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  1. Well, It has been almost two years since I updated the journal. My PdN has been completed for almost a year and a half and I completed LSS's Fair American during this time. Now that I am in the middle of leave and my household goods have shipped to my next assignment, I find myself with lots of time to provide an update. In July 2012, I moved on to the main mast installation and rigging. The main is much simplier than the fore, none of those mysterious lines to figure out and I had worked out my techniques for ratlines, serving, etc... I did however, run out of rigging lines and had to
  2. Rob Welcome to the AVS ranks! I really enjoyed this kit and learned a lot from my mistakes. Here are a few things I learned. 1. Install spacers on the bulkheads and their extensions. 2. Make sure the plywood sits level and slopes as required. I did not and after installing my decking and planking the bulwarks, my cannons did not sit well. 3. Spend the time studying plans looking for eyebolts that will be needed later and at least pre-drill the holes. Install if possible. Trying to fit a pin drill in later may be difficult. 4. Pre-rig the cannons as much as possible before gluing
  3. Bill Another option is 3D printing. A gentlemen on Shapeways.com has a set of cannons for the Hannah. I contacted him offline and asked him if it were possible to change the scale and quantity. He is going to adjust to my needs and re-post. You could have them printed with a black material so clean-up would not require touch up.
  4. Philo426 - this sounds like a disaster for one of those women! I have tried the microwave method with planks in paper towels and also in bowls of water. My only problem is when trying to do a longer plank than will fit. I have found tall, skinny vases filled with hot water from a tea pot of coffee maker work great. Once soaked I clamp the plank into a wooden mold that came with a starter model ship tool kit. I gave up on the plank bender that came with the kit. I ended up just scorching the plank each time.
  5. I often wonder how many build logs are just never completed. I know I followed one that had a two year break. The builder had something happen in life that made him put the kit down for a while. I know I am lazy on the logs. it takes time to properly capture our work and then turn that into a journal that others can follow. I know I still have more work on my second to last build which was stretched out over several years due to a long break. I was lazy and did not photograph the rigging and sail construction as much as I wanted. I have since completed another model and never documented
  6. The lower masts did not recieve much documentation. They were pretty straightforward. I did create the rings for the sails to be attached too by laminating strips of brown paper from a grocery bag around a same size dowel rod. This modification would later be removed when I decided to sew my own sails and replace the rings with wire. Here is the base of the main mast. Here is the bowsprit getting a stay attached. The lower fore mast is barely in the shot. Here is the lower fore mast getting a shroud attached. My shrouds were partially rigged with a third hand tool to he
  7. For the rest of Spring 2012, I worked on the ship's boats, anchors and started on the lower masts. I enhanced the model with cannonball racks too. I took a short break for a training exercise, my wife had surgery and we sprung a leak in our second home that was being prepared to be sold that ended up costing us a lot of time to repair the water damage. Water leaked from a second floor toilet pipe through the floor that had been stripped for new tile, through the first floor ceiling (ruined in living room and kitchen), through the brand new hard flooring (causing 100% replacement on the firs
  8. Hello I am am closing in on the last chapter and thought I would offer up some more comments and answer your questions. #1 I did not start a log on this build, his site had several already before the data loss and I figured I would just add to them like now. I have some general notes which show I am currently at 145 hours of work and on the chapter for finishing the quarterdeck, installing the rudder. #2 The ebony and bloodwood were not too difficult to work with overall. I did have some some issues with shaping the inner bulwarks planks and had a few random chips in the bloodwood. Lu
  9. I am working on the same model. I agree with most of your comments on materials, documentations, directions and support. I was disappointed when Mr. Hunt cut me off from his forum for lack of active participation. I guess not everyone has as much time to devote to this hobby to remain active. I also want to highlight your comment about the fragile parts. I had many knees, ship wheel parts and who knows what else just break into multiple pieces during removing them from the blanks. I ended up using my scroll saw to cut out the gun port frames and probably should have done the same on all
  10. Oh man, I missed your old log. I was using it as a guide as I completed mine. Sadly my log was lost in the data crash too and I have been to busy on my next build (which is completely undocumented) to reload and rewrite it.
  11. I probably overcomplicated the gunport lids but I made an assembly line for them. I used the plywood ones that came with the kit. Then I installed three rows of planking on each side with the same material used on the main body's planking. Next, I wrapped the edges with additional planking to cover the end grain of the plywood. Next, I sanded everything and removed the excess. Then, I drilled holes for the hinge pins, an eyebolt and a pin that would assist with mounting to the hull. Once I had completed the first one I began installing them. Some were still slightly missized
  12. Here is a starboard side view after repairing the gunports and completing the copper plating. I built all of the deck furniture and did some dry fitting so I could work out spacing. I was concerned that the carronades would not have sufficient space to recoil. Here is a shot of the waist area. Here is a wider view. Notice the catheads have not been installed yet. In February 2012 I began with the bow equipment. Here is a work in progress of the catheads. I wish I would have spent more time studying the rigging plans. I would have discovered all the various hardw
  13. Imagine a beautifully walnut planked hull. Now imagine that the gunports are misaligned so the carronades will not fit properly. Add to that, inner bulwark planking that was uneven, had cracked and be patched then painted over to hide the errors of a rushed job. That is how I found my PdN after unwrapping the bubble wrap that had protected the hull from 2006 to 2011. I could not continue the model and thought about tossing the whole thing into the wood burning stove. Luckily, myfiancée challenged me and basicly said, "you can fix it". While working on finishing a pair of Clay Feldm
  14. US Army officer, commissioned in 1996. Started in the Light Infantry at Fort Drum, NY and transitioned to the Signal Corps in 2000 while in Bosnia. Since 2001, I have been on Fort Bragg and worked in basically every type of unit (Special Forces Battalion, various Special Operations units, the School House as a Doctrine Writer/Analyst, 82d Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, PSYOP Group, and two Joint Task Forces). Next summer we will make the big move to Fort Carson where I will be the communications officer for 4th Infantry Division. Have deployed to Afghanistan more than once over the
  15. This space is reserved for me to repost/rewrite my build log from when I picked the hobby back up in 2011 and started to fix errors on my Prince de Neufchatel (PdN) that I had stopped working on in 2006. This log will pick up with a completed hull that had gunports in the wrong positions and poorly planked bulwarks.
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