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Continental Frigate Confederacy 1778 by Dubz - 1:64 - kit based semi scratch

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It's time to start the log :) Sometimes I need some rough stuff to do, with all my 3 other builds I'm in a stage of more fiddeling detailed things ... so I decided to start a fourth build ... I need sawdust ... haha ... girlfriend is not amused :D

 

Intro:

 

"On January 23, 1777, Congress "Resolved, That two frigates, one of 36, and the other of 28 guns, be immediately undertaken in the state of Connecticut." The "Confederacy" and her little sister the "Alliance". 

 

For more historical informations I suggest reading the introduction of Chuck's (as always) great instructions. Check here: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/1395-downloadable-instructions-for-the-model-shipways-confederacy-kit/

 

I bought the kit a while ago via ebay auction because I'm a bit lazy to go full scratch. I always regret that, haha. I guess 90% will be replaced so I call this build a semi scratch (which is actually totally irrelevant, I mean how to call it :D)

 

The wood will be mostly pear, hornbeam, maybe holly and some ebony, not sure about that yet. The crappy ME casted guns are replaced by Chuck's brass guns and I were lucky about the figurehead as Chuck found one last one somewhere in his shop :D No words about the ME figurehead ...

 

Daniel Dusek is my man to mill a lot of parts for me :-) Daniel is kind, helpful, fast and I really love his work (and wood). One of the good guys LIVING his job by heart (as Chuck do too)!

 

Parts milled and/or lasered by Daniel:

 

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My dedicated Confederacy sources are:

 

* Chucks plans & instructions

* THE CONTINENTAL FRIGATE "CONFEDERACY" by Douglas H. Robinson

* NMM Plans of the renamed Confederate

* Chapelle "The History of the American Sailing Navy"

* Harold M. Hahns "Ships of the american revolution" and his plans

* Model Shipwright article by Justin Camarata

 

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When I got the kit the first inspection was disappointing. I knew about the bad casts but a lot of sheets seemed to be burned with a overheated laser and the plywood was warped as s**t ... and just to thick. Even I prefer to get good stuff at the first I'm happy about ME's replacement philosophy. Some weeks later I could pick the stuff up at the customs and PAY TAX again for the parts (I allready paid tax for ... yeah!)... I hate this. The boxwood sheets where ok now, the 2nd plywood was even crapier then the first one. Quality control for the win! At this time the decision grew up to redo most of the parts in pear. Still the damn sheep plywood.

 

2nd replacement of the plywood:

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To make the story short I get in direct contact with Marc Mosko the CEO of ME and after a while and some very kind conversation he sent me another replacement with a super great plywood. Yes it looks more expensive (sure it is though ...) but I really really hope ME changes his mentality about that and will use the better plywood in future! It's lightweight, stable, correct in thickness, laserchar is easier to remove, kinda no splinter when sanding, it's eye pleasing ... and so on ... love it!

 

New plywood:

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Comparison of 2nd and 3rd replacement:

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Anyway, while waiting for the 3rd replacement (and honestly - sorry Marc - not 100% confidental if I will get one ... hehe ...) I tried to do the best with what I had. Now I have a testbuild too :P

 

My testbuild

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While working on my testbuild I discovered a major problem with the stem. As you can see on the plan the stem is shown in single parts (which the lasered parts are made from) and as a whole.

 

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But, these parts are NOT equal:

 

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Both stems overlayed (green is the stem as a whole and the correct one), you can see the problem:

 

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This might work out with basswood as you can bend it a bit to fit to the bulkhead former but no way with pear, the whole assemble ist too "high":

 

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A way to kinda fix it is to shorten parts S2 & S3:

 

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Fixed steam V1:

 

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cheers,

 

Dirk

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Another problem are the doors in the beakhead. They are wrongly leasered too.

 

My testbuild:

 

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Proof of wrong position, the doors are defined by the timbers (green overlay are the wrong positions):

 

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Source: Harold M. Hahns "Ships of the american revolution" 

 

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Source: Harold M. Hahns "Ships of the american revolution" 

 

cheers,

 

Dirk

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Doing the bulkhead former:

 

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This plywood is a pleasure to work with!

 

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Stem V2:

 

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All parts are pinned:

 

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I like this detail with the smaller standard

 

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First sanding:

 

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First coat of oil:

 

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cheers,

 

Dirk

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The keel:

 

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Not sure yet if these pins will be blackend:

 

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The keel and stem will not be glued yet but prepared for it:

 

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The Bulkeahds:

 

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For more strength:

 

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The beakhead:

 

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Both builds:

 

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cheers,

 

Dirk

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That looks fantastic! And when I was already impressed by you building 4 models in parallel it turns out that you moved the number to 5 now. That qualifies for a whole fleet!  :)

 

Thomas

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Off to a great start Dirk! Following your build!

 

I have yet to purchase an actual wood ship kit yet and I feel I will not be impressed with the quality from what I've heard and seen on the forums. I feel I'll be sticking with scratch building.......Only one I have to blame is me if it doesn't reach my standards. ;)

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Very nice start.  I'm having a lot of difficulty finding the time to get into the shop to work on 2 builds..  Four is crazy.  :)

 

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Confederacy though, and the pear is looking great for those parts.

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Thanks so much for your nice comments and likes :-)

 

BTW, I will NOT build two frigates. One of them is really just my testbuild ...

 

@Christian: "The keel and stem will not be glued yet but prepared for it:" ;)

 

@Frank: Hahahahaha .... :P

 

About a fifth build ... ähm ... I guess I will get killed then ... 

 

Pictures. Even I do the beakhead on the final build in pear I redid the wrong doors on my testbuild.

 

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cheers,

 

Dirk

 

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Thanks for your comments and the likes :-)

 

Beside some disappointing work on the testbuilds stern I did a bowfiller for my mainbuild. I prefer it this way so I have more control about the lines.

 

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cheers,

 

Dirk

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The stern. Tricky, very important and lots of errors possible.

 

Error Number 1:

 

Don't don't don't fair bulkhead 7, 8 & 8b or you wonder why part GG will not fit ... took a while and lead to some deconstruction.

 

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Better.

 

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Deconstruction.

 

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I did the stern kinda "offline"

 

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Then I attached the parts to the bulkhead 8.

 

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Looks better.

 

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Unfortunately some warping whatever part it does not look perfect. Error number 2 not to check this out.

 

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Better now.

 

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Checking the angle of the stern ... looking good.

 

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Glueing parts HH.

 

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JJ needs some pear (as it will be part of a gunport) so I had to do a little transplantion pear meets plywood.

 

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Cheers,

 

Dirk

 

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Sills and Lintels for the Stern Windows… for that tricky part I printed the template on a transparent sheet and cutted the sill and linte positions out so I have a good guide to bring them in position. They are made with pear.

 

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To further verify the parts I used some work windows.

 

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The windows have the right angle on top so easy to adjust the lintels.

 

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Template removed.

 

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Another template to check.

 

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Pure lintels and sintels.

 

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Next will be a lot of sanding ;)

 

Cheers,

 

Dirk

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Thanks so much Frank, Mark, Jesse & the likes :-)

 

A lot of sanding and fairing today. As my sternframes were abit too big I had the change to adjust some minor problems. It's not 100% perfect, some gaps on Window 2 and the center lintels angle is a bit off but overall quite ok I think.

 

Comments, especially from Confederacy builder are highly appreciated :)

 

As always pictures, I not too much ;)

 

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Cheers,

 

Dirk

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