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  • Birthday 03/26/1961

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  1. Thanks again for the "Likes"!!! My next step was to finish planking between the middle underside beam and the hull of the model. For the first plank, I gave it a couple of coats of the blue paint, so that I wouldn't have to mask the middle beam (which is painted red). First plank glued to the supports. Finished planking both sides of the underside. Finished painted planks on underside. My next steps are to place a molding piece between the hull and the planks above. Then I have to lay out and file slots onto the underside planking that were used to drain water from the upper deck. Thanks for visiting Frank
  2. Wow! So many little details really separate this build from other cross sections! Nice work Michael. Frank
  3. Hello, Thanks to all for the "Likes"!! Small update: I took the model off the stand and I flipped it carefully onto some blocks, in order to work on the undersides. The first step was to install a 2mm by 4mm beam on the mid section of the underside of the upper supports. Installing this beam on both sides made the upper deck supports very strong and stable. Of course, a little work was needed to get the beam to sit correctly. On both the fwd end yoke and stern yoke, I had to file down a little bit to seat the beam. Before beginning the underside planking, (which will be painted blue), I painted the beam the red I have been using. My next step will be to plank between the beam that was just installed, and the hull of the ship on both sides. (See arrows in next photo) Thanks for stopping by!! Frank
  4. Hi Michael, Looks nice. How did you go from the gray color on the starboard side to the nice looking wood effect on the port side? Frank
  5. Phil and Michael (md1400cs) Thank you both for your kind words! Michael D. Thank you! my project tomorrow night will be to figure out the best way to work underneath. (I'll give it a try rolling it on its side) My time working on this model has slowed, due the the unfortunate failing health of my father. (More important). Shuttling him back and forth to doctors appointments and tests etc. etc. I continue, however, to be very excited about working on the Reale model, and I look forward to getting to the work room as often as I can. She must have been an amazing ship in her time!! Thanks, Frank
  6. Finishing up the end beams. I had three goals in mind when I decided to make the end beam decoration from scratch. I think I accomplished 2 of them The first goal was to make the checkered pieces out of a red wood to highlight the red. I succeeded until I applied a light stain to darken up the light wood to match the deck. While the light oak stain did not change the red on a sample piece I applied it to, it did darken the red on the trim I made. I think this was because when i cut the red wood, I used the ends for the squares and it must have absorbed the stain more. Anyway, I still like the result, since the light wood was darkened a bit. Mu second goal was to add a finished red painted piece to the bottom, making the beam a 4mm by 4mm piece. I extended the red painted piece another .5 mm out from the decorative piece. I think this will look better than having it flush, as was the decorative piece supplied with the kit (shown in my previous post) Later in the build, a red painted top piece will be added, extending out the same amount. My third goal was to not have the decorative squares run out to each end, but to frame it with painted red sections on each end. I also chamfered the ends. The Beams attached to the model Next I have to remove the model from the base and flip it over to work on the underside. I have to figure out a way to safely support the model, while it is flipped. Thanks, Frank
  7. Hi Michael, Glad I visited your log today. Looking at the photos, I forgot that I had one of those contour metal thingy. I had it hidden away, and I pulled it out for future use. I know it will come in handy sooner or later on my build Your cross section is looking excellent! Frank
  8. Thank you Gimo! and thanks for sharing your log photos! Frank
  9. Hello, I've been back at it working on the 2 end beams (port and starboard) that the upper supports I just finished above are attached to. The instructions call for a 4mm high by 3mm wide piece of wood. Then, later in the build, i'm supposed to add a 1mm thick piece of decorative wood supplied that would make the beam a 4mm by 4mm square. Looking at this next photo of the decorative piece supplied, I thought it was a well done strip. There are a few things I wanted to change, however, so I decided to make the decorative strips from scratch. The green arrow points to the walnut squares. I wanted to make these squares, using some type of red wood. The red arrow shows a walnut piece along the bottom edge. I wanted to make this piece a painted red piece. Earlier in my log, I was introduced to Gimo and he showed me his wonderful scratch built Reale. I modified some of his steps he used in making this decorative strip. Thank you Gimo for helping me with your log photos!! I was able to buy a couple of pieces of a wood called "Redheart" to see if this would work for the project. I cut some of the red heart and also some bass wood into strips and ran them through my thickness sander and glued them together. The next step was to cut some more bass wood and glue them to the sides Using a small table saw, I cut the assembled strips into small pieces and glued them onto the walnut beam from the kit wood. Next I ran the long strip through the thickness sander and made it 3 MM wide Then I fed it through the thickness sander again and thinned down the width to 4MM So now I have a 4mm wide by 3mm high assembled piece. I will make a 1mm piece to paint red and glue to the bottom, making it a 4mm by 4mm piece. Also, I didn't want the decorative strip going all the way to each end, so I added a piece of white wood that will be painted red on each end. So, now I have to make the strip for the opposite side of the model, then do some light staining and sealing for the above piece. After this, I will add that 1mm thick red painted strip and glue the beams to the end of the supports. Thanks for visiting and for all the "likes" Frank
  10. Hello! After a couple of weeks of distractions (fun- Wedding, not so fun - Sick father), I was finally able to finish the upper supports on the left, or port side. Things went a little smoother. As I mentioned before, I learned a few tricks from the first side. Some photos of the port side Now I will turn my attention to working on the beams that I had the supports clamped to. Thanks for visiting, Frank
  11. Mark, I know you are not happy with the sail material, but the photos you posted show it all working nicely together. Congrats, Frank
  12. Nice Michael! How far down into the lower decks do the pin rails go? Or do they end under that top deck? Frank

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