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  1. Yeah I have Chuck's pinnace on the shelf with some boxwood strips. Not sure when I'm going to get to that!😀
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    Shows the tackle used to hoist the blubber strips off the whale
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    I added a couple of hand tools resting on the works, and a bucket to the right with board and knife for chopping the blubber strips into "bible leaves" to toss into the pots.
  15. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    I opted to build this brick by brick with pieces of wood each row separated by card strips and then "mortar" applied and washed off the brick faces. Unfortunately I sloped the sides in a bit too much and the pots wouldn't fit thru the top holes as intended, so I had to file them and mount to the undersurface, losing the nice lip appearance. Live and learn - I wasn't going to make that thing twice! It looks OK
  16. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    I decided to deploy some sails while having others furled. The sails are silkspan with hem lines drawn with a white ink artist's pen. The Morgan did not have ties on the sails.
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