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  1. Here is a link to the project that has taken me away from my ship model for the last few years:
  2. Well, it's been long time since I have posted here. The reason? Not a model, but definitely a build. I strayed away from my ship model to pursue a long time goal of making a violin. Three and a half years later I have finally finished it and gifted it to my daughter. A friend of the family is a professional fiddle player and was in a bluegrass band. His comment after playing it, "Wow!" Maybe now I can dust off my San Felipe.....
  3. Hello everyone. Thank-you all for the kind comments once again! I am still around and checking in once and a while. I would love to get back to the San Felipe soon, but it will still have to wait a little bit. I am currently making a violin for my daughter, which turned out to be a bigger project than expected! Yes, Guy, I do hope to mast and rig her. That's the plan for now, I may change my mind if I can't find a suitable place to display another fully masted and rigged ship!
  4. Thank-you to all for your kind words! We do have quite a wonderful community here at MSW!
  5. I finally thought I would have a chance to get back to the shipyard today, but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Instead I lost my father-in-law today - he was 92. He was truly a kind and great man and will be greatly missed.
  6. Thanks Greg! I made a jig using a couple of pieces of wood to hold the wood still and to ensure that each piece was consistent in size, and then used a scalpel. I'm sorry I never took pictures of that process.
  7. Near my home last evening - 9 inches of snow by the time it was all over!
  8. Thank-you Popeye and ScottRC! Hope to have another update before too long, but those plans don't always go as intended!
  9. Looking great Piet - although I think I'm cross-eyed now from just viewing the photos of the tiny parts.
  10. Thank-you to both Michaels! It feels great to finally have a little time to spend in the shipyard!
  11. Thank-you everyone for your wonderful comments and support! George: Glad others don't seem to see what I see! Mark: You're absolutely right about being critical of my own work - I think we all "suffer" from that malady! Jparsley: You had me going for a minute! Augie: Embellishment? No, really I'm telling the truth - I did the work. Seriously though, thank-you! Patrick: One word or two, it doesn't matter - I'm flattered either way! Piet: Yes, I know the routine all too well! I'll look at the rails for another day or two and then make a decision.
  12. Thank-you Frank! Well, I have another update. I've been working on the rudder with its pintles and gudgeons. I used copper plate and cut it into strips which I formed on a 'dummy' rudder. Soldering was tricky for me at this scale, but I managed. I still have to fine tune and add faux bolts. I've also made and added the midship set of spiral stairs with railings, and belaying pins are in place here as well. There is one more set of spiral stairs fore, yet to be made. Last, but not least, I made the beakhead rails and supports. I'm not totally happy with them and some adjustments may follow.....or a total redo, I just haven't decided yet.
  13. Absolutely beautiful model! Your attention to detail has been a pleasure to watch. Not only is your ship lovely, but the build log is a wonderful educational tool for many of us here on MSW! Congratulations and Thank-you!!!
  14. Thank-you everyone! Omega1234: I'm "utterly" flattered. Doris: The cannons are not perfect, but I am happy with them. I got the idea from your Royal Caroline, and I thank you for that! Kevin: I feel I have made progress, but I look at your log and see you are rigging (and it's looking great) and realize I still have that huge chore in my future! Tom: It seemed like an eternity for me to wait to see if the lanterns would work - kinda glad no one could see me when I first hooked up the battery. Popeye: I always liked the look of lanterns on some of these old ships, so I knew I would be building one that had them. Robbyn: I totally understand - it took a long time for me to have and update. Renovations are always huge, but rewarding. (hope you took pictures) Bob: Ditto Sjors: Maybe you should go on vacation again and I might have another update then! Make sure you take Anja though, or NO update. Edwin: Now you are making me blush. Stay tuned, I hope to have an update before too long.
  15. Thanks everyone! Augie: That intensity took some planning and a little fiddling to achieve - didn't want it to look like halogen headlamps! As for anyone following....I'll have 4 stern cannons waiting for them. George: I am pleased with the result. I installed all the lights, wiring and fiber optics early in the build and had to wait until the lanterns were done to see if it would even work as I had hoped. Mark: When I first joined MSW (back in version 1) the first time I ever saw lighting on a model ship was on your avatar of the USS Constellation. Thanks for the idea! Robbyn: I hadn't given up on the model....almost gave up on finding time to work on it though. Hope to see an update on your Syren soon.
  16. Here are a few shots of the lanterns and other areas fore and aft, showing the fiber optics and yellow LEDs. For now I have the wires attached to a 9 volt battery, but will be installing a proper switch box later.
  17. Thank-you George! This scale has proven to be a challenge at times. Thank-you as well Steven! Definitely keep trying! I have a sneaking suspicion that your work is better than you think. We all seem to be far too self critical. As long as you are enjoying the journey, that's what counts - bonus is you get a ship model in the end.
  18. Thank-you Mark! All these wonderful comments are an encouragement to keep going!
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