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About captain_hook

  • Birthday 12/29/1975

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    Kriftel, Germany
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    Sailing Ships and Great War Biplanes

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  1. Summer break has passed. Because of high temperature during the last weeks the humidity in my workshop has been so high that even white glue wasn‘t drying in time. So I took a break from building, but now back to work. The stopping mechanism of the windlass was done today. I copied the one Chuck Passaro used as a part of the bowsprit step for cutter cheerful. Basically three layers of boxwood with the iron part fixed inside with two pins on each side and brought to shape with a needle file.
  2. The summer holiday has passed and I have assembled the syren serving machine. I am a great fan of any kind of tool and the serving machine is a simple but very useful tool. Ordered some guterman dark brown cotton threat as well, it will fit the syren standing rigging rope very well. It is a pity that over the last years almost all modeling related hobby stores in Germany have disappeared. I remember a store in almost every shopping mall 20 years ago but nowadays they are all gone so I have to order almost everything I need from Amazon et al. But I think this is part of a more complex problem that only a few people left to accept a lot of time and patience for example to build a model ship (and a lot more modelling related like plastic modelling - I remember a lot of kits in hobby and toy stores but today only few kits are available there). Anyway I am very thankful that companys like syren are ,swimming against the stream‘ and provide useful tools, kits and assessoires to keep ship modeling alive.
  3. Next time I should think twice of releasing every crazy idea. Three weekends have passed and I have finally finished the carriage. A small ship like the AVS wouldn’t have used that complicated type of launchway but it was a good practice for future builds. Only some rope missing to secure the carriage to the bollards. Next and almost final step is rigging. The kit-supplied rope is polyester so I decided to exchange it completely with cotton rope from Syren SMC - I wonder how many orders like that until Syren is out of stock. I need a ropewalk...
  4. And to bring the ropecoils to shape you may use dilluted white glue. That don‘t add to much shine to the coils after the glue has dryed. The right mixture may be 1/1 water to white glue but you may try that first with some spare rope - the consistency should be something like milk. You may soak the rope first, then form the coil around a piece of brass tube and leave it onto a piece of styrene or something with a smooth surface to prevent the coil from sticking to it. You can add more glue until the coils doesn’t soak that any more. If you have added to much glue, use a Q-Tip to wipe off the excess. Let it dry for at least an hour. This method works well with cotton rope but I haven‘t tried this method with polyester rope (supplied in the kit) before. Maybe someone can tell about his/her experience. You may also check cdrusn89‘s Niagara build log (about Side 6), he documended his method very well with pictures.
  5. The cannon rigging is truly time consuming, even with only 6 guns to rig. But you have made a good start already. If you want to use smaller blocks and you have some issues to work with them this is the way I did my cannon rigging on the AVS. I used 1/8´´ blocks (single and double) and used a small drill to enlarge the pre-drilled holes. The Syren blocks I used are made of castello, so they do not tend to break as easily as the supplied walnut blocks when you enlarge the holes. You may use a very small needle file as well and a magnifiing glass is also of use if you are visually handicapped. You may add after market brass hooks to the blocks, so you only have to hang the finished gun tackle into the installed eyebolts on the ship and cannon. I also used some superglue on the rope‘s end to make it stiff, so you can easily thread it into the block and it won‘t untwist or stuck inside. I first installed all cannons with the breach lines only and then added the gun tackles later, so there is no rope mess on deck. An more easy way to add ropecoils is to cut the tackle about 1 cm after last passing through the block and glu it directly onto the deck. Then make a separate rope coil and glue that onto the tackle‘s end. But this is only one possibility. You may also check JpR62’s AVS build log for his method of gun rigging. Anyway keep up the good work.
  6. Since I am stuck with my alternative launchway, you might be able to finish your AVS before I do. Nice work, looks very good.
  7. Some progress on the support timbers, I will use 12 of them. Still only dry-fit. The stop chocks are fitted on the carriage too.
  8. Hello Dwight, you shouldn‘t think about your model that way because you may get a bad attitude towards it and then it will get more difficult for you to get back on it. Although not every model looks clean, crisp or precise the same way they are all pieces of art with hundreds of hours spent into it.
  9. Thank you for the nice words and the likes. Some more work on the carriage. The two skids are made of three layers of wood and the lower front and rear sides are rounded. Nothing is glued yet only dry fitted. Next will be installing all eyebolts.
  10. You have made nice progress, looking very good. In my opinion the more easy way is to cut the tackle about 1 cm after last passing through the block and glu it directly onto the deck. Then make a separate rope coil and glue that onto the tackle‘s end. I find this way more appropriate to make sure all rope coils are of equal size and position next to the gun.
  11. The gravel is glued with with white glu dilluted with water (50-50). I first brushed a thin coat, then strewed the gravel onto the base. Used a brush to cover the gravel with dilluted glu to fix it permanently. It has to dry at least for several hours. Then I can move on to the second part, the carriage.
  12. Only small updates. I have painted the base with satin varnish, installed the 4 cover stripes and two octagon bollards painted black.

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