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  • Birthday 03/11/1976

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  1. Préparation continue for the frames construction. I am using 1/8 acrylic sheets as platform to join the frames. Here is what it looks like. This is a test with my pine billets. it is not perfect but it gives me a good idea of what the process will look like. I will need to ensure that all joints are tight and crisp when cutting the cherry. I will be using a piece of plywood covered in wax paper to ensure the frames dry flat by adding some weight on the top. I am also working on making a press to join the 2 parts on the frame. Pics to come. I will be building frame type 2, 3, 4 to confirm the process and do any needed refinements.
  2. Preparing the cherry stock for making billets. Joiner Thickness Planer Thin strip jig
  3. Thank you Elijah. While I think I will be rigging her, it is early. I might change my mind 😁
  4. Hi All, It is time to start a new challenge for me in this hobby. I have been looking for a scratch build model for a while now. One of our club members gave me the plans for the Rattlesnake using the Hahn Harold method. After looking at the plans and reading about this ship, I decided to jump into it. Here are the fully rigged model dimensions: Length: 37" Breadth: 12" Height: 24 5/8" Some history HMS Cormorant was probably launched in 1780 at Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was commissioned as the Massachusetts privateer Rattlesnake in 1781. The Royal Navy captured her shortly after she set out on a cruise and purchased her. In November 1781 she carried to England the first news of General Cornwallis’s defeat. The Royal Navy registered her under the name Cormorant. In 1783 the navy renamed her Rattlesnake and paid her off and sold her in 1786. Rattlesnake was probably drawn by John Peck of Boston, Massachusetts, and probably built at Plymouth in 1780. She was very lightly built and was reputedly very fast. Rattlesnake had the appearance of a miniature frigate, with detached quarterdeck and forecastle. Rattlesnake was commissioned on 12 June 1781 under the command of Mark Clark (or Clarke). She had barely begun her first cruise when she encountered the 44-gun frigate HMS Assurance, Captain James Cummings commanding. Assurance captured Rattlesnake on 17 June. He sent her into New York, where she arrived on 8 July. The Royal Navy purchased her on 28 July at Boston. (Wikipedia). For the past few months, I have been asking a lot of questions to my club experienced builders, read a few books and studied the plans. I had decided to use Cherry for the frames. First, I created the jig to handle the frames. I used a jigsaw to remove most of the waste. Here is my first mistake. I am not sure why but I started to use a copping saw to cut the notches in the jig and few rasp. None of the angles were perfect. I have scroll saw, why did I not use it?!?!?? Here is the damage Here is the redo one with the scroll saw. Much better Jigs are cutting all the frame components. A lot of them but all angles and lenghts are covered I will need around 450 pieces to make them. To practice and test I made some billets made of pine (2by4). Here is the jig in action. Colored the frames for use of locating where each of the parts are going. Made a new crosscut sled. Next step, preparation of the cherry billets . Pictures to come....
  5. Painting time. I did not capture all steps as I was caught up in the process. Primed all the model. Painted Hull black and inside blue. After doing some research, the first part of the ship was red so I corrected that. After it all dried, I sprayed a coat of clear matte to protect the ship.
  6. Continued to work on the front of the ship. I am trying to install everything needed before priming and painting the SHIP. I also did a final Sanding of the Hull and removed all dust with mineral spirit. Working on the rudder.
  7. Fixed a mistake with the railing. I misread the plan and forgot to add a plank under the railings. Better now. Moving to adding the bench support.
  8. Continued progress. Worked on ship wall support and Drilled hole for the mast. Created fake doors. Added the mast support. Getting it ready for painting. I need to add a few supports and planks and it is priming time.
  9. Hi all, The kit was given to me by a member of my club. It seems to complete but with the exception of the plans. I am looking for someone willing to sell them to me if no longer need them. Please PM if interested.
  10. Long break. My garage is small and I had to reorganize my larger tools and all my scrap wood. Here are a few pictures of the progress. Imagine the planer and drill press on the workbench. Impossible to lay out plans and various projects. Now to the ship update. I worked on the keel and double planked it.
  11. Started to work on the deck. Removing the unnecessary portion of the bulkhead. Planking the stern section.

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