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Peter Bloemendaal

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  1. Keeping the log going with a few more photo's. This time with the work done on some of the gun deck hatches and gratings. The bricked platform was a challenge, not sure if I nailed it (actually I'm pretty sure I didn't nail it...lol) but I'm sort of satisfied with the outcome and happy to move on.
  2. Thanks again for the likes and comments. Time for a progress update with a few photo's. I added some red to the bulwarks (makes a big difference to the appearance of the model, almost feels like I'm getting somewhere...., for a little while.), added the margin planks and the waterways. The extra bend to the margin planks made the fit a lot better. Next was the checkerboard floor panel. I have been concerned for a while about getting the strips accurately cut with a scalpel only and have been playing with the idea of getting a cheap or secondhand 4" table saw. In the end I didn't trust the cheap Chinese options, couldn't find a secondhand one and end up just going for it with the scalpel....lol. I shouldn't have stressed as the result in my humble opinion is quite acceptable. Here are some photo's (in random order).
  3. Here is an update on the progress with chapter 9, the planking of the Bulwarks. WelI..., maybe a bit more than just progress, I have basically finished them. I only still need to paint them red. When starting to look ahead at the next step, the margin planks, I noticed that the curve of the most forward plank doesn't match my model, there is quite a gap. So I used Chuck's jig to laterally bend the hull planks to give the margin plank a bit of an extra bend. I added a photo. I'll find out tomorrow if it worked or not. The last photo I just added to show my work setup (in it's un-edited messy state...); Here are some photo's.
  4. Again, Thanks for the likes everyone. I have added just 3 photo's this time with not a lot of progress. I decided to add the ropes to the stern port hinges, try to simulate the bolt heads to the pintels, gudgeons, keel plate and horse shoe plate with some CA (with mixed results). I also added small pins to try to accentuate the stern port hinges a bit. After I took these photo's the rudder has gone into "storage" until the end of the built. A pin came off one of the pintels when putting the assembly back into my working cradle. The rudder was slightly angled, didn't make the slot and jammed a bit. So to avoid future mishaps, while using the cradle I won't have the rudder assembly fitted.
  5. Thanks for the likes everyone. Here is the continuation of the rudder efforts. I did try soldering for a bit but this was a big fail. Too flimsy to hold the parts in place and I couldn't get the solder to adhere to both parts. So CA glue was used as the next best option. I'm pretty happy with the result. I managed to be able to take the rudder assembly on and off the stern post as intended. Here are some photo's.
  6. A little progress on the rudder. I remember I had a lot of problems with fitting the pintels and gudgeons on my Syren build so I plan to take it slow. I might try soldering the pins onto the pintels this time. Using CA glue on the pins isn't very strong and gets messy when things don't fit 100%. Here are some photo's. All dry fitted up to this point.
  7. Thanks John, I pretty much use Gorilla PVA wood glue for everything (except rigging of course). It glues more than just wood, takes long enough to cure to move things around if necessary and any excess can easily be cleaned or peeled off while it's curing. Up to this point in the model I only used superglue to help glue 2 parts because I needed the instant "hold". Peter
  8. Well, first a big thanks for the compliments and the likes. I have completed Chapter 7, the Stern and quarter galleries. Like most I struggled with finding the right color for the castings and photo etched details. Please don't ask how I got to the color I used. I mixed that much that often, I wouldn't have a clue. In the end I just settled with what I got and hoped for the best. I have attached some photo's. A few to show how I added a small "spacer strip" to help align the letters CONFEDERACY and a few how I raised the back of the model so I could better align the castings (I didn't like to do that upside down). And a few of the final stages. I used "Micro Kristal Klear" to create the windows. Peter
  9. To start off, thanks for the likes everyone. I must honestly admit that this has been a bit of a scary part of the built with lots of (luckily small) breakages and creative ways to "clamp" bits together. In a lot of cases my fingers were the 'clamp' where I patiently listened to songs on the radio hoping my fingers wouldn't cramp up. I also started using superglue and PVA glue together. Superglue for the instant 'grab' and PVA for the added strength. Considering all that, I am happy with where I am at the moment. Not perfect, but not too bad either... Here are some photo's....(which have been loaded in reverse order.....)
  10. I took a break from sanding a bit and did some work on the stern. I added the cap rails and the first shell layer that closes the galleries. I decided to bend my own cap rails and not use the laser cut parts. I wasn't sure the staining of the laser cut parts would be consistent and bending them didn't cause any problems. I do believe that earlier in the build I might have made some mistakes as the shells supplied in the kit weren't even close to the area's they needed to cover. To get a start on how to start shaping the shells, I made some dummy cardboard shells first and added the windows at the most visually logical position and used this assembly to shape the wooden one. The photo's will show what I mean. Maybe this way I'll get away with it. Definitely a challenging part of the build... Just plodding along here...lol Here are some photo's.
  11. Thanks John, Yep, you will need plenty of sandpaper. Its tedious work, the thinner the bulwalks get the less pressure you want to apply, the less you take off. It's the old "the final 10% takes 90% of your time. I find it difficult at times to judge when enough is enough. I have a loyal black Labrador always laying down at my feet in front of the worbench. If I stand there sanding for too long he slowly seems to change colour.... Peter.
  12. I have been happily creating saw dust by reducing the inboard sides of the hull. When I took the following photo's I thought it was pretty much done but while editing them and checking Chuck's manual again I realized I still have a little bit more to do, Especially a bit more thinning out is required at the deck level.....sigh... Still I think it's OK to show the photo's, so here they are....
  13. Meet GEORGE. At 8 weeks not quite ready yet to help me build but I will be working on that. I'll have him stretching rope in no time.
  14. Another update on the progress on the stern. The next step will be fairing the inside of the hull to a maximum of 5/32" which I started with using the Dremel. I'm a bit nervous of this step in the build so I plan to take it very easy. A good time for some photo's up to this point.

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