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  1. just a quick update, I'm still working on the square frames. I also added a deck clamp and fake deck hook. I say fake because neither this clamp or hook will be seen so I didn't spend the time to make prototypical ones. For the upper deck I will be framing in protypical fashion. fake deck clamp and hook for gun deck. I'll be adding fake beams as well to support the planking. I also finally started lofting the stern and eventually those pesky rear counter timbers... Hopefully all that I learned on the front cants will pay off here. And I'll
  2. I knew there was a ship model in there somewhere.... And thanks for all the likes! Edit to add: I just ordered a 3d (resin based) printer. (Black Friday sale!!) First project(s) will be some 1/48 crew members for fun, then the Indian Figurehead. Down the road will be carvings n such for the stern - but that will be much later... And of course whatever else I can come up with. Probably carronades - or at least one for a mold master and cast the the rest. Not sure on that yet but I'm sure I can come up with plenty of things to try out!
  3. Welp, believe it or not the front cant frames are finished! Can't believe I'm actually at this moment! Also I finally built my overhead gantry, Ed Tosti style. As per my usual of over building everything, it's over built - but that's OK. It works and is square and solid. One area of concern I'm not happy about is the cant frames vs hawse hole placement. I drew and redrew that area and finally thought I'd reached my best compromise between the cants (and Hackett's design of them) and the hawse holes location using Baker and Fox's placement of them from 1809. After seeing the completed
  4. Still working on Cant frames, but only a few left to go. It's getting there. No major issues yet, I've been rough fairing as I go and so far no goofs on this version. Hopefully I'll finish them with no major mistakes. Lofting these was a real learning experience, my shipwright learning curve was huge AND making mistakes early on, but now finally my dwgs of the cants seem fairly accurate - I just need to make sure and leave a little excess material to fair. I still have to finish lofting the rear cants and then build them, I hope all the experience I gained on the front ones make the r
  5. Well folks, here I am actually installing the cant frames for the last time. With glue. For real. Sorry for the humor, but this has taken so long to get here and so many setbacks - to be actually doing this is a major milestone! This is version three of the cant's. One version for issues with my lofting, another version for over aggressive sanding, and now this V.3 which is the final version. I've also had to remake a frame or 2 here and there for what I'll call *mistakes* and leave it at that. I'm getting there but still lots to go. Also framed my first complete gunport!
  6. Scott, I'm trying DraftSight CAD program. I used TurboCad many years ago and didn't like it back then, not sure if I would now or not. DraftSight looks a lot like AutoCad (same shortcuts, layout etc) so I feel comfortable using it. I was able to get Solidworks Educator for free since I'm a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc) so that worked out well! Frolick, thanks for the dwgs. I actually have Chapelle's The History of American Sailing Navy so thanks for reminding me that is in there. Mike, I held of on the gammoning holes, I'll drill them at a later da
  7. Frolick, are those plans something I can look at or are they copyrighted/protected somehow? I'd love the see them or get a copy.
  8. Mike, first off I admire your work and skills very much. I assume you're aware I'm lofting these plans myself from several references. To be honest I don't trust myself, lol. I've spent many hours drawing and redrawing the head of Essex. I'm at the point where I'm fairly certain (90%) that my head details are correct. BUT, if I run into a problem and I've drilled the gammoning holes in the wrong place, I'm screwed. Would you agree with my assessment or am I being TOO cautious? I haven't glued the cants on yet so I can still drill them on a drill press now very easily, if
  9. OK question for the experts. On the width, or depth, or siding (not sure of the correct term here) of the apron. I drew it and the bollards using various references. Josiah Fox's measurements are my defacto standard for this project so I'm sure I used his dimensions. My question is does the apron protrude out past the bollard timbers? I have drawn and built my version so it does. This means the deck clamps and inner planking will butt into the apron. I have seen this design on several references, but I think they were all English built ships. Did the Americans fol
  10. Thanks for all the replies and likes folks... So, after all the procrastination I suffered two years ago I decided "to hell with that and full steam ahead" or something like that - on the stem and cant frames. I taperd the stem, then glued it to the bulkhead/apron assembly. No going back now... There's pins in the bulkhead to hold the stem in alignment. I'm sure I showed those in an earlier pic somewhere. To taper the stem I used a large sanding block I use for auto bodywork. Made this job very easy. And her
  11. OK, a quick few pics to show where I'm at. I think I showed the stem previously, but here it is again - all glued up and ready to be cut to final shape. I need to drill the gammoning holes, I was hesitating doin g that cause once they're drilled that's that. So my procrastination on that may continue... I marked pencil lines on where the cut will be but it doesn't show up well. Hopefully the scarf joints show up when I apply finish. This pic will help show the shape and gammoning hole locations. I have the knightheads, hawse timbers and
  12. Bob, I'm so sorry I haven't been around for 2 years, lol. It's not funny, but I'm laughing at myself anyway. I'm SO glad you're still here modelling. You, Frolic and Auggie were several of my biggest supporters around here and I'm so sorry I disappeared but life really got me down. But hey, now I'm back! Carry on mate, your model looks wonderful as usual!
  13. ALL -- I need to sincerely apologize for not updating this topic in a timely manner the last couple years. The last two years have been filled with many life changes, deaths, depression/drama and so much I won't bore you with here. That however is no excuse for not posting an update or two. My apologies. Many thanks to Frolic for reaching out to me to see if I was still alive, lol. He has rekindled the interest I once had in this project and I will do my best to get back in the shop more often. I have made a little progress here and there and I need to take some pics to show where I'
  14. Shaping the hawse timbers is almost complete. I'm also framing out the foremost forecastle port and sill at this time. I'm using brass rod pins as I've been doing all along, and now also using pins made from copper wire as they are much smaller in diameter. These are .020" in diameter. If I choose to show bolts at some point ( I still haven't decided on that) I will use copper pins and coat them with liver of sulfur to turn them black. Thanks for looking and following along.
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