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  • Birthday 12/30/1958

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  1. Finally I have finished the masts and bowsprit. They are glued in and I can go to the next step: Probably standing rigging or preparing the yards. I did not put the yards on right now -as recommended in the instructions. In all my previous ships I made it that way,I feel that it is a lot easier that way.
  2. Hello vulcanbomber, I feel the same. There are a lot of little extras and sometimes the plans are not correct, so you have to find own solutions. Your project looks fine by the way!
  3. Thank you for the nice reply! Right now I have overpainted the black part of the foremast. Although "dull black"( admirality paints) is the recommended black by Caldercraft, I think it looks better in a more matt tone (without too much shining ). I stained the dowel (color : walnut) and put two layers of clear varnish on top. I put the dowels in a drilling machine (Bosch), layed it on my thighs, operated the speed with my right hand and the sandpaper with the left. One final remark : At the bottom of the fore topmast the instructions suggest to file the 8 mm dowel square. But it is impossible to have the required thickness that way. So I cut off the square bottom, took a piece of a 12 mm dowel, filed it square and glued it back on the fore topmast (with a brass nail connecting the two parts,because glue alone might be too weak. That fit in perfectly!
  4. I wish that you will get well soon. The "Agamemnon" is hard enough to do without a handicap. Good luck to you, too!
  5. Meanwhile I have started to make the masts. I had to replace the dowel of the main mast (14 mms) because it was not straight. The platfotm turned out to be warped after I had glued the two parts together. I had to press it overnight and make the wood wet. That solved the problem. The rings at the bottom that hold the spears were a bit too wide. I put an "iron ring (thick black paper) under each ring and glued it together.
  6. Finally some pictures of the boats where they will finally be. I will however put them aside for the moment to have access while I am doin the rigging.
  7. I have finished the small boats now. It took more time than I expected. The oars were also relatively time consuming. Now I am looking forward to thenext step: The construction of the masts , yards and spars!
  8. I have finished the first three small boats. Currently I am working on the last and smallest boat. It is not easy to fit in the benches, because there is only a very small distance from the floor to the railing. Again , I glued a second keel on top of the first one .
  9. Hello ETNZ, respect that you picked the Aggie as your first build. I can imagine that it is a complicated endeavor. I hope you will solve your neck problems. I have a disease myself that might influence the feeling in my fingers (polyneuropathie). So far "only" my feet are beginning to get numb. But as long as I can, I will continue modelling! I have a proxxon table saw. It is an older type. The saw is very good, but has no"finetune". You have to test with a scrap piece of wood, whether your adjustment is okay. Good bye, Martin
  10. Thank you, vulcanbomber! I am looking forward to the rigging. So far the kit is very good. The material as well as the plans. Martin
  11. Hello Jim, Good to hear from you, too! Thanks for the kind words, ship modelling can indeed be a good therapy!
  12. After a looong break ( I had to deal with personal losses, including the death of my two dogs), I finally resumed working on my Agamemnon about 6 months ago. I am currently working on the small boats. I encountered a few problems. 1. The space for the planks is often not enough, You can fit the planks, but then the keel more or less disappears. Therefore I added a second keel on top of the first one. 2. To get a natural look, I added a railing by cutting a piece of wood out of a 1 mm board that follows the contours of the boats. 3. To get a good shape, I put a layer of wood spackle over the first layer of planks and sanded it down. It can also be done on the second layer, because it will be painted. 4. I did not cut the 3 mm wood strips in the middle as recommended. Instead I used my thickness sander (picture) and sanded down a 3 mm board to 1.5 mms. Then I cut 0,5 mm slices with my table saw. Use a fine saw blade, You might need two or three.

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