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About JerryTodd

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  1. Sorry, I just saw you last post yesterday, and only now had time to sit and type something. Since I used to be working on something from the same general time frame, I've found your log very interesting - I say used to be because I haven't had time to cut the grass much less work on anything for me. When I do get to cut the grass, it'll be so far along that Green Peace will be out there protesting my destruction of the rain forest. Anyway, I'd like to see your other projects
  2. My models lower mast stay in place, the topmast, t'gallant, etc, are held up by fids just as the actually vessel was, and the rig collapses down Addendum: how the topmasts are fidded on Constellation
  3. Altered the 3D model of the Blomefield pattern 18 pounders; raised the ER cartouche relief a little so it's easier to see, and widened the trunions, but the still print a bit misshapen. Again, back in May 19; all three models on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
  4. She did go for a swim last May. If work or this virus don't kill me, I hope to get the hull presentable this year; paint etc. As I intend to have the gundeck detailed, there'll be more to her than Constellation, but with that experience, a little easier - I hope.
  5. It's there, but is much less pronounced with thinner layers and not being round like what comes from a nozzle. It has a silk texture, like butterfly wings a bit like looking at a phonograph record at a low angle.
  6. Since May the job has kept me away from my hobbies, or just too worn out to get anything done - I'm too old for this $#!+. But it has allowed me to splurge a little on something for myself, in the form of a 3D printer. I looked around for a long time, trying to make heads or tails of all the constantly changing stuff out there. I decided to go with a resin vat type because it offered better quality, more detailed prints than the filament types, and I'm not concerned with printing large items, but mostly parts for models. I got an Elegoo Mars for under $250 on Amazon after a few weeks of research narrowing it down. YouTube is chock full of reviews for this, and other printers of this type. My first print on the machine were 9 more carronades from the file the original set I had printed in 2012 came from, supplied by Tim Bowman who also sent me files for the 18 pounder Blomefields, carriages, and slides. You can't see the print in progress until near the end - and then only if it's a long enough item - to see how things are going, so it's a pretty nerve-racking process, especially the first time. Even when they're done they're covered in resin, hiding any details. After cleaning them in alcohol I was pleased as punch to find they were every bit as good as the 2012 prints. The slides didn't come out as well. One of the 6 I printed failed to release and looked like a Star Trek transporter accident, the other five were great on top, but the underside looked somewhat melted. I can fix them, so they're usable, but I need to learn more to get them to come out right. I built a wheel in 3D modeling software for a 4 foot RC schooner from scratch, but it's printing too thin to be of use, and it's underside isn't right, just like the carronade slides. While I fiddle with getting this wheel right, I'm working on the 3D models for <i>Constellation's</i> trail-boards, and Mac's figurehead.
  7. If you glass the hull, and resin it inside, you can build it of nearly anything you like, even cardboard. I gave some thought to building an Essex class (actually Ticonderoga) boat in 1:96 scale and if I hadn't come to my senses, I would have built the framing of 15/32" ply covered in 1/8" luan (doorskin), and wood strips for the rounded bits. Covered all that with 4oz glass cloth and poly resin outside, and a couple of coats of just resin inside. I build all my hulls this way, but a slab sided steel ship allows using sheet goods How I build My Hulls
  8. Pride went to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum back in May and before leaving, she got to free-sail in the pool for a bit. I just wanted to take some pictures of her sitting in the water, but she took off across the pool.
  9. As someone that's worked on these boats, you've done a beautiful job capturing one; albeit, a little cleaner than I remember
  10. Pride got out of the house and put on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, and at Baltimore's National Maritime Day Port Expo on Sunday. Both events were slow, so I decided to get some pics of the model in the pool, when she started sailing along...
  11. I rented a UHaul trailer to transport the model to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday and Baltimore's Maritime Day Port Expo on Sunday. Visitor turn out wasn't very good at either event despite the great weather. There wasn't good access to the Miles River for a model like Constellation, but I gave it a go none-the-less... The wind was all over the place because of the docked boats, and it was tight between the piers, but she sailed. At Baltimore it was very windy, so the models just stayed on the tables.
  12. She had the 10 inch pivots when she left Boston in 1859 to post to the Africa Station, but the captain decided she felt top heavy, so they took the guns off and took on more ballast. No mention of taking off the circles. She returned from Africa and got the 20 and 30 pound Parrots in place of the shell guns. I doubt the circles were touched. She went to the Med in 62 and the pivot guns are mentioned during that trip, When she returned in 1864, she became a receiving ship in Norfolk and the pivots may have been removed then or her next refit in 1871. The only spardeck drawing in the National Archives is from the 1886 refit, and there's no trace of gun circles or any guns on it at all.

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