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US Brig Syren by Peter Bloemendaal - FINISHED - Model Shipways - 1:64

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Thanks Thomas and thanks for all the likes.

I'm slowly closing in towards the finish line. This time I have added the clew lines, sheets and tacks for the main and fore course yards. I have added a photo showing some pegs on the ends of the lines before I belay them. I have gotten into a habit of installing the lines with pegs on them and wait a day before belaying them. One reason is that the lines will settle a bit, but I also found a number of times that I made a mistake somewhere and It gave me an opportunity to move them around and fix them.

At this stage I also fixed the Spritsail yard to the bowsprit. Here are some photo's again.

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Beautiful ship Peter.  I have been working on the Syren as well and have been watching your build.  I have gotten some great ideas from you and JesseLee.  I have finished my hull and have started the fun but hard stuff!  I am a newbie, so watching these build logs has been priceless.  I am getting ready to start a log to document my experience with the Syren.  Beautiful model and, again, you have done a fantastic job on yours!

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17 hours ago, Chris Sliger said:

Beautiful ship Peter.  I have been working on the Syren as well and have been watching your build.  I have gotten some great ideas from you and JesseLee.  I have finished my hull and have started the fun but hard stuff!  I am a newbie, so watching these build logs has been priceless.  I am getting ready to start a log to document my experience with the Syren.  Beautiful model and, again, you have done a fantastic job on yours!

Thanks Chris, I am looking forward to seeing your log. Being a 'newby' and being able to finish the hull is a pretty good start in my book. The Syren is an enjoyable build but not an easy one....lol

 

Thanks for all the 'likes' as well everyone.

I have another update with a few photo's. I finished the Spritsail yard rigging and have made a start on the anchors and buoys. I just loosely placed the anchors for the photos' at this stage. I also added some close-ups of the various belaying points (which made me realise I still have about 100+ odd rope coils to do as well before I finish....sigh)...

Peter.

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15 hours ago, tigerdvr said:

That has to be one of the best Syren builds I've ever seen including my own🤔. Your log is very well done too. 

Thanks for sharing

WOW, Thanks very much Harley, That is quite a complement.

Cheers, Peter

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Well here is another Log entry. That's two entries in two days. We were supposed to go out this long weekend for our wedding anniversary but I ended up getting the flu instead. With clear instructions to stay out of everyone's way to make sure I didn't pass the flu on, what better place to go than in the shed working on the model. I'm very obedient following instructions like that....lol. I was (still am) not feeling too good, but I got quite a bit done.

In this case I added some lines to the anchors, painted the buoys and added the buoy harnesses.

Just 2 photo's this time.

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Are those the anchors supplied with the kit? Mine are so badly cast I'm not sure I can even use them.

 

Jesse

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14 hours ago, Dubz said:

If you have a chance correct your anchor rope laying like here:

Hi Dirk,

I'm afraid I'm not brave enough to re-arrange the anchor rope at this stage. I wrapped it around too tightly and it's lost its natural look, so I'm not even happy the way it looks now. But I glued it to the deck, around the riding bits and into the hawse hole and with the restricted access I'm afraid I'll make a mess of it when I try to pull it off. It will be a lesson learned for next time.

 

9 hours ago, JesseLee said:

Are those the anchors supplied with the kit? Mine are so badly cast I'm not sure I can even use them.

Hi Jesse,

Yes they are. They needed a bit of filing to clean them up, but they didn't have the pits and imperfections you experienced. Maybe you can ask for a replacement pair from the supplier.

Peter

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On ‎6‎/‎4‎/‎2019 at 4:28 PM, Dubz said:

Ah ok this are good reasons. Anyway it is a great build and I'm jealous 🙂

Thanks Dirk, No need to be jealous. You and Gahm were the inspirations for me to choose the Syren. And I'm not even close to the quality the two of you produce. (I won't disagree that my build is turning out pretty good though...lol).

I'm glad to see that you have started working or you build again, I'm always looking forward to your progress.

 

On ‎6‎/‎4‎/‎2019 at 7:12 PM, JerseyCity Frankie said:

Certainly I've always loved wooden sailing ships. But after seeing the photos of your  build as it approached completion, I love wooden sailing ships EVEN MORE

Thanks Frankie, I'm glad you are enjoying the photo's.

 

Thanks again for all the likes as well.

Here are just a few photo's showing the anchors and buoys fitted. The next items on the list will be adding some rope coils.

 

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Well, time for another update. I have been getting stuck into doing the rope coils. I tried a few different approaches and settled on one that are shown on the attached photo's. I hope they come out in the correct order. Only some of the pin rails on the starboard side are done so far. After all the pin rails are finished I will need to adjust the size of the 'loop' to make the rope coil hang at the correct height for the other belaying styles. It' pretty much a trail and error approach and pretty time consuming.

One thing to note is that the exact amount of glue is required for the knots. Too much and rope next to the knot soaks the glue in and becomes too stiff for it to look acceptable. Too little and the knot comes apart when fiddling with the assembly. So plenty of rejects, especially in the beginning.

Another thing is that I didn't use any glue when placing them on the pin rails. I'm curious if anyone knows of a way to secure them. For example using a spray on glue with the airflow strength of a puffer...lol

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Well, I finished the model. Not sure how to add "finished" to the title yet though....lol.

Thanks for everyone who followed along and/or pushed the "like" button. It's been a absolute pleasure building this beautiful ship.

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Very well done, one of the best Syren builds that I can recall. Your rope work is exemplary and the photography and log are certainly top notch. 

Thanks for sharing with us mere mortals.

 

Cheers, Harley

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Congratulations! I hope that you are able to find the Syren a good home, it deserves a place of honor. Hopefully you will be able to tell/show us where it will live! 

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2 hours ago, Peter Bloemendaal said:

Not sure how to add "finished" to the title yet though....lol.

 I did it for you 🙂 

 

Congrats to this great Syren Build!! 🙂

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Thanks for all the compliments and kind words everyone. It's appreciated very much.

What a great forum this is....

 

18 hours ago, svein erik said:

wow, beauteful ship, and congrats from mee to!

so wats your nex 😊

 

15 hours ago, Dutchman said:

Very Nice! Excellent work! An example to us all (to me in particular)! Any idea what your next build will be?

My next build will be Chuck's Confederacy.

 

17 hours ago, Katoom said:

Congratulations! I hope that you are able to find the Syren a good home, it deserves a place of honor. Hopefully you will be able to tell/show us where it will live!

Hi Katoom. You touched on the only problem I'm having with this build. I have no clue what to do with it yet...lol

We live in a small rental, so there is no place to display it there. There is one workbench in the shed where I build her so that eventually will need to be cleared for the Confederacy build (especially considering the size of the Confederacy).

So the other options are sell or donate. I have family members who will take her but without a case for protection I don't think she'll survive for too long.

It's been doing my head in for quite a while now. I would love to have it on display somewhere so others can enjoy her as well.

Peter

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