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  1. My next model will be the Continental Sloop Providence. I became interested in this boat after reading, “Valour Fore & Aft”, by Hope Rider. Despite being a history of the boat, the book was a great, swashbuckling story. I recommend it. The boat was built by a Rhode Island merchant named John Brown several years before the American Revolution and was named the Katy. The sloop was converted to a privateer and commanded by three excellent captains, and during its voyages, achieved several ‘firsts’ for the Continental navy. The first captain was Abraham Wipple. The Katy, under the command of Captain Wipple, was the first ship to be chosen by the Continental Congress to perform naval service. It was the first colonial flagship and fired the first broadside during the Revolutionary War at sea. It also captured the first Brittish naval ship. In late 1775 the sloop’s name was changed to the Providence. In 1776, command of the sloop Providence was given to the newly promoted John Paul Jones. (Later Captain Wipple was given command of a new continental frigate also called the Providence.) Of the three captains, John Paul Jones succeeded in taking the most Brittish prizes. In 1777, command was given to John Peck Rathburn who was one of the sloop’s Lieutenants. Under the command of John Rathburn, Providence was the first Colonial ship to land marines on a foreign soil. Also, she was the first to fly the Continental colors over foreign territory. She captured Fort Nassau and held the town until valuable military supplies were removed and several Brittish ships taken as prizes. The Providence met its end as part of the disasterous Penobscot Expedition in 1779. She was forced up the Penobscot River in Maine and burnt to prevent its capture by the Brittish.
  2. So I started on another kit but it proved to be a bit over my head so I have started with this kit. So far it has been straightforward. There seems to be enough plank work to get me ready for more advanced kits to come. I have NO experience and I’m building the kit On a limb 😬. I know I have plenty of advice and help from this forum and will be using it...a lot. Please lend all the Crits and advice you can give me. It will be a slow process as I’m sure most of these type kits are but so far it’s been very relaxing. Thanks for tuning in!
  3. Because I'm not an English speaker, I apologize for not explaining every pictures. I hope my build log help new comers. Bought it to get a rest. Good packaging, but... The keel twisted just after a week. I couldn't let it anymore. Don't open sealing before you are ready. It's sanding time. Time to battle with myself. Made some jig for exact vertical sanding. Very common technic. Found significant differences. Already banned from NAVSEA museum guideline. Fixed, but it's my best. Sanding before cutting is the best way. I didn't know which side is front or not. Veritas miniature blockplane is my best friend. Much accurate than sander. My second mistake. The part 9 must be sticked together with the side of part 7, not the bottom of it. Museum curator will say that"Your skill is so fledging that even dead AL will be revived!" Finally found the mistake, but I couldn't accept my mistake and didn't fix it... Huge resistance required many clamps. Because the parts' gluing was too week, I used a gorilla glue instead of fixing all of them. How bad... Found the wood bar from plastic case. Used degraded replica of Proxxon FET table saw from Japan. Don't buy it. It is $100 cheaper than FET, but the function is disappointing. Oops. Third mistake. I thought 1.40mm is enough, but it was too big for it. Arround 0.50mm is good. As you know, kit's wood strips are not enough for museum quality. Different colors, width, thickness, and grains. To make a same width, I had to sand the wood bar. I temporally attached the straight guide to frames. The fence made work easier. One of the most easiest part. And, finally encountered the second mistake. It is too narrow to stick the 8mm strip! I had to push the side strips to make an enough space. Too late. Closed my eyes and made a best effort to cover my mistake, but the defect is already making model looks bad... ouch. It's planking time! Measured them all, and the balance is not bad. 1mm differences are within an error. I don't need two planking sheet for portside and starboard.
  4. The Continental Sloop Providence 1775: Concept Well I suppose I have procrastinated long enough and it is time for me to actually start doing some building. I have not built a ship model in over twenty years and all of the models I have built before, not counting a lifetime of plastic ships dating from childhood, were RC ships and were pretty much made form plans I found in magazines and using materials scrounged from almost everywhere. One ship was made from fold out plans much like the centerfold in Playboy and the wood started out life as a dog house and was filled in with Styrofoam packing blocks sanded to shape, smoothed out with Spackle and covered with fiberglass. More doghouse for the decks, and old realtor signs for the superstructure And to properly finish it off I found that a section of house drainpipe was perfect for the funnel! Most of my ships were done that way as I didn’t know better, (No internet for me back then) and it was not until I decided to build the USS Oahu that I actually obtained a real set of plans from the Smithsonian. Even then I pretty much used the bread and butter method for building the hull. Just flat boards from the hardware store with all the parts that didn’t look like a China River Gunboat cut away. My building style was a true case of ignorance is bliss in its purest form. Fast forward to the present day. I started looking into period ships as a possibility to re-enter the hobby after my retirement as the body, even after a few surgeries in the last few years is not as comfortable in dragging 36 to 45” or more ships that weigh 35 or more pounds to the pond or lake getting them in and out of the car, lake, and house. They would still be fun to run but all the other stuff, not so much. After locating this forum I was, and kind of still am, a little intimidated by the museum quality of so many of the models presented, and by the precise research that is put into getting them right. I know I can build, but can I build right and when using these methods achieve a presentable model? To compound the issue I feel a little like Harry Potter when he was in Ollivanders getting his first wand and being told that “it’s really the wand that chooses the wizard, of course.” In my case it is the ship that chose me rather than the other way around. I had been looking at scratch and kits for some time and even though there were several that interested me in both categories none of them reached out to me and said “That is THE one.” That is until Old Salt and Chuck Seiler both posted builds for the Continental Sloop Providence. I picked up the book that contained the plans used by Chuck and when I was done reading it I knew that I had been picked. After some more research I became aware that the plans used by John and Chuck were of the replica sloop by John F. Millar and that in her construction a number of things had been changed from the original research to accommodate present day Coast Guard regulations, (Or to avoid them) and in some cases to meet the whims of the people building her. My desire was to build a model that was not constrained by these limitations and fit a little more closely my mental image of what the ship should look like. (More to follow)
  5. OK, I guess no one really knows just how this little raider appeared during the American revolution, but I assume some research was done before the building of a reproduction An architect by the name of Charles W. Wittholz designed the reproduction for the Seaport 76 foundation Newport RI.. This little vessel was the first command of John Paul Jones under the American flag and should have more recognition by kit designers and or modelers. I was fortunate to get a beat up plans from a former Skipper of the reproduction and will attempt to dope out just what the weathered plans are telling me. Any suggestions, hints comments etc are welcome. Here is one plan: The plans, ( shown in the image) are photo copied to the scale 1/4+ 1' and consist of the body and line plans ( some lines missing due to time, water and who knows what.) A deck fittings plan , Mast and spars plan but no rigging and a much faded bow and jib sprit plan. The vessel represented on these plans is the FG reproduction of the actual tall ship now awaiting her fate, and, as far as I know still damaged and not repaired at a yard in RI.. My idea is to construct the model using the lift method for the hull to the deck level and build up the poop deck with side bulwarks and deck. By coincidence each lift on the plan measures exactly ½" very convenient for me as I managed to get some poplar dressed to this thickness. I plan to cut out a portion of the main deck lift to allow some visual glimpse into the lower deck level. This hollow portion will also allow a the insertion for a temporary tendon affording me to insert the tendon into a vise while carving the inverted hull. When this is done I can beam over the hollow portion and cover it with decking..... Dowels will hold the various lifts in register during the glueing process. One may even be the mast but the rake could present problems. Anyway the hole for the mast can be drilled into each lift even before the assembly is glued. Well that's the plan thus far. Mind visualizing, this works so lets see what problems it might present in reality. Thanks for any interest. S.O.S.
  6. FINALLY...my build logs begins. I welcome those that followed my PHILADELPHIA builds as well as any new comers. Welcome to my build log for the Continental Sloop PROVIDENCE. This ship is famous for being the first naval command of John Paul Jones and the distinction for ALMOST being the first ship in the Continental Navy. GENESIS OF THE PROJECT The idea for this model began with, as most things of value, discussions about pirate ships. Our ship model club annually mans an information booth at the local County Fair. One of the questions that always arises is “Is that a Pirate Ship?” That leads to a discussion about what exactly IS a pirate ship? Does a Pirate go to “Pirate Ship Depot” and pick one out? “Nay” sez we. A buccaneer bateau is normally one they have captured and has attributes that would make it valuable to them; normally speed and agility. Ships that make good pirate ships also make good merchant ships, privateers and naval vessels. I used the example of the classic Bermuda/Jamaica/Virginia sloop. Ships with exactly the same lines serving different purposes; Blackbeard’s ADVENTURE, Armed Virginia Sloop merchant and John Paul Jones’ PROVIDENCE. Sometime afterwards, I was doing some research and found this was not EXACTLY true. While many sloops have almost exactly the same lines and the Model Expo AVS, PROVIDENCE was not one of them. Close, but not exact. Using paintings and plans from the replica PROVIDENCE, I saw that for one, the PROV was slightly beamier than the typical AVS. Also, whereas the aft section of AVS is covered, the PROVIDENCE has an actual poopdeck. My interest in the Continental Navy lead me to get more info and eventually build this ship.
  7. this my frist at the build that iam going to been doing so hope all goes well for me iam just going to take all the time i can to get it right if u see something that u can help with ples do i will be looking for help as i go here is a pic of the boat that iam going to do

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