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  • Birthday 11/25/1956

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    International Motorsports Association (IMSA) - a division of NASCAR - I drive truck for them.
    Harley Davidson
    And of course, trying to build model ships......

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  1. Looks like you did a fantastic job with the planking. Look forward to seeing more as you continue. ๐Ÿ‘
  2. Well, the Medway is about finished ๐Ÿ‘ About the only thing left to do are the flag (have to find the recommended spray) and the oars. It has been a fun and entertaining journey. I learned a lot - and also figured out I have a lot more to learn. Especially when it comes to rigging and knots, etc, etc. I would like to thank Chuck for this kit and everyone that has done the Medway before me - I learned a lot from your logs. Below are a few pics of the finished product. I might post some more later after I get the flag flying. Hope everyone enjoys the summer months (finally!!!) Steve
  3. Thanks everyone --- and Chuck - that means a lot. Suffice to say, it is a much bigger testament to your sweet kits and the thought & quality you put in them. I sure could not do it with out you and your expertise.....
  4. Hello everyone. Just a quick update. I got the rudder assembly finished and installed (temporary for now). Also got the thole pins, windlass bars, and fixed block made & installed. Below is the first oar -- 4 or 5 more to go. This is where she stands for the time being.... Time for a break from the ship yard for a couple of weeks and go back to work. Bummer having to leave Michigan to go to Sebring.... Not!! It gets a little crazy with all of the spring breakers though. I'll be checking in and watching all the other builds.
  5. Beautiful job Rusty. I like what you did with the windlass. I hope mine turns out something close to that. It looks very sweet.... So what is on your agenda now?? Anything special?? Thank you for your build log. It has been a source of both inspiration and learning..... Steve
  6. Thanks for the likes and comments, they continue to provide motivation. A little more progress has been made and I have a few pics to share to bring us up to date. All of the thwarts and braces have been glued in place with the exception of the one with the 'ironwork', I left that one loose in case I needed to tweak it a little when I get ready to place the mast. I have completed the windlass and have the also have anchors made up and ready to go. I also purchased the base stand from Chuck. I really like it and it adds some 'personality' to the kit. A couple of quick thoughts - the burl is thin and VERY brittle. When cutting it to size be very careful or you will end up with a lot of chips. I used a steel ruler and #11 blade but be very gentle. I made 7 or 8 passes with very light pressure. Also, try and not get any glue on it. I did and thought I had it all cleaned off but it came back to haunt me when I applied some Wipe On..... I also set the floor about an 1/8" below the frame. A personal thing I guess but I liked it better that making it flush. Anyway, the result is below. All in all it turned out pretty good and will dress up the model quite a bit..... Time to move on to the rudder, tiller, windlass bars, and the remaining little details that will help bring this to life. Hopefully I can catch one of the next rigging kits when they come available.
  7. Awesome work Rusty. A lofty target to strive for. Thanks for sharing everything.....
  8. Hello everyone -- Just a quick post to let you all know about the progress that has been made up to today. Below are a couple of pictures of the floor boards installed. I used CA on the floorboards. Even with pre-bending them they were still tough to get correct and there was no good way to clamp them. I used templates for the front and rear to get them close to the correct shape then used sandpaper and files for the final fits. I was surprised how much material had to come off to get them low enough. After that came the thwarts and rear seats. They were pretty straight forward. It was just slow going to get the right angles and fits on the seats... Time to move on to the windlass and its braces. Something to look forward to tomorrow.... ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Hey guys -- I spent the weekend putting in all of the nails. I finished them up this morning and got the finish sanding done, I used my phone with the flashlight turned on and put under the boat to show where the ribs were. That made it real easy to see exactly where the ribs were. Then used blue tape to mark the locations for the nails. Still managed to miss a quite a few. After cleaning them up I put on another two coats of Wipe On Poly. All in all I'm pretty satisfied with the results. Time to move on to Chapter 4 tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  10. Hello everyone. I finally made it back from Daytona and got some quality shop time in. There has been quite a bit of progress since the last update but nothing unusual to report. Just trying to be patient and not rush things to much. Below are a few pictures of where we stand now. I got the cap rail installed with the inboard sheer strip. And also the frieze trim. I used a brass scraper that I had from my Connie build for the shear strip. It seemed to work out pretty good and I like the result. A rear view of the frieze and the shear strip. The pic below are after one coat of Wipe-On Poly. It really brings out the color of the wood and the seams. Almost time to turn my attention to the inside. I'm working up the courage to get started on the nails. I can never get those things to look as clean as I would like them to. Then a little cleaning up on the inside and moving on to Chapter 4.....
  11. Great looking stuff Rusty. Definitely something to shoot for.... Good incentive for me to get back to the shop...
  12. Wow - I like it!!! It looks fantastic. But I have to say it looks like you skipped out of a lot of work not doing all that planking.... LOL..๐Ÿ˜ I really like where this is going. Keep it up.... Very nice....
  13. Wow ---- simply wow. You keep raising the bar Chuck !!! Awesome work...๐Ÿ˜‰

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