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I have now built and installed the rear cabin with it's companionway and skylight. This completes the deck items. The cabin was built up from boxwood strips, with some interior bracing to support the walls and roof. The skylight glazing is clear styrene sheet. The door handles are blackened pin heads.


The next thing to be done will be the lower deadeyes and chainplates.












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I am so glad that I found you working on this project.  I intend to pull up a chair, read the past postings and then watch 

as you progress with your marvelous modeling skills.


I have learned so much from your re-constructed build log for the Fair American.  I am using your work as a practicum

for the Fair American model that I have started.    I am sure I will learn every bit as much keeping up on this project of 



Fair Winds,



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Thanks so much Denis and the "likes".


Work is continuing very slowly. I decided to do the lower masts next. They were done from dowel, with the head sections squared by sanding. The cheeks were cut from boxwood sheet and the trestletrees and crosstrees made from boxwood strip, as was foremast platform. The cleats were made from boxwood strip and pinned to the masts. The boom support for the mainmast was cut from sheet with strip supports. 


I'm struggling now with how to proceed. Working on the masts got me to really looking at the rigging plans for the first time. It was not a happy experience. There is little useful detail, and much of what there is seems at odds with usual practices of the  time as shown in Lees or Lever. Is anyone aware of a more accurate rigging plan for PdeN?










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Bob, you might want to look into the Smithsonian plans for the Merrit Edson model in their collection. The book The Search for Speed Under Sail by Chapelle has a few of the plates in a smaller size, but not clear enough to rig from. 


My copy of the Smithsonian catalog shows these two rigging sheets available, conveniently in 3/16 scale. They are $10.00 each. 


I used the Chapelle book as best I could as a guide to rig my PdN. Not perfect, and hard to see but better than just he MS plans. 

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I hear ya with the struggles of this model.   I've actually started to crutch off of a Syren kit someone had started but didn't finish in both parts and instructions.    Both ships are American built 2 masted vessels of similar size of the same period and the kits were the same scale.    Chuck's instructions have a lot more pictures and details especially around rigging the bow spirit, etc.  I've given up on the instructions that came with the PDN and am relying heavily on Chappelle's drawings and Reed's book.   The Syren came with photo etched parts for gun ports that I plan to use.     The Syren's instructions are on the MicroMark website for download in PDF.     



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Bob, it's #561, which encompasses all three sheets available. One is the line drawings, and the other two are the sail /rigging plans noted. They each have separate prices, but I believe in most cases they are only sold in sets, so it would be $30.00+$5.00 shipping.


e-mail is shipplans@si.edu   and they can confirm all this. 


I know they operate in an archaic world of only accepting check or money order and you have to order via snail mail. 


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Hello Bob,


I have been been away from model building for a couple of months but am ready to settle back in and wanted to catch up on your progress. Wow did I miss a lot! What a great build you have going.


Keep up the good work. Looking forward to more updates.

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