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  1. From the album: Charles W Morgan MS 1:64 by Bruce Evans

    The cutting in stage is visible. The crew figures were from Scenery Unlimited. Since this was not a naval vessel I could re-purpose a number of workers with appropriate poses.
  2. I finished the Morgan today! Put up the last two whaleboats, added some rope coils to the cleated lift lines, and did a small bit of touch up painting. It really is a very busy model, and especially so with any added detailing. I'll take comprehensive pictures once I set up some good lighting and a backdrop and post them in the gallery. Now I need to decide on the next project, with the following on my shelf: Confederacy, Gunboat Philadelphia, Mortar Vessel Granado, Echo X-section, and English Pinnace (oof - how did I collect this much stuff while building the Morgan?)
  3. Thanks All. I like them. Mounted 3 on the Morgan today. The other 2 go on tomorrow and the build will be finished.
  4. Big moment. The whaleboats are finished with the content they will have when mounted - oars, spars/sail wrap, and paddles. Next is to retrieve the Morgan from her case in the living room and mount the boats, hopefully without snapping a davit for the umpteenth time. So close to done now I can taste it, but will have to wait as we have a week in Napa coming up. Thanks to all for the comments and likes on the boats. The effort to have the details match the work on the mother ship was really worth it, and was quite fun once the hull carving was completed. My advice to all
  5. There is a heck of a lot of scratch work involved in the Morgan build. I've learned a lot in the 3+ years I've been working on it. The best decision was to fabricate the rendering furnace from individual "bricks". There's a PDF around the site somewhere with useful instructions. Took a while but the appearance is really worth it. Working on oars now - drawing 1/32 square boxwood strips through Modelworks drawplate down to scale width. Works a treat. I can even create the handle on these little tiny dowels by carefully working the end for 1/8 inch into 4-5 smaller yet drawplat
  6. Whaleboats are done. I've had to stop myself from adding a few more details that don't really add anything to the visual impact of these, and I'm declaring victory! I've put the boats aside to begin working on oars, probably paddle sets, and the spars/sail bundles. I haven't put the eyes for hanging on yet, as I want to make certain the lines hang straight down from the davits, so will customize them for each specific boat's place. It looks like there may be a few mm variability. Final boat photos below (25 cent piece for scale)
  7. The whaleboats are now done except for the rudders. Today finished the rigging of the steering oar braces, added the steering oar rests, two cleats inside rail aft, and did some touch-up. I'm not sure if I'll give the boats a coat of white (below the rubbing strips) since I kind of like the weathered and beaten look of the primer coat. Tomorrow, detailing the rudders and deciding on the rigging of the 2 lines that suspend them in the stored position.
  8. Thanks for the comments and likes. I'm having a lot of fun now with these whaleboats. Just how much detail can I cram in? Referring frequently to the plans for the MS New Bedford Whaleboat, with occasional simplification in deference to the scale. Painted the boats. Added (25) oarlock supports, and made 25 oarlocks out of 28 gauge black covered copper wire by twisting it around a small drill, adding a drop of CA to keep it from unraveling, and clipping off the top of the loop, and trimming the stem. Added them to the oarlock supports in pre-drilled holes. They look good and in scale.
  9. I've finished the interiors of all five of the whaleboats. After completing the detailed thwarts, I added the "metalwork" for the mast support and "hinge". These were cut out of cardstock and painted. Rivets were simulated with pinpricks from the reverse side prior to painting. The hinge pieces on the thwart were wrapped around a small piece of metal wire prior to painting. A long small eyelet was used to simulate the centerboard pull. Overall I'm quite happy with how these look. The detail work after the thwarts were stained and glued in place took about 6 hours. Next up are
  10. Here's one boat with the finished thwarts in place. I decided to go for stain over paint both to give some sense of weathering and to highlight rather than hide the construction of each thwart. The details just draw the eyes. I find myself grabbing it and just gazing when walking by the shipyard. Now to bring the other four up to this level, and then add a bit of inside detail hardware to each - pull for the centerboard in the up position, and some approximation of the brass support/hinge for the mast support. That will likely be painted paper with small rod taking the place of the hinge.
  11. Slow but sure. Turns out the limiting factor is deciding how much detail to include in these little whaleboats. I've finished the interior and painted the interior details and the ceiling boards. Now on to the thwarts - as I know from my New Bedford Whaleboat build years ago these are more complicated than simple planks. We'll see how much translates to this scale and my ability to work with itty-bitty parts. The rail ended up a bit too thick but I can live with that.
  12. Rib (ends) glued in place on all four boats, and tapered towards the lower end so that the ceiling boards will lay well. First ceiling board glued in place on all four boats. I'm going to do these in parallel; it's psychologically easier than doing a lot of work on one and then starting all over again on two, three, and four. I'm using some boxwood 1/32 x 1/16 strips I have for these ceiling boards, and used boxwood 1/32 x 1/32 for the ribs. I've used up all the small basswood strips that came with the kit as well as additional ones I got some time ago. The boxwood is a pleasure
  13. After about a month of going downstairs to the shipyard, and looking at 4 7 layer wood sandwiches waiting to be hollowed/carved and deciding to do something else, I decided to force myself to get back to work on the whaleboats. I'm sure that the admiral's proclamation that I could not start a new project until they were done had nothing to do with it! So each day I brought a boat to stage one (inside hollowed out and outside sanded down) for 4 days. Then each day bringing one boat to stage two (fine shaping, installation of rails, keel, bow chocks, and rubbing strips). 8 days and this is
  14. I decided to move ahead with one whaleboat, just to figure out how to approach the construction, what tools and wood to use, etc. I have finished one to the primer stage shown below, but now have decided to get them all to this stage before doing the detailing. It's a lot of work, and I suspect doing another four will take me some time as I only spend a few hours 4-5 days a week working in the shipyard, and we've been doing a fair amount of traveling. I did have my first opportunity to fire up my new Byrnes thickness sander to create some 1/64 thickness sheet for these.
  15. On to the whaleboats. Each is made up of 7 lifts glued together and then carved/sanded to profile. I glued all seven sets, and set to work on the boats that will be the spares stored upside down on the boat bearer/shelter of the Morgan. My references suggest that these were primed only, to be painted when needed to replace a lost boat. Below are the two boats, one with only the fore and aft profile sanded and the other (exterior shaping) complete. About 3 hours work to turn the left hand example into the right hand result.
  16. Thank you. This makes great sense to me and mirrors what I originally thought about the iron goods and rust. The line tub weight is an excellent point. I have read both Moby Dick and Heart of the Sea and your post has tickled my memory about bringing goods to the boats prior to launching. I appreciate the reply. Bruce
  17. Thanks to all, especially for the pictures. I have previously built the MS New Bedford Whaleboat so I know the equipment - just not certain how much to add to the 5 inch long whaleboats of the Morgan's davits. I like the look of the Lagoda model whaleboat contents and will try my best to duplicate that in this scale - mast/sail, oars, paddles, line tubs with canvas cover, rudder in stored position, and probably the line up front that the harpoons were connected to. Bruce
  18. As I work on the whaleboats for my Charles W Morgan build a question has come up I cannot find an answer for in my scanty references. What equipment stayed in the boats when stored and lashed on the davits? At least the furled sail and mast I suspect and probably the oars lashed down. What about the line tubs with their canvas covers? What was brought on only when preparing to launch? Implements (harpoons, lances and so on), water cask, etc.? I'm not at all sure that having the stored boats "fully equipped " is realistic unless immediately ready to launch. Anyone have ref
  19. Finished the cutting in stage today. The Morgan (ship) is done. I'll put it somewhere safe and begin working on the whaleboats. Since I've been ignoring other projects and interests to push to get to this stage, I'm going to limit myself to mornings in the shipyard till the whaleboats are done and mounted. Here's the cutting in stage:
  20. The drawback to learning on the go (first rigged ship) is that it's like having your first grade, fifth grade, and eight grade school projects jumbled up and presented together. On the plus side I've learned better ways to do most things and stuff NOT to do. I'm fairly pleased with it tho, for all its little warts.
  21. Running rigging is now done. New candidate for repetitive mindless job of the month: making dozens of rope coils for the belay point (last picture). The rest are views of the essentially complete Morgan with coils for the spider bands and mainmast pinrail yet to be placed. I was hoping to be completely done (except the 7 whaleboats) before I leave the country for a week, but the coils took longer than expected and I won't have time to do the cutting-in stage and the paint touch ups here and there that it needs. Only a day or two work remaining.
  22. Thanks for the likes. Today's task is painting the last set of blocks white, for the braces but also for the tack lines (sheets) for the two jibs I've set (forgot those in my enthusiasm at being almost done with the rigging!). First post in this log 3 years ago, about 2 months after I started the build. I'll post a full set of pictures once the rigging and cutting stage are done, as the boat goes into its case awaiting the project of building 7 whaleboats. I'm looking forward to a miniature carpentry task after all this rig(ing)amarole.
  23. I haven't posted progress because the foremast was just duplication of the mainmast yards, and I also took a week or so away to recharge. Having said that, I must be learning something from this process since the foremast went easier (altho the belay points were also more accessible, which helped. Certainly doing the Morgan for my first truly rigged ship turned out to be a real challenge. Some bits don't bear real close inspection, some lines had to be spiced, etc. etc. At any rate, the running rigging is now done except for the braces and placing rope coils. I expect that to take me a week
  24. I wish I had done this, Maze of ropes and spars is right.
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