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    Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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    Pen and ink drawing, photography, gardening, working on my old house, history.

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  1. Well, what little momentum I had in “the before times” came to a halt as the world fell apart. I’m needing some stress relief, so I’ve gotten back to the scratch-built whaleboats. I had gotten the main ribs bent over formers and attached to the keels. Now I’m working on clinker planking using .5mm x 4mm lime planks. Once that’s done, I’ll detach them from the forms for interior detailing and probably end up sanding and painting. It’s still up in the air as to whether they’ll come out good enough to feature on the deck. If so, I’ll have to revisit the stowing configuration.
  2. Chris, great to see you back in the game. The deck looks great. As always, I'm impressed by the precision and cleanness of your joinery. You might just inspire me to get back in gear again.
  3. Chris: I hear you. Also self-employed and only getting some build time in because I took my first full week off in a few years. I tell people that self-employment means you can work whatever hours you want as long as it's all the time. Hopefully I can keep the momentum up and I hope you can find some time too. I've enjoyed watching your build and have learned a few things.
  4. And now for a trip down another little rabbit hole. I’m going to try to scratch build two whaleboats as described by King in his log (one “large” and one “small”). I’m assuming the cutaway drawing depicts one of them and the other one was on the other side. It’ll make for a crowded deck, which I suspect was the case in reality with a jolly boat and two whaleboats on a cutter. I had already made the jolly boat from a plank-on-frame lifeboat kit from modelexpo-online.com (I have no affiliation with them). Actually a lot of fun for $10 - deceptively easy and deceptively hard at the same time. I’m
  5. Couple of gratings done. No great skill level required...just a little grating kit from Model Shipways. As for the forward grating, I'm assuming it would be battened down in bad weather. Seems fairly common on cutters.
  6. Rick, I'm still mulling that over and it will probably have to be at least offset a bit. The kit has it as a slide access hatch but I'm making it more of a ventilation grating based on what I've seen in the contemporary models gallery. I did find one example of a grating under the bowsprit, but that does seem a little odd. I like the grating just behind the windlass (seems the most common configuration), but from the cutaway drawing that would put it over the main hold. Whether it was access, ventilation, or both, I'm pretty sure it would have been over the crew's bunk area. Ju
  7. Trying to get my head back in the game by building the main companionway. I’m taking a cue from Rick and went for a low profile with a very subtle slope, consistent with King’s cutaway drawing. Instead of modifying the plywood pieces that came with the kit I just built up a scrap block of balsa and finished it out with walnut strip stock that I keep on hand in a couple of sizes. The faux hinges are the tips of some cannon port hinges I never used. They’re probably a bit large and I still might paint them black, but added some extra detail.
  8. Whew. I'm coming off of several months of long work hours, a bathroom remodel, and other house projects. I've got a little holiday time off and I'm hoping to regain some lost momentum on the build. I started with a good cleaning of my work area and the boat (which I foolishly left uncovered during the remodel....coated in dust!). I had last been working on deck furniture and had a decent binnacle and skylight. I've been looking back at a sketch I had made (and have repeatedly modified) of other adjustments I was thinking of making to the deck layout. The main ones are: 1. A grating
  9. Rick, The carronades look sharp. I'm consumed with the chaos of a bathroom remodel at the moment but hope to be back in the game with the boat in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned! James
  10. BTW Rick...I noticed that it looks like you skipped the pumps? I don't care for the ones that came with the kit. I've looked at some others or considered scratchbuilding. The deck is feeling a little crowded so the size would have to be right. I've been meaning to go back through the cutters in the contemporary model gallery for ideas.
  11. Finally have the skylight together. I like windows as an architectural detail for whatever reason, so I really wanted it to be a nice point of visual interest on the deck. Still not sure if the bars are historically accurate, but I like them. The glass is 2mm plexiglass that catches the light nicely. I painted the interior sides white and added a flat black bottom to create an illusion of an actual opening in the deck. It works because it's hard to see too much in there with the bars. Hard to appreciate in the photos below because the light is catching the windows.
  12. Rick, Looks nice. I like the pin rail on the windlass. I'm planning to kitbash the windlass that came in the kit with a smaller one I had ordered, and I might also add a pin rail. I may also do my main hatch cover as a grating instead. I like the anchor cables going into the hatch (like the cutaway drawing) rather than through eyelets in the deck. I'll have to look closer at the catheads when I get to that part. My progress is at a crawl for the moment. I've been busy with work and trying to get a bathroom remodel off the ground (which will be a little chaotic). I've a
  13. So I think the great rudder saga is wrapping up. The new hardware came in, along with some drill bits for the Dremel tool. I cut the bracket pieces to length (which lopped off one of the two holes), then drilled a new hole with the Dremel tool. Got them attached and painted, then mounted the whole thing onto the boat. The nail heads are the heads of sewing pins. Getting the whole thing attached to the boat was trickier than I thought and isn’t the neatest job (you're seeing the more photogenic side!) I wish the DVD covered that a bit more, or maybe I missed it? On the transom, you can see the
  14. Rick, Very nice work. We may be interpreting the cutaway drawing differently. I had thought the companionway entrance was aft (as you have it modeled) so it's right over the ladder. I assumed the drawing showed the hatch slid into the open position. Is there a convention as to which way they're usually oriented? I agree that it should be shorter based on the drawing. James
  15. Rick...wow...really cool resource but I'm trying to wrap my head around that size! Seems awfully small, although I just took a second look and I think it's 2' 4" (so maybe 28-30") That's still awfully short, but the carronade in the Careening Bay painting is pretty stubby (barely hangs over the front of the carriage). I think we saw the same online image of the Isle of Wight gun, and I found a couple of others that indicate a 43" barrel length (assuming they are, in fact, 6 pounders). I may have to go with something in that neighborhood because I can't find something smaller and I think scratc
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