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Ras Ambrioso

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  • Birthday 11/03/1936

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    Bradenton Florida USA
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    Model building, gun collector, target shoooting

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  1. Bob and Ives, thanks for your comments and support. Progress now is getting slow as these details take a long time for very little to show. This week I’ll be off since we are visiting friends in Minnesota.
  2. I have been working these past weeks in the rigging of the Fifie. It seems to take forever to rig those double blocks. I stropped the blocks by wrapping a brass wire and making eyes on the ends a needed. Had trouble getting the lines though the little holes even after using sewing needle threaders. in some cases the force necessary to get the the line across was enough to get the tiny wire from its base handle. All that even after I enlarged the holes. This is microscopic work and I praise Everhard (with his Wespe). Anyway I manage to get the rigging you see in the following photos but there is still a lot to be done. But I have to admit that I am enjoying the whole thing. After I finish the rigging I am going to install a sail in the furled position Still don't know what to do with the hold opening cover boards: to ring or not to ring. Thanks for watching and your comments are really appreciated
  3. Beautiful model. Hard to get those planks bent. Good job
  4. To Egkb and Bob, thanks for the tips. I am still trying to figure out about adding the the eye rings to the hold hatch covers. This is the engine exhaust And this is the fabricated stack for the boiler and stove in the forward cabin.
  5. The dog ramp is finished so I am back in the workbench. At this time I am concentrating in completing all of the fixed deck detailing before continuing with the mast and the rigging. First item was to install all the eyebolts and cleats at the deck level. This was done. Then I thought that the chains running to the rudder presented an obstacle to the traffic through the stern. I built a sort of gangway with leftover wood: Then I fabricated and installed the bilge pump and the steam winch. I am still considering adding insulation of the engine exhaust pipe and the free standing steam boiler flue. Would appreciate comments about this. I have seen the actual pictures of the working fifies but it seems to me that the hot pipes present a hazard on deck.
  6. Guys, thanks a lot for the likes. I have been busy with other projects. I forgot to tell you that I got multiples hobbies. One of them is to help out some of the old ladies on my building. Thus one has an old dog and a high bed that the dog can’t reach. So I am building her a ramp for the dog.
  7. Being a while since my last post but I have been quite busy working on details for my fifie. On my last post I showed you the blackening of the stem water cutter. Following is the part installed. Next I dry fitted the aft mast and the engine exhaust pipe. I have been considering insulating the exhaust pipe but it looks good to me as a plain copper pipe. Fabricated and dry fitted the forward mast tabernacle. After this, I started what I considered microscopic work: fabricating the pieces for the after mast. Then I ran into a problem. My mast tapering did not match size of the holes in the provided brass hooks. Back to the drawing board.... Since the purpose of the hook was to a provide a place for the eye I decided to fabricate the eyebolts and drill the mast for installation. I made a simile of the deck on a piece of wood, installed the after mast, and proceed install the beginning of the standing rigging. This will make the rigging easier (for me) to place it in the model once I have completed the rest of the deck details and fixed some of the boo-boos. Keep watching, more is coming.
  8. I am trying to get all the miscellaneous work done before getting into the serious business of rigging the ship. While working on the rudder, I drilled the holes for the operating chains and , would you guess? My shaky hand slipped . But the magic MiliPutty came to rescue and all thats left is to retouch the paint. As I mentioned before this boat belongs to a very poor scotsman. While working on the aft mast tabernacle the front EB piece disappeared, like by magic, now here then is gone. I went in my fours and searched all over the carpet , the workbench, my pants, et al, to no luck. then I just cut a piece from the brass etched leftover and this is the result All I need now is to drill a hole for the cleat. Then I worked on the stem brass piece. I was going to paint it black but decided to try and use the blackening system and I seen you all use. I bought the Birchwood Black Metal Finish. In my first try the color was not even and I blamed it both on the slick surface of the brass and the lack of cleanliness of the piece. I sanded the piece with 400 grit and wearing rubber gloves wiped it with alcohol and this is the result Next , I am going to work on the forward mast tabernacle and the fabrication of the masts.
  9. Doing a little research I found that the inside strake at the top of the gunnel is called "quickwork". So, I finished the "quickwork and installed the large cleats. Proceeded to fabricate and install the boards in the fish pound. I also fabricated a small addition to the stem in order to install the etched piece with the holes for the rigging. I have been looking at the size of the companionways and had figured that a big strong scot fisherman will have a hard time sneaking in to get below. I had made the aft a companionway, leading to the engine room, a little larger and decided that the fwd companionway, leading to the leading to the crews area, would also be larger. Following is my concept of this reviosed design. There were no etched parts for the hinges and door knobs so, I decided to try and make them. It was a little frustrating as the size is so small that even my pincers were too big and my hands could hardly handle the pieces. I used brass shim plate and cut brass nails. The large nail became the door knob. And I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. The results were installed in my new fwd companionway. I started to notice a little sloppiness in my painted pieces but, as I said before, I am not good at paint. And I figure these boats belonged to poor people that were more busy trying to make a living than having neatly finished boats. To continue, I completed the installation of the propeller and even installed a lock pin on the hub. Then I proceed to install the rudder. It was actually easier that I thought it would. I had already installed the pintles in the rudder and had located the lower gudgeon. That made it easier to line up the other gudgeons. I had a little trouble because my rabbet line was closer to the end of the stern post. Had to do a little bending of the gudgeon flanges but, the result was not too bad. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the finished job but you may be able to see it in the general views that follows. All in all, I am having a ball building this fifie. Can hardly wait to finish it to get on with my next project: the Brazilian customs gunboat (1907) Amapá. This will be scratch built form plans I obtained back in 1996 while I was living in the Netherlands.
  10. A little more progress. Fabricated the fresh water tank and the rope hatch. Working on the bulwark inside strake (I don't know the nautical term. Had a lot of trouble lining up the roller brackets. Too small for my fingers.
  11. VTH, I am also following you. Once I finish Fifie I am going to do the NRG half hull to sharpen my planking knowledge. I love doing the small details and to improvise from common objects. This scales, 1/32 and 1/24, are perfect to make semi-real miniatures.If you want to see perfection, watch Wefalk. Happy having you as a follower.
  12. Wefalck: You are not only a great craftsman but also a great teacher. thanks
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