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About rdondorf1

  • Birthday 08/13/1956

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    Valley Stream, New York
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    18th and 19th century ships
  1. Great job! Amazing detail! What's next on the drawing board? Rob D.
  2. You've done an exceptional job with Kate Cory! I trust you have a nice display case for her to keep her protected. Really like the try works - very realistic brick work. Thanks for sharing these photos. Rob Valley Stream, NY
  3. This is truly exceptional work. I have this one in the box - if I ever get to it, I'll be referring to your build photos for inspiration. Rob D. Valley Stream, NY
  4. Beautiful work! What material did you use to make the sails? They look very realistic. Cheers, Rob D.
  5. A helpful hint: Study the stern sections of 18th century sailing ships that had stern windows and you'll find, with very few exceptions, that the base and the top of the windows form an arc that usually coincides with the curvature (camber) of the deck. It is easier to visualize than actually construct, but I thought I'd throw it out there. Looking nice!
  6. What did you use for sail material? They look great.
  7. You might want to try purchasing paint pens to do the scroll work on the transom. Just google "paint pens" and you'll see a whole variety of manufacturers. You can get one in gold and another in black and try doing the scroll work that way. It would be difficult to do that kind of detail with a paint brush. If you see a picture of the transom on the actual model in Annapolis (I think Chuck took some photos of her and they're on this site) you'll see that it was just painted on - not actual wooden scroll work. Paint pens are great for use when you need really precise control over what your detailing - give it a try. Rob D. Valley Stream, NY
  8. Pete: Thanks for the description of how you reduced the hull thickness to accommodate the planking, it's a bit clearer now. I will definitely contact you when I begin the planning for Newsboy and greatly appreciate your offer to forward any sketches/drawings used for preparing the solid hull for planking and coppering. The beauty of these mid 19th century packet ships like Newsboy, Volante, Leon etc. is that one can build a model that incorporates much of the "extreme" clipper ship architecture (hull lines, deck furnishings, iron work, rigging etc.) without the space required to build a model of an extreme clipper. It's a pleasure to view the workmanship you've put into this project. Maybe someday you can put it in book form like the Anatomy of the Ship" series of books - that would be amazing! Looking forward to more of Newsboy when you get back to her Regards, Rob Dondorf Valley Stream, NY
  9. Pete: Could you describe the method used to recess the hull exterior above the waterline by 3/64" to accommodate the exterior planking thickness? Did you devise special templates or did you use a thickness gauge to accomplish this? I have 3/16" Newsboy in the box and would like to build her the way you're building her. I'm a big fan of your work and I'm looking forward to the rest of this build log. My compliments to the instructors at the Webb Institute, they taught you well!

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