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  1. Thanks for the likes. Each time I make a decision about what to do next I lean towards something “different”. Don’t think I’ll ever build another masted gunship. Been there done that. 
    If I ever finish this build I believe the galley is next. After a visit to Malta a few years ago I will modify the La Real (Dusek) to at least resemble a Knights of Malta galley  from the era of the Great Siege. 

  2. Yup

    there is a lot of exacting work in the construction of this hull. 
    I have a Dusek galley and Grenado in my stash but I don’t know if I’ll get to them. I’ll be working on the Confederacy for some time yet. 
    would like to build the galley but may give the grenado away.  I have a very fiddly Fokker triplane model I’ll eager to build. I may take that to our second home to work on when we spend time there, as I would only need a smaller set of tools and no need for my power tools or airbrush stuff. 
    Running out of display room in the house anyway - 5 ships not including the current project. Thank goodness it’s an admiralty model. I’m not at all eager to take on another fully rigged ship or a big planking project after this monster. 

  3. Milestone of sorts today. I finished the exterior of the hull - rudder constructed and placed, and photo-etch bits including the sweep port hinges.

    Next work day begins work on the interior!

    In general I'm reasonably pleased with things so far, given that this model is at the bleeding edge of my abilities.

    I didn't want to take the rudder off after the number of times I had pins snap off, so I've decided to leave it in place and fix it with a couple of clamps (removed for the pictures) to protect it from inadvertent forced movement.

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  4. No I didn’t use those. In fact once the false deck is on the holes for the short mast “stubs” - this is an admiralty model - are quite shallow with the central spine of the frame just below the holes. 
    I suppose if one wanted to do a fully rigged model one could cut out from the frame and use those for support. 
    or they’re just for setting the angle of the abbreviated masts. But then why 2 of each. 
    mid PM Chuck P and ask him. 

  5. Returned from a month at our second place in Marblehead, MA (no shipyard in the house there at this point) and got back to work on this monster of a model.

    Have finished up the stern and quarter galleries with all decorative trim items.

    Pretty happy with the result given all of the minor mis-alignments, insufficient sandings to follow the prescribed curves, and so on causing multiple work-arounds to have things at least OK in the end.

    Unfortunately, it does look like the yard-hand putting the letters on the stern had a bit too much grog.

    End of a chapter. I cleaned up the shipyard prior to moving on to the rudder.


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  6. Quick question:

    I was curiously trying to fit the drop decoration metal piece underneath the quarter gallery. The instructions say it is notched for the wale, but it isn't, and for it to fit a truly prodigious amount of filing would be necessary to create a notch to allow it to lie against the sides so that the upper surface of the casting fits against the "floor" of the quarter gallery.

    Is it supposed to be notched as the instructions imply/say? Do I need to request replacements if they are (now) notched?

    I shudder to think of the work and metal dust that will be required/created to remove the amount of metal that would be necessary to create a fit.

    What was your experience?

  7. Finished the transom and quarter gallery windows, and re-positioned a trim strip on the transom to make a more symmetric appearance and make certain of a constant height space for the decorative strip below the windows and the "CONFEDERACY" name letters.

    Next will be the decorations, but that will have to wait until after our 2 visits out east to put our Marblehead second home in order.

    The closeup makes the black paint look bad - much better in person.


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  8. Finished the transom and quarter galleries, ready for the windows.

    This involved a lot of re-work and not an inconsiderable amount of wood filler. Every slight error or discrepancy in the placement of the stern frames, side blocks, curve sanding, and placement of the initial planking strakes can add up. Doing this again, I'd be even more meticulous about precise placement with engraved lines, distances prescribed, and sanding the gentle curves of the stern and the transom prior to placement of the transom piece. I think building the rear of this model accurately, beginning with the frame placement, is one of the most difficult aspects, at least for me.

    Also to watch out for: be certain that the spaces between the trim strips (some of whose placements are dictated in the end by the above tolerances) are sufficient to allow placement of the decorative pieces to come.


    At any rate, next the windows (having verified that the decorative pieces will fit).

    Unfortunately, real life puts the shipyard on hold for a while - we are in the midst of selling a second home condo in Minneapolis (75 miles away), buying a second home in Marblehead Massachusetts, and moving everything from one to the other and getting that place set up.

    Probably a month before I get back to the Confederacy.


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  9. Brief side trip to install cap rail on the transom. 
    note to those who follow : if you use the laser cut cap rails on either side (as I did) since the exposed 1/4 “ surface is cross grain it will stain darker than the thin strip in the middle that completes the cap rail. (Noted after staining by this builder. Not a huge deal but appearance would be improved if I had anticipated this) Maybe a sealant would help

  10. Finished up the initial work on the stern and on the bases of the quarter galleries.

    Some of the alignment of the pieces was not perfect, but by and large I was able to compensate. Getting all those pieces starting with the stern frames and the associated bits in perfect alignment was the hardest thing on this build for me so far (except for the endless planking).

    Now on the the bulwark thinning (UGH). I have not been looking forward to this from the very start.


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  11. Received my replacement piece from Model Expo. Shaped, stained, and fastened the sternpost on and trimmed the keel to fit.

    touched up some staining where worn by the clamps of the building board.

    In general, reasonably pleased. Not a great look at the bow where the planks below the wales meet the bow stem, but acceptable (except when I look at it of course)

    Now ready to start on the stern.


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  12. While waiting for my replacement piece from Model Expo for the Confederacy, I got twitchy modeling fingers.

    So I turned to the very first ship model I built back around 1980 - Mantua Model 1:50 HMS Schooner Sharke.

    I don't remember exactly why I cut that project short after doing most of the rigging. I never properly dealt with the 2 yards after putting the uphauls on them. Just tied a string from mast top to top yard ends and down to main yard tips and then to a belaying pin just to hold them in place. Also didn't mount the falconets - as I recall had trouble getting the uprights for their mounts to stick to the finish on the hull.

    At any rate I found I still had the falconets hardware in my stash, and with time on my hands decided to finish the orphaned model.

    Placed parrels to fix the yards and added foot ropes and proper braces. Added the falconets, 3 to each side. Just a few hours work. A bit fiddly to add the rigging with the yards already in place.

    Now after 40 years (nearly the span of my professional career) it is done and looks much better, ready to honorably take its place with my other builds on display.

    Now, if my new stern post comes soon, I can get back to work on the Confederacy.



  13. Finished the planking. Only did a couple of strakes per day so took a while. A fair amount of fiddling. Didn't (I guess) taper the bow strakes enough so ended up having some severe tapering and several drop planks added to the final 2 belts. In the stern, ended up with the same problem, probably due to the fact that I wrapped the black painted wales around the stern but didn't take that into account when I started the planking below the wales and blindly added widened planks per instructions.

    Overall, met my goal of not requiring filler/painting so I'll be able to clear finish the planking below the wales. Far from perfect - the bow area is a bit uneven on both sides, but overall I'm grudgingly satisfied with the effort. Learned a lot, and were I to ever undertake a planking project of this size again (unlikely) I would do much better.

    The light from above for the pictures highlights the imperfections.

    Unfortunately, I'm now at a standstill. The stern post piece has a sizeable flaw on the edge that meets the planking leaving a visible gap, especially on one side. Since this piece will be stained, can't use filler, so I've requested replacement from Model Expo and will have to wait for that to arrive before I can fit the stern post and then turn this puppy over and get to work on the stern.

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  14. After planking 10 strakes below the wales on both sides, I inspected the bow configuration. I was very unhappy with the job, and determined that the line was wrong, especially with the planks diverging away from the foremost bulkhead. The problem appeared to be insufficient/downright wrong faring of the block in front of the bulkhead leading into the stem, which should have been gradually beveled better as it moves down towards the keel. The error forced a more bluff contour to the planks which then could not fully contact the first bulkhead.


    So, with a heavy heart, I removed the foremost planks to prepare for a better faring job so that the planks lie appropriately. I wish I hadn't talked myself into "it'll be OK" after doing the port side, since I now have two sides to fix. At least I have really learned something from this job. We'll see how the repair goes. I'm happy with the rest of the planking going aft.

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  15. Finished port side first planking belt below the wales.

    Only doing perhaps 2 strakes per day - each plank, especially at bow and stern - is a mini project with bending, twisting, beveling, etc, to try and get it neat enough that no filler or painting over filler required. Would like to be able to just give a wipe on poly finish to these planks. The edgewise bending jig included in the kit is a real life-saver!

    Bow especially hard and a bit wonky on this side, but overall looks ok. Have given the planks a preliminary sanding to make sure of the look and fit. Will clean up the meeting of planks to the stern counter later.

    Now to turn her over and repeat on the starboard side. Decided to really take my time with the planking to try to get it right. It's easy to get tired of it and rush but so important for the final look of the model.

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  16. Just finished the starboard side above the wales.

    Now ready to begin planking below the wales. My goal is to go slowly, treat each plank as a project, and strive for an acceptable look without having to resort to filler and painting. We shall see.

    Reasonably happy with the look so far.

    Measuring midships yields 33 1/8 “ planks. 
    Plan 11 in initial belt in this building board configuration on each side before turning her over to work on the bottom belt. 

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  17. Finished painting and molding strips on the port side.

    Reasonably happy with this so far.

    I do need help: Looking ahead to planking below the wales I see the strakes at the rear are run off the frame and sanded smooth prior to adding the stern post which, according to the instructions "will be added later"

    The finished pictures of the planking below the wales before beginning work on the quarter galleries and the stern, however, show the stern post in place. I can't find in the instructions where and exactly how it is added, which seems to involve making an appropriate hole in the counter.

    Am I just missing it? What page in the instruction book covers this?

    Meanwhile, the pictures of progress:


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  18. Finished the channel wales doubling and the "black strake" and stained everything (on one side).

    Now placing the main wales that will be black. I'm pre-painting the beveled edges so that I don't have to do any touchy taping/brushwork to get a nice sharp border.

    I did the aft end first since the bends/twists involved were the most intimidating so I went there first.

    As Mark Twain supposedly said, "Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you all day." Or something to that effect.

    When these are done, I'll sand and then finish the black paint, and finally place the first 1/8 x 1/16 unstained plank below the wales.


    Then I think I'll tape to just above the sheaves, and paint everything above black. Once I then place the molding strips including the long one at the border of stain and paint, I'll turn this thing to the other side and repeat.


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  19. Finished the planking above the wales.

    Cut out the quarterdeck gun port lintels and touched up the red paint.

    Did a fair amount of sanding of the planks. Almost ready to (gulp) stain what's been done so far. A few of the strakes are a bit rough and will require a bit more sanding before that.

    Will paint when I'm ready to put on the trim pieces - likely after I add the 3 lower wales and double up all the wales.


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  20. Ok I need help. 
    Have I screwed up?
    I have finished planking up to the top. 

    The black strake and wale strake below it come just to the lower edge of the counter at the stern. See picture in immediately above post. Now I am instructed to lay 3 more 3/8” wale planks before doubling them. 
    Where do the stern ends go? No picture to help. 
    Do they twist to meet the lower Horizontal edge of the counter? Or just extend in line with the strake above? Can’t see how that latter would work. 

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