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  • Birthday 08/23/1960

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    Zoar, Ohio
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    Civil War Cavalry: Elected Brigade Commander, United States Volunteers (USV), the largest Federal Civil War Reenacting Organization in the Country http://www.usvolunteers.org/

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  1. NAMEPLATE I put the nameplate together. I scanned the image from the original rebuild plans from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, manipulated it on my computer and added my name, scale and date. I sent it to a trophy shop who burned the stainless steel plate. I made the base from some tiger maple I had in my scrap pile.
  2. Hey Mike, (Meddo) The boats are indeed stuck to the ship. But I must say, I built them exactly to plans, and the lowering lines are hooked to rings secured to the bottom of the keel. When I rigged them to the davits, I thought I would just let them hang. Except that they kept rolling over to the side. So that begs a question - unless kept totally balance from port to starboard, how in the heck did the crew lower these guys with tipping them over? Mikiek, Great to hear from you. It has been a while. I am glad you have stopped in to urge me to the finish line. I missed your careful eye and sage advice. Sea Hoss, Thanks for the compliments. Having a forum member leave comments on my log is even better than successfully spinning a tiny oar in a cordless drill and not breaking it.
  3. Mike, I thought about adding ballast to the little boats. I grabbed some lead slip shots from my fishing tackle box, but thought it might look a little dumb to see a pile of "cannon balls" in my ship's boats. In the end, I finally bit the bullet and glued them down. It was hard to put glue on the stern and channels. Hope the ship doesn't get in trouble because the crew will have a hard time launching these boats. The finish line is in sight. Sounds like the club is going to give a visual meeting a try. Hope so.
  4. APPLYING THE SHIP'S NAME AND RIGGING THE SHIP'S BOATS I spent the last couple of days experimenting with "painting" the ships name on the stern and bow. Thought about decals and letter stencils but in the end, took the simple way out. Since the hull is painted flat black, I printed out the name in gold letters on a black field from my computer. I used Book Antique font. It turned out ok. Then I rigged the ships boats to the davits. That was terribly tedious.... of course so is everything else I have done on this build. Here are some photos.
  5. Helli, You didn't do all of this work in 5 days??? Your slacking off. Just kidding of course. Your log caught my eye since it was evident that you would be downloading a ton of content in a short period of time to catch up to your year and a half building process. Getting all of that fresh content all at once is great for a viewer. That will definitely keep me checking in often. And let me repeat.... your work is superb.
  6. Helli, Incredible work. Perhaps your first model ship, but obviously, not your first model. This kit is sitting on my shelf, and as I am about to finally finish my current project, you are giving me the incentive to tackle this monster. Your build log is only 5 days old, and I already have a lot of catching up to do. I will be following along.
  7. Mike, I was excited and ready to go to the March Meeting.... and then of course...... I think the April meeting may also be in jeopardy. Do you think the guys would be amenable to a virtual meeting of some sort. My firm has a dedicated conference call service. I am hoping to finally finish the Niagara by then. Stay safe.
  8. OARS I knocked out 20 oars on Sunday. I traced them onto Holly, cut them on the jig saw, mounted them into a cordless drill, rounded the handles with sand paper, and shaped the paddle with files. This is a delicate and mundane process with about a 30% failure rate. It takes 30 to come up with 20. I gathered them up and lashed them to the boats. Next up, oar locks and rigging the boats to the davits.
  9. Jerry, Good to see you back at it. I loved your Star Trek transporter accident metaphor. Can't wait to see you launch this girl.
  10. Mike, Hey friend, I have been lost at see for a while, but found my way back to my Niagara and catching up on my friend's builds. Your Enterprise looks great. I admire your courage to include sails. Now that I am working from home, I will find time to finally get my ship finished. Looking forward to chatting with you.
  11. YAWL - CONTINUED I cut out the railings, stern sheet and thwarts. I finished the cherry with tung oil and touched up everything. I ended up cutting off the Keel/rudder combo and re-worked the entire system to look better. it also gave me the opportunity to plank the stern. Here are the photos. up next...... 20 teeny tiny oars. ugh.
  12. Jason, I can empathize with the challenge of picking up the reins after a long break and having to hone old skills. We are in about the same boat (pun intended). We stopped at about the same time and about at the same stage of our first builds. Your model is outstanding. Let's encourage each other to finally cross the finish line. I am trying to convert my State's order to "shelter in place" to "park my butt in the shipyard." By the way, rigging from forward to aft and lower to higher is definitely the approach. It will keep your standing rigging taught as you continually pull the masts back to the stern and gives yourself as much room as possible for your hands and tools. Good luck.
  13. Mark, Thanks for the well wishes. If I face any rough seas going forward, I at least now have some life boats LOL.
  14. YAWL CONSTRUCTION Now that I have built three of these ship’s boats from a jig, and learned a little,, I thought I might share some of the hard lessons. I wanted the boats to be white, so I choose holly for the keel and planks. Anytime I can avoid using paint is a good thing. I used cherry for the ribs, floor boards, thwarts, transoms and railing. I obtained the jig plans from Hubert Sicard’s website. I am attaching a series of photos to show how I did the small yawl boat. By the way, smaller is harder.

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