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  1. Nils, Beautiful work as usual. Thank you for sharing. Is the brass one piece, and if so what did you use to cut out the center? I would think a thin sheet would be devilish to keep flat. Thank you Steve
  2. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Mark and Lou, I appreciate your kind comments. Carl, if the anchor can pass through your slippers you deserve another award.... Steve
  3. Great job progress. Xuron also makes scissors specifically for PE. Tiny little hardened edges let you get really close and they go through PE like the proverbial hot knife. I'm doing a bunch of PE trimming and have found them to be indispensable. Steve
  4. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Steve Windlass welcome The ship’s crew welcomed the finished windlass. A few heart-pausing moments including squishing a link on an already short chain while trying to cut it in half, and gluing the base off-center on the deck - why is it that CA dries so quickly when you are making a mistake? Fortunately some quick chiseling popped it loose before it permanently bonded. Deck touch up is in order. But it’s in and the chain ends look like they go somewhere, thanks to all your contributions. Celebratory photos are below. I might dig up a picture of my late father since he had slippers that bore a remarkable resemblance to the hawse pipe covers. But the covers do make a nice concealment for the chain.
  5. A wonderful master class for those of us still in the early stages of ship building. The first few photos of the diorama looked for all the world like the real thing. I kept looking for a diorama within the diorama. Thank you for sharing and explaining. Steve
  6. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Steve The manropes lend themselves to sequential fabrication. First, cut a bunch of lengths and seize in the eyes. Then shift to the jig to develop the wrapped coils. So 16 of 64 are done (only 12 shown in photo in case you are counting) in a timely way and the task no longer looks endless.
  7. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Carl, the windlass is blue gray, more like the second photo than the first. Steve The anchor chains were easier to brush paint suspended between toothpicks. I started with a rust color and then gave highlight washes with gray and black, each one diluted with thinner. They still need a spray of clear flat after the color dries. The rudder-tillers are all stowed, one step closer to hanging the boats from the davits.
  8. Congratulations Tim, a wealth of detail and craftsmanship to match and a visual feast. Thanks for sharing. Steve
  9. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. No more waffling, gotta git’er done. Steve The anchor chain, windlass, hawse pipe lips, chain pipe plates and hawse covers are painted one coat. Since the hawse covers will hide one end of the chains I needed something at the chain pipes. Some photos show windlasses and chain pipes on a mounting pad. I cut a piece of plastic large enough to incorporate the windlass and the chain pipes, then drilled and filed the area of the chain pipe holes. This will give more depth for setting the half-link of the chain to help the illusion.
  10. Bill, Nice job to date. Maybe it's too late but I found if I use boiling water in the PVC pipe a plank softens quicker. Looking forward to the rest of the build. Thanks for sharing. Steve
  11. just realized, in the earlier post I should have said Kevin's photo inspired the rounded one, not the V-version.
  12. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Bill, thank you for the wonderful photos. The detail is incredible. Some day when my skill level goes up far beyond my current ability maybe I'll be capable of that sort of fabrication. For now I'll be happy if I get the covers to a reasonable spec. Carl, are you talking about my second or third attempt? The third is more curved and I thought more in line with Kevin's pic and Bill's second photo. I don't think either one has built up sides - the sides look like the top edge of the hawse hole, which at the moment is hidden under my overlapping cover. Steve
  13. To those who gave likes, thank you and thanks for stopping by. Here’s hawse cover attempt 3, photo-bombed by the disappointed first and second. I realized that if I folded the PE in half the inside curve is easier to cut. I also used a PE door with surface detail to add a little bling. With some edge filing and painting this looks like it could work. Steve

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