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    Building period furniture, aviation, sailing, model ship building.

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  1. I'm laying out and gluing together the main deck beams with their assorted knees. I'll fix these in place before fitting carlings and ledges, as I did with the lower deck. The problem is that this is a very complicated part of the build because simultaneously with building the main deck, you must complete the chain pump crank mechanisms and their supports, which are attached to the mean jeer bitt, the topsail bitt and 4 columns between the lower and the main deck. I started with the bitts. Here are 4 vertical timbers that will make up the two bitts, with their simulated sheaves and rabbets for the cross pieces. Here they are before trimming, and without poly.
  2. Tuning back in. Nice progress! She is coming along well. The extra time and detail will pay off in the end. Keep going!
  3. I cut out the four beams for the main deck. The 3/8" wide and 1/4" thick. There is a discrepancy in the plans regarding the main deck beams, so I had to lengthen them to fit. I took my time fitting them in place on the main deck clamp. To make that easier, I modified the ends of the beams. According to the plans, there is a little notch that fits over the top and the face of the clamp. I eliminated the notch, leaving a "flat" - much easier to fit in place.
  4. Sorry you had to go through a re-do. I hate when that happens! Those parts are called billboards - where the "bill" of the anchor rests when the anchor is lashed to the side.
  5. That's what I do also. Here are the two gun deck cannons rigged (from my 17th Century Battle Station).
  6. Hoping the best for your son and your family. Don’t give up hope. He needs you all, now. This is a disease that affects entire families, not just individuals.
  7. Very nice job, Michael. A most interesting model, and very well done!
  8. I glued the hatches and the dales in place. I also made two mast wedge rings out of ebony, and glued one in place. The waterways and inboard planking (spirketing) are also installed and treenailed. The stub mast isn't glued down. The crank handles will be fitted when the bitts are added a little later. There is one coat of poly on the model.
  9. I planked the central part of the lower deck, leaving openings for the hatches and cutting out the mast hole. I also glued the mast partner ring in place (made of ebony). After finishing the chain pump housing/cistern, I pinned and glued it to the lower deck in the proper position. Next was making the pump dales or bilge water discharge pipes, that lead from the cisterns down to the bulwark at the waterway. I made mockups for the dales out of poplar, and carefully snuck up on the proper angles using my Byrnes sander. After I was satisfied with the fit, I transferred the dimensions and angles to the boxwood stock I milled for the finished dales. I glued small pieces of veneer dyed black to each end of each dale to simulate reinforcing iron bands. These weren't needed, historically, but I added them for visual interest anyway! My last task was to finish up the hatch coamings and grating. Busy few days!

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