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  1. Heck, that's a DDG, twice the displacement of our most recent class of frigates.
  2. Now that is looking ahead. I'm obviously well past that point, but if the Discovery has them, I'm definitely going to drill them while the waterway and planksheer are in place but no stanchions or bulwarks.
  3. My only expectation of a call from the Smithsonian is to tell me no in advance...
  4. Hi Brian, I was planning on installing the vents and I expect you are right on that, and it will require a bit of rethinking the order of installation. Based on that, logic says to install the decks and coamings first, and probably cut the bulwark sheaves before installing the vents and then the topgallant rail. That way, it's still open, but I'm not mashing the vents with drills, or knives, or bits of deck. Just out of curiosity, did you use a drill or a pin vise to make the holes? I need to see if I have a large enough bit, but after I broke off a mostly rigged jibboom on the Nia
  5. Brad, Vladimir, Brian, and Cathead, thank you for the answers and the encouragement. I've made some progress since the last post. Step 1 was to install the stanchion extensions between the main rail and the topgallant rail. Before I did that, I spent some time restaining sections of the rail so that the stain variability was reduced to something I considered acceptable. At each stanchion between the poop and the forecastle, I measured in 3/32 from the outboard edge of the main rail and marked the location. For the poop and the forecastle where there were no stanchions, I kept the
  6. Really looking amazing. When you are done, is it for your home, or are you thinking of offering it to Vicksburg NMP?
  7. If you don’t mind me asking, what is the problem? I haven’t done the Dory but I have done several other Model Shipways kits. The other thing to do is search on the forums for a log of the same ship and put your question there. I know my co-builder of the Flying Fish @Keithbrad80 has built the MSW Dory.
  8. Reading Ed T's log on the Young America is an almost surreal experience. The man is an artist in mixed media that also has solid engineering behind it. I don't know if you've ever seen any of the ship models in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (this is the one I remember most https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/rijksstudio/works-of-art/ship-models/objects#/NG-MC-651,0, which is 4.5 meters long and 4.1 meters tall), but Ed's work could take pride of place there or the NMM in Greenwich, or anywhere else for that matter. Just amazing.
  9. Very nice. I love the new storm gangways and the ladders look great as well. I'm embarrassed to ask, but what are the little huts around the capstans? Passat had them as well, but I never gave them much thought. Skylights for a cabin below?
  10. Hello all. FIrst thank you for the assistance and the encouragement, it has been very helpful. Over the last couple of days I carved and attached the covering board/main rail. There are two laser cut pieces, everything else needs to the bent or carved. The laser cut pieces are 1/4 inch and are supposed to project 1/16 of an inch, so I marked 3/16" in from the edge of the counter and aligned the laser cut pieces on them, which alas left a gap that needed filling with a piece of cut 1/4 x 1/16 wood. The covering board remains 1/4" x 1/16 until just abaft of
  11. You are selling yourself way too short. I would be thrilled if my efforts were half as "crude" as yours...
  12. Yep. I tend to associate holystoning with naval vessels rather than commercial ships, the former carrying way more crew per unit weather deck than a commercial vessel. USS Constitution, a vessel of similar length, had a crew of 450 versus what, maybe 25-50 on a typical clipper? Frequent holystoning apparently damages the deck; there is a reference in Wikipedia about the US Navy at some point saying stop because it was damaging the decks of the battleships (even the Iowa's had teak decks). Amusingly, in the early 1970's novelization of the Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Fore
  13. Thank you all for the kind words and the encouragement. I've followed your various builds ( @Vladimir_Wairoa your Cutty Sark, @mbp521 your USS Cairo and @Keithbrad80's Flying Fish) with interest. Since at least two of you are further with the Fish than I am, a question, did you bend a 1/16 by 3/16 strip to make the main rail or carve it out of something like a 1/16 x 1/14? I don't think I'll need to do anything special for the covering board at the poop - it's pretty straight except where there is a laser cut section - and there is a lot of surface for the adhesives to grab on to. The forecast
  14. Okay, well I've put the starboard bulwarks in place. In order to get the stern bulwarks to fit well, I soaked them in boiling water so that they would become ductile, and then fitted them as tightly on stern as I could realistically do with just the clamps and no glue, and then let them dry overnight so that when I did apply them they wouldn't create large gaps as they became less waterlogged. The next day, I had a nice set of U-shaped planks. The next step was to attach the planks, and then start the process of final hull and bulwark shaping. That is not yet com
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