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  1. This evening drafted my Frankenstein frames for a second time. It didn't take long and the first time drawing them refreshed my memory on a lot of things to think about and incorporate - not wasted time. Next goal is to get them affixed to 3/16" basswood and cut them out for the trial half hull. I got the wood for the baseboard so that will be done in concert. I believe they will be very close. That's it. Need to clean the area up and think about tomorrow. Cheers, Mark
  2. Alright, talking a bit with myself but trying to get myself 'centered' on a solution. I happened to pull out Hahn's plans for the Hannah (fishing schooner). Besides the fact that it has two masts, the hull length is consistent with the Friends Good Will (60 feetish). Looking at the profile pic it is evident that the the keel sinks ~4' over the length of the vessel given it that Bermuda Sloop look. When I look at the frame-up, it is also plain that the frames are perpendicular to the keel (and not the waterline). The visible bulkhead separating the main 3' higher aft deck is at an angle (as are all the frames) when resting on the water. I went back to Chapman and the Bermuda Sloop plan. The frame station lines as drawn are not perpendicular to the keel, but actually also are not totally perpendicular to the defined waterline (but are closer). They seem to split the difference. Things that make you go hmmm. It is why I love building from scratch HaHa. My currently drawn frame lines are done perpendicular to the water line. My thought is to continue in this vein. Again, it was a commercial vessel with no currently existing documentation so there is no specifically wrong selection among the choices. The boat in South Haven also has a bulkhead from main to aft deck that is perpendicular to the waterline so this will jive. I guess my decision is made. Perfect. Decision 32 done of 4,358 (estimated) total. BTW: Asked the spouse about this and she gave me a funny look. Cheers -Mark
  3. On thinking of it - this is a better graphic of my intention: The frames having insets into the keel
  4. The Bermuda Sloop has a deadrise on the keel. Question for my esteemed colleagues: 1. My current thought is that the keel and keelson should be stepped for each frame. 2. The bottom of each frame would be angled to match the needed rabbet line 3. The 'assumption' is that each frame is perpendicular to the waterline. The following graphic (deadrise exaggerated for effect) illustrates my going in position: Any issues with this? An extension of this question would be the interior columns and bulkhead supports having the same effect on the topside of the keelson. Cheers -Mark
  5. So, as I get back into the swing of things had a A-HA moment last night. My next step is now to make a half hull model using 1/2 bulkheads to the frames drawn, one that can be taken apart. The targeted problem to solve is to get the hull lines for the frames in between each defined Frankenstein frame (FGW above water line, Chapman below) corresponding to the Chapman station lines which this will do much easier and quicker. I can get close by drafting but actual physical ones would be great. I will add a 'key' block to each frame (waterline to 1/2" below) on each frame on the bulkhead centerline that will lock into a similar sized slot in the main board. The 1/4" spacers will be just that: 1/4" thick wood also keyed to fit into the same slot. Sounds more complicated than it is. This will allow me to finish sand all frame profiles prior to implementing as futtocks. I should finish up the final frame drafts today for the 11 Chapman frame stations - around 2-3 more frames will be required between each pair. Sounds more complicated than it is. When I get started and have pics it will be much clearer. Picked up the basswood yesterday so checked that box. I have thin OSB laying around which can act as the baseboard. Hope to start cutting in the next week or so. Good to be back. Stay Building My Friends, Mark
  6. This post is describing how I am designing the 1812 period frames. I have opted for 3/16" frames with 1/4" frame spacing (9" frames, 12" spacing actual). This was built as a commercial vessel and no specific information remains on her so I am free to choose. The issue is the hull as built now is an unsinkable Molly Brown, built to Coast Guard specs for carrying passengers. If you squint hard you can sort of think of a Bermuda Sloop. My intent is to produce a model that is more period but still retains the known views on deck and above. 1. I first took the deck outline and laid down the frames and spacing as identified. My anchor point was the slight step rise between the main deck and the aft deck. I put this as a frame then went forward and aft from this. This resulted in 25 full frames identified. 2. Then I defined these frames onto the ship as built currently. This allowed me to identify the associated frames (thin laminates) that were associated to each of my frames. 3. I then drew the updated profile view spacing the 11 drawn Chapman frame slices at similar locations. I also added a three part identified for each frame: My frame #, the original plan equivalent, the Chapman frame line equivalent. 4. I scanned in the Chapman lines and duplicated them to allow full forward and aft frame lines. 5. On the actual frame views, I drew in a centerline and the newly defined waterline for my boat at that location. 6. On my drafting table I drew crosshairs to align the centerline and waterline of each frame. I put the existing frame drawing under the velum and copied only the lines above the waterline. 7. I then defined the bottom of the frame measuring from my profile view. I then slid in the Chapman Bermuda Sloop lines that I had scaled to as close as possible to the targeted size. I was happy to find a relatively close match at the waterline for intersecting. I traced in the resulting lines below the waterline to the keel. 8. When I pull away the Chapman lines I am left with a pretty good shell of the frame at that station. 9. I then added the building board location (Hahn style build), frame extensions, keel, etc. It didn't take too long to make 7 of the 11 targeted frames. My intent is to make bulkheads of these 11 frames using 3/16" basswood and use them to verify all is well. Eventually full frames using 3/32" wood will be created for the final framing. I believe this will result in a true Bermuda Sloop shaped hull of the period that will allow the deck as currently exists to be also created. I am open to suggestions for improvement but will hold the final say on implementation LOL. Cheers, Mark
  7. Good to be back. Rehashing some basics I have done previously, I focused on the deck and hull side profile: This is a drawn deck, but equivalent to the current ship (some mods from original plans). The arc in the middle is a track for a gun that sits center ship and is able to be pivoted to either side. Not historically accurate I believe (used on their pirate sail). One of the thinking points is how to handle such things. More on that later. The hull profile (as built) shows an unsinkable Molly Brown. It is triple laminated planked (second layer at 45 degrees) along with crumple zones etc. Forward keel is lead, aft keel is water tank. Not very 1812 construction LOL. After a lot of work, and deciding to base the hull on Frederik Chapman (Plate LVII, #15) the following hull profile was defined: This is a merging of the ship as built (primarily above water) with the Chapman layout (primarily below water). I had to adjust the water line to get a happy medium a couple of times but I am pretty happy with this Frankenstein mix. The distortions you see are from the camera angle used to take the pic. All drawn frame reference lines are perpendicular to the water line (reference lines directly align with Chapman reference lines provided). Stay Building My Friends - Mark
  8. I spent a lot of time with the ship master going over every aspect of how the boat was rigged. It is unrigged every winter for maintenance. This gave me a lot of close up and personal time with each and every piece, being able to categorize every connection point and examine closely everything (except the mast). I produced a 27 page rigging booklet that the museum is VERY happy to have. I learned a lot, made friends and had fun. Attached find some excerpts from this endeavor (all my work):
  9. Well, it has been awhile but the wood always waits. Good to see a lot of familiar names (and faces!). Summary: I am working to build a 1:48 scale model of the 'Friends Good Will' by access to replica build plans and lots of one on one discussions with the ship master. The Michigan Maritime Museum sails a recreation of the 'Friends Good Will' - a Bermuda Sloop that participated in the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes (both sides). My family went there one day and I was very interested in what I saw. Several inaccuracies were very apparent for the sake of safety and the ability to host guests (sails 3 times a day for 1 1/2 hours) but it felt great to see an actual wooden ship in action. At the gift shop I inquired about ship plans, hull lines, etc and was met with a blank stare. I finally was referred to the museum historian and asked about wanting to make a model of the ship. Apparently I was the first to ask such a thing so next thing I know I had full access to the build plans and unfettered access to the ship master. Things to make you go hmmmm: 1. The rigging in its short life has been drastically altered since delivery. There was no accurate documentation of the current rigging setup other than in the ship master's head. 2. The hull (especially underwater) only very crudely resembled a Bermuda Sloop. 3. How to represent the topside deck - as built or more like it would have been. The work before me was large, but I looked forward to the challenge. Join me on a journey from drafting model plans to construction (using the Harold Hahn method). -Mark
  10. I just got this book for Father's Day from my son and I wanted to add my very favorable impressions from page 1 to page 197. Incredible, just simply incredible. I read half the book last night, finishing it up today. The pictures are numerous, spot on and just simply go on and on. As a builder of a plank on frame model I found this insight into an original 3 decker build very informative and will help me going forward. For example it is okay to simplify some structures (the one piece after cistern as an example), or have a non functioning tiller. It is okay to use 'SWOPEM' (Situation Where One Part Equals Many). Great to see was the presentation of 'Nobody's Perfect.' A pictorial of things found on the model that were obvious mistakes or modifications made to account for fit by the original builder was awesome. They happen to everyone and glad to see (once again) it is okay to keep them on the model. My only 'regret' (maybe too harsh) is that the middle deck memory board (picture taken form directly above) is only one page in size, whereas the rest are a full two pages in size. I would LOVE to have access to these pics in a digital format. SO much to take in and learn from. I expect to pick this book up many times. When things are going slow, when I need some inspiration or I am figuring out how to advance my build in a particular area. A wonderful resource, a wonderful read and a book that I will keep close at hand. I highly recommend, especially those that are either in a PoF build, or have one under their belt. So much information about the internals of a ship model. Mark
  11. I will add a pic of something this is a better thing added in the newer instructions - Belaying pin identification. The older instructions just have numbers shown on which pin to attach to. The new ones have the same, but a separate breakout that identifies by name what is what. There are two pin out diagrams for the upper works. The above shows one of each. There are a total of 219 attachment points identified between the two diagrams. -Mark
  12. I agree they are newer versions. Just interesting that they occupy really the same real estate (same size paper) but for some reason it was decided to modify how presented. I believe the instructions are adequate for the model as built. Giving a heads up to people getting this kit of the differences out there.
  13. I currently have 3 kits of the 1/96 Revell Constitution. The original was started by my Father prior to his passing that I have recently pulled out to finish. The other two I have picked up for missing and / or extra parts in the build (warpage, etc). What I didn't expect to see was the difference in rigging instructions. The good news is that essentially they say the same thing, one set goes about it more verbally while the other set is more visually based (this set also had separate sheets for with or without sails). I provide the following comparisons: I actually see them as complimentary, though I give the edge to the (I believe older) set that is more visual. Drawing out each mast separately keeps the whoops factor minimized. Just throwing this out there for other 1/96 Revell builders for their information. Mark
  14. Doing some clean up when I looked at my bench and smiled. The way things ought to be.
  15. So today was figuring out the rigging color to use for the blocks themselves. I also decided to delve into some more of the fancy camera settings that I have never used. Both were successful. Having things magnified so much, I provide some reference pics of the blocks themselves. I have decided to use the more traditional black main line with tan for seizing. As a last shot I couldn't help but add a pic of the block on a special business card, one holding a shot of my HMS Druid. Stay Building My Friends, -Mark

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