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Hubac's Historian

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  • Birthday 08/11/1973

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    17th Century Naval Architecture, furniture design and construction with an emphasis on the Art Nouveau period, 20th Century architecture, wood carving, muscle cars, the Knicks, and early American longrifles.

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  1. As for deck furniture, Bill, I’ll make a forward capstan for the forecastle deck, deck railings at each upper deck break, numerous cleats for tying off, ladder access to the poop and poop royal decks, and spare topmasts and main yards for the waist. I am glad that the color scheme is pleasing to you. Thank you for the links, Chapman; those are the clearest images I have seen of these DR drawings. The quarter view is particularly instructive for the stern architecture of an early First Marine vessel. ‘Much appreciated!
  2. Thank you all for the likes and kind comments! Rob - honestly, I think I’m only scratching the surface of what the reality of the ship may have been. I am sure she was a spectacle in every way. In fact, I suspect there was a significantly broader color palate, in use, but I feel that I would really only be guessing, beyond what I’ve laid out so far.
  3. Hey Dan, These were photo-etch pieces. I’ll show you what I mean at our ZOOM meeting on Tuesday. Leading into Labor Day Weekend, I realized that I would need to cram-in a ton of hours, if I had any hope of getting where I wanted before the Joint Clubs meeting. And so, my wife and kids went off to CT to stay poolside, with family, and I got to work. The primary objective of the weekend was to erect the forward bulwarks. I gave the lapping joint of each bulwark piece a third going-over to ensure absolutely the best fit possible. Unfortunately, it cannot be avoided that the part will always be under tension, as it must bend significantly to conform to the run of the hull. Anticipating this, I had affixed a styrene tab at the point where tension is greatest. My glue plan was to cement a welded bond along the rabbet with liquid styrene cement, but also to apply CA to the additional tab for a contact bond that would assist the tweezer spring-clamps that I bought for this purpose. Where the bulwark joins the beakhead bulkhead, I similarly used styrene cement below the forecastle deck ledge, and a spot of CA above the ledge. There was simply no good way to clamp this corner, owing to its extreme tumblehome, so I used a tape clamp to assist during drying. First, I put some blue tape down to protect the deck from any errant glue drops: I also applied two layers of blue tape to the clamp jaws, as these particular spring clamps apply a really strong bite onto the material; I was hoping not to mar my paint. For better leverage with the smaller clamps, I made up small styrene clamping cauls that hooked beneath the wales to which they were taped in-place. As with any significant glue-up, a dry-run really helps steer you away from potential pit-falls; before making the cauls, I found that the small clamps only had a tenuous grip on what is really a very shallow lap-joint. With only a few small gaps that touch-up paint will fill, I ended up with really tight-fitting joints and enough small squeeze-out to convince me that there is a strong welded bond along the part’s entire length: The relative mass of the model is becoming apparent now: I will say that while the skid segments lined up near perfectly, I will still have to fill a few gaps, here and there, with sanded shims of styrene strip. This is not a big deal, and I prefer to use plastic, rather than putty, wherever possible. Also, the squeeze-out is not a major chore to clean away. I have a purpose-ground #11 blade that works like a semi-sharp glue chisel to scrape away the excess. Now that the bulwarks were up, I could install the gusset pieces that serve a dual purpose: they re-enforce the lap-joint by increasing glue surface area between the deck and the bulwarks. Also, they will eventually serve as mounting points for my deck beams. After scribing-in and glueing, the bulwarks became notably stiffer: Unlike the lower decks, this time I thought to black-out these gusset pieces, as more light will penetrate below these upper decks. Next, I wanted to final fit the open sheaves I made for the top corners of the beakhead bulkhead rail. I also wanted to make knees for these corners. While the sheaves are a contrivance, on my part, to cover for the height discrepancy between the bulwark top rails, these knees were an actual feature of real practice. Just as they do on a real ship, the knees I made increase surface area and do quite a lot to strengthen the area. Frankly, I just don’t trust CA to do the hevy lifting of holding these corners together, over time: Although it is not readily apparent in the picture above, I simulated the bolt heads that hold these knees in place. Also, above, I am holding in-place the forward beam ledge for the forecastle deck. So, finally, I’m approaching the finish-line for painting of the aft port bulwark piece. There is still some gold work to do on the siren figures, as well as the quarter piece, but now the full color scheme comes into clear focus: My objective with the paintwork, because I have chosen such a vivid scheme, is to identify areas where I can replicate the same colors and techniques, in order to create a sense of continuity. All throughout the ship, anything with a fishtail gets painted first with a grey enamel under-wash, and then top-coated with the ver-de-gris wash. I also really liked the use of silver metallic beneath a more natural green wash, that I used for the female Four Seasons figures, on the stern. The siren on the aft end of the amortisement received this particular treatment for her dress, and the wash-coat really highlights the sculpted folds of the dress very nicely. For the face and neck of the quarter piece, I decided to use the same enamel grey wash and wipe-away technique that I applied to the horse-head of the figurehead. It’s subtle, but it really brings out the small facial features of these sculptures. The four Continental figures will also receive this treatment. I think it lends these statues a sense of aged neo-classicism. So, soon I will make and fit the gusset pieces for the aft bulwark piece, and hopefully get the whole assembly glued-up and touched-up in time for the show. Thank you all for the likes, comments and for looking in!
  4. Consider me a "like" for every post! I really appreciate your methodical approach and precise workmanship. I will follow with great interest.
  5. Super crispy! This is the standard of work that I would like to read more about in the Nautical Research Journal.
  6. The model is first-rate, but that plastic base is lacking, IMHO. The manufacturer should consider upgrading this, even just a little.
  7. EJ, your carving skills are improving exponentially! Fantastic work on the headrails and figurehead!!
  8. Not having built the kit myself, yet, it’s a little difficult to say with certainty, but I believe the lower extension of these round houses is deliberate, so that the waste pipes have a means of ejecting through the headrails.
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