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Another Niagara build log....


I'm Dave, from Columbia, Missouri.  This is my fourth ship model project.  My first, the Marseille by Mamoli, I built about 30 years ago and it turned out well for my first kit.  Then I started the USS Constitution kit by Mamoli when I was in my 20's and got frustrated  and put it away (it's still in my closet).  I didn't build any more ship kits until I bought this Niagara kit 13 years ago.  After planking the hull and deck I again got sidetracked as our children were born and I put it away.  In the past few years I have completed two kits, both with the help of Bob Hunt's practicums, his Halifax kit and also the Kammerlander Duke William kit and I think these both turned out nicely.  Of course, there were step by step instructions so it was easy to just follow along and produce a good result.  So a couple months ago I decided to try a bigger challenge and complete my Niagara kit.


I have been trying to get some good photos and I'm having some trouble getting them to look as good as I want but here are a few, showing where I'm at currently.


I have benefitted from all the other Niagara build logs here, so thanks everyone for your assistance.  Patrick suggested I do a build log so here goes.


My main issue at this time is that the instructions don't really provide a lot of guidance as to the order to do the various steps in the masting and rigging.  I'm hoping I have done everything I should before starting on them.


I have done the rough shaping of all the masts and yards and I think I will continue to refine these and try to make them look like the plans show with all the various little parts attached to them.  So that's what I'm working on now.


I happily welcome any comments and suggestions!


Dave B





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I am working on the jib boom and flying jib boom parts.  The plans show two of something called a "dumb sheave" at the ends of each of these.  The plans appear to show (in the close up view) that these refer to a hole and/or slot through the part, vertically.  One looks like it is right at the end, kind of a vertical groove in the end of the part, with the other dumb sheave being a hole just before the end.  Is this correct?



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Welcome to the Niagara club and MSW!!  Glad you started a build- she looks fantastic!  So 13 years and still going- sounds like my build (minus the kids, except I have dogs & cats to contend with).  ;)  Keep it coming and good luck with the build!!



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Thanks Patrick and Rich!  Yes, 13 years is a long time and it's really hard to believe it's been that long but that's what the notes I kept say.   But just wait until I resume building my USS Constitution after this.  I started that one back in the 1980's!


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Well I see it's only been 6 years since my last update😊. I recently was able to improve the color of the light yellow on the sides of the ship. I never liked how light/bright it was after painting it with the model expo water based paint I had used originally. So I did a "wash" using diluted oil based paint and applied that over it and it looks better to me. I've made a little more progress on the build also. I'm trying to figure out the best way to continue with the masting and rigging and reviewing other build logs to help me with that (or I might do another easier kit with better instructions first since it seems overwhelming to me).

Hoping to have more time to work on this soon!

Thanks for looking,

Dave Barnard

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