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Tim Murphy

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About Tim Murphy

  • Birthday 03/06/1950

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    Beverly, Ma.
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    Member Constitiution Guild (USSCMG) & Merrirmack Valley Ship Model Club (MVSMC), also the NRG
    Any type of Ship Model. Like Destroyers best of all.

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  1. Just for your info. The copper plates that are used on the Constitution are about 14” x 39”. They are very thin and the plates are preped for nailing by using a machine that goes back to 1856. The operator puts the plate on a sliding tray uses a hand crank to pass the plate down the tray. Nails on the roller punches the plate. The copper nails used are the size of furniture brads. About 7/8’s long the head about a 1/4”. When they attach the plate to the hull they place the plate over felt paper which covers the area of the hull which will be coppered
  2. Please remember that the original plans of the Constitution do not exist. The British took care of that when they burned the Washington Navy Yard. The closest plans that you have of the original USS Constitution are the take off that the British did of HMS President, the captured USS President. Take a look at the RNM and their study of the Ship. This may help you on your study. Tim
  3. Derek, You are no more over your head then I am. The most important part of this build is that you learn something about the Art of shipbuilding. There are many people involved with this build that see it from many different angles. All teach us something! I should know because I am the worst shipmodeler going. Just use this an learn
  4. I also got my set today. Great Christmas gift! Jack does some great work. It took 6 days to get this from China. Amazing! Thank’s Chuck for finding Jack, and thanks Jack for your skill to make these parts. Tim
  5. Chuck, everything looks great. The side frieze design is the best that I have seen. The quarter galleries are works of art them selves. Still lean toward the natural roof, but like the slate color. Side note, I ordered the Boxwood set form Jack three days ago and they are delivering tomorrow. That is unbelievable. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please get some Rest! Tim
  6. The LCS craft are built in Mobile and Wisconsin. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard only refits Attack Boats today. Wish the Navy would build a better Frigate than these LCS. There a waste of money
  7. Richard G. and Chuck, thanks for the held! I was able to order the clamps from Menards Tim
  8. Chuck, the build is looking great. Chapter two of Winchelsea is a great read. I really don’t understand how you do it? Do this type of model building and run your Company. An off the wall question? Were did you get the long neck clamps that you use? I have tried to find them, but no luck! Help please! Tim
  9. Just for general information. Chuck’s videos can be downloaded from YouTube. They are very good. Tim
  10. Thank You Chuck! This is the best thing that you could have done. I think that sight helps us better than words. Tim
  11. I ordered the cherry set because I may want to use a mix of the woods. Planking to be yellow cedar. The deck to be basswood, and trim tobe cherry. Just a idea that I have.

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