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

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The starboard side lids installed five times faster than the port side. I guess practice makes perfect, I'll clean them up and varnish them tomorrow.

 

I fabricated the channels by adding two extra pieces on the under side of each to give me more gluing surface and more holding power for the pins. 1/16 in is too skinny for me to drill and insert a pin.

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I'm starting to build the fwd and main lower masts. I had months ago prepared the deck to take each mast. Instead of carving the mounting peg that goes into the deck, I drilled and inserted a dowel at the base of each mast. The main mast on the Argus has a large aft rake. The forward is almost vertical.

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My water softener sprung a leak and flooded my shipyard along with everything else. The idiot who installed it didn't put a safety pan under it. Plumber just finished installing a new one and I'm cleaning up my:10_1_10: shipyard. It needed it anyway.

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Not too bad, but it's forcing me to clean the whole shipyard. It really needed it. I had a habit of just throwing scraps on the floor while I was focusing on building my ship like a surgeon. From now on I shall drop the scrap into a new waste bucket I brought in. Now I'm cleaning the floor. Ugh!~ glue and paint droppings all over. Two more days work and I will have a pristine shop again.  :piratebo5: 

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15 hours ago, Seahawk1313 said:

Rich, don't get the shipyard too clean.  One it wouldn't be "natural" and it would make my shipyard look real bad:D.

:10_1_10::cheers:

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I was completely stumped trying to make the rod components for the ship's pump. I butchered dozens of pieces of metal and finally gave up. Then my savior came to the rescue and made the pair for me. He is Frank McMahon, the ad hoc chair of The Arizona Shipwrights and you must visit his latest build. On this website, go to "Skipjack Kathryn" " based on HAER Drawings. Frank is a master of details and can make anything of wood or metal. His shop is heaven for modelers. Thank you Frank.

 

  

 

 

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While I'm proud of my work on the ship's pump, but I have to say, compared to many of your builds, mine looks like a cartoon version. I'm always amazed at the precision and quality of most of your work.

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I'm dry fitting the cross trees and trestle trees. These parts are very delicate pre-cuts and I broke one piece. The kit thoughtfully provides an extra piece for each since they knew the parts are very delicate.

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