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About KenW

  • Birthday 05/16/1945

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  1. Thanks Bob. And thanks to "capt. Hook" and to all the 'likes'.
  2. I finished the guns and their carriages. The barrels were blackened using the same method as I used on my Independence. Soak the barrels in acetone, then muriatic acid (15 minutes each) and then place them in JAX Blackener for 1-2 minutes. I was going to leave the quoin handles natural because I was happy with the way they came out (nice and small). But they looked very white and, really, they would have been painted the same color as the carriages, so I relented. I hope to mount and rig them in the next few days.
  3. Thanks Mark and Lou. As far as my tools, I built the Providence using a jeweler's saw. The only power tool I have is a Dremel. I determined the size of a boat, which 'hangs' from the stern, by the width of the stern. A boat of 100 mm is about right. I'd have to get a cafmodel 130 mm kit and see what I can do to shorten it. But I like the idea, and I'll order one now. The Master Korabel boats are currently out of stock. I've requested a notification when they become available. Thanks for the info and ideas. Cheers.
  4. Just discovered your blog. Great workmanship. And, good instructions/tutorial. I'll follow your blog and look forward to seeing the real thing when our club can finally meet again. Cheers.
  5. Thanks Lou. There are no real plans of the Providence. Both the plans for the replica built for the 200th anniversary, and the model made for the 150th anniversary were built according to "a typical Rhode Island sloop". So holes and/or wooden mounts are certainly possible. I'm currently having trouble making a small boat to hang off the stern. The boat must not too much larger that the width of the stern. I'm looking at kits from Model Expo and bending basswood planks to the 'U' shape required for the ribs is, so far, impossible. I may just have the mounting blocks installed but say th
  6. I created more ‘deck furniture’ on the main deck. I had previously made a windlass using a mini kit that Chuck Passaro created for his Cheerful model. I had to make some alterations since the windlass was too big for the Providence’s deck. So I cut off the larger of the pieces (the one that had three holes) and did the same on a similar piece from a second kit. Then I filed a bit to make sure everything looked like it belonged. Next, I made a small smoke stack. And lastly, I made the mast fiferail, which included somewhat fancy aft posts. And, I also made the necessary belaying pins.
  7. I added some boards to the outside of the hull. The Providence was originally called the Katy. In the early 1700s, it was converted into a boat able to run the smuggle goods and protect itself. It was described as “a sloop, all black boat low and long...with crane irons on the quarters for oars.” I don’t yet know what ‘crane irons’ are, but I’ll find out. In late 1776 or early 1777, the Katy was renamed to the Providence and taken into the Continental Navy. At that time the sides were “scraped”. This is the boat in the Holman painting at the beginning of this blog. The replica of the Pr
  8. My modeling has been slow lately due to our return to Brooklyn. I’ve constructed the piece to hold the cannon balls. The cannon balls themselves are actually silicone ball bearings. They even came in black. I found them on Amazon; they are called uxcell 1/16 Inch Ceramic Bearing Balls, Si3N4 Silicon Nitride Ball G5 Precision 100pcs. (A four lb. ball was 3 inches.) I glued them onto the holding piece with CA glue and added some Doc O’Brien’s Weathering Power Grimy Black (available from Micro-Mark.) Then I added another coat of black paint just to the holding piece to add a little contras
  9. Thanks Gary. So many people have said things about your model that I totally agree with, that I don't have anything original. So - your work is fantastic, etc. Cheers.
  10. Hey Gary - Love your ability. When you use these dry transfers, do you cut out each letter in order to place it properly? Your transfers look so perfect. Cheers.
  11. I think the anchors look really great! Can you get that shrink wrap electrical insulation at any hardware store? Your model is outstanding. Cheers.
  12. I’m continuing to make ‘deck furniture’ for the main deck of the Providence. Since my last posting I’ve made the cat heads, the bilge pumps, two belaying pin racks and a lantern. I also made some belaying pins which are ⅜ inches long which scale-wise translates to 18 inches. That is about the size of the pins I’ve seen. On the Providence replica, the bilge pumps are painted black. They are placed next to the hatches for the photo. That isn’t their final location. The quarter deck will protrude over the aft main deck and there will be a supporting beam so I thought it would look good to
  13. Dave: This is really an impressive build of a BOF model. Both in the quality and precision of the workmanship; and the description and photos of the methods behind the build. I enjoy each entry. Cheers.
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