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About niwotwill

  • Birthday 02/10/1942

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    Queen Creek, AZ
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    Classic Hot Rods and Ship Modeling

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  1. I like you stanchion alignment very ingenious for drilling the turned stiles you bought. For your reference I'm building a pattern follower for my lathe using David Antscherl's plan on HMN Swan Class Sloops volume 1 page 288 I'll let you know how it works. C. Chase is looking really great and I especially like the centerboard. Will
  2. Yahoo! I got my wood late yesterday and inspected and measured each piece for imperfections, grain, color, size and flatness. I am very happy with the quality of the wood the grain is very tight and straight and the color is very uniform so after ripping and milling the sorting for planking uniformity will be very easy. I only milled enough for the wales, bulwark, and deck planking so now I started installing the first wale layer and next will be the acid test as I start the bulwark planking and fitting/trimming the sills around the gunports and sweeps. Once the wale glue is dry I'll start the bulwarks. Now I'd better get back to rigging the Morgan. Its getting close so I need to stay after it. Oh yeh, I've posted of the alaskan yellow cedar and basswood strips for you comparison. The cedar is on top Still more glue left from removing the planking done earlier. Just a lot of fine sanding but the old glue comes off fairly easily and leaves the surface ready for the new pieces. I really had no problems getting the surface ready for the wales hoping the rest goes as easily. Till next post Will
  3. Thanks for the comment Jonathan and everyone else for the likes Well another day spent de-constructing a model. I got all the bulwark strakes and the first wale off with not problems, just time to soak with water. The PVA glue became a rubbery layer of somewhat sticky goo which enabled me to just gently pry up the pieces and the slowly lifted off in one piece. Just took time to soak. I worked on my Morgan rigging while waiting for the soaking still a good day of modeling. I did find one good attribute of basswood during this process and that is it is so soft and porous that it soaks up the water and holds it in place while the PVA softens other than this I don't like the stuff and will never use it again. Now I just need to wait for my Alaskan Yellow Cedar to arrive and I can start ripping and milling to 5/32" x 1/16" and 1/8" x 1/16" strips. Waiting is the hardest part as the song says. Will
  4. Been awhile since last post but I have been working of the first wale and then starting the bulwark planking. Pictures to follow. When I needed to start cutting the plank around the gunports and sweeps I ran into problems. I have tried and tried to cut the gunport lid sills as described in the manual but can get the cuts as clean and straight as I'd like. No matter what I use if I put too much pressure while cutting the wood starts to crush and not make a clean crisp cut. I use a new #11 blade for each cut and it still is not as I'd like. What I've found is that the basswood does not carve like a hardwood and carving is really what needs to be done on the bottom and top edges so you have a clean crisp straight cut for the sill. The fore and aft edges are much easier since the cut is against the wood grain so the cuts are fine BUT the end grain is problematic since it is so coarse that you can see and and I can't imagine what a stain would do with the open grain. ugh! And then trying to keep the sill less that 1/32" perimeter is very trying. So I took everything off and will start again with harder wood. Chuck has been really talking up yellow alaskan cedar so what the heck I tried some I had around and found it to be much superior to basswood and have ordered enough to plank the bulkheads. I hope it works as well as the little I had to try in my experiment. Let you know when I get my delivery and get it ripped and milled to the correct size next week. Bye for now Will and thanks to everyone for my thanks. PS I forgot to mention the wood in its many shades of yellow, tan, or grey. I realized the I'd have to sort the kit wood for each area that was going to be stained and not painted. Look at the pictures and you'll see the different colors of the basswood.
  5. Very nice Maury. I've been following your log and now started to follow with MSB so I get your updates on a regular basis. I'm using TurboCad to develop plans and loft the brigantine Leon from Harold Underhills plans but with so many copies of copies of copies the plans are quite unreliable as the waterline have become blurred. I friend of mine has suggested my starting a pungy she schooner from plans he bought from Mystic Seaport years back. So I'm very interested in your model and the research you've put into getting a very nice model. Great looking model the scale really shows the models construction details. Will
  6. Paints dry and now onto first wale. I used a 1/8" strip that i'd bent to fit the shape of the deck plan to determine if my construction matched up with the laser marks on the frames. With the battens on I looked at the line from all directions, felt it looked good and went to lunch and a swim. Came back in much refreshed and the battens didn't look as good as I first thought, so I took the pins out and moved the middle up until the run looked good from all angles. Checked the the batten to the laser marks and sure enough the marks on frames 6, 7, 8 & 9 were approximately 1/32" lower than my batten top. Question, question, and question where was the difference. I took 7 pieces of 1/8" strip and glued the together like the planking will be, using the jig of strips I started moving down the sides to see if the jig aligns with the top of the wale and the top of the bulwark. It aligned perfectly along the entire length of the batten, so!!!!!! I guess its correct. Went back and checked everything again with the same result. Being a retired engineer (I know an electrical one but still and engineer) as the saying goes "there comes a time to shoot the engineer and go to production". I put the wales on. Wale photos to follow Will
  7. Painted the gunport and sweep ports with sanding sealer and then used 400 girt wet and dry to smooth the insides of the ports prior to painting. Spent a fair amount of time cleaning the surfaces to be painted by vacuuming and then wiping with new tack rags to get all the dust and debris off before painting. I'm painting with acrylic paint and am using Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic on my models. For the red color I'll use vermillion straight from the tube and thinned very little. I really like the color with the contrast with golden oak stain and black trim, pops nicely but not too bright. I'm going to use english holly on the deck with a diluted golden oak stain to give a golden bleached look. Can't wait to see, but first things first.
  8. Getting ready to start hull planking as described in chapter 5. First thing is to paint the gunport and sweep port frame linings vermillion red. Sanding them out to prepare for painting I remembered something I read somewhere "PHOTOGRAPHS SEE AND REVEAL EVERYTHING" so I took closeup photos of gunport and sweep ports and boy what a mess. I then spent the rest of the day filing out each port using small swiss cut files. Take a photo, file more, photo, file more until satisfied. After all completed I'll paint with sanding sealer and check again tomorrow. Thing to remember is PHOTOS REVEAL EVERYTHING. Will
  9. Got stern gunports installed using the same 15/32" square tool used on the port and starboard gunports. Counter filler blocks installed without incident. Marked the bulwark fairing on the outside counter as described in the manual using a wood strip. Faired the counter to the bulkwarks and the counter frames, what was amazing was that I did this without breaking one of the frames. Man are they fragile.
  10. Well here I'm back after many interruptions. Spent way too much time putting on the stern counters. What a pain in the ***, but after many starts and one broken i've got them done to my satifaction. Now on the gun ports and fillers.
  11. Mick did you ever find info on the rigging you asked about? I’m finishing up a project and hope to start my Washington in a month or so. Will
  12. Mike i read your entire log and now I’m getting ready to start my galley. Still trying to decide on which wood type to use when picked I’ll then rip and mill to size. I think I’ll start my log when I order my timber. i love your work and have one question, oh maybe more but one for now. Did you use silver solder on the stove? Ok another question what silver did you use sheet, wire, or paste? your work is amazing and something to try for Will
  13. Chuck when I downloaded the drawings I see that they are 1/4" scale but I don't see a scale on the drawing that can be used to verify printing accuracy and such. This is very helpful to those who are scratch building the Winnie. Could you put a scale on the drawing for us to use? Will

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