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  1. I'm surprised, Peter, at how much of a difference the lower height makes. It does, and the difference is definitely an improvement. Cheers, Martin
  2. Hi Peter -- I agree that it does look much better with a taffrail. I'm impressed as well that you were able to bend that piece of boxwood so nicely, as it looks pretty thick. How long did you have to soak it? Cheers, Martin
  3. Hi Kenneth -- This is a nice build you have going. If you're still wondering how to do the rope coils, here's the simple trick: you just soak a length of rope in diluted white glue, then make the coil. It should take the shape you want while wet fairly easily (you might use tweezers to keep your fingers clean), and then it'll keep that shape when dry. Cheers, Martin
  4. Hi Brian -- thanks for the kind words. And thanks to everyone for the Likes. Brian, I have actually gone back and added glazing to the various windows, using a product called Micro Kristal Klear. I'm about halfway pleased with it, since it does dry clear and glass like, but as glazing it's uneven. Maybe that's due to my own inexperience with it, or with the size of the individual lights that I had to fill in. Sorry to see that you've put down your tools. My outside shop is also unheated, and un-air-conditioned (which matters more here in Oklahoma). I found a small and supposedly efficient heater last winter, but by the time I installed it, the winter (always brief yet severe here) had passed. I'm hoping this winter it will warm the shop up enough that my tools don't feel like ice-cicles every time I touch them. Cheers, Martin
  5. To make the binnacle, I decided to use some scraps from the cherry I'm building a tool chest out of. I basically followed the design in FFM, but chose to put legs on because they make sense in wet environment. I also put in 2 drawers, because you can never have too many maps on hand: As you can probably guess by looking, when I set it on the Quarter Deck, it proved to be much too big. So I made another, smaller version: Hmm, I didn't realize how bad the focus was, sorry. The reason there's a bit of a lean on the smaller version is that the legs have been adjusted to fit the slope of the deck. Next up, I've decided to work on the figure head. So far I've gotten through the roughest bosting-in stage where I just work out the different levels: Obviously there's a long way to go, and as with every other carving I find that all my tools are too, too big for such fine work. Mrs W has been dragging me off on various "pleasure" trips (the furthest I like going is out to my workshop), but I think there's a brief respite ahead, so I hope to move with some dispatch. Cheers, Martin
  6. Hi Nils -- It's been a while since I checked in, and I have to tell you that I'm mightily impressed with your workmanship, and with the many fascinating details you've added. Those coffee mugs made me laugh with pleasure. Wonderful! Cheers, Martin
  7. Hi Peter -- Judging from the photo, it looks like you've filed off some details from the kit's pieces. Remind me if that was for historical accuracy or because fit. Cheers, Martin
  8. That Captain does indeed seem to be lounging about while the work crew labors hard! And the Main Laborer is doing a fine job. That's a curiously square bow, isn't it? Cheers, Martin
  9. Sorry to hear about the Skipper's mishap -- even Great Mariners often take a while to get their sea legs. Nice work, Peter, she's coming along beautifully. Cheers, Martin
  10. Very kind words, Peter, thanks. I have to confess that my long term goal (very long) is to do a scratch build. I haven't quite gotten myself accustomed to retirement sufficiently to spend more than an hour or two in the boatyard, however, so I'm still a very slow builder. This build is already well over 5 years long, so an actual scratch project would probably take me into the next world. Cheers, Martin
  11. Following everyone's advice and encouragement, I embarked on the quarter badges, and have effectively completed them. I began by figuring out the placement, setting a tracing from the NMM plans where the badge would go. With that, I cut the pieces, again using tracings from the plans: In hindsight, I would have saved myself lots of headaches if I'd made the Upper Finishing first, and then cut the Upper Stool to fit it, rather than vice versa. Getting a tight fit between the stool & the finishing took half a dozen tries, because any deviation along the depth of the bell portion set the Finishing askew. At any rate, after getting the upper & lower stools in place, the next step was the munions and lights: Next I cut out the stools, once again by tracing the shape from the plans then gluing the tracing onto the stock and cutting it with the jeweller's saw (I gave away my scroll saw about 6 weeks ago and then came across an intriguing carving project that made me want it back ). Here you can see that I've glued the piece to a backing board that I used to shape it with chisels and files: In the end, this is where I ended up (this photo is of the port version, since it's the one I've actually finished): As for the decorations, well, I tried afixing some ribs in various configurations, but they all looked too big and clumsy. So I'm going plain here, even, at least for now, leaving off the decorative scrolls that go on either side. There's also the problem that I lost the pieces of the molded rail that I pulled off, and the scraper that I used to cut the molding broke. The chances of making another scraper that will fit the pattern at least closely are slim, but I'll give it a go. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to take on the challenge of this piece. I learned quite a bit from doing it. Cheers, Martin
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hi Skip -- I do have a log going, though I'm very slow at posting updates. You can find it here:
  15. That's a nice binnacle, Peter. And that second view along the deck is really impressive. Cheers, Martin

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