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  1. That is amazing Brian. If the frames are not going to be seen then 'cheating' would be allowed. As such there are many ways out there to make this 3D printed frame look like wood. So, I guess that would work. It is amazing to see. I would not even know how to begin to do what you are doing. Nice work. Ron
  2. Hello everyone. I am back, and I know it has been awhile. There were two hiatus' this past year since my last posting. The first one, happened around July; however, I was able to get some work done on the ship. Back in August I was at this point before the second hiatus occurred. That last one lasted until almost Thanksgiving. Anyway I digress... Here is where I am currently: As you can see in the above photo I have the masts completed and the upper shrouds completed. As Nic has stated in his Red Jacket build 'rat lines are fun'... hehehe!
  3. Hello Kurt. Not sure what you mean by 'snaking'. And, yes, BJ Connie builders are a small group. Helping each other is definitely the way to do things. Speaking of which...I'll be posting something a bit later. Was hoping to show more of what I have done. Essentially, I am trying to 'build' each mast totally, meaning yards and all rigging. In Mastini's book he indicates it is easier (easy for him to say ). Also, one of the last things Charlie told me about the masts is to 'not' glue them into the ship. Let the rigging handle everything, that way you can get the masts and the y
  4. Hello Kurt H, and all Reborn here. I have not posted anything to my build for quite some time, due to many issues, and losing 2.5 months out of town and out of state on emergency family issues. Kurt, your Connie is looking very impressive. I keep hoping mine will look as good. Regarding Charlie...earlier in 2020 his wife passed away. Charlie was 86. I last spoke with him about 1.5 months after his wife passed and I could tell from his voice it was like he lost as piece of his own heart. Anyway, another tidbit, Charlie and Frank Mastini (book Ship Modeling Simplified) used to work togeth
  5. Hello Louie da fly... It has been an 'eventful' year, 2020. Been delayed in building and responding and posting. Was gone for 2 months, then got back and the rest of life and family and 'honey-dos' caught up with me. I'll be adding updates in a few days, and hopefully 2021 will be a better year.
  6. I never would have known where to start something like you are doing. That is truly amazing. I'll be keeping tabs on your progress, and I am certain they will be spectacular. Ron
  7. Thanks John! I hope to start the rigging in the next couple of weeks. I 'hope' to get the ship finished this year. But we'll see. I see you have completed several ship builds. I am starting to 'think' about my next ship, or boat, but have not come up with a decision yet. I'll take any suggestions. Ron
  8. Thanks Kurt. Sorry for calling you Ken. Let me say that some of the work you have done with your Constitution is so much better than mine and in more detail. You definitely have the knack for working with small items that are on these ships. Even my wife said 'Why doesn't your ship look as good as Kurt's?' (HA!!!). I will admit that your masts are really, really good. I am hoping mine will come out looking that good. Ron
  9. Here are a couple of other photos. This first one is another view (please ignore my mistakes ) at the currect build stage: Not sure yet how the text and photos line up, but the 2nd photo is taken thru the windows of the transom looking towards the bow. The light you see shining off the gun deck are from small LED lights I installed in the ceiling of the gun deck. Course using my phone to take the photo does not due it justice. When you look at it with the naked eye you can see all the way to the bow.
  10. Thanks Ken (hope I got the name correct). That says a lot coming from you. I have seen your Constitution and your work is 'amazing'.
  11. Since I just joined, and this is my first build, please note that the photo attached is where I am currently. Been 15 years to get this far. Here is the overall view of what has been done up to this point:
  12. Hello everyone. Name is Ron, but I also go by reborn (semi-long story so won't bore you here). Hope the below is not too long-winded... I am new to MSW, just signed up yesterday. I read ccoyle's 2016 notes that started this thread in 2016. I can relate to the fact that the 'really' simple boats/ships, which a beginner like me should start with, don't have the 'draw' like building something like the Constitution, or many of the others that should require an expert hand at building. I am 68 now, but when I was about 10 I was given a birthday gift of the Constitution,
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