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US Brig Syren by scasey88 - Model Shipways - 1:64 scale


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So I might be a little crazy trying to build the Syren at my skill level, but oh well, The 18th Century Longboat was just not that exciting for me and I am just not in to it much. I am very excited about the Syren however, What a beautiful ship, well designed by Chuck and great instruction book, I have spent hours looking at other build logs by Dubz, Rafine and Gahm etc, as well as the instruction book online, and with Model Expo having a Summer Doldrums sale the price was right and I went for it. I could not help myself and started taking pictures of the box, I know everyone has seen it but here we go

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46 minutes ago, svein erik said:

Good luck on your syren build 

am started on my syren to😊

 

Svein.erik

Thank You, and Good luck to you as well!

16 minutes ago, Jim Rogers said:

A good omen for this build is the lack of the infamous pink plywood. Have fun!

Thank you Jim, yes I held my breath as I opened the box, but no pink plywood, all is good.

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18 minutes ago, Heronguy said:

I'm pleased to see another Syren build getting started - I'm pulling up a chair.  I've got one going too and was motivated by similar factors - detailed instructions, beautiful ship, and lots of build logs to motivate and help!

 

You're off to a good start.

Thank you Doug, I will be following along with your Syren build as well.

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Hi scasey88 -

I recently built SYREN and am currently working on CONFEDERACY.  The short answer to your question is yes, you probably could...but it would not be historically accurate.  SYREN carried 16 carronades.  Chuck sells cannons.  Google the difference.  Carronades were short cast iron cannon mounted on "sleds" and required a smaller gun crew.  Chuck's cannon are "long guns" that would have been mounted on gun carriages.  If you were to replace the carronades, you would need to buy the barrels and the carriages as well.  And yes, I agree...the cast metal carronade barrels that are supplied with the kit are pretty crappy.  I kept hoping that Chuck would opt to sell carronade barrels specifically for SYREN because it is such a popular kit, but it hasn't happened yet.  I wound up using the kit barrels and afterwards wished I had gone with Caldercraft.  Another option is to make your own.  Check out Jesse Lee's build log.  He did a great job making them out of wood.

 

Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps.  No doubt others will be chiming in on this as well.

 

<<Gary>>

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23 minutes ago, GaryKap said:

Hi scasey88 -

I recently built SYREN and am currently working on CONFEDERACY.  The short answer to your question is yes, you probably could...but it would not be historically accurate.  SYREN carried 16 carronades.  Chuck sells cannons.  Google the difference.  Carronades were short cast iron cannon mounted on "sleds" and required a smaller gun crew.  Chuck's cannon are "long guns" that would have been mounted on gun carriages.  If you were to replace the carronades, you would need to buy the barrels and the carriages as well.  And yes, I agree...the cast metal carronade barrels that are supplied with the kit are pretty crappy.  I kept hoping that Chuck would opt to sell carronade barrels specifically for SYREN because it is such a popular kit, but it hasn't happened yet.  I wound up using the kit barrels and afterwards wished I had gone with Caldercraft.  Another option is to make your own.  Check out Jesse Lee's build log.  He did a great job making them out of wood.

 

Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps.  No doubt others will be chiming in on this as well.

 

<<Gary>>

Ok, Thank you Gary

That is a big help, I understand now, and yes I did see Jesse Lee's build log, I agree he did a great job on making his carronades. Well even though I have a lathe, I might play around with making some barrels from wood or brass, the hard part would be to get them all the same size. So for me it will be Caldercraft, more than likely.

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Its great to see another Syren Build. I replaced the stern chasers with long guns from Chuck. And I will likely go to Coldercraft for the Carronades. Anyone have a link? I also suggest you look at Chuck's ships wheel kit and rigging line. I have replaced all the rigging from my Syren with Chucks. I also replaced the ships bell with one I found at Model Expo. And I replaced the hull planking above the wale with Box wood.

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47 minutes ago, fnkershner said:

Its great to see another Syren Build. I replaced the stern chasers with long guns from Chuck. And I will likely go to Coldercraft for the Carronades. Anyone have a link? I also suggest you look at Chuck's ships wheel kit and rigging line. I have replaced all the rigging from my Syren with Chucks. I also replaced the ships bell with one I found at Model Expo. And I replaced the hull planking above the wale with Box wood.

Thanks for the suggestions, I have been looking at Chuck's site and trying to come up with a list of things to purchase from him, and I was thinking about replacing above the wale with boxwood an possibly the deck planking as well

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