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  1. Now that the anchors are behind me, it's time to finish up the channels and chainplates. The channels have been shaped and glued to the hull, reinforced with wire pins-- I have some brass brads, however they are too large to use as is for the bolts that fasten the preventer plates to the hull, so I need to file them down a bit. There are about 60 to do, and I thought about buying some that were the right size, but rather than spend the money and wait, I decided to do them by hand. I need to reduce the diameter of both the shaft and the head. It only take
  2. Moving forward with the anchors: Here I have blackened the straps, and anchor rings-- My plan was to epoxy the blackened straps to the top of the stocks, and once the epoxy set, bend the bands around and epoxy the ends underneath-- Unfortunately, the epoxy wouldn't hold the bands, even though the brass was paper thin, and took hardly any force to bend. They just popped off. I tried CA glue next, but that didn't work either. Plan B was to solder the bands closed, and then slip them onto the stocks. However, the brass was too thi
  3. Thanks for your kind words, Mike! I could have easily used the wooden anchor masters instead of casting one-off metal copies. It was a great learning exercise, though; and I prefer the metal copies. Work continues to finish the anchors. All four of the shipped anchors on Oneida are different sizes. Here the wooden stock of the #1500 anchor is treenailed. The two halves of the stock are temporarily glued together-- Here the treenails have been sanded flush, the halves have been separated with isopropyl alcohol, and the interior gap has been s
  4. Thank you, Smo and Martin. Maybe I should have been more terrified of painting the letters! I like your suggestion of a sliver of wood to fill the gap. Ron
  5. Hello All! It's been a while, about 6 months, since I've done any work on Oneida. I felt I botched some work, and it sapped my motivation completely. It's only in the last few days that I've felt ready to start (yet) again. Back in June, after finishing the eagle carving, I made preparations to paint the ship's name on the transom. I wanted to actually paint the letters, not use a decal, or transfer letters. I knew I was going to have to turn the hull upside down to do this, so I wanted to do it now, before finishing anything else. I experimented printin
  6. I am wondering how to go about cutting down a piece of lumber into usable billets (approx. 2" x 20" x say 1/4"). I hope this diagram makes sense-- My question is--is A or B the preferred method for the "final" cutting, in view of how the grain runs? Does it matter whether the billet will be used for framing, or if it is going to be further cut into planking strips? Ron
  7. You might add Nona to the list. I think it was a pilot cutter, owned and sailed by Hilaire Belloc. Belloc wrote a great little book titled "The Cruise of the 'Nona'", in which he sails along the coast of Southwestern England (if I remember correctly), ruminating about the wonders of sailing, among other things. I've thought of trying to model this, but there is little information I've found. Just this photo (on a card from a friend who introduced me to Belloc) and some minimal description in the book. Ron
  8. Looking good, Matus! I would do both decks the same, that is, if you show caulking on one, show it also on the other. Sweep ports were for oars, which were called sweeps. Ron
  9. I'm calling this done. Sometimes you get to a point where you're afraid of going just too far, and messing up what you've done to that point. The beak never really materialized, there's no feather texture on the neck and body, and the wing feathers could be better (well, everything could be better), but I'm happy with this, and I'm going to stop before I slip and make an irretrievable mistake-- Isopropyl alcohol is repeatedly swabbed over and around the eagle to loosen it-- And after a while, the eagle is released-- This after
  10. Thanks Phil! So many things to learn in this hobby. I'm enjoying the carving, though I can't imagine doing a ship with a lot more. It's very slow going at this point. Continuing to work on the overall relief areas-- At this point, I began thinking that the thickness of this piece from the "ground plane" of the flattened area was about right, and I needed to get rid of that "ground" and to reduce the overall height. Rather than shave everything down from the top, I unglued this from the base, and rubbed it on sandpaper until that "ground" was paper thin and tra
  11. Working VERY slowly on the eagle. At this rate it will take me a good week to finish it. As I've worked, I've discovered details I missed at first (one important one being the talon gripping the shield), and I've sanded down the surface of my carving to be able to recapture those details. My model image is very low resolution, and if I look at it too enlarged, the details (like the talon) blur too much to be apparent. I have to look at it small, to see more! The outline is basically there now, and I am working on developing the basic relief areas--
  12. Congrats on the new home, Martin! You're moving to my general area of the country! When do you leave? Ron
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