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  1. As stated before, I am using Zu Monfeld’s method of building ship’s boats. I have made the molds and the templates of the gunwales. Next I need to make some frames and then the keels/rudders, before I plank the boats with 3mm (1/8”) wide strips of card.
  2. I cut out and fitted my pin rails. I double layered them, since they are card, and set them aside to dry.
  3. It’s been a very educational evening. I learned how to make a hull using the bread and butter technique. I layered the hulls (the male molds anyways) for three ship’s boats. I carved them to their final shapes before sanding them smooth and labeling them to put in my bits bins for later reuse, after I am done with them. I am confident that I could scratch build a ship’s hull with the bread and butter method. I took pictures of the hull blanks in the positions of the ship’s boats, which I will begin tomorrow. They will be made IAW Zu Monfeld (just out of card). The stern boat will hang by davits, which I will also begin tomorrow.
  4. Anchors are rigged and finished: On to the boats. I’m going to make male molds for the 3 different types of boats that the Prince de Neufchatel carried, and build the boat’s frames, keel and planking upside down. The molds will be made bread and butter fashion. I’m using the AOTS for the Victory, due to the time period and similarity between American and British Naval equipment, as my source.
  5. The anchors are installed. I need to finish rigging them. I already made the blocks for them.
  6. My next iteration of rigging blocks (for the anchors): I was inspired to reshape them after seeing the work of others on this site.
  7. The Prince de Neufchatel now has teeth. The guns are glued in place. I also made the anchors (final painting is pending). These are my second set due to those scaling issues that I mentioned earlier. I had to reduce them in size to fit properly. I am going to install the anchors and have a gun rigging party. Due to some more scaling issues, rigging blocks are not going to fit, but I can still put the rigging in place, oh well.
  8. I have discovered some more scaling issues, which considering that I built from multiple sources, in hindsight, is to be expected. Oh well. Pressing on.
  9. I made the iron strapping for my cannons. I have also traced out the parts for the anchors.
  10. I scratch built mine for the Victory, and I am very happy with them. It took a bit, but it was well worth it.
  11. 18 mostly done cannon and carronades. They just need the iron strapping over the pivot point, dry brushed to make them look like iron and then sealed prior to installation.
  12. All 18 guns are now ready to paint. I added the eyebolts and the pivot points. I’m going to let everything dry and probably paint tomorrow.
  13. Mark, Your Victory is coming along nicely. I used a pounce wheel to line out my rivets on the copper plating. If you go with the tape, make sure that you don’t use a piece more than 3-4” long, or you’ll risk running into problems. You’ll get a good feel for it after you lay down a few strips. Just remember to take it slow. The first side of my Victory took me a couple days to copper. I did the other side a little quicker. You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly.

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