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  1. No, rigging her fully at this scale would result in a monstrously sized model and I’m already nearly out of display space. Also I’ve constructed this as an admiralty display model with partial decking to show structure and lower deck detail so full masts and rigging don’t seem appropriate to me. Happy to build as intended.
  2. Note: put pins or a bit of monofilament to anchor the timberheads on the cap rail around the foredeck. You WILL snap them off multiple times as you work otherwise.
  3. My lesson to me: measure don’t eyeball midline when placing carlings and hence coamings. I’m always working from the starboard side and parallax betrayed me. I didn’t get my eye directly over the midline which shifted things to starboard a bit.
  4. Finished the Fore Deck today. No real problems except some adjustments due to my midline issues. Re-adjusted the building board clamps to allow access to the beakhead which is next.
  5. Sorry about the midline. Unfortunately I did the same thing both front and back. It took a lot of fussing to make things look ok but a few unpleasant asymmetries remain although the admiral insists that only I will notice them. She is loyal! (And wrong - not a competition model)
  6. Finished the quarterdeck completely. I decided to go with a look allowing maximal views of the main deck structures, planking along the mid-line as far as to enclose the coamings. Added a small area of planking next to the port bulwarks to mount 2 six pounders (the viewing side will be the starboard), and 2 small pieces for the binnacles. As is my wont, I am my own worst enemy. I discovered (not until adding the piece for the deck planking to abut against) that somehow I drifted off the mid-line with my coamings and carlings as they moved forward. Arrgh. So a fair amount of jiggery-pokery to mitigate to the extent possible the resulting disruptions of the symmetry of the planking and the main rail. I guess it's my next build that will be perfect. I'll take a bit of a short break before starting on the fore deck, as I have several packs building up for my Agora 427 Cobra model crying for my attention.
  7. Finished the inner bulwarks and their painting, and then the cap rails, volutes, and associated decorative molding. That's it: all of the internal structure is now hidden! I think I'll take a step back at this point to touch things up. A fair number of dings and rubs from clamps, so some spot painting and renewing of stain in some rubbed spots. A few infelicities that I may be able to improve upon, and I need to see if I can salvage the rudder that seems magically to have lost all its pins. Then on to working of the quarterdeck.
  8. Did up the stove, which was a fun little project. Then put the additional foredeck detail in place, and added the beams and knees. This wouldn't be a project of mine if I didn't make a silly mistake along the way - I placed the stove a bit too far aft so that the lower stack is not centered right with respect to the beams/carlings. Won't really matter, and it would take a nitpicker to notice that the upper stack will be slightly out of line with the stove, but bugs me nevertheless. Next up: planking the inner bulwarks.
  9. Finished the quarterdeck beams, knees, and carlings, as well as the underlying gun deck structures and details. A milestone of sorts. Now time to turn attention to the bow area.
  10. I've got most of the quarterdeck beams on (up to the mainmast area. Hanging and lodging knees in place. Here is where the eccentricities of the kit wood can bite you. I snapped the ends of several of the lodging knees off with minimal pressure while sanding due to the grain of the basswood running across that end (the smooth curved end). Thank goodness extras were provided! I saw on the Winnie thread the beams in front of the cabins painted red on the front and back. Loved the look so I'm going with that. With the eight beams and their attendant supports done I'm now more in the phase of a bunch of sequential small projects rather than mind-numbing repetition, at least for a while. I love this part, and it fits well with the time periods I've allotted to building. The mainsail jeers were fun. Next, the pumps.
  11. Good thinking. did you substitute brass cannon? and if so how did you drill for the eye bolts in the breech? I have some for the 8 pounders and not sure how to approach that. Or for the white metal ones if it comes to that.
  12. A bit more progress, with both bulkheads now in place, including the speaking tube (not glued) and the supports for the first three beams. Capstan next according to the instructions. So far, other than the use of Syren resin 12 pounders and the carriage changes that necessitated, everything pretty much out of the box, including all the wood. I chose those cannon to make it easier (much!) to drill the holes to glue the eyebolt into the breech of each cannon. Not sure what I'll do for the 8 pounders when I get that far since the resin cannon don't come in the right size. I have brass ones but haven't decided how I'll deal with the eyebolts.
  13. Looks great! Building those gun deck cannons looms in front of you. Or have you done those already? Glad to have that behind me. I had never done the hook scarf edging before either. Worth the effort as it looks much better than nibble tapering.
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