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  • Birthday 05/21/1989

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    Washington, USA
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    Boats! Also: Family, books, theology, sketching and drawing, history

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  1. Hi Wadayadoin - I'm right there with you. Although, I was (am) less angry and more disappointed. But, yes, for many of the same reasons she's sat on the shelf, too. Anytime I had a little motivation to get moving, the poor quality of the hull and not really knowing what to do to fix it (or spend hours researching how to fix something that should have come correctly in the first place) kept me from making any headway. So, like you, pretty bummed that I'm out a chunk of change. But, that was five or six (or seven ?!?!) years ago now, so water under the bridge between me and the manufacturer. Not
  2. Sorry I never replied to this! I must have missed the notification. So, no, never completed this project. I got frustrated for many of the same reasons Wadayadoin above mentions. Well, that, and I (still) haven't finished my doll boat that had a "deadline" in 2016 😳😲 (Things just kept piling up, like having ANOTHER two munchkins since I started this log, the most recent just a couple months ago … four kids take up a LOT of time, man hahaha) As for the thesis, I wish I had an electronic copy! But, alas, both my school laptop that I used AND the hard drive I backed every
  3. I am extremely excited to see this build! I’ve been scheming of doing my own 1:192 Fitz at some point. I have a set of general arrangements at that scale- a copy of the original builder drawing from 1958. I also have a midship section detail drawing. I had several more, but got rid of them cleaning out (after taking some pictures). I got the drawings as part of the research work I did on my senior thesis for my Naval Architecture degree, which reassessed one of the sinking theories using modern naval architecture tools. So, naturally, the ship and story are very dear to me.
  4. Jo- the deck looks really good with the finish on it. The blood, sweat, and tears have produced an excellent result!
  5. Wow, Patrick, I blink and you’re well along on another boat! I can tell you’ve really dialed in the method of how to build the hull and decks- I remember when you first attempted the lift-out decks rather than cutaway the hull! The progress is excellent so far, and I agree with your rule of thumb - if the hull looks good, it’s probably good. That’s the nice thing about ‘traditional’ hulls with nice fair lines (as opposed to floating spacecraft )
  6. HEAD FINISHING Another milestone last night: I (finally) permanently installed the head unit and toilet into the boat. I added all the detail I wanted to add with the unit out and able to be handled/positioned as needed. Here are some shots of the (almost) final space: Some things I added to finish the space out are the details defining an access door under the sink (hinge, latch, and scored in outline), a mirror on the aft bulkhead, a towel rack/hand hold next to the toilet, and of course the toilet paper roll. Here’s a detail shot of the latter two items:
  7. Thanks, Patrick! Yes, she’s at the age now (just turned 6) where she understands what the boat is to be, and appreciates it. Though, there are still *some* surprises for her as it gets finished- and she wants it that way. She actually told me to cover it up once it’s done so there will be something she ‘doesn’t know about’ when she finally gets it gifted to her. The stove heater is actually one of the surprises. She’s been guessing what the ‘blue room’ is for, which has been cute. It all helps keep in focus the ‘why’ behind the project. I’ve been shooting for Christmas
  8. FORWARD VEE BERTH FINISHING 1 Since my last post I’ve been busy chipping away at finishing out the forward berth, and today I hit a big milestone: I have finished the hull and bulkhead details and cut the foam pad for the mattress. All that is left to finish the space is a mattress cover and bedding, both of which my wonderful wife will help me with, and then a couple shelves along the hull each side. Here are some pictures of the space without the pad, showing the final planking and bulkhead finishing: And here it is with the foam pads for the b
  9. Haven’t posted in a while, but haven’t been idling, either. Here’s an update on some odds and ends I’ve been busy with. INTERIOR FINISHING ODDS AND ENDS So, first off, I finally added a lid to the marine toilet, using doll house hinges. The micro screws didn’t play so well with the balsa, but the super glue did just fine. (I did eventually paint the lid, which can be seen in a picture below) Next, I made the wood heater. I used 3/4 PVC for the body, and polystyrene for the top, bottom, door, and stove pipe. To get the polystyrene door
  10. I agree- the reference photo seems not to show the rudders on the boats. And, for boats that aren’t double ended, they go bow forward. I expect it would be the same for your boats (Titanic’s were double ended and arranged bow forward, for example). Probably just a traditional practice- it doesn’t ‘feel’ right to put the bows aft, and probably doesn’t make a difference functionally (boat is as likely to sink by stern as by bow, and it should not matter which way the boat faces anyway), so go with the ‘feeling.’
  11. Amazing work Patrick! Love how she’s turned out, especially that heck-uv-a hull! And, I concur that a minimalist display is a good contrast to the shapely boat- like you pointed out, it emphasizes the uniqueness. Great job!
  12. HEAD AND GALLEY FINISHING 1 Spent some time last night working on finish details for the head and galley. Got most everything painted, and added the faucet to the galley sink. I also simulated the top-opening hatches in the galley counter with some small plastic rod for the hinges and pin heads for the latches. Head: Galley: Counter Hatch details: Sink details: I decided to have some fun with updated POV shots. Sitting on fwd vee berth: Standing at nav station across from galley:
  13. GALLEY - PART 5 Once I got as far as I could on the head without paint, I switched to working the galley. I started by templating the shape of the counter top with a piece of thin cardboard, followed by tracing and cutting out of 1/32” wood sheet. Then I added the ‘trim’/ coaming around the edge of the counter top. I used 1/8”x1/8” basswood, I think. Next came the cutout for the sink, followed by the sink’s construction. The sink was built from 0.40” polystyrene, then covered with the adhesive back foil. Once the sink
  14. Hi Patrick! Thanks for looking in! Good question - the plan is that all will be fixed in place, but there won’t be much of a deck. Only over areas that aren’t accessible anyway. It’s both bigger and smaller than it looks (if that makes any sense), but I have been trying to think through access and such. I may end up leaving the inboard wall of the head off, or make it removable to improve access (of course, with kids that will probably turn into option 1 anyway...).
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