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  1. After reading the US Navy’s history of the Barbary Wars, where US Brig Syren figured prominently and Constitution was flagship, I’ve wanted to see a build of Constitution from this period. I look forward to following your build. Cheers, Keith
  2. I’m actually more concerned about the health effects of sitting for long periods hunched over a work bench. Ours is a pretty sedentary hobby (except maybe for our brains and fingers).
  3. I think the stowed boat looks great. On a small vessel like a cutter, with limited deck space, things must appear “tight.” I suspect IRL there would be much more gear stowed on deck, adding even more to a cramped appearance. Keith
  4. I still wonder if both cables weren’t left turned on the drum. Even with the pawl engaged, an anchor could be lowered by letting the line slip around the drum in a controlled manner. To me this would be a much safer method for dropping anchor than just cutting it loose to run out wildly. And if turns weren’t on the drum before anchoring, when weighing anchor the crew would have to haul up all of cable from below (and I suspect the bitter end was secured to a hard point in the hold), and thread the end of the cable around the drum several times and then feed all the excess cable back down below. If anchored in shallow water, that could be a lot of excess cable. FWIW, Keith
  5. Hmmm, good one. Perhaps both cables had turns on the winch but the turns for the one not being worked were left slack or loose around the winch barrel. A winch or windlass will only take a strain when there is tension on the inboard end of the line, otherwise the line will slip. Having turns around the winch or some some other hard point would also help the crew control the anchor as it’s dropped and the ship backed down to set the anchor. Having handled my fair share of mooring lines, it wouldn’t be fun hauling all the line out of the cable tier to get to the bitter end so as to get it off the winch, but maybe that’s what they did. HTH, Keith
  6. My guess would be that after the first anchor is set, the cable was “stoppered,” taken off the winch, then turned around an appropriate hard point (eg. riding bitt). Then the cable for the second anchor was taken to the winch and the process repeated. Curious to learn if there was another method. Cheers, Keith
  7. Be careful with the two-part epoxies too. Not sure if it’s the resin or the catalyst, but I understand it’s common for people to develop a contact sensitivity to something in the mix.
  8. I recall a wise man advising us all to take care because "Every one of you, in my opinion, is a master modeler and we need to keep that talent intact." Glad you caught your plumbing problem in time and you'll be staying with us. Wishes for a quick and uneventful recovery, Keith
  9. Wish I’d have known about this show, I would have driven over for the day too. Thanks for posting the photos. Cheers, Keith
  10. I really like the added bolt detail, as you say, they’re pretty prominent on the prototype. Not to derail Jon’s log, but does anyone know if these would be a common construction feature on other vessels of the period (eg. the US Brig Syren)? Any references to recommend re: this shipbuilding practice? Thanks ahead, Keith
  11. Have you seen these resin dry transfer rivets? I haven't used them myself, but might save considerable time. https://www.archertransfers.com/PAGE_Rivetpic.html Cheers, Keith
  12. Seems on many hand windlasses the holes for the handles (spikes?) were alternated on the windlass barrel. This would allow multiple teams of men to provide continuous power...one team beginning a pull, one ending a pull, another repositioning their spike, etc. Slow by today’s standard, but what isn’t? What the “ancients” lacked in technology they made up for with time and man power. I used to work on cars a lot, mostly with just hand tools. Removed and tightened many bolts with simple combination wrenches (when a socket wouldn’t fit). Slow going, but effective. Cheers, Keith
  13. Yeah, I know what you mean. The bar has been set pretty high. Still fun to learn new techniques from the masters here and attempt to emulate.
  14. While this horse has been thoroughly beaten, I wouldn’t consider the vessels pictured in the original post “small boats.” Cheers, Keith

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