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Peter Bloemendaal

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  • Birthday 04/21/1958

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  1. Thanks Harley, as long as the mistakes I make are fixable I should be OK.... Thanks Svein, I actually don't mind basswood. The Syren turned out OK, you just have to be extra careful because of the softness. The softness also makes it easier to shape which can be a bonus when you are mainly using hand tools. Thanks Dwight, I have seen the thread here and already found the site where the plans are sold. It has been in the back of my mind but at this point I am leaning towards keeping her as a hull only. I reserve the right to change my mind in the future though….lol
  2. At the current stage of my built, this is what it feels like...... https://giphy.com/gifs/diy-mouth-wood-3o7WIQtTOFCeLtrpcs
  3. Another update with a few photo's. When working on the Quarter deck port sill and lintels I noticed I goofed up with the placement on the laser parts H-H. I placed them on the wrong side of the laser edge on the bulkhead extension. This required some fixing. I think I got away with it. This is shown on photo 4 & 5. (the photo's were imported in random order). The other pics show a bit more progress after that (hopefully without any stuff-ups this time)....🙂 Peter
  4. Hi Kurt, To take advantage of getting the HMS Winchelsea plans for free and because I wanted to become a member of the NRG anyway for a while I joined as a member today. Because I am stupid...sigh..., I ended up putting an incorrect email address in the form so I won't get the confirmation email (I didn't check first and filled it in with a ".au" at the end). My correct email address has no .au What is the best way to fix that? Peter
  5. Hi Harley, It doesn't feel like a good beginning at times but whatever has gone wrong so far is recoverable I think...lol. The camera I'm using is Sony RX100-II. It's a 20 Megapixel full frame compact, so there is plenty of data to crop from. Just curious, how are you going with your Confederacy?? Peter
  6. Another update. I'm having "fun" working on Framing the stern. The stern frames were way too loose for the slots so I decided to fix the outside ones first and use them to work my way in. When the 2 outer frames were fitted I noticed that Bulkhead 8 wasn't properly squared up. The outer stern frames had a 4-5 mm difference from the centre which was quite noticeable. Bugger...!!. Cutting the additional outer supports I put in helped a bit. When adding the inner stern frames I found after adding the lintels that two of the frames were misaligned as well. Bugger again...!!. So I am fumbling my way through at the moment. Some additional sanding will be on the menu later. Here are some photo's.
  7. Thanks everyone. Just a small update to keep the momentum going. First I added some blocks to the working stand to secure the model. Next I added the Sub-gun deck Platforms. I am not totally happy with the look but I was experimenting a bit as these platforms are barely seen. As a side note I have split the 1/8"x1/16" basswood strips into three batches. The lighter ones, the darker ones and rejects. I used the best of the rejects for these platforms. I don't have the luxury I had with the Syren covering the hull with copper plates so when I get to planking the hull I want to make sure I use the best strips. I also added the safety timbers, the shadow box and timber frames. I added some temporary loose timber strips in the gaps of the frames. Next will be fairing the hull..... Here are a few photo's.
  8. It's time to start a new log. I have only spent a few weeks making a start on the Confederacy so there is not a lot to show yet. Others have presented some nice introductions to the history of this ship and of the content of the kit, so I don't feel there is a need to repeat that here. I'll do my best to do justice to this beautiful ship. So without further ado, it's straight to the first few photo's.
  9. Hi Patrick, They are clothing pegs I found at the local hardware store here (Bunnings). They have a decent 'reach' and they have rubber pads where they meet. Basswood is relatively soft and easy to dent so the padded ends worked out quite well. I'm not sure if you can get them in the USA. Peter
  10. Once I start a kit I am committing myself to finishing it before I start another one. I loose concentration and start making mistakes if I do too many things at once. You are also less likely to finish one, in my view. I am also not experienced enough yet to change the order in which the instructions are written. If the kits designer got to the finish line that way, I see no reason to mix it up. I also don't break up repetitive tasks. Once I figured out the best way to do something and make a start, I keep going. The risk in taking long breaks is that the section before the break will look slightly different than the section after....lol I do off course read ahead in the instructions and learn from the other logs on the forum.
  11. Hi Danny, Just letting you know my Syren build has now finished. Thanks, Peter..
  12. Just to counter the excesses of the previous posts, here is a more minimalistic approach (don't worry, I'm just jealous........). One shed, one work bench, one model, no stash.....lol (to be fair, I do have two boxes of models In the house).

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