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  1. Finished the exterior planking and gave it a first sanding. Next is the ceiling interior planking. Here are some photos of current status, placed on the unfinished stand.
  2. Good work Elijah! I have the bottom strake to go before I finish the exterior planking. So much 3-4 day travel over the last few (and next) weeks that it's hard to forge ahead. Are you planning on adding the nails to the exterior in some fashion? The photos seem to show nails rather than wooden pegs. Fresh water boat maybe? Bruce
  3. I thought I'd share the procedure that seems to work for me for spiling planks for this build, where the planks, due to the scale and the construction of the boat, are quite wide. I fit a template made from card stock to the upper plank and then mark the laser tick for the bottom of the new plank at each bulkhead on the template. After drawing a smooth line with the help of ships curves through those points, I cut out the template and double check its fit. I tape the template over an appropriate width plank and trace the edges, then cut outside the line with a knife and smoothly sand
  4. Started in on the "easy" part of the planking - the first 3 strakes that are constant width. Instructions state aligning with the tops of the frames, but at the bow that seems off and the profile plans show an angled taper on the very end of the plank to meet the angle on the bow-piece. Also if aligned to the top the spacing is off according to the template for the bow strake widths. So I elevated the top of the first strake at the bow and will sand the taper on them as shown on the profile plans. Now the bottom of the 3 constant width strakes line up perfectly with the hood template at t
  5. Glued everything down. I put in lateral supports in two sites along the false keel and drilled vertical holes for later mounting. I have a print of a period map of Lake Champlain that I want to work into the base if I can. Floor boards in the cockpits added as well as a few support pieces for the ceiling planks in the cockpits. I'm going to go weathered/grunge look with this build. Chose a grey stain for the inside and stained the cockpit floorboards before installing them. I have made the bailing well grungier as you can see in the second picture. I did put some very thin plank
  6. Well, I got tired waiting for the replacement piece to arrive, so I worked on the keel, stem, and bowpiece I removed from the incompletely lasered sheet and managed to bring them up to useable form. I still need the replacement piece for a number of other parts, some quite small, that were very poorly laser cut. But I won't need them for a while. Keel was straight, and putting the bow and stem pieces on straightforward, as were constructing the bow and stem rabbets with shaped and glued on pieces as shown below. I cemented the floor, and glued the keel to it. Oh, Oh!
  7. Yeah I have Chuck's pinnace on the shelf with some boxwood strips. Not sure when I'm going to get to that!😀
  8. Kind of a bummer... sat down to get started with the first pieces - keel, stem, and stern piece - and found the thickset wasn't laser cut all the way thru and cutting the complicated notches with a knife resulted in unsatisfactory accuracy and snapped bits along the grain. Checked the other thicksets (all ok) and contacted Model Expo thru their website to request a replacement. Oh well, enforced holiday in the shipyard while I wait. If I had some materials I've ordered I'd use the time to build the brick stove but they're not here yet either. I'll work on other projects
  9. I would love to add one 1/24 (1/2 scale or possibly G scale) figure to this ship to visually establish scale. I love the crewmen I added to the Morgan for that reason. A quick search didn't find much. Any suggestions for sources? I have searched the forums.
  10. With the Charles W Morgan safely in her case awaiting only a brass engraved nameplate before moving upstairs, it's time to start a new project (projects?). Going to start with the gunboat Philadelphia which I've had on the shelf for some time. I need a break from 1/64 fully rigged ship so the Granado will wait for this project to be completed. [note: Granado will wait a while longer] I'm looking forward to (super)detailing a 1/24 build with minimal straight-forward rigging (at least compared to the Morgan). I've ordered replacement blocks and line from Chuck, and gathered mater
  11. Thanks Joe Granado will be next after Philadelphia. I need a break from fully rigged ship and would enjoy a large scale build as a change of pace. The Echo x-section will be a simultaneous side project going forward. Now that I'm retired I have more time.
  12. Build log tagged as finished, and some photos of the model uploaded to the gallery. Thanks to all. I'm going to build the gunboat Philadelphia next for a change of pace, expecting NOT to take anywhere near as long as the Morgan did. Replacement rope and blocks ordered. While doing that I'm going to spend some time practicing wood/mill skills for the Echo x-section.
  13. 3 1/2 year build of Model Shipway's Charles W. Morgan. Aside from the keel and bulkheads, a few laser cut pieces for crosstrees and rails, and some cast metal bits, this is largely "here's some wood, make it look like this" kind of kit. My first fully rigged ship model, so a more than a bit of a challenge. I'm pleased with how it all worked out, although as my skills improved I would have done some things differently and better than I did when starting.
  14. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    The crew are from Scenery Unlimited. Since this was not a naval vessel, I was able to re-purpose various "workers" as deck hands.
  15. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    Shows the tackle used to hoist the blubber strips off the whale
  16. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    These were a LOT of work, but enjoyable once the repetitive carving of a seven layer lift sandwich into a hull was completed. No rope barrels or implements in the boats - those were brought in for launching.
  17. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    A view of the hurricane house. The stars (interestingly not included in the kit) are from small military medal ribbons off e-bay. The printing (thanks to John Fleming) was done in Microsoft word printed on black fill and applied with decoupage glue with matte finish after. All of the small portholes were "glassed" with liquid obtained from Micro-Mark for that purpose.
  18. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    The captain's wife's cabin is visible with open door. The captain is enjoying a cup of coffee. The skylight as difficult as it required a number of tiny diameter steel rods to be installed through very small basswood strips. I couldn't install the number called for because the basswood would split with the holes that close together. If I were doing it again I'd get some boxwood strips for that. Looks OK tho - painting carefully by airbrush absolutely required to get smooth uniform paint on those small wires.
  19. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    The spare boats were not painted - used and painted as needed to replace a lost or damaged whale boat. Underneath is the vegetable bin and captain's wife's cabin, as well as some stored implements hanging from the roof.
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