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  1. Ouch! I have a thought for what it's worth. The hand wheel for what seems to be a friction brake on the dual purpose winch appears to be in spot where it would cover the deck repairs - if only the winch assembly was placed slightly to the rear of where they are on the actual boat, maybe a foot to 18". A paper cutout of the winch/hand wheel footprint could help decide if that would be an acceptable or unforgivable alteration. Gary
  2. Beautiful work Dan - and such an ambitious project. Congratulations on its completion. Wonderful model and build log. Gary
  3. Hello Wefalck, I've been reading your log from the beginning and have just caught up. A very interesting and educational thread to be sure. Your machine tools are great but it is your skill in using them that is so admirable. Astonishing detail at so small a scale. Very impressive and beautiful work! I look forward to future updates. But . . . . . are you sure that match stick isn't really a modified broom handle with a sponge stuck on the end? Gary
  4. As Keith stated above - this model does look like the real thing. Nice meticulous work on the stringers and risers G.L. She is looking sweet. Gary
  5. I completely agree with Marks’ statement above. An astonishing amount of miniature brass detail all nicely made and precisely duplicated. l really like the color and richness of the deck as well and the multiple top coats gave it a beautiful depth. Your work process is a pleasure follow. Very nice Keith. Gary
  6. Hello G.L. Yes, the hull too will be weathered and worn to match the rest of the boat. I agree, at this point the hull does look rather clean and maybe even out of place, but that will change. My general approach to building a weathered model is to build it like I didn't intend to weather it and at the last moment changed my mind. In this case I try to imagine what the real boat must have looked like sliding off the ways for the first time - clean, tough and expertly made. Years of hard service, inconsistent upkeep and the relentlessness of Mother Nature change her appearance, but it is only cosmetic. Thanks for stopping by. Hello Tom and thanks. If in the end it turns out well, I will offer it free to one of the maritime museums here in New England if they want it. Gary
  7. Thanks to all for stopping by and hitting the like button. Thank you so much John. Thank you Ekis for your nice comments. I’m pleased you’re inspired to perhaps give some these techniques a try for yourself, but be forewarned - weathering is addicting and the results can be unpredictable and often disappointing. Be sure to do test trials on scrap material first. Weathering can destroy a perfectly nice model in a heartbeat - no need to ask me how I know this. Thank you Hubert for your high appraisal of my work - I’m blushing like a newlywed. I’m glad you are following along and enjoying the log. I am absolutely terrible at tying knots and can never seem to remember what goes under where and over the top of which. I am lucky to get my shoes tied every morning - well most mornings anyway. Thanks for your comment Keith. As always Druxey, thank you for your comments. Gary
  8. Thanks to all for stopping by and hitting the like button. Thanks Keith and John for your comments. Yes it’s a simple and fairly convincing technique for piles of tired looking rope. Hello Michael – thanks for the kind words. I’ve enjoyed doing the weathering on this model, but it does make for slow progress. So much trial and error involved - a lot of both. But I knew this before I started and the process is fun. And I'm in no hurry to finish. Thanks for swinging by and for your comments. Well I haven’t needed to use a microscope yet, but I do have the most powerful magnification lens snapped into my OptiVisors. Thanks for stopping in and for your nice comment Tom. I’m glad you found my build log Ken and I hope you find something useful here. Thanks for the nice comments. Hello Michael and Druxey. Yes, I have always admired Winslow Homers' work. He was quite prolific and a master at several art mediums. Here is another of my favorites by Homer from the same time period. Fisher Folk in a Dory - 1881 - Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum So here is a short update on the dragger. The dory was mounted to the wheelhouse roof. It sits on wood frames and is tied down with rope attached to eyebolt rings. I tried to make the knot as small and unobtrusive as I could – I think it's called the “halfwits' hitch". Glue holds it together. I also added some vertical and horizontal grab irons to the pilothouse. It has occurred to me that most of the photos I’ve provided over the past few months have all been close-ups and small portions of things. So I took some overall shots of the model to show where it stands at this moment. The boat is 11 ¼” in length. Thanks for stopping by. Gary
  9. Hello Maury and Mark. I built a sardine carrier that also had these offset rings in the hatch covers and wondered about that myself. The hatch covers on my model were considerably larger at 2’ wide by 6.5’ long and would have required a man on each end to lift them, but were essentially the same configuration. I think this ring placement was to keep the cover from rolling over to vertical once it was lifted. This would almost certainly happen if the rings were placed in the center at each end unless the cover was perfectly balanced which is unlikely. And I believe that rings were used instead of regular door pull type handles because the rings drop flat onto the cover when not in use and wouldn’t be crushed or broken the first time something heavy landed on it. Or I could be totally wrong. Maury your model is looking great and your log is a pleasure to follow. Very nice work. Gary
  10. I’ve been following along on your build and enjoying watching your progress Kevin. Very nice work you’re doing here and boy she is big model isn’t she! I really enjoy these working boats - especially fishing boats. Excellent job on that highly detailed winch. Looking forward to future updates. Gary
  11. This is a beautiful model you’re building here Bedford. And who doesn’t love a lapstrake pulling boat? 1:8 is such an enjoyable scale to work in and your metal details are really great. Extremely nice work. Oh - and your full size build is stunning and I’m sure she’s a pleasure to sail and row. Gary
  12. This is such an interesting craft Elroy and I like the fact that you’re providing detailed information on how they were/are built. Good luck on your build - I will follow along. Gary
  13. This looks to be an interesting build Ken. I will follow along. Gary
  14. This boat is coming along great G.L. Good idea using a wallpaper steamer for the steam box. The framing and grating turned out sweet - very nice. And I enjoy the detailed description of your work process - thanks. Gary
  15. Wonderful work Valeriy. I am always impressed by your splendid metal work. The wheelhouse and its details are very nice indeed. I’m looking forward to seeing how your brackets will be used. Gary

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