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  1. Yep, John, I have my eye on your site. Also, lusting after some of the tools, especially the small Proxxon sander. Will undoubtably be adding to the shipyard at some point soon, as well as a resisitance soldering unit. All set up with a dedicated shipyard including a tool bench in the lower level, so it's easy to work some, then leave things in place when real life work intrudes until another interval of leisure appears. If I had to take everything down between work sessions I'd never make any progress. Some time today, so I'll work on some finer finishing of the hull.
  2. I don't plan on double planking. I think I'd only do that if I were planning on staining rather than painting. This is the most complicated planking job I've done and I'm reasonably pleased with it. Only a few spots need filler and none are major - mostly small cracks where two planks didn't snuggle up just right for a short distance. I've gotten pretty handy with the proportional dividers and at spiling and tapering planks. A sanding drum on a Dremel in a fixed stand (I use a drill press attachment) works great to rough trim the planks to measurement lines, with sandpaper finishing to fit. Ea
  3. No, I'm going to paint it so I think I'll just go with the single planking. Speaking of which, here it is with provisional planking bands marked out with artist's tape. Still adjusting, then will mark the lines on the bulkheads and remove the pins and tape.
  4. Well, it's been awhile. Had an unfortunate accident in the shipyard (misplaced high velocity elbow) and crunched all the stanchions on one side, along with the rails and planksheer. Put the mess aside for a while until replacement parts and patience returned. I have now repaired the damage and planked the works above the first wale to give everything more rigidity. Now ready to start the hull planking bands. It looks OK - some variation in fit. I'm always hoping the next build will be perfect. Not yet.
  5. Glyn: I've had it upside down for some bulkhead faring. I also needed to know it would work in that position before building the hull superstructure since otherwise the top of the hull would have to rest directly on the working surface for planking and those structures would't last 2 minutes. In this keel clamp the clamps can turn 90 degrees, so as long as there is space between the bulkheads and the midline structure (keelboard in this case) comes up to or near deck level the model can be securely clamped in the upside down position for planking. I have fastened it to the work surface with
  6. So I've started on a Charles W Morgan build, although somewhat intimidated by the speed and or quality of the currently documented construction projects for this ship. This model is a stretch for me, given the amount of scratch building involved and the somewhat cryptic instructions of this older MS kit. I got interested after building the New Bedford Whaleboat, and added this kit to my "to do" stack. Having finished Picket Boat #1 to my satisfaction, decided to defer the Phildelphia Gunboat and take on a more complicated project. I'm not retired (yet) and have many professional
  7. Model Shipways kit with a few minor upgrades. Scale is 1/2 inch to one foot. Completed model is about 22 inches long.
  8. Moving along in my self-education, just finished this model. Left the hull unpainted since my goal was improvement in my single-layer planking technique. Now on to something more complicated - Charles W. Morgan
  9. From the album: Picket Boat #1 (MS)

    The steam engine was fun. It actually turns. I added the (black) reversing lever as per the article series mentioned above.
  10. From the album: Picket Boat #1 (MS)

    I love the boiler detail in this model.
  11. From the album: Picket Boat #1 (MS)

    I enjoyed the level of small detail. Got some ideas from the excellent 4 part article in Ships in Scale - made one of the coal bunkers open, and couldn't resist making a small coal shovel.
  12. From the album: Picket Boat #1 (MS)

    My next step in self-instruction was this kit. My main goal was improving my single-layer planking technique, so I left the hull unpainted - just a light stain.
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