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  1. Thanks Mike! I'm actually relieved to be done with that one. Now the Nina can be finished, and then Syren, Triton, etc.. 😄
  2. Just a small addition to my Ship in a Bottle project. Once I had everything done, ship back in bottle, vid created, etc etc... I realized that I hadn't weathered the deck. Sigh.......
  3. I hear that. I'm in the same spot with my 1:64 Triton. I was going to bite the bullet however, and fully plank the gundeck in order to practice. I've never installed tapered planks on a deck, so even though most of the work won't be visible, it's still worth the practice time to me. Where I stalled however, was trying to determine how to actually lay that kind of pattern down on my false deck. Running straight from end to end is simple, but how to find/make a suitable tapering pattern? Alan
  4. Mark, Are you going to curve your deck planks as well, or have them run straight from end to end? Alan
  5. Well, a silver lining of this pandemic is that I have to telework from home, which means that I'm getting around 2 hours of driving time "back" every single day, as well as uninterrupted lunches which can be used for modeling. One of my buddies is a permanent teleworker; I knew he had it pretty good, but man the time savings are incredible. More of this little guy. I spent an immense amount of time shaping the little internal ribs, which should not have been done. The seats and eventual oars will make them almost impossible to see. I can’t even figure out a way to properly photograph them. Lol. I guess I’ll just chalk that up to carving/shaping practice. At any rate, the bench supports, benches and railing were shaped from small remnants of wood from the kit. Maybe a racing boat instead? I decided it would be easier to install the “wales?” as thick pieces, opting to shape the internal sides of them and then sanding the outsides when the glue had dried. Now they look a little better. They were made from the same black walnut as the rest of the main ship. It will be fun to see what it looks like after the oil is applied. The oarlocks just need a little more work to ensure they are all uniform, and then I’ll drill the little holes into the top centers of them. These things are tiny! The boat is around 3 cm in length. Gratings! The kit supplied gratings didn’t look fantastic, so I cobbled together a little jig for my Dremel tool and created gratings out of sapele quarter ribbon veneer. Of course now that I’ve taken a close up photo, I can see imperfections. Funny how things look perfect to the eye until you see the photo. lol. I'm quasi-thinking of remaking these, as they might be out of scale. They are exactly the same dimensions as the cast pieces that came with the kit, but I'm thinking they holes should be smaller. We'll see. It was not easy to make these, so I might just spruce them up and call them good. Besides, no one but myself and Modelshipworld will ever know. Main deck grating. These will also be oiled, and then glued down. There’s a sick part of me that is thinking of drilling up through the keel, and then running little led bulbs under these, but I’m not sure that would look neat, or just weird. It would be pretty easy to drill down into the deck in order to create “hold” sections. I dunno… I might save the lighting for the quarter galleries of my other models which are calling to me.
  6. I'd love to see you build USS Idaho and/or USS Boise. They would be very unique! Alan
  7. A little warpage in the parts makes the project more interesting anyway. 😄 Alan
  8. If it were me, I'd do anything I could to eliminate the twist in the bulkhead former before proceeding, or it will cause substantive headaches later in the build. Alan
  9. I also wanted to thank you for creating this log. I've never been satisfied with the finish on my basswood Syren, and your log has been a gold mine of great information. Your model looks sensational! Alan
  10. I don't think it rubbed off at all, Bob. Although, if the nails stayed in the bag for a longer duration and blackened up more, perhaps some of that might have come off? I'm not sure; it's an easy test to do however, provided you can find eggs which haven't been hoarded. lol Alan
  11. Yes. I've attached a photo showing my experiment with the egg method. As you can see, there was a variation in color. I think I should have left the nails in the bag with the egg a bit longer. In fact, they may all be going back in the bag, as I'm going to use them for my Nina instead of my Syren. Still debating that tho, as the Nina hull is very dark, and I kind of like the variation in color on these. I'm also going to take off the poorly done hinge straps below, resurface the overall finish of the sides and replace with more "darkened/blackened" copper straps at some point on my Syren. Alan
  12. If you guys want to stay away from chemicals, a number of overboiled eggs mashed up in a Ziploc bag with your parts also creates a pretty cool effect. Alan
  13. I'll second the recommendation on Citadel paints. I don't think they can be beat. I'm not a good painter, but the paint is so easy to use, the below came out pretty well. Alan

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