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  1. This is a great help to me. I discovered this kit was seriously inaccurate way too late. Your methods are just what I need to plan a new build.
  2. Thanks Don and Bob, I appreciate your giving her a look! Hopefully it won't be another 2 years before I post again.
  3. Red Jacket was named for Sa Go Ye Wat Ha, ("he who keeps them awake"), the great Seneca orator and leader. He had aided the British during the Revolution, earning him his coat and name. Great painting of the ship by Frank Vining Smith.
  4. Hi Bill, I was disappointed with this kit myself even though I started it and found a bunch of poorly cut bulkheads which I didn't correct before I planked. Your plan sounds fantastic with the use of beautiful hardwoods. This is something I wanted to do myself and I found that I was substituting some nice wood that I bought pre cut. Since these ships are some of the most beautiful to me and my time is limited and I live in a small appartment, I decided to just forge ahead with the whole project and go off the reservation- turning it into an 1812 privateer with 14 guns. I found much better guns than the ones provided at the Lumberyard. I really look forward to this build of yours as you are a real wood worker and I love the beauty of natural wood myself. I will be following along with great interest! Phebe
  5. Here is a quote from American Clipper Ships 1833-1858 Vol 2, Octavius T. Howe and Frederick G. Matthews: "The extreme clipper ship Red Jacket was justly celebrated for the delicate beauty of her graceful lines throughout. Her arched stem was as pleasing to the eye as was her powerful but exquisitely modeled stern, while her spars and rigging were perfectly proportioned. To the end of her days as a sailing ship she was everywhere considered as the handsomest of the large clipper ships put afloat by American builders."
  6. This model is just a stunning work of art. I'd love to know how long it took you. This is my favorite model on this site now. Nicely photographed too, you can really see how well it's made. I can't get enough of this! Fantastic and beautiful!
  7. Thanks Jerry, I just read that passage in Chapelle's book. I always wondered why the ship was painted in that green patina color and I assumed that it was to imply a coppered bottom. Since I'm deviating from building this as an accurate Pride model, I may try to copper it anyway. Or I may paint it, not sure. I can't wait to see your Pride in the water.
  8. Thanks very much Michael and Don! Mark your Pride is looking very nice and I see that you planked your counter properly. I had to come up with this solution for the transom area. I realized that if I want to turn this ship into an 1812 privateer, I have to raise up the bulwark/rail by another 1 foot. According to plans on p. 251 of Howard Chapelle’s “The Search for Speed Under Sail” the privateer ship rail height is 3’ and the Pride model is only 2’. I’ll have to add to the height of my bulwark to get the guns to fit properly.
  9. I’ve decided to start this build log even though it might take me a long long time to complete. This is the Pride of Baltimore from MS, but I am substituting some fine woods I’ve gotten from Hobby Mill and will be adding more guns to the deck. I’d like to make a ship that could have been an 1812 privateer. As this ship is just so beautiful under sail – I intend to make sails and also experiment with coppering the hull with a green patina. I discovered early on that I made a big mistake with the hull. A few of the bulkheads were not symmetrical and I didn’t catch it until I started to plank. I almost ditched the project- anyone who knows ships or modeling would catch it, but I figured that most people wouldn’t so I’m continuing. I missed figuring out how to plank the counter properly also, but will keep it going. This is such an addictive hobby and it is so much fun to be a part of MSW. I have so much to learn from you all!
  10. That is really an incredible job! I love the Essex and always had it in mind to try to build her one day. It seems like a super ambitious project for a first ship model. Very nice!
  11. You are also an outstanding photographer. The quality of these photos is excellent.

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