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USS Syren by Hipexec - Model Shipways - 1:64 - building as USS Argus

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1 hour ago, src said:

That binnacle is quite the little project Rich. Looks good there.

Sam

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It's more like a tiny tiny project. That was my limit for tiny woodworking

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The stern davits have now been fabricated, stained and pins inserted before installing on the aft top rails. On the top rails in the area to be glued the varnish has been sanded off to give the glue some holding power

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I was going to make the Timberheads but since they are the size of a large grain of rice....I'll have to figure something out since my miniature shaping skills are extremely poor. The timberheads on the HMS Surprise I built were twice the size and were a challenge.

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Not my finest work but it'll have to do. I shaped the Timberheads as best as these shaky fingers would allow, then took the varnish off the gunwale in each spot. Then I reversed pinned the Timberheads with just a drop of glue. I couldn't put the pins in the Timberheads themselves since I could never manage to mark the exact center. It'll work this way though.

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I'm now building the gunport lids. I am copying the Argus model picture I have which shows one piece lids hinged at the top. I shall pin and glue them when my assembly line of making them and cleaning them up is finished.

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Here's my gun lid factory. I pre-cut all the pieces I will need for 16 gunports. Glue them together. Shape them with a sander. glue on hinges. scraped away varnish over each gunport. Drill holes to accept the end of the hinges. (pic is of a lid closed port)

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Channels. The kit provides pre-cut channels fore and aft. They are only 1/16" thick and do not have enough gluing surface to make them sturdy. They have to be sturdy! I will thicken the inboard portion of the channels and them insert two pins in each. That will make them very strong.  The instructions stress location, location, location of the channels. For any newbies, the secret of locating them correctly is to study the shroud plan for each mast, then see where the pre-cut channels are on the channel and make sure the deadeyes when installed will NOT cover any gunport. I made that mistake on my first model. 

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I lined the inside of the lids with wood matching the inside bulkheads. If the lids were closed the inside gunwale walls would all match. It also serves to reinforce the four glued plank pieces that make up the lid. 

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Do you ever eat or sleep or go to the head? The postings keep pouring in! But I really enjoy and admire your work. Sail on!

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Well....since it's 118 degrees outside....and I've been fight the big "C" for six months and didn't so much as glue a splinter on the ship...I'm making up for it. Thanks for the nice comment. BTW it feels real good to make progress.

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