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About stevenmh

  • Birthday 04/07/1954

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    Haydenville, MA
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    Tall ships, history, astronomy, photography

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  1. Two planks left to go on the starboard side: One Plank left - uh, Houston, we have a problem: Brain trust work around: Mission Accomplished!??
  2. So lessons learned as demonstrated by the above photos: 1 - when taking photos of the early stages of a planking job, and particularly before you've started sanding, never place your lighting source directly above the hull. Makes every irregularity jump out in high relief. 2 - I tried 2 different ways to determine the dimensions and shape of the planks - a) scribing the shape of one side from the shape of the edge of the preceding plank with an old architectural compass and then adding the width of the plank at each bulkhead to get the line for the upper edge; b) assuming the edge of the previous plank is straight and measuring up from that line to the correct width at each bulkhead. I used method "a" for the first band below the wales and found it very difficult since it meant that both edges of the plank would need to be trimmed and tapered, and my cutting skills with an Xacto knife and metal straight-edge were not really up to the task; it also meant that one mistake in cutting accurately got amplified with each succeeding course of planks. So I went with method "b" (and an excess of glue, as you can see). Oh, and I made sure the task light was off to the side when I took the photos, not above the model.
  3. Having finished my slightly kit-bashed cross section of the Constitution, which I really enjoyed doing and swore that's the only life for me... I thought I should still learn how to plank a hull. I had already purchased this kit and figured I could learn much and then either go on the more full ships or find more cross sections to build. As soon as I started the mistakes began and continued to pile up, which is why, even though the project started last winter, the build-log did not. But now that the planking is a real mess I figured I'd reveal all and, if nothing else, provide a greatest hits of what not to do. And prove the old adage correct - when all else fails, read the directions (or at least read others' books, practicums, instruction manuals)
  4. Thanks. I got the Pride of Baltimore so I could learn about planking a hull, so I think I will do that one next. I have some ideas about how to improve on the Model Expo deck gun kit (show some deck framing, add a hatch/grating?), and I may work on that at the same time. Hopefully by the time I do those I will feel confident enough to move on the the Syren, and after that, hopefully, the cross section Chuck is designing now at Syren Ship Models.
  5. Never thought I'd actually be able to say this, but... Finis Fin Done -30- Now to learn planking
  6. Thank you all for the likes and crucial advise on this long, drawn-out effort. EJ, I wish I had made the decision about the gun port lines before I glued them on - I expect it would be a lot easier to attach the wires if I had drilled some holes through the doors first. Oh well, the learning curve continues
  7. Down to the devilish details. I finally realized it would be easier to tie off some of the lines I want to look as though they had some slack in them if I glued them in one of the blocks. More coils done; since some of the lines are attached to the shrouds I debated whether to make coils for them as well - finally decided what the heck... I'm still debating whether to add some wire to the gun ports to mimic the ropes holding them up.. Just a few more lines and coils, the gun port doors on the unpainted side, gluing to the base (and the hatch grating if time permits) and it is off to the Northeast Ship Model Clubs meeting in New London Saturday
  8. Gun port doors Rope coil jig with built-in loop to hang the coils A couple of finished products
  9. Thanks all for the likes and comments - getting down to the last of the rigging and figuring out the rope coils. Gun ports being fabricated by The Admiral - a former carpenter; will post pictures when she says they're done...
  10. Standing rigging done; working on the running rigging from the bottom up, except for the falls of the braces (the plans for this thing are a bit wacky in some regards) and the topsail lifts - I want to do those last so I have room to work at the pin rails. tying off the ropes at the belaying pins continues to be a challenge. Once the rigging is done I need to make the doors for the main gun ports - don't like the metal ones that came with the kit, and I need to make them out of holly on the side of the ship I am not painting, and the hatch gratings. Then I need to figure out how to attach it to the base (epoxy??) and how to transport it to New London in 2 weeks!
  11. A lack of posts does not mean a lack of progress - just a lack of time if I want to finish in time for the Ship Model Conference at the end of April Cannonade, main chains and main shrouds in place I also had to make the white steps(?) for the side of the ship I am leaving unpainted Spaghetti farm has migrated to the main top, particularly since I have installed the lift blocks and all the line that goes with them to the masthead. One issue I am having is with the deadeyes for the top mast - the upper ones tend to pivot in relation to the lower sets. Any suggestions how to cure that?
  12. Now that I am getting near to completing the hull, I can start on finishing the yards and starting to rig them and the ship. I've added the holly on the outside of the gun deck to simulate the white-painted strip on the hull - will need to fabricate gun ports of the same wood. You can also see the cut back channel and main chains. I've attached the blocks for the falls of the truss: And I've made the cleats and strops to go at the masthead to attach the pendants for the jeer blocks.

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