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  1. Because if you are scratch building framed models sheets are the best way to cut frame pieces. On a fully framed ship you will have hundreds of curved futtocks and floors, and spooning the patterns together on a sheet will create much less waste than using, say, a one inch wide sheet.
  2. I've toyed around with the idea of doing this for quite some time and would love to do it when my kids are older and moving on with their lives (right now I want to give them all the time I can). I've slowly started tooling up for it and have been milling my own wood now, but want to get better because if I ever did it I'd want it to be the quality of the days of HobbyMill. I also have the added of benefit of having Gilmer Woods 20 mins from my house which would let me handpick the product. The major downside is that so far my back-of-the-napkin figures show that it probably leans more towards a labor of love more so than a profitable business. I wouldn't be looking to quit my day job but the time put in is time not modeling. Chad
  3. Looks great so far! From the looks of it you seem to have the plank bending down! Chad
  4. Looks great! In my opinion, the quality of your work has grown quite a bit throughout your cross section and full build! Chad
  5. Looks good Mark! I can't wait to see it when the filler blocks are sanded down and we see that sweet tumblehome! Chad
  6. Thanks guys. I have a good friend who does ships and plastic models who turned me on to evergreen plastics when I was lamenting how much of a pain making the stove was going to be. It was a great material for some of the smaller details. I ended up using just about everything under the sun- plastic, aluminum, brass, copper, piano wire, HO train axles, and scale chain. Here is a photo before airbrushing that shows the hodgepodge (the black is plastic parts cannibalized from the first stove)! Chad
  7. Not a huge update but a couple small projects that took quite a bit of time. Finished the pump well and shot locker and the Brodie Stove. I did quite bit of research on the well and shot locker and really never nailed down anything better than this. I'm happy with it and my kids thought it was awesome that the little sliding windows actually worked. The Brodie stove is actually my second one- the first I completed and then realized that it was too big. I had gotten lazy and pretty much copied the size directly from TFFM books. Second go around followed scale best I could (the stove on the Eagle was the one pulled out of the Alert- the first capture of the war by the Essex) and added a bit more detail I was able to find on a model from the Royal Museums Greenwich**. The stove will go somewhere safe until it's ready to go in. Next up is deck beams and some metalwork for the outside of the hull. Chad ** https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/37331.html
  8. Your full build looks real nice so far! Sterns are not easy but yours is coming along very well! Chad
  9. Johann, While your entire build is absolutely stunning, I marvel at your metal work and attention to detail. Very motivational! Chad
  10. I'm surprised you do not have "From a Watery grave: The Discovery and Excavation of La Salle's Shipwreck, La Belle." It's a fantastic book with boatloads of information on the ship, artifacts, and history of the expedition. It's written by the gentleman who oversaw the excavation. https://www.amazon.com/Watery-Grave-Discovery-Excavation-Shipwreck/dp/1585444316
  11. I had missed one of your updates until Phil posted there was a gun barrel in there somewhere. Did you cut out your moulding and then scrape it or vice versa?The ends look a little soft which is why I was asking. I found it useful scrape it down in one long section and then cut cut it so you can discard the ends where you don't add as much pressure. Either way, it's an art! Great job so far! Chad

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