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  1. Lots going on, so I'm not posting as often. I started building the frames. They are "sistered" and made of boxwood. The little tabs on the floors of the frames help to strengthen the frame and prevent breakage while handling, finishing and installing them. They are trimmed off after all the frames are installed so the frames flow smoothly into the rabbet, This is a Bob Hunt idea, and it works very well. The frames have not yet been sanded, bevel or finished in any way. Just glued together after cutting from their billets.
  2. These plans were originally drawn in 1:48 scale, and we enlarged them to 1:32. The result was some thickening of the part outlines, and the problem will be "tolerance creep" unless I'm very careful. I've already had to remake the stern post! Oh well, these are the challenges of scratch building.
  3. Getting ready to make a little more sawdust. Templates for various parts rubber cemented to their boxwood blanks. Shown are the rudder, wing transom, 2 part rising wood, 4 part keelson, stem and stern deadwood and the sternpost. I'm trying to align edges where straightness is critical to the straight edge of the blanks.
  4. I question making the stem out of a single timber. Both Harold Hahn and Bob Hunt left the stem as a single timber. It's a large piece of wood with a pretty serious curve in it. I doubt that a large enough tree could be found with the natural curve in it to serve as the stem. If the stem were cut from a single straight timber , that piece of wood would have to be almost 6 feet wide! I doubt there were many trees that were more than 6 feet in diameter while being suitable for shipbuilding! My conclusion is that the stem would almost certainly be scarfed together. Here is a proposed scarf for the stem. I have no real plans that show this...it just makes sense to me. Thoughts?
  5. Thanks for looking in, guys! I started working on the model by milling my wood. The frames are double frames, sistered together. each half-thickness frame is 9/64" thick, with a finished frame thickness of 9/32". almost all the billets are 9/64" thick. The stem and keel are supposed to be constructed of two thicknesses also, but I simply made them 9/32". The photos show some of the milled wood, my keel blank with the false keel attached , the stem and the template for the keel scarf rubber cemented to the keel blank.
  6. This will be my build log for a scratch-built, 1:32 scale, plank-on-frame, admiralty style model of "Hannah", purportedly the first armed ship recruited into Washington's navy during the Revolutionary War. I've wanted to do a full hull scratch build at this larger scale, but what ship? The choice was not completely arbitrary. Even a 5th or 6th rate frigate in the Royal Navy would be 4-1/2 feet long at this scale, not including the bowsprit! Obviously I had to look elsewhere. I settled on Hannah because it is significantly smaller (this model will be 24" long with a 6" beam) and there was a lot of documentation out there regarding the model. I have Hahn's book as well as his plans for "Hannah" to use as a reference. The actual building plans were drawn by Bob Hunt, based on Hahn's original drawings, and were done in 1:48 scale. I had them resized to 1:32. The drawings show each individual futtock and include detailed drawings of each frame, including bevel lines. The model will be built in an upright jig, as was my 1;32 Armed Virginia Sloop and my 1:32 "Blandford" cross section. The frames, stem, keel and stern will be boxwood. I'll decide on other woods as I move along with the build. Thanks for looking in! Here are some shots of the plans and Bob Hunt's "Hannah" model along with a link to his website. https://www.lauckstreetshipyard.com/
  7. I'm just beginning this build as a scratch project in 1:32 scale. I'd love to see you back at this build, Mario! With no real instructions this will be a challenge. Hopefully you can answer a few questions as they come up! Thanks for any help you can offer. Please check your PM!!
  8. So you say you want to work with wood? All risk is relative! This list will turn your hair white! https://www.mountainwoodworker.com/articles/toxic_woods.pdf
  9. Thanks for all the kind words, guys. Much appreciated! I especially want to thank Mike R. (Mike41) for all his hard work in drawing the plans, building the prototype, and listening to me bitch about this build! 😀😀😀 Thanks, Mike!
  10. Thanks, guys!! FINALLY FINISHED!!! I rigged the guns and placed some equipment at each battle station to complete the model. I'll post a few more shots, including the model in it's case, tomorrow.

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