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Lower deck guns, pumps, air ways and stairways installed. Ongoing touch-ups needed. The bottom half of the bulwarks should be white, but as they will not be viewable once the spar deck is in,  the I've opted not to sweat the error.Connie.thumb.jpg.69761e29dec5442091a9759533e86c21.jpg

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According to the instructions, sixty-two knees, that will support the beams under the spar deck, are to be jigsawed out of a  single 5/32" plank. Since that sounded like a monstrous task to me I opted to make the knees by "glue-lamming" some hull planking left over from a earlier kit. Here's a few of them, shaped with the Dremel and lightly sanded. To fit the curved bulwark, each will have to be fitted individually.

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Hi Jim, your Connie is looking great!

 

I think you're making the right choices and getting good input from this valuable website.

 

Just remember, you are making an illusion, so everything you make must 'look right'. just as you did with the coppering (and confirmed by others). Viewing distance lighting, choice of paint, fidelity to scale, and others all affect outcome.

Nice job.                        Duff

 

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I am planning to purchase a Constitution kit from Blue Jacket and your blog is of great help and inspiration to me

im looking forward to your progress.

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Dear fellow Audi Owner!

To be honest, the build is a challenge. If you are a novice, you really should look elsewhere. The instruction book is a substantial compendium of historical information, such as differing descriptions of many iterations and renovations to the ship from 1797 onward, occasionally interspersed with model instructions and advice. If you are used to seeing straightforward step-by-step build instructions in chronological order, you won't find it here.
That said, if you love having plenty of options, and enjoy personal research, this one's for you!
Good luck!

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Very nice job on the deck.  The beams look great, and I do not see any seams between sections of decking which is amazing.  The glued up decking I used was not long enough to run fully fore to aft, which, I must admit, was one reason that I left the waist unplanked.  As for the instructions, I found that not only are there gaps in the information needed to do all the detail, but there are actually wrong procedures which can lead the builder to make mistakes which can result in a cascade of problems which require considerable ingenuity and creativity to rectify.  I would also recommend to anyone about to build this kit to get the Marquardt Anatomy of the Constitution, and also buy the Revell plastic model to use as a reference.  Thanks so much for your gracious compliment.

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I have the Marquardt book, purchased at the Constitution Museum gift shop, and indeed, it is a great reference. That said, I have resolved not to sweat any detailing that will not be seen. As my late Irish mother would say, "A blind man would like to see it".
 

Thanks re: the deck. I had to fill to microscopic gaps (just big enough to grab the eye) but now they're pretty much invisible. I used the two decking sheets from Blue Jacket. In hindsight, I wish I had experimented with ink (wipe on/wipe off) between the planks to add some realism. I might still experiment on some stained deck scraps to see what I can come up with before adding any other superstructures to the deck. After that, I'll flip a coin as to what to tackle next...the transom detail or the bowheads. Either way.....yikes. As you have mentioned, Kurt, it's essential to look into the future and ascertain the consequences. What I would give for a simple "order of operations".

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A note about the bowheads.  The plans given in the instructions reflect their present configuration.  There is no scale given, but after I completed my bowheads, I measured them, and compared them to the elevations, and they matched.  So you can use the drawings as they are for your construction.  Speaking of looking ahead, I decided not to permanently mount the seats of ease, or enclose the bowheads in order to facilitate installing the gammoning.

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i  have the kit under my table and intend that as my next build, hopefully. isn't the aos of the uss constitution as she was during the 1927 refit? i also have the bass book " constitution super frigate of many faces second phase 1802-07. they use the corne painting of her at tripoli as a source. it's an interesting book.

 

mort

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On 7/12/2019 at 11:05 PM, mort stoll said:

i  have the kit under my table and intend that as my next build, hopefully. isn't the aos of the uss constitution as she was during the 1927 refit? i also have the bass book " constitution super frigate of many faces second phase 1802-07. they use the corne painting of her at tripoli as a source. it's an interesting book.

 

mort

 

Hi Mort,

 

Our kit represents the Constitution as she was in 1812-1815.

 

Nic

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Hi jfinan,  very nice work and I really appreciate the tips along the way.  These will greatly help me on my USS CONSTITUTION journey, which has just kicked off!

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On 7/11/2019 at 9:32 PM, jfinan said:

Dear fellow Audi Owner!

To be honest, the build is a challenge. If you are a novice, you really should look elsewhere. The instruction book is a substantial compendium of historical information, such as differing descriptions of many iterations and renovations to the ship from 1797 onward, occasionally interspersed with model instructions and advice. If you are used to seeing straightforward step-by-step build instructions in chronological order, you won't find it here.
That said, if you love having plenty of options, and enjoy personal research, this one's for you!
Good luck!

 

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Good evening  Jim,  I have decided to pull the trigger on the Constitution kit  and I am heading for Blue Jacket on

labour day to pick up the kit. From where I live (Ottawa Canada)it is about a 10 hour drive but my wife and I will take 

10 days with stops at inns throughout New England. I’m looking forward to the building process and the continuation of your blogs. This will be my second solid hull attempt, I built Red Jacket  over a two year period starting in 2016.

best regards, Audi man.  a.k.a. Jay

 

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Enjoy the great weather and enjoy the trip. Pass on my best wishes to Nic Damuk at Blue Jacket who is recovering from heart surgery.

Best wishes! Drive safely!

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