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About whitejamest

  • Birthday 06/15/1983

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  1. It's an absolutely gorgeous finish, and I'm very glad to have this log to look through as I plod my way through my own build at a snail's pace. For tips and instruction, added details, and sheer inspirational eye candy, I couldn't ask for better. I too would like to take a crack at HMS Sphinx some day, and I am pleased to think that by the time I am finishing HMS Speedy, you'll be wrapping up that build!
  2. I'm disappointed in the Viking Venus' lack of joggling, but I think they did a nice job on the caulking between the deck planks. Was that the pencil lead method? The anchor cables look to be lying very nicely with your glue treatment. Do they wind up stuck down to the deck by the glue, or just sitting obediently?
  3. Beautiful work, and I love the addition of the sails. Really gives you a sense of what she would have looked like while in use.
  4. Well, this is probably starting to look like an abandoned build, but it is in fact alive and well. Really. Life has intervened in a variety of ways to slow me down, and when you're as slow a builder as I am that makes for a remarkably slow pace indeed. I'm also pretty bad about documenting progress, and I have only just gotten around to taking more photos. So where was I? At this point I have (mostly) completed the second planking below the wales, though I have some more sanding and cleaning and filling to do lower down. You'll see in the photos that I opted to conserve my supply of yellow cedar planking (Gregory, I want to make the best use of your lovely cutting work!) by using the kit-supplied pear wood planks below the water line, where they will be invisible beneath the copper plating. I've rubbed the planks with tung oil to treat them. ...Now that I set about writing this post, I am realizing how long it has been, and how much I left out. I didn't even post a picture of the little jig I made to help me bend planks. That looked like this: Not exactly a very refined tool, but it helped. I thought adding the lines to the base would help me judge how far I was bending. Those proved unhelpful and unnecessary. A lesson for next time. Anyway, here are some shots of the planking. I staggered the plank joints where they will be visible, but didn't continue doing it as I worked lower down on the hull, since I think those joints would be invisible. NOTE: For anyone intending to do as I have done and mix pear wood and a lighter wood, take care with your sanding. I didn't think about it ahead of time, and as I sanded the hull I worked darker pear wood dust into the seams between the cedar planks, which emphasizes the seams more than would otherwise be apparent. Not an absolutely enormous problem, but if I'd turned on a few more brain cells beforehand I would have been more careful. Also: You'll see here I did the uppermost plank in pear rather than cedar. I had the long pear planks from the kit, and I figured it would be easier to get a smooth curve by doing that plank in one single length, rather than a few shorter cedar pieces. It should be hidden by a painted second layer of wale planking, and hopefully invisible. That was by far the most planking I have ever done, and I needed to catch my breath for a while after that. Unfortunately then I had an ill-timed bout of hubris and ambition, and having seen Derek's lovely work on his Speedy deck, I thought I too would skip the photo etched piece provided with the kit and do my own deck planking. Not sure I would repeat that choice now that I am neck deep in that process, but it's too late to turn back now! I'd never created margin planks for a deck before, so I set about it exactly as the instructions in the 18th Century Longboat described the creation of the cap rail for that model. I traced the outside of the photo etched deck piece on a sheet of basswood, and then made lots of marks a consistent distance inward from that perimeter. Then I cut out the rails, sanded them into more graceful curves and glued them in place. Here is one of the margin planks being glued in place. I had to wait for a little to get some basswood planks in the mail, so after gluing the margin planks in I installed a couple inner bulwark planking pieces on either side to get a feel for how that will go. The lower planks will be done in two pieces, and my thought there is to hide the joints beneath one of the guns. And then I set about the deck planking. Which hopefully will clean up a lot better when I sand it all smooth. Otherwise I'll do a lot of filling work. You can see I have only roughly cut out the various holes for the deck fittings at this point. Here is a close up shot of the joggling. I've tried to follow the photo-etched piece in where the joggling starts. And that's where I am now. I hope I'll have some updates on a completed deck sooner rather than later.
  5. Happy Anniversary, she's shaping up really beautifully. (This is clearly an opportunity to give her a new modeling tool as an anniversary present...)
  6. Your Speedy photographs were already great eye candy Derek, so more of them can only be a good thing. Looking forward to seeing them.
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