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  • Birthday 03/26/1961

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  1. Thank you Gimo! I often refer to your beautiful log as a guide to assist me. Frank
  2. Hello, I made some progress with the midway section of the model. First step was to fabricate the mainmast partners(Support). Mainmast Partners made and ready to assemble. I also constructed the wood portion of what is called the "midway beam support". The finished Mid Beam support Assembly installed. The brass plates and nails are blackened. The assembly will later support a beam attached to the stern roof assembly. You will notice a hole under the assembly, roughly below the second nail from the stern (I forgot to add an arrow to the hole!) This hole is where rigging line that runs under the platform will come out. Mainmast Partners Installed. I had to "trial and error" move the partners forward and aft until I found the correct angle for the mainmast to fit. The midway planks were cut from the same Eastern White Pine wood with black construction paper. The planks cut to the correct width and trial fitted in the mid section. Then all the pieces were numbered on the backside and removed. All the pieces had tree nails installed followed by staining of the same light oak and finally sealed. In comparing the Reale de France plans and La Fleur de Lis plans, there were some differences. The width of the planks are wider on the "Fleur de Lis" (which I Followed) and the "Fleur de Lis" plan also shows a hatch just forward of the mainmast partners. I added this hatch, which is hinged in the middle and opens on each end. View of finished midway planks forward of the mainmast. Looking at the next photo, I had to do a few things. Sheaves (rollers) are installed just behind the mainmast (2 on each side) under the first 2 planks. The first two planks have notches cut into them for some mainmast rigging lines to pass thru and around the sheaves. Using the rigging plans, I estimated the length of line that runs under the midway planking and prepped the line under the planks before attaching the planks. Finally I glued all the planks to the deck, except for the first 3 planks behind the mainmast. I will have to remove these in order to run the lines around the sheaves and back up the mainmast later in the build. I will glue them down later. Finish midway photo Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Frank
  3. Top notch work and beautiful to look at! Congrats, Frank
  4. Hi Michael, I like your new table saw! one thing you might consider is to remove the green piece surrounding the blade. then lower the blade below the table level. Insert a new piece of solid plexiglass or plastic in the space where the green piece was. Screw it down. Turn on the blade and slowly raise the blade cutting the plexiglass as you raise the blade. Now if your cutting thin small pieces of wood, there will be less chance of the piece getting sucked into the gap. just a thought! excellent work, Frank
  5. Michael, Stern planking looks nice! The added tree nails are a nice finishing touch! best, Frank
  6. Michael, Nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind thoughts. Starting from you previous Vasa build and now onto your current build, following and meeting you has opened me up to "thinking outside the box" and investing more time into research and alternative methods. All is well here thanks, and hopefully you are all healthy and safe! Frank
  7. Thank you! Totally agree about the under appreciated beauty of these galleys. I never considered building the Reale until I accidentally ran across a fellow builders beautiful log here at Model Ship World. Frank
  8. Hi Clark, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, rigging runs under the midway planks. I will estimate the amount of rigging line I will need and run it thru now, before I glue the midway planks in this area. I will install, but not glue, a couple of planks where the rigging runs around the 4 sheaves that are installed just behind the mainmast (under the planks). After the rigging in this area is finished, I will glue these planks down. I will show more detail about this issue and how i'm planning to handle this in my next progress posts, in a couple of weeks. Thanks, Frank
  9. Thank you Mark! Appreciated. thanks for stopping by for a look. Frank
  10. Working my way towards the stern of the model. There is a decorative platform near the stern. To simulate the pattern, I cut a piece of Redheart wood (the same red wood used earlier in the build). Surrounded it with basswood and then the redheart again. The pattern was cut into slivers about 1 mm thick. The pieces were glued to a backing piece of wood also about 1 mm thick. Then I ran the wood thru a thickness sander and took it from 2 mm to 1 mm thick. Attached and glued the strips together into the required shape The assembly is now glued to both the port and starboard sides, followed by adding finishing side trim and stern top trim. The basswood and red heart was then sanded, stained with light oak stain and sealed A top trim piece now added to finish the area. Next was to make and install a midway arch and arch brass decoration. The arch will support some roofing beams later in the build. The archway seems to be the entrance to the more elaborate area of the stern. Archway pattern. Finished archway and brass decoration piece (painted the ships blue). Only the top half will be visible Archway assembled and installed. Yes, I know I will damage this by hitting it while working on the stern lol!! The archway is fitted onto slots cut into 2 long strips of wood that I made (see green arrows) These L-shaped strips of wood run all the way along the ship on both sides of the center, on top of the bench supports beams. The inside of the L-shape strips will support the center decking planks that I will begin to work on. Thanks for stopping by, Frank
  11. Hi Michael, Nice job on the first planking layer. A long tough process i'm sure!! Frank
  12. Added some final pieces before I move my attention to the stern of the model. Made up some block assemblies. Blocks are from Syren Company and they are so much nicer than the blocks that came with the kit. I stained the blocks with a chestnut stain. The first block (to the right) is attached to an eyelet. The middle 2 blocks have a ring between the blocks and eyelet. The block to the left, is attached with a removable hook. Blocks fastened to the ship Added some cleats And finally some ornamentation on each side. The pieces were painted with the antique gold. The railing system on the upper platform will be added later. Shifting my focus now to the stern of the ship! Thanks, Frank
  13. Hello, Finishing up the sides of the upper deck platform. Made up the planks for each side. Painted blue and installed. The planks are parallel to the upper deck, but tapered at the bottom to follow the curve of the deck. Shaped and installed the trim pieces, which were painted antique gold Blackened the eyelets, chain and toggles for the foremast shrouds. Chain attached to the eyelets and toggles and installed on each side of the platform. Will add the blocks when the foremast is installed.

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