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I'm working up the energy to start sanding, so to still stay busy without sanding, I built a 15/32" X 15/32" square  jig to help me when I start making the gunport sides. Somehow using a jig to supplement my eyeballs will give me square gunports. 

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Let the fairing begin!

 

There was a tremendous amount of excess material on the lintels, so I rough faired the lintels with my Dremel, and now the tedious task of smooth fairing the lintels on both sides. In the pic you can see the bent plank I use for a gage along with the various sanding sticks I use.

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I used the port and starboard templates provided to mark the gunport sides. I was surprised that it was a harder task than meets the eye. The goal is to get gunport symmetry, but on a couple I had to tweak them a millimeter or so? Go figure. This frame is as straight and square as I can make it, but it is off just a tiny bit?    

(I placed the template in the photo just to show you what it looks like. When making the marks it has to be fixed up tight to the gunwale.)

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The instructions said to wait until the last frame before sawing bulkhead #24 because the structure will now be very strong. They were right. I had no trouble sawing through the bulkhead frame. If you remember....these same frames were very fragile when first installed.

 

I then lightly sand the frame smooth, so I can glue the the gunport sides. These side do not appear to be square with the frame.

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Here's the aft gunport repair. It looks straight now. I guess I made one or more lintels too snug and they put lateral stress along the whole series of lintels. When the bulkhead was cut it allowed the stress to relieve itself with an upward bulge. Moral of the story....do not make lintels too snug.

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On 2/23/2017 at 7:07 PM, Omega1234 said:

Hi Lawrence

 

She's looking absolutely fantastic!

 

Cheers

 

Patrick

 

On 1/21/2017 at 10:55 PM, Hipexec said:

There is nothing as forlorn as an empty shipyard waiting for Fedex to deliver my next model.

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Hi Rich

 

That sure is a very nice big ship yard you have there , shore would be a joy to be able to enjoy that much open space, how ever I would disconnect the garage door opiner,      ENJOY.

 

Regards   Lawrence 

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Hi Rich

 

It's nice to see you back again after  your HMS Surprise kit that did not make the MSW Form. Just found your new build and have enjoyed catching up on your very good work and hints on framing your little ship. This sure will be a very interesting build as you slowly turn her into the USS Argus.                                                             ENJOY.

 

Regards   Lawrence

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Guest Riccardo1966

Taking shape very well, good job.

Cheers Richard

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Thanks Rich,

 

I'll make a note of that in my instructions - it looks like it was the 8th bulkhead from the bow - is that right?

 

(edit - I found it in my instructions - it does say to take out bulkhead extension at 8)

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