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About niwotwill

  • Birthday 02/10/1942

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    Gilbert, AZ
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    Classic Hot Rods and Ship Modeling

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  1. Yes the cedar cuts much easer than the basswood as we can see in you photos showing your excellent craftsmanship. The plank spacing is amazingly straight. I think the cedar edges really help with plank to plank fitting. Really looking good your doing wonderful work. Stay well Will
  2. Well I finished the bulwark thinning. The top is at 1.8" around the entire perimeter and 5/32" around the deck level perimeter. While examining the bulkhead stanchions I noticed a small radius from horizontal to vertical so I spent several hours using a chisel and #11 blade making the corners square. I then took a triangular swiss file to finish off the corner now the the planking sits on the deck surface correctly. I didn't have a 3/16" piece of yellow cedar so I had to surface plane a 5mm piece to 3/16" and then rip the 3/16" vy 1/16" strip for the first plank. Placed the port and starboard forward planks on. They sit very nice I very happy with the fit after all the work the frame/bulwark runction. The Koreans had the turtle boat but my Syren (with clamps) looks like a porcupine boat. I cut the fixed block holes in the bulwark planking and then I stained the blocks golden oak. I put the in the slides after the stain drys tomorrow. Closeup views show everything all though I do have a lot of touchup to do. Thanks for the likes Will
  3. Started chapter 7 today. Not very exciting sanding and sanding the bulkwarks, I got the top of the bulkheads down to 1/8" and to deck level down to 5/32".BTW the bulwark is really strong now with all the planking. I'm hoping this is enough but we'll see as I'm going to sit on it for a couple of days, measuring and thinking. Chuck mentioned the up front by the bow It will get a little thicker but this will be ok, not sure what he meant by that. Any ideas? I could you some direction. Here's a picture of one area as a sample of the thickness. Finished up the fixed blocks the go into the bulwark for the main braces, fore sheets and main tack. Where I originally planned to use 3/32" dia rod I discovered that with a part .04 thick using the partoff tool on the lathe was beyond me so I switched to wood. Turned down a square dowel to 3/32" dia dowel, drilled a .031 hole in the center and used Ed Tosti's method of parting off the disk. Used a #11 blade in a craft knife and it worked great making a clean smooth surface of the cut. I then cut the pieces apart and inserted the disks with wire as the axle. Parts are ready to install when I get the inner planking done. My wife thinks I'm crazy as no one will be able to see the parts. I tell her I'll know that they're there. Drilling the holes Cutting off the parts Turning the rod down Finished fixed blocks ready for staining, tomorrow, and installation after planking completed. Thanks for the likes and views Stay safe and well Will
  4. Your carved pieces look much better than the kit cast ones, keep going. Looking at the cast galleys it is apparent that they are not even the same as sections are missing from each in different locations. I'm going to carve mine as my cast cast ones look as bad as yours. I can only hope the my first carving looks as good as yours. My two cents is wait for the wood and treat the carvings as a separate project and move on with the build. They look good Will
  5. Thanks everyone for the likes it really helps me overlook my oops and keep moving ahead. Slow but steady as Patrick says. Been a while since my last post and after finishing the planking I sanded it smooth and filled are the cracks with putty and sanded some more. More putty more sanding. I finally was satisfied with the shape and smoothness without voids or cracks. I started getting ready for painting by masking off all areas not to be painted black. During taping of the transom to wales intersection looked very rough so I studied and studied and came to realize that the fashion pieces will cover this area so it won't be seen. I sprayed the hull with 8 coats of hull black paint with a light rub with 400 wet-n-dry paper between coats. The painting process took a week and in-between coats I built a display stand. painting came out very nice and gave me an excellent finish to look at the fairing that I had done which was smooth with no hills or valleys. Sitting in my spray booth an old box. One side done let it dry and turn around to the other side. Last coat whew Closeup of starboard bow Closeup of the starboard stern I paint the hull black for a couple of reasons first is I use a machinists surface gauge pointer to scribe the water line into the paint giving me a fine permanent line. second as I said it gives me a good look at the fairing shape and lastly I think it gives a better surface for the copper plates to adhere to. This is the display stand I made while waiting for paint to dry. Two of the supports laying on the drawing to compare. I turned the dowels from some square swiss pear. You can see the square ends before being cutoff. This the completed stand dry fit still needing sanding staining and some poly. A view of the Syren resting on the dry fit stand. I finally got the fashion pieces and transom cap rail. It was pretty eventful make fit remove make fit remove and then after 3 attempts the 4th fashion pieces looked as the should. I had to make the cap rail 3 times as no matter how much I soaked it and how slowly and carefully I bent them they split in the corners. On the fourth attempt I tried to lay a wet paper towel on it as the wood was drying and whew again it worked. I should have used Gahms method of build a jig and saved me all the work. But here it is: A little touch up of black paint and treenails in the transom planks an on the chapter 7. Its coming along slow and steady. Thanks Patrick Everyone stay healthy and well during these trying times. Will
  6. The batten line looks very nice and my Syren has the same upturn in the bow so no worries. Sllow but steady is the correct coarse to take ship modeling in not a race. Your point a great job. Will
  7. Patrick loving the way you're progressing it going to be a great model your an artist. You'll be forever glad you've decided to use the yellow cedar. I make a test panel to look at using it for decking and liked that way it looked but I think I'll make another three or four panels to experiment with stain colors trying to get a more weathered look, we'll see I might one suggestion for staining I've use pre stain conditioner and it helped dull the color differences between grains on the strakes. Looking really good keep it up Will
  8. The copper pattern looks really nice when the plates are in such neat rows. Greet work. I like your approach to the punch using steel wire as I've read where some people use syringe needles which scared me. Looking forward to your progress. Will
  9. Thanks Patrick and everyone on the likes. I spent the last week planking and finished today. When half finished I marked off the frames with tape to located where to drill for the simulated plank nailing on the bulwarks. Then I finished the planking's and sanded to a smooth even surface. Covered planking with putty and sanded and sanded more putty more sanding more sanding what a mess. Spent an afternoon cleaning the shop. This afternoon I spent working of my idea of how to make working sheaves. Was able to prove that I can make them as I envisioned so now I'll start making them in boxwood (easier to machine). In this photo you can see the work I did to get the counter into proper shape. Doesn't look pretty but it'll be covered with black paint and copper plates. You can see the tick marks on the frames which tell me how much to shape and if I'm staying on the marks. Plank symmetry is looking very good. I guess I'll press ahead. Here the tape shows where the frames are behind the bulwark and this allowed me to make the pattern. Planking finished and the bulwark nailing clearly visible. I had stained the alaskan yellow cedar with golden oak and applied a coat of satin wipe on poly. View of finished stern planking before sanding and putty. I had also attached the stern most to see how much filler i would need. I sanded the stem so the mermaid fits as she should. I'm not a carver but I have to do something about this casting its quality is right in order with basswood. Sorry another gripe. I'll try to do better. My double sheave plans IMG_0812.mov Short video of how my setup works on the mill. I used a 1mm dental burr in the mill and made many .030 passes and you can see the slots. Notice the fuzzy edges with basswood. Drill setup using the adjustable angle plate with the vise mounted. The plate is set at 15 degrees which should give the main braces lines the correct angle. I drilled a .021 hole through the part and thens used a .020 copper wire for the axel. I'll turn .093 dia brass rod for the sheaves with a .031 dia hole through which the copper wire will pass making a working sheave. One last photo of the Syren sitting in front of the Charles W. Morgan that I just finished. All is well here everyone stay healthy Will
  10. Just jumped on and am very impressed. Great work. I've got copper plating to come so I'm very keen on how you manage. Keep up with the great posts and pictures. Will 😎
  11. Patrick I'm building the Syren and just a little ahead of you. I finished my planking today. Your work looks really good. I like your idea to fair the lintels as you go but not to to the stanchions. Nice work I look forward to you progress. Will😎
  12. `I've finished my Morgan and now can concentrate on the Syren. The next thing will be the wales and sheer strake. Discovered a big OOPS after getting the wales on I have the last frame and filler pieces not faired properly which was causing the joint between the counter and wales tone misaligned. I took the wales off back to frame middle and the four frames aft of this. You can see from the photos how the counter meets up with the filler pieces which caused the wales to land to high. So I then went and removed the filler pieces and started aggressively fairing the last frame. I then made new filler pieces and during the fairing process I could see the the counter had also taken the wrong shape when I faired the transom frames for the counter planks. I had to remove the counter planks and add some strips on the transom frames so I could then reshape them to correct the counter to frame and filler geometry. All's looking much better so I went ahead and removed the two strakes the were also offending the stern shape. Tomorrow I'll start adding wales, so we'll see how it turns out. This has been the largest mistake Ive had to fix and a very good learning experience.. Good Night Will
  13. Jesse Lee I started following your log just the this last weekend to learn more as I'm building a Syren. I'm up to hull planking. I've learned many things to use on my Syren and want to thank you for your wonderful build and log. Really enjoyed reading and looking at the photos. Can't say enough about how wonderful the ship looks you've done an amazing job creating something to strive for. Willdf
  14. Well I'm back after a long break. Finished rigging my Morgan. Moved to a new house and now during the quarantine I've been able to get some work done on Syren. Finished up the ports and planking along with the transom and counter. I followed Gahms transom planking to give a more detailed look. Thanks Thomas for your posts. I used a darker vermillion as I wanted a different contrast between the planking stain and the red vermillion. Now I'm off to starting hull planking and trying to make real sheaves for the back stay to pull through.
  15. Thomas your work is an inspiration to me of how to make a kit artwork. Many things you've done have shown me how to improve a kit. Thanks for your posts Will

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