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  1. Well hello everyone...it's been a few months since I posted anything here and felt it was high time I got back to it... What prompted this build log was a PM from Popeye, seems he stumbled across a kit that he recalled seeing in my signature, that of the Agilis by Stenographer. This is an older kit...my best guess is late 60's early 70's ( if anyone can cast some light on this please do, I'm sure Denis will appropriate it as much as I would). The instructions are very rudimentary at best, one reason it was still in my stash, that and a reluctance/revulsion for the deplorable subject matter. It seems to be a fictitious vessel. None of my research has yielded anything about this ship. All in all this was probably a quality kit back in the day, no laser cut pats or the like but there is a sheet of stamped pieces but all the bulkheads will require cutting. I know Popeye has already experienced an issue with wood delamination with his kit, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I plan to use as much of the supplied kit materials as I can....I know Denis has said he may scratch build much for his, so If you have an interest in seeing two different approaches to the same subject I invite you to pull up a chair to this pair of build logs. Below is the link to Popeye log Pics of the kit inventory will follow.
  2. I said that I would start a log on this vessel if it looked like the hull is a keeper. it was touch and go for a while there........but I must admit, it came out quite well. this is the Steingraber kit that JCT and I have been collaborating on. he is finished with his model..........but of course, me with my propensity for making a mountain out of a molehill, have other ideas for this kit. the kit is old.......I would say onwards of 50 years or so, and this played a very large roll in how we came up with our hulls......the most important part of the model. J did replicate some of his hull parts, while I replicated most {if not all} of the hull parts for mine. I even added a couple of parts to mine to complete areas that seemed to be missing something. during this time, I ran into a National Geographic article about the slave ship Clotilda, which caused me to change the name of the ship I was modeling. in our research, we found that there was no slave ship called the Agillis........odd that this would be fictitious. though fitting to do a model of a known slave vessel......the last of the slave vessels, I was still drawn to the box art......I like the way it looked. there were a few Briggs that were used as slave vessels, but my thinking takes me away from that subject. it's just a Brigg...the odd partis that I adopted the name.......seems as good as any, since what I would name her would like be fictitious as well the parts were terrible to cut out of the sheets.......this kit was not laser cut. J seemed to have a better time of it than I was.......mine being mahogany sided plywood, and his being blonde plywood. I was fixing them like crazy, cementing layers of basswood sheet to take the place of the delaminated mahogany. my scroll saw was literally tearing them apart. you can see the missing chunks of mahogany the part 1A for the bow, the modified part #10 with bulwark posts after cutting out the keel part, I removed these strips of mahogany from the cast off with my fingers! the repaired parts of the hull frame.....the two parts 9A are also added parts in the end, we both came up with viable hulls, and we continued from there. I was cleaning up the mess, just about ready to toss these parts in the trash, when my inner pack rat kicked in. so much was done to preserve these parts.......it would be a shame not to give it the 'ole college try, and create a second hull. what the heck.........if it doesn't work....I get to see it burn and so starts the assembly of the second hull I'm doing the Clotilda as a topsail schooner, which will be void of the mast tops. built as a Brigg, the mast tops can be used. I don't like the way these mast tops are shaped, so their refabrication is in the future. it must have been in the cards, because I had traced the deck platform on a basswood sheet, as well as a few of the other parts that required that thickness of wood. the same method was used to create this hull frame, as I did for the Clotilda, running a straight strip of wood fore and aft, and marking the centers on all of the bulkheads. the deck platform was cut out and notched.. I started this the end of February....I have a lot more to cover. so not for anyone to think I'm Speedy Gonzales, I'll give the dates as I go along, until I get caught up. I'll have more on her tomorrow
  3. the flying fickle finger of fate has struck again......why it chose us, I have no idea. there is a short story that starts this log off...and here is the skinny. I was browsing around the net looking at off the wall hobby shops...just a search, point and shoot kind of thing. I'm always looking for that model that I've not seen in years. I was browsing through an Antique store in central Washington state. running down a list of kits this Antique store had, I happened on the name Agilis. it made me sit back and think........who had this model in their signature? after batting it around for a time, it came to me who it was .......JCT {hope I spelt your tag right J......I'm working without a net}. $100.00.........not sure about the shipping, I mentioned in a PM I sent him, along with a picture of the kit. I hadn't seen J or any of his projects for some time.......I wonder what he was up to. to sum up his activities...........he's been fishing with his guitar, while watching the tube it was nice to rattle his cage { I take full blame J}. his reply came....he already has a kit.......he was waiting for someone to start a build log on the model, so he could use it for when he decided to start his. he said the instructions were so vague, they'd give Billing's a run for their money! naturally, this got my gears turning........the finger stopped, pointing at me. I suggested getting the kit and possibly starting a log.........this began the conversation. doing a joint group build was suggested, but shot down in fear of confusion. as our conversation continued, I set to work on ordering the kit. not seeing any way to order it, I placed a call to the shop......but.........while that was in progress I was still browsing around. going through a number of black holes, I ended up at the ETSY site, and a gentleman who lives in Florida, was selling it for $49.00 with free shipping. with ten minutes, I had the kit ordered and a reply from the seller! this also started another conversation, since I'm so chatty......he'd have in the mail the next day. true to his word........I got notification that it had been shipped.......that was Thursday. I received it on Monday. meanwhile.........a call came from the Antique shop and I let her down gently, I assure you meanwhile, the conversations with the seller wound down.....he'd like to see pictures of the finished ship....I directed him here....or he can give me his email addy. the conversation continues to this moment with J.......the plot is beginning to thicken. my searches isn't bringing up any info on this ship........and neither is his. likely, this is a fictitious ship. Steingraeber describes this as a clipper....to me it doesn't....it looks more like a privateer or a brig. the last ship that was involved and subsequently "arrested" was called the Clotilda....this was in 1867.......over fifty years after slavery was deemed illegal. later I read that the Clotilda was run aground near Mobile Alabama and set on fire to destroy the evidence. there are a number of ships that this kit could have resembled, but we decided to keep the name Agilis. oh.......the reason behind my mentioning the Clotilda, is that she was a schooner. J suggested that this might be a Baltimore Clipper.....looking it up, I am inclined to agree with him...it confirms both our suspicions. Baltimore Clipper - Wikipedia the one thing that might set it apart......and why I would mention a brig, is the number of yards the model has......still feel it's odd, likely can be rigged as a cutter, or even a schooner. J is right though.....the instructions are not for the faint of heart foot note: I'll be building this model along with J. we will be doing it as sort of a group build, but without combining the log and confusing anyone. I'm very pleased to be working along side him........I'm sure that there something we can share

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