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Hello Ship Mates

 

I am about to start a P.O.F. build from a set of plans that I purchased through the Lumberyard from Harold M. Hahn. These are a very detailed set of plans that consist of 6 sheets of plans drawn up on 24” x 36” or 61 x 91.2 cm. I also purchased a Mast and Rigging sheet of plans for the HMS Druid, directly from Harold’s son Chris Hahn.  Chris Hahn gave me permission to use some of his Dads pictures in the interdiction of my build log on my up and coming P.O.F. scratch build on the Oliver Cromwell.

 

This build is something that I have given a lot of thought to over the last couple of years ever fowling  Wayne Tripp build his kit build of the Emma C. Berry. His build has intrigued me to search out this POF kind of a build versus the FO B like I have fowled for a number of years now. I can only hope that I have mustered enough skills to be able to justify my up and coming build the Oliver Cromwell. In looking at some of Harold’s M. Hanan work I often wonder if I will be able to justify such a build. Do or die this is something that I truly want to try at least once, I do realize that I can never come close to the very high skills that Harold M. Hahn has shown us in his builds, but I do want to give this type of build an honest try. I will rely on my Ship Mates very heavily for there words and comments in this build very much to steer me in the right direction if at all possible, please bear with me if I should make a blunder and I am sure that I will make more than my share within this build.

 

I wish to thank Mike Y and Mark Taylor for all of there help in getting me started on this very new and very challenging build that I am about to undertake, I do thank you both for all of your patency and so very kind support that you both have given me.

 

After a very lot of thought, I have decided to build my Oliver Cromwell out of Cherrywood Frames with a Red Oak Keel and along with a strip of Black Walnut for the False Keel. I have been very tied up for over two months now in catch up Home Chores, The end is in sight as I have started making tons of sawdust in sawing and planning up over 200’ of Cherry Wood for all of the frames for my Oliver Cromwell. This I have done, now I must split or rip these strips into 1”  or 2.5mm strips in preparation for building all of those frames that are required of the Oliver Cromwell.  

 

In the last couple of months, the Old Ship Yard has been rather very much deserted for lack of time and energy to put into this new build as yet. I have however built a little Binnacle and added a single LED Lamp to it, not much to show for over two months of work but then again it is a start in the right direction, even if a Binnacle is a long way in to the future of this  build but one does have to start somewhere, why I started here I will never know but then again I did the same with my HMS Victory build of many years ago.

 

I will be posting this Oliver Cromwell build in the next coming couple of days, as soon as I figure out the width of the ships Keel that must be cut to except all of those hull frames, just how I will cut these is still up in the air.                                                                                                         ENJOY.

 

Regards   Lawrence

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It's great that you are starting this build. I'm building my first POF ship using the Lumberyard kit and the Harold Hahn plans of HMS Halifax. It's going very well so far and is a fantastic way to start POF building. I'm really looking forward to your ship come together. Take your time and enjoy yourself and you will be surprised at what you can do.

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8 hours ago, Captain Poison said:

You have chosen an excellent project, the ship is beautiful with very rich details.Looking fordward for updates...

Hello Captain Poison

Welcome to my build log on the POF Oliver Cromwell. I am always pleased to have a new crew member on board. I thank you very much for your very kind words and nice comments. Please stop by very often and join in the fun of building this ship,                                                                                            ENJOY.  

 

Regards   Lawrence

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6 hours ago, alde said:

It's great that you are starting this build. I'm building my first POF ship using the Lumberyard kit and the Harold Hahn plans of HMS Halifax. It's going very well so far and is a fantastic way to start POF building. I'm really looking forward to your ship come together. Take your time and enjoy yourself and you will be surprised at what you can do.

Hello Al

 

Welcome to my build log on the Oliver Cromwell. I am always pleased to have a new crew member on board, I thank you very much for your very kind words and nice comments. I chose the Oliver Cromwell for her small size but she is still large enough to add a lot of detail. Yes, I also got my build plans from the Lumberyard but choice to mill my own wood that is turning into quite a task in its self but I am gaining and hope to be able to start cutting the keel in a day or so,    ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regards   Lawrence

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5 hours ago, mtaylor said:

Great to see you started her, Lawrence.   I'll pull up a chair for this.

Hello Mark

 

Welcome aboard my new build log, It's always nice to have an old shipmate on board to join in on the fun of building this new ship that that looks to be quite a challenge at that. I do thank you very much for all of your help it is very much appreciated making the start of the Oliver Cromwell build much easier. I am still sawing and planing my wood but should be able to start building in a day or so,                                                                                                                    ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regards   Lawrence

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1 hour ago, Canute said:

Lawrence, I too will sign on to follow your build. The Cromwell looks like an interesting build and I like your choices in wood you will use.

Hello Ken

 

Welcome aboard, I thank you very much for your very kind words and comments. Yes, the choice of wood should make a very interesting build, but life is full of surprises and one never really knows. Still in the process of sawing and milling wood for the frames and the keel and should be ready to start cutting the keel in a day or so,                                                                                                                                                                                                             ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Regards   Lawrence

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8 hours ago, Piet said:

I'll be joining your Oliver Cromwell as well Lawrence. It's a beautiful ship and the ornamentation is phenomenal.  Many challenges in doing new things.

 

Cheers,

Hello Piet

 

Welcome aboard, the Oliver Cromwell should be a very interesting and challenging ship to build. I do like her lines and all of those decorations. I finished milling up the Cherry wood for her frames yesterday and do plan to cut some Red Oak for her keel and Cutwater along with the rudder post and Dead Wood. So things are slowly coming together. Off to a slow start but then again there is no great hurry as this looks like at least a 2-year build,                                              ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Regards   Lawrence

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Hi Lawrence,

 

congrats to your choise, it looks a beautiful ship and the way you described the introductional remarks sounds a very prommissing project.

I`ll be following along....., wish you a happy keellaying soon

 

Nils

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2 hours ago, Mirabell61 said:

Hi Lawrence,

 

congrats to your choise, it looks a beautiful ship and the way you described the introductional remarks sounds a very prommissing project.

I`ll be following along....., wish you a happy keellaying soon

 

Nils

Hello Nils

 

Welcome to my build log on the Oliver Cromwell. I thank you very much for your very kind words and overly nice comments. Yes, I do plan to mill out the Keel wood today and start cutting out all of those notches. I do hope that I have enough skills to do this very nice looking ship justice,                                           ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regards   Lawrence                     

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1 hour ago, Backer said:

hallo Lawrence,

 

Good luck with building your model.
I follow.

Hello Patrick

 

Welcome to my build log on the Oliver Cromwell. This ship looks like she will be a lot of fun to build and full of challenges that I hope to overcome,        ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Regar4ds   Lawrence                       

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Hello Ship Mates

 

Well I have finally dug out my pictures of the Binnacle that I built for the Oliver Cromwell a couple of months ago. Not much to show for over 2 months of work but there has been so very much home work to catch up on this year. The Binnacle I purposely built it just a shade bigger than that of my plans as I figured it is a mane piece of furniture and should hold a bit more prominent position on the deck of the Oliver Cromwell.                                                                                 ENJOY.

 

Regards   Lawrence

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First steps ... are always small. Lawrence, I am so looking forward to your build of this ship, I see some wiring in place too, so it will be electrifying from time to time ;)

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1 hour ago, cog said:

First steps ... are always small. Lawrence, I am so looking forward to your build of this ship, I see some wiring in place too, so it will be electrifying from time to time ;)

Hello Carl

 

Yes, I am moving very slow these days. Built the little Binnacle while awaiting for the paint to dry in my Admirals Kitchen. I have been making a lot of sawdust milling Cherry Wood for her frames. Now I must glue all of those frame segments onto wood to make a bunch of temples so that I can start building frames for her ribs. These POF builds sure does take a lot of time compared to the POB builds that I have worked on over the years, but we are moving ahead slowly,         ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Regards   Lawrence

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That's building from scratch ... but you will have so much more satisfaction with every element you make you finish a mini build. Slow is good, Lawrence. Less chance on mistakes ...

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Nice binnacle Lawrence. The Hahn method is a great way to build your first plank on frame model. In some of his later NRG Journal articles he uses a jig to insure proper heights for each frame. I don't believe it is shown in his books. If you're not familiar with it I'm sure that it's in one of the build logs. If not, I can describe it further.

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13 hours ago, cog said:

That's building from scratch ... but you will have so much more satisfaction with every element you make you finish a mini build. Slow is good, Lawrence. Less chance on mistakes ...

 

Hello Greg

 

I thank you very much for your visit to my build log. Also for your very kind words and nice comments. Still, have a few household chores to complete, so this is restricting the time to work in the Old Ship Yard. Working a bit on all of those framing templets, golly but there is a lot of them. The little fellows and I are looking forward to cutting the Keel,  I do believe that this is the Framing jig that you were referring to, please check out the picture below. This I have thought of using but have decided to locate the Keel on a few frames and then fit the Framing Ribbs up to it, giving me fewer chances for a Boo-Boo                                                                                                                                     ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Regards   Lawrence

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13 hours ago, cog said:

That's building from scratch ... but you will have so much more satisfaction with every element you make you finish a mini build. Slow is good, Lawrence. Less chance on mistakes ...

Hello Carl

 

Yes, I do enjoy building from scratch it gives me a chance to add the detail as I want it to look and not that of the Kit maker, not always correct that is for sure but it does add a bit of a personal touch. As for Slow any slower and I would be stopped, not really but it seems that way,                                                     ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Regards   Lawrence

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Hello Ship Mates

 

Here is a rather fun picture that I wanted to share with my Ship Mates. This is the package that my Oliver Cromwell building board from the Lumberyard came in along with the building board, and 4 Pear carving blocks came in.  I have never seen so many stamps applied to a single package before and found it rather interesting that I did want to share as it is so very much different,                                                                         ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regards   Lawrence                    

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Hello Ship Mates

 

Just came back from the Post Office and there was a package for me from Lee Vally. Seams that My Admiral Bernadette has given me some nice tools for Fathers Day, that was very nice of her to do so. I got a set of 6 wood carving tools, a Flexcut Detail Carving Knife and along with 19 Basswood carving blocks to practice on for the up and coming decorations on the Oliver Cromwell, that I thought was very nice of her to do so.                                               ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Regards   Lawrence

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Great gift for sure. You'll get a lot of good use from them.

 

When I got my Halifax kit from Lumberyard it was covered in stamps too. Quite a few of them go back to the late 1940s, 50s and 60s. The ones on your box on the lower right I think are from 1947. They just don't really have any collector value. Stamp collecting is not as popular as it once was. Kids don't care about the hobbies we grew up on anymore. I collect ancient and medieval coins and most of my fellow collectors are 50 plus years old. There are a few young collectors but not many.

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2 hours ago, canoe21 said:

I have never seen so many stamps applied to a single package before and found it rather interesting that I did want to share as it is so very much different, 

Lawrence

It looks like the PO people started canceling the George Washington stamps and then just said "the heck with it" and gave up! Half the stamps look un-canceled!

 

Al

Coins, stamps, plastic models, and now POF ship models. You have WAY too much time on your hands!;)

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32 minutes ago, lmagna said:

Al

Coins, stamps, plastic models, and now POF ship models. You have WAY too much time on your hands!;)

I gave up on the stamps many years ago. I gave my collection to my nephew which included some very rare stamps from the 1840s through the Civil War. His house burned down with the stamps inside. Thankfully nobody was hurt. Now the wooden ships is my hands on hobby and the coins are just a passion that I have had for 50 years along with my love of history.

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3 hours ago, Ebomba said:

Very nice, what a thoughtful gift, put them to good use

Hello Eboma

 

Welcome to my build log, your words and comments are always welcome here. Please stop by very often and join in the fun of building this very fine ship. Yes, I do appreciate these fine gifts from my Admiral and I am Sure that they will be put to good use. I do plan to do a bit of work on the stern decorations and try my luck with the profile decorations that require more of a profile relief rather than carving, wish me luck,                                                              ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Regards   Lawrence

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2 hours ago, alde said:

Great gift for sure. You'll get a lot of good use from them.

 

When I got my Halifax kit from Lumberyard it was covered in stamps too. Quite a few of them go back to the late 1940s, 50s and 60s. The ones on your box on the lower right I think are from 1947. They just don't really have any collector value. Stamp collecting is not as popular as it once was. Kids don't care about the hobbies we grew up on anymore. I collect ancient and medieval coins and most of my fellow collectors are 50 plus years old. There are a few young collectors but not many.

 

Hello Al

 

I just thought that I had to share all of these stamps, rather funny, could be it is one of the Lumberyards trademarks. Thanks for the info on the stamps, very interesting for sure. Yes, people are surely changing these days, such a fast pace the young people live, I still prefer the old slower way,     ENJOY.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regards   Lawrence

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