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  1. After having been 'distracted' by my business for 3 weeks I finally had the chance to catch up with your build log again. Wow! What progress, what wonderful details, what craftsmanship! Thomas
  2. Looking fantastic, Dirk, a real jewel! I assume the showcase is made of plexiglass? How do you cut these large parts so precisely? Thomas
  3. It took me a while to find your new build logs, Bob 😉. What a beautiful longboat! . . . and already pretty much finished! Your combination of craftsmanship, highest quality modeling and building speed never stops to impress me! Thomas
  4. Good decision, Dirk! No need to change anything. Your Sherbourne looks fantastic the way she is! Thomas
  5. Your work is really impressive! Super clean and precise . . . outstanding craftsmanship! Thomas
  6. Thank you so much for your kind comments! They are highly appreciated! Building these little boats is really a lot of fun . . . so Dirk, masts and rigging probably still have to wait a bit longer until the 'little Syren fleet' is finished 😉 Thomas
  7. I spent some time building a jolly boat prototype for the Syren. I wanted to find out what it would look like to hang a jolly boat from her rear davits, and also to experiment with a few techniques needed for some of the boat details (also applicable to the long boat construction). To build the jolly boat I bought the Master Korabel kit. This is a kit for a highly detailed jolly boat, which additionally is very similar to the jolly boat plans shown in the ‘Anatomy of the Ship – Frigate Diana’ book. However, the scale of the kit is 1:72 and therefore not directly usable. As the kit does not come with a useful plan I put the 3 sheets of laser cut pear- and ply-wood on a copy machine, increased the copy by a factor 1.25x to get to the correct boat dimensions and then built the boat according to this ‘plan’. The different boat building stages are shown in images 1 – 7. Images 8 and 9 present the finished result. Image 10 shows a direct comparison between the jolly boat built from the kit at scale 1:72 based on the kit provided laser cut parts and the scratch built ‘enlarged version’ potentially suitable as Syren jolly boat. Thomas Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4 Image 5 Image 6 Image 7 Image 8 Image 9 Image 10

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