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About bdgiantman2

  • Birthday 10/20/1979

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    Aurora, CO
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    Currently working on model of Yacht Mary. Future projects include brig USS George Washington (1837) and the Oliver H. Perry. Also have plans to make a scratch-build that I drew up myself

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  1. I have never seen a ship model kit like this one. Like the looks of your progress so far. Keep up the progress. Brian
  2. So here is first progress on the build. During the holiday season, Santa brought a new toy for my workshop. It's a mini table-saw with 4 in diameter blades from Model Expo. This table saw wouldn't be as good as some of the rest of you have, but with my budget right now this is the best I can afford. Started to copy the individual pieces that make up the keel of Brig Eagle. There are three section pieces not including the bow and stern timbers for the keel of this model. I quickly re-learned how helpful it is to have a good source of back light while trying to trace the
  3. So I have shelved for the time being my Yacht Mary build, there are a lot of areas I am needing to learn better and sought out new builds to gain experience. ***DRUM ROLL*** To gain the experience desired, I have decided to build the Brig Eagle from the 1814 war on Lake Champlain against the British. The history of Eagle seems pretty well known, as there are several other blogs on here building this beautiful ship. The Eagle had a short known life and historical significance, but she played a great role in defeating the British for the last time against the Americans. T
  4. Interesting project you are undertaking. Being from San Diego has extra meaning to me. Looking over the pictures you have provided, I am amazed at how similar in profile this vessel looks to the nuclear cargo ship Savannah, except that your ship has twin funnels and probably has diesel power. Brian
  5. Mr. Passaro, this ship model is looking great, love all the details you are working in. Even though I think I saw you have a kit already, I found out that you can get a very realistic 1:48 scale Brodie Stove close to right time era that is made on a 3d printer. https://www.shapeways.com/product/BT9SFSJNH/ships-stove-1-4-22-scale?optionId=63358126&li=marketplace Brian D
  6. Incredible model, this ship is a beautiful vessel. Another museum quality project you have built. Looking at the plan pictures that you provided, I find it interesting that there is no post with cradles between the forward mast bitts and those hatches in the deck that would have helped support the polls that held up the lifeboat. Perhaps those cradles are built on the forecastle deck instead.
  7. Personally I would have though that the coaming pieces would have been painted red not only because these often had additional cannon balls stored around them but also to make easier to see in the dark than ones painted black. Maybe I am getting mixed up with later times than the Winnie. Glad to see the deck finally coming in on this model. Great progress by all, this has been a favorite blog to read each week. Brian
  8. This has been an interesting recycling experiment with the old piano keys being used in your model. So far looking very good. Keep up the great work. Brian
  9. You, sir, are an amazing model builder. I admire this ship and your work is top quality. Great job building the sheet bitts for the lifeboat in front of the main mast. Your models seem to always have a life of their own the way can see into the interiors and all the details that you put in. This has been the best I have seen so far of your blogs. Keep it up. Brian
  10. Hey Chuck and all the other builders of this model, all of you are doing an amazing job - I have enjoyed following this forum. I don't know if I am missing something in looking at the pictures and reading the posts. If I remember correctly, the wale lines of the ship stuck out farthest (thickest part of the entire hull). I can't tell from the many pictures looked at on this forum, it honestly looks like all planks are the same thickness and some painted or stained black. Brian
  11. Merry Christmas to you as well, even though I just follow in admiration of what you are doing. Looking at other models of British warships around the same era, I have noticed many have that railing over the q-galleries painted white, and the hull plating around the railing that same color as the stripe passing through the gun ports. Will you be doing that on your model? Brian
  12. I have my kit of this little boat, and I am looking forward to starting construction. However, because of my work schedule, at this time I will not be able to start the construction until after Christmas. Brian
  13. Hello Toni. Sorry to hear you are having computer issues, those can be super frustrating. A few weeks ago I got my kit in the mail, I am excited to be starting soon while following your blog. At the beginning of the blog I think you mentioned briefly about options for openings for the gun ports. I am interested in seeing more about this, as some of the support pieces the kit provides you were placing right in the middle of the ports. Brian
  14. I am also interested in this practice kit. When I went to the NRG home page, as Kurt suggested, I couldn't find the link to place order for this model. Brian D
  15. If I remember correctly from the original thesis by Dr. Crisman, they did have saws "powered" by waterfalls or similar way by river currents. Now not the same as our modern power equipment, but I know what you mean. In another book I have about ships from the same time period, another popular device used is rough rock blocks dubbed "Holy Stones" because the same size as average Bible from that time for sanding decks and hull.
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