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About SkerryAmp

  • Birthday 01/17/1971

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    Merrimack, NH
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    Modeling, Guitar, Music, Reading, Coding and Gaming.

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  1. So, we continue trudging along. Working solely on the outboard trim at the moment and have one side all done and in place These took a bit longer than the horizontal boards. The verticals required a bit of cutting and aligning. To do it I went down one board at a time. This way I was able to control the alignment going down along the hull. Worked out pretty well, just had to trim out enough to fit it in the slot, slide it down to meet the board below and repeat. After much toiling and fixing a few booboos along the way we have one side completed. Once I finish the other side and the transom I will go over it with a couple of sanding sticks to clean up the roughness, a quick wipe with poly and she should be good to go! Thanks all for stopping in, have a great day and happy modeling!
  2. Thanks Russ. Tis tedious work, but I am liking how it is going so far. Thanks Moonbug! Thanks Steve, it is funny - my dad and comment often over the years how every so often you get a tool and it is just perfect, awesome even. Sometimes it is the strangest or surprise tool. In my case, my most recent is that curling iron. PLUS being able to tell my wife hands off my curling iron is kind of fun.
  3. LOL, are you trying to tell me something sir Good to see ya Sjors!
  4. I think I have a plan for them when the time comes. I hope I have a plan. Well I definitely have A plan, whether it is a good plan or not - it is at least.... a plan
  5. Yessiree. Picked up a couple of doo dads from Hobby Lobby for this one the other day. Since it is being recommissioned in honor of the admiral I needed things that were kind of "her. Found a couple of charms in the jewelry isle that will make nice deco for the ship.
  6. Yep, cranking on the Santa Maria for a bit - got a full head of steam going on that one! But, keep looking at the others - keeping tabs on where they are at and what my next steps may be =)
  7. Alrighty then, let's see what we have going on now - whew. When last we left the Santa Maria I had just finished up the second layer of planking. I then moved onto some trim, the waterways, timber heads, and started the hull details. So onward we go. The first thing I want to say is that the next bit of work was made a thousand times easier with the help of a few things. I pulled out my NorthWest Short Line Chopper - boy do I love this little gadget, made cutting some of the thicker walnut pieces a breeze. If you don't have one and/or something similar I cannot recommend this enough - it is fantastic! Being my first time working with walnut I was surprised at how fragile it is. Splinters VERY easy, cracks etc. So, aside from the normal clean up of gaps and spaces I found this product to be very helpful. Walnut colored Plastic Wood. It dries much lighter than the walnut wood, however a quick wipe of a diluted walnut stain (very diluted 10:1 natural:walnut) it actually blended quite nicely. Finally - a LIFE saver. I have never had a good knack for bending wood. There were a couple of waterways as well as the outside hull parts that, being thicker wood, did not want to bend nicely. Doing some digging I found some articles as well as a supporting comments from a couple of MSW member posts regarding a curling iron. So - gave it a try... and WOWIE, I was able to bend so much easier than I ever did in the past, including an edge bend on the walnut waterways. SO HAPPY! So - with that little intro out of the way, here is where we have come.... First thing I tackled was trimming out the poop deck and the rear stair entry way. This was pretty straightforward, made easy with the chopper. Cut to length, angle where necessary and glue into place. My joints still need a LOT of work - as you can see. SO there will be some cleanup/sanding required on the poop deck. Next was to lay in the waterways. As I mentioned above they did NOT want to bend into place. So, this is where i gave the curling iron a shot and again - wow. A little patience and gentle nudging (after learning how to use the little clamp thingy as leverage) and it bent just fine - quickly even. Next up was popping in the timberheads. Again, used the chopper to get some nice clean cuts and once installed sanded/trimmed the top flush with the hull. Once the upper rail is on I think that will look quite good! At this point I also installed the mast hole base and marked off where I am going to have to drill later (that still makes me nervous). Lastly I started working the outer hull details. Again, the curling iron came in VERY handy to help bend these guys both at the bow and along the edge to help seat them nicely. As you can see I only got so far as installing them, I still need to clean them up - sand them out, fill and finish. That will be the next step! Well, that is it for this update! As always - comments, suggestions are welcome and encouraged. I have a long way to go with growing my skills but at least I am seeing improvements in some areas as I move along - which is encouraging! Until later - Enjoy and Happy Modeling!
  8. Thanks Russ! Thank you sir! Welcome and hopefully I don't make TOO many mistakes.
  9. Thank you much! Amazing how much I have missed this stuff... whew! Thanks! Great to be back in the mix! Looks great Tripp - although there is a lot of pop corn and band aids all over - not sure if I should be ascared or now =) LOL - thank goodness I didn't fall asleep sanding - that would be some mega repairs indeed!! Had a fantastic holiday and hoping to fend off the leisure time thieves a little better this year. Thank you very much! Look forward to getting back to it. Will be circling around to it soon !
  10. Thank you! I will be back to the Mayflower once I get an idea of how to fix my issues. I am slowly coming to the realization I may have to take some parts off and rebuild and well - that terrifies me! LOL I do like the white back ground - I am not sure where it went so for now people get to see my messy desk. As for ratlines - EEEEK! Trying to scare me off already! =)
  11. EJ what a fantastic start to what looks to be a monster of a kit. Looking forward to this progress as I am always in awe of some of the sizes of these ships. I will stick to my smaller ones but gladly live vicariously through those of you who take on the monsters! =)
  12. Love it Popeye - the way you attack these ships is awesome. Errant breaks, repairs etc always send me into bout of frustration - I think I need to figure out how to look at it like you - an opportunity! Nice going so far, as always my friend - this should be a good one 'specially once it has been popeyed! =)
  13. (Returning Preamble) Whew. Hey all. I am not sure what protocol or etiquette is for continuing a build log after a very long hiatus. I feel the need to explain my absence though, so whether necessary or not here goes. It has been one heck of a year. Shortly before my last updates here I was beginning to venture into a new career as well as getting involved in Muay Thai Kickboxing. The first, for security the second for health reasons. That, very quickly, became my life for the last year. If the admiral and I were not going to the gym or sparring I was dug deep into code projects and work related things. It pretty much consumed my world and thus my time. Combine that with a bit of frustration and a disheartening event with the mayflower and well - a building hiatus ensued. My career seems to be going well at the moment (hopefully I did not just jinx myself) and I have evened out on the learning curve. The Kickboxing has hit a nice groove with a nice schedule that we have fallen into. This has, luckily for me, freed up some time and let me return to my other loves - writing, playing guitar and building these wonderful wooden vessels. I popped back on shortly before Christmas to get caught up. Am amazed, as always, at the progress of several projects and all the new ventures I saw. As I searched for updates on some of you guys I sadly came across the news of Augie. That took me back a bit - so sorry to hear that (even though I am late to the news). Well, after re-evaluating my process and goals with building ships I am getting back to it. I sort of have a very high bar set for myself which did lend itself to frustrations with my various builds. I have decided to put that to the side. After all, I am far from an expert - heck barely out of novice really - so my ships will be as good as I can do them with the skills i have. Each ship will get better and my skills will grow - and that will do just fine =) So - if there my seat at the table is still around here some place - I think I will get back to building =) Good to see you all again! (Since I have many build logs going, this will be CnP'd to the my first post across all of them - sorry for the repetition). I was torn with which build to start continuing efforts on and the Harriet was high on the list. Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced some of the parts, so decided to move forward with the Santa Maria for the time being. Will try to focus on one for longer and not hop QUITE so much - will see how that works. (Fear not though, after working on the Santa a bit, and then picking up the shop and re-acquainting myself with my "stuff" I found the parts ). Again, glad to see you all again - missed ya'll quite a bit and am glad to be able to return and look forward to a nice solid year of modeling! Enjoy!

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