In the end, I used smaller blocks, no hooks, and I frapped the rope around some wire that enabled me (at least in the better instances) to get a decent curve. Tedious work, needless to say, but it seemed effective. One advantage to having a quarterdeck & fo'c'sle, however, is that at least some of the guns get covered -- and invariably, those are the ones that get knocked loose. Cheers, Martin
  6. Peter -- You've been busy! All those details do add up to make this a handsome build. Cheers, Martin
  7. Well done, Peter. Your Captain has the right notion of finding the direct route to a solution. A good cast of a heroic figure will always strike the eye -- even more than would a mere pachyderm. Cheers, Martin
  8. Add an exclamation mark to my like!!!! The fine wire is a brilliant solution. Cheers, Martin
  9. Hi BE -- I went back and looked at a photo I took of a gun on the Constitution. Unfortunately, it's a bit unclear to upload here (and I'm sure you've seen more guns in real life than land-locked I have). But from what I could make out, the key bolt was proportionally only the merest smidgeon shorter than yours. In other words, simply the fact that you've made the effort to add that detail will make up for a micrometer's difference. I admired your addition of these details on the Pegasus guns so much, that I gave them a go, and only learned that a) I couldn't find chain fine enough, and b,c,d,e, &f) I lacked the skills to fabricate and install such items neatly enough. In my view the guns are always one of the most tedious parts of a build. But I say, keep at it, and when they're done, they'll impress any 12" viewer. Cheers, Martin
  10. Ahoy Peter -- I know the experience of seeing flaws everywhere! But after a glass or two of merlot, the eye begins to soften a bit, and the full beauty of the build stands out! She's looking pretty good to my (sober) eye. And the captain shows just what a big girl she is. Cheers, Martin
  11. Hi BE -- I didn't know about using de-ionized water. Does that take the place of flux? Cheers, Martin
  12. Hi Bob -- As a builder of the Prince, I concur with your assessment of the kit. It's old, has not been updated, and so falls far short of what many people have come to expect from a kit -- especially now that Syren is producing some very interesting projects. But, and this a a major but, as every one else attests, you've taken a poor kit and have done more than most of us could do! I'm a bit behind you in years, but blurred vision has begun to make those details at 1:64 almost impossible to gauge. Still these builds provide a quiet means of slow and steady attention. You're one of the real craftspeople on this site, Bob. Three cheers for another fine accomplishment. Martin
  13. That is a fascinating construction of a cathead -- lacking the outboard support, and resting on that vertical beam. Hmm, I have to wonder just how much weight it was able to handle. Cheers, Martin
  14. How very intriguing -- not only the flushing toilet, but the simple idea of collecting fresh water. Nice work as always, Peter. The quarter galleries make a bold addition, and the steps & bolster make everything start looking like a Man of War! Cheers, Martin

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