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  1. Russ, Thanks for for that advice. I did something similar to the bowsprit, as it starts square, has an octagonal section, and finally rounds out near the tenon. I found it wasn’t too hard to round it, and I’ve used a power drill as you described as well. Andy
  2. Is there an alternative to dowels? I’m open to ideas. Square stock, perhaps?
  3. So, next up, and still very much in progress is creating the masts. I decided to start with the bowsprit, mainly because it looks interesting, and is of square stock, not round dowels. All my round dowels that came with the kit are warped like crazy. I emailed Model Shipways ages ago, asking for replacement parts and got no reply. At all. Huh. Anyway, I'll eventually find round dowels locally, I'm sure. Until then, here's the bowsprit as I've done so far: This is all dry-fitted, I'm making the bees and the dolphin striker pieces at the moment. Andy.
  4. Finally, I made and glued in the channels - 2 per side with the holes for the eventual rigging in place. For added strength, I added a metal rod to each channel, drilled hole in the hull where they mount. I also sanded off all the paint to ensure a good, strong bond. Work does continue, as I believe the main deck elements are done. I know, it may not look like it, as pretty much all the stuff is not yet glued or placed on deck, but it's off on a shelf in my room so I don't damage it with further work. The deck has all the holes and cutouts, etc, needed to securely mount them all when needed. Andy.
  5. I also assembled the cannon carriages. The cannons themselves are painted black, the carriages are from laser cut wood, painted red (of course). Now, most ship builders, myself included, usually mount the cannons in a ready-to-fire mode, pointing out the ports, elaborate rigging, etc. However, I saw some photos of the modern Pride, at sea, and the cannons were stowed sideways, and lashed to the bulkhead/railing. So, in the interest of doing something different, I decided to mount them that way on my model. I also then made and glued the cannon port doors, in the closed position:
  6. September of last year. Wow. I've not given up, despite the long delay. So, first thing done is the ship's boat. This is a bread-and-butter construction, sanded down and stained and painted. The oars where shaped from single pieces of wood strips, sanded and stained again. Pretty fun to make, now that I think about it. Andy.
  7. The reason for the rope and chain is simple - that's the specification in the plans, and in photos of the ship. I'd post it here, but am unclear on copyright for it. And, no, I found no eyelet for the hawse holes, and it's too late now to add them, as the rope/chain is already threaded through. Thanks for the thoughts, but I'm not too keen on re-work for them - it was hard enough getting them to their current state. Currently working on the cannons. I was thinking of putting them in a "stowed" manner instead of pointing through the gunports, just for something different. I found a nice photo of that a while ago, but can't find it again, so we'll see. I'll get pictures up when it's done. Andy.
  8. I finished up the windlass and anchors. To do them, I had first drill the hawse holes on port and starboard, which was a little tricky, but managed. I put the windlass itself on two supporting planks, which is a simplification of the instructions, but looks ok in my opinion. The anchors wouldn't blacken, so I had to paint them. Mounting the tying in the anchors was pretty easy, then run the chain and rope to the windlass, and finally glued the chain/rope to the chain pipes. Finally, I used thread instead of wire for the windlass connector, as working with fine wire seemed pretty impossible.
  9. Oh, I reference your build and photos all the time. They’re a great help! Andy.
  10. I found a picture after doing a Google Search - I won't post it here as I'm not sure of the copyright, but I'll update my model and show a picture of that when completed. I guess, to do the chains right, I will need to finally drill the hawse holes, something I've been avoiding as it's a tricky thing. Andy.
  11. So, it's the end of May, about 9 months since my last update. I completed the fife rails: And the rudder: For the rudder, I left both the wood and the brass unpainted, at least for now. I did blacken the chain and CA glue it to the eyebolts. Hopefully I won't bump it and knock it off doing the rest of the build. None of the deck fitting are glued into place, as I'd like to leave it clear as possible for putting in the masts eventually. If anyone has done this kit, I'm wondering what the brittania fittings for the chain pipes, near the windlass, look like. The instructions are particularly vague with no drawings of the chain/ropes around the windlass or how the whole thing fits together. I'd like to finish that next, or work on the cannons. Thanks for bearing with me and my slow progress. Andy.
  12. I am a little worried about it holding up to the rigging. They feel pretty solid to me now, but I will take another look at some means of reinforcing it. As for color, to be honest, I'd not thought about it. The rigging will hide it a little, but painting it wouldn't be too difficult. Thanks for the thoughts, Andy
  13. Still moving slowly, but glued in the pinrails today. I always have trouble getting the pin in straight line, and I guess this effort is no exception. Andy.
  14. Finally catching up on some of the comments - thanks all for the nice words. As to modlerbob's other question about finishing as the actual POB II, I'm not sure. I may leave off the tiny, tiny lettering the plans specify as I can't hand-paint it, and finding and gluing small letters just doesn't seem worth it. I'm basically OK with leaving it "unnamed" as it were. The deck furniture is not yet installed and glued into place, mainly to allow me still work without snagging things. The catheads are glued, don't really have a choice there, but working the masts into place around the other furniture seems difficult, so the deck is nice and clean right now. Some exceptions, but there you go. Now that I'm back home (long story, don't ask), I hope to make small bits of progress on the weekends, re-kindle my work and try to remember how to do what I've already forgotten. Andy.
  15. I'm back. To answer modlerbob's question (above), I do not plan on installing the props. It's not really my vision of the ship. Minor additions to the deck - the cavel and mooring blocks, the pin and cleat platform at the bow, two small ladders (shown here side by side just for the photo) and finally I did the catheads and supports.

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