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  • Birthday 03/26/1961

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  1. Hello Friends! Just a quick note to let you know I am taking a month off from the work bench. My daughter gave us our first grandson, "Luca" last month!! We are so excited, especially after the tough Autumn we had with my dad. I will be spending the next month helping her and enjoying my grandson. I've tried to work on the model the last couple of weeks, but have had many starts and stops. I'm worried that i'll mess something up, so I will give it a break until April!! Thanks for visiting, Frank
  2. Michael, great job on that lantern! Looking at your Vasa brings back lots of memories of both our Vasa builds Lol!! Frank
  3. Hi Mark, great job! Can you give me a little more information on the laser level you have? Looks like a very nice tool to have in the workroom. thanks, Frank
  4. Hello Clark, I am away on a trip this week. When I return, I will send you some photos of the Shroud assembly plan from the Corel plan. Basically, however, here is how Corel shows it being done. Just above the waterline of the ship and below (underneath) the slots are 8 chain plates that are nailed to the side of the ship. (Eight on each side). Attached to the tops of the chain plates will be chain links (supplied in the kit). These links go from the top of the chain plates, thru the slots. At the top end of the chain links, above the slots, you attach what Corel calls toggles. These toggles are what the shrouds will be fastened to. It is quite simple really, but a picture is worth a thousand words as they say and I will post some as soon as I make it back home early next week. I hope this helps and makes sense. Thank you everyone for the "likes" and for visiting. It is appreciated! Frank
  5. Hi Michael, Love your plan for the wall mount! The sectional looks beautiful! Enjoy the rum Frank
  6. Forgot to mention that I did scratch up some of the red trim strips on the edges, while I was carving out the slots. So I spent some time again with the red paint touching things up!! Frank
  7. So I made it thru the section that I was dreading. I had to create 8 slots on each side. These slots allow the chains to pass thru down onto the chain plates on one end and the mainmast shrouds on the upper side. I think they came out pretty well. (Tough holding my hand steady!!) Next was drilling for the "Seat of Ease" on both sides Port and starboard. Finally staining and sealing with the same light oak stain and sealer as on the lower decking. Next step is to add the trim strips shown on the last post. Thanks for visiting, Frank
  8. Hello, Back at work finishing up the upper deck planking. Han Solo, as usual, helping me keep on track! Finished laying in the planks Planks at the stern end, port and starboard side Planking at the bow end, port and starboard Drilled and Inserted the tree nails using the same method I did on the lower decking in earlier posts. I only put in tree nails where they will be visible. There is molding pieces, which will be painted and installed, that would have covered the tree nails on the outside section of the planks. See green arrows Thanks, Frank
  9. Well done Clark! I think all the effort you are putting in to the planking will be well worth it! Frank
  10. Hubac, thank you very much for passing along the photo's. very interesting and useful, especially the closeup ones. It is appreciated! Frank
  11. Thanks for stopping by Mark! Yes, repetitive, but my equipment makes things easier, once they are set up for mass production! I'm going thru lots of red paint also. Lol! Frank
  12. Hi Mark, Looking very nice! With regard to those yellow painted arches at the bow, over the doors, are they made of wood from the kit or metal or did you make them? They look perfect!! Frank
  13. As stated above, I am modifying the Corel Kit instructions for the decking and will try to follow the "Fleur de Lis" plans. The Corel kit calls for the deck planks to be 4mm wide. I scaled the "Fleur de Lis" plans and it comes out to about 6.35 mm wide or 1/4 inch. So wider deck planks. I first cut out the same Eastern White Pine that I used for the lower decks and ran it thru my thickness sander to 1/4 inch thick. Next I glued some black construction paper to one side. I then cut several strips and ground them into two different thicknesses. One Strip of wood I ground to 1.5 MM thick and cut and chamfered 8 pieces. These 8 pieces are thicker than the rest of the deck planks. They will have a slot cutout in the middle, from which the chainplate and chain will pass through for the shroud rigging for the main mast. The Corel plans also show the slots, but have the planks the same thickness as all the other planks, with no chamfering. The extra thickness of these 8 deck planks is why I made the end beam, that they will butt up against, a little thicker (From the last post) Eight Deck pieces 1.5 MM Thick The rest of the deck planks much thinner The green arrows show the eight raised deck planks that will be slotted for the shroud rigging. In-between them are the thinner deck planks Once I am finished working on the deck planks, there will be a red painted trim strip fastened to the outer edge of the deck pieces. Before I add that trim strip, however, I have to first finish laying in all of the deck pieces, cutout the 8 slots on each side, add some tree nails, sand, stain and finish with a top coat, so the deck will match the coloring of the lower decks. Thanks for stopping by, Frank
  14. Hello Thank you all for visiting and the "likes". Appreciated! After finishing the upper deck supports on the starboard side, I then repeated everything for the port side, with a minor difference. The port side only has 29 upper platforms, whereas the starboard side has 30. This is because there is a row removed to allow for the cooking station. Gluing of the main upper deck support. Attaching the platform and finish painting View of the base of the cooking station. I painted this black for now and will worry about how the cooking area will be finished at a later point Completed upper platforms on both sides. Before I start to plank these platforms, I had to make the upper beam for the decorative face that I made earlier in the build. The planks will butt up against this beam. I had to make the thickness of this beam a little thicker than I wanted to because I will follow the planking plan from the "Fleur de Lis". (I will explain in the next post) The beam sticks out further than the decorative face. (Same distance as the lower beam) Next step is to make up the deck planks. Thanks, Frank

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