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  1. As I get underway with the continuation of this build log, I will hopefully be able to include some past photos. I've discovered that all my model photos prior to 2013 reside (I hope) on an old hard drive that is no longer attached to my computer. I had to replace the motherboard last year, and the new one didn't support the old hard drive. So it may be a while before I can retrieve those photos. This model of Oneida will represent the brig as she was armed in 1813, with sixteen 24 pounder carronades and two 6 pounder long guns. I also hope to fully rig her, but time will tell! Here is the current state of the model-- This post is a bit of a placeholder at the moment but I should have some more to add soon. Ron
  2. Well, it has been awhile but the wood always waits. Good to see a lot of familiar names (and faces!). Summary: I am working to build a 1:48 scale model of the 'Friends Good Will' by access to replica build plans and lots of one on one discussions with the ship master. The Michigan Maritime Museum sails a recreation of the 'Friends Good Will' - a Bermuda Sloop that participated in the War of 1812 on the Great Lakes (both sides). My family went there one day and I was very interested in what I saw. Several inaccuracies were very apparent for the sake of safety and the ability to host guests (sails 3 times a day for 1 1/2 hours) but it felt great to see an actual wooden ship in action. At the gift shop I inquired about ship plans, hull lines, etc and was met with a blank stare. I finally was referred to the museum historian and asked about wanting to make a model of the ship. Apparently I was the first to ask such a thing so next thing I know I had full access to the build plans and unfettered access to the ship master. Things to make you go hmmmm: 1. The rigging in its short life has been drastically altered since delivery. There was no accurate documentation of the current rigging setup other than in the ship master's head. 2. The hull (especially underwater) only very crudely resembled a Bermuda Sloop. 3. How to represent the topside deck - as built or more like it would have been. The work before me was large, but I looked forward to the challenge. Join me on a journey from drafting model plans to construction (using the Harold Hahn method). -Mark
  3. I first set foot on board the Constitution when I was 7 years old, and I was hooked on sailing ships ever since. My elementary school library had C S Forester's The Captain From Connecticut which I loved and led me to Forester's other work, namely Hornblower. In fact, the 16 foot daysailer I've had since 1979 is named Lydia. I spent my teens and twenties working under sail and power, from barkentines to tugs. I've built several of the 1:96 scale Constitution/United States Revell kits, two of them were RCed; but I always wanted a sailing model of the ubiquitous British frigate, and no one made that kit. I finally decided to build one. Already deep into building an 1850's American sloop-of-war, and with a Baltimore Clipper schooner already planked up, I began a third model of the HMS Macedonian. I chose Macedonian because I could easily get Chapelle's drawing of her from The American Sailing Navy from the Smithsonian, and she was interesting. Macedonian by Gardner Macedonian was a Lively class frigate rated at 38 guns, another of Sir William Rule's designs. Launched in 1810, during the War of 1812 she had the misfortune to meet the American frigate United States, a Constitution class 44 and was captured. She was taken into the American Navy and served until 1828 when she was broken up and replaced by a new ship. Lively Bacchante The story of Macedonian is well told in Chronicles of the Frigate Macedonian, 1809-1922 by James T deKay and I've posted a fair history of the ship on my page There's lots of data available on how the British built and out-fitted their frigates, and even Macedonian's figurehead still exists, but I never have found any reliable information on what her stern looked like. What I've come up with is my own conjecture based on the sterns of other Lively class frigates. The mounted figure is from a statue of Alexander that existed when Macedonian was built. The round object is the "Vergina Sun" found at ancient Macedonian sites and dating from the time of Alexander's father. Symbology available when Macedonian was built and while this is my own guess, it's at least a logical guess. I considered using Alexander's profile from a coin in place of the mounted figure, but his face is already on the bow - given the choice, I'd think an English builder would choose the horse. When the drawings came in from the Smithsonian, the first thing I did was have them digitally scanned. I then rescaled them from 1:48 up to 1:36 mostly so this model would be the same scale as my Constellation. That done, I made up a sheet with each station drawn full-sized, and printed that on my plotter. At this scale, the model should be; Length: 59" taffrail to Alexander's nose Beam molded: 13.3" Draught: 6.87" without the removable ballast keel Her length over the rig will be about 7' and she will stand from keel to truck, about 4'. (I'll update this with more accurate numbers and metric equivalents at a later date) These paper patterns were used to rough cut the wooden stations from 3/8" plywood. Each paper pattern was then glued onto it's station close cut on the bandsaw, and then fined up on the beltsander where some bevel was put into the forward and after stations.
  4. On this date: Dateline: June 30, 1818. Eastport, District of Maine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The inhabitants of Moose Island and Eastport assembled under a bright sun and blue sky as General James Miller, representing the President, and Lt. Colonel Henry Sargent, representing the Governor of Massachusetts, met with Lt. R. Gibbon at Fort Sherbrooke. Following the reading of the official orders and exchange of remarks, the British flag was lowered and replaced, after 4 long years of British occupation (naval invasion on July 11, 1814 - fairly significant force assembled) with our own Stars and Stripes, the name of our fort restored to Fort Sullivan, and citizenship restored on the inhabitants (along with our freedom to once more conduct maritime commerce). Following the departure of the remai ing British force on naval ships, festivities and celebrations ensued. Join with us today as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the restoration of Eastport to the United States. What a great way to start off the cekebration of Canada Day (July 1st) and our National Independence Day on July 4th. Hope to see you there! P.S. Your correspondent on the scene will once more assume the role of Town Crier for the occassion.
  5. I just finished writing an article for Lone Warrior magazine. L.W. is a journal for miniature wargamers of which I have been a regular contributor for about 5 years. I thought I would post some pictures of a couple of paper/wood/thread/piano wire models of HMS Lady Prevost and USS Ariel. These models are of 1:300 scale and are featured in the latter part of the article I wrote concerning Captain's Bold wargame rules designed by Jeffrey Knudsen. The models come emailed from Jeff in a PDF. Then you print them out and it's up to you to assemble accordingly. I hazard to guest I put about 25 to 45 hours into each model. Enjoy the pictures ... Above Ariel 75T 4 Long 12 pd. swivel guns Crew-36 Commander; Lieut Packett squaring off with Lady Prevost 230T 1 Long 9 pd., 2 Long 6 pd., 10 short 12 pd. guns, Commander; Lieut. Buchan Above Prevost giving a broadside to the American Sailors. Above Ariel retuning the favour! Above hull detail of Ariel Above Ariel getting down to business* The rest of the shots are the two ships fighting it out and some close up detail. Note: those dead-eyes you are looking at are roughly 0.3 to 0.5 mm in diameter! Close up of the bowsprit on Prevost note she carries a sprit sail Above Ariel raking the Lady at musket range. Above Prevost with a devastating broadside to Ariel with grape shot at close range. Yikes! Note the 1812 commemorative 25 cent piece showing Laura Secord which gives you an idea of the scale comparison.

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