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Hello MSW

 

Before all, I really would like to thank everyone here , for all the help and guiding they provided to me , even without knowing that I do exist :)

 

Business has been going slowly in Egypt due to the ongoings , so , i decided to do something to spend quality time , and your site was very inspiring.

 

I did choose the Mare Nostrum to start with , build up my tools and learning how to go around things.

 

I got several pics to attach , though my camera is not of that high resolution as it should , but , it gives an idea about what has been going on

 

thanks alot again everybody in MSW again

 

Mohamad

 

 

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and there's where I was few weeks back 

 

Of course , I ran out of the Mahogany veneers , so i bought a sheet of the same color and used a surgical blade # 11 to cut the 5mm's 

 

also bought a walnut wood and manged to come up with 4 , 5 , 6 X 1.5 mm sticks

 

and also missing a lot of the brass small pieces that didn't come with the kit , but , I'm managing

 

 

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Hello Mohamad.
She's a good-looking boat so far.  I think you and I are at roughly the same build stage.

Like you, I had to buy some veneer to augment the meagre wood supplies that came with the kit.  I used walnut veneer for the second planking, and decided to save the (supplied) mahogany veneer for cladding the various bits of superstructure.
You've done a nice job with the planking.

 

Welcome to the 'Mare Nostrum' sub-section of Model Ship World!

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Hello again MSW

 

here comes more of what i've been doing the past 2 weeks

 

the kit came missing several brass pieces , i had to do some , bought a 7mm brass rod and manages to do the rollers with a hand drill and a saw - cheated for a  lathe :)

 

about the wood work , all came out well , put the boxes were not accurate  +/- 1mm , they will look very naive

 

i think I'll redo them when i buy a sanding table 

 

the pieces are still unfinished and need sanding for the glue remains 

 

 

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Hello again MSW

 

here comes more of what i've been doing the past 2 weeks

 

the kit came missing several brass pieces , i had to do some , bought a 7mm brass rod and manages to do the rollers with a hand drill and a saw - cheated for a  lathe :)

 

about the wood work , all came out well , put the boxes were not accurate  +/- 1mm , they will look very naive

 

i think I'll redo them when i buy a sanding table 

 

the pieces are still unfinished and need sanding for the glue remains 

 

 

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Nice work, especially the fish boxes (which I think you made rather more carefully than I did mine.  You seem to be marginally ahead of me, Mohamad.  

That's a high rack you've built for the fish boxes!  My plans said 4 verticals and 8 horizontals, but yours has 6 verticals and 11 horizontals.  Do you know something that I don't?

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thank you John and Brian

 

as for the boxes , they are not on the same length  ( the 29 mms ) and they will look like a mess when they are but together in place , but the sides are perpendicular , i used an aluminium L shaped angle to place the sides till the glue dries , and it worked just well

 

as for boxes support , I calculated it's height ( given that i'm using sticks that I milled 2 X 5 mm cross section to build the boxes )

 

8 boxes , the height of each box is 8 mm ( 2mm base thickness + 5 mm  sides + 1mm for box's grip )  it would give 64 mms in total for the boxes and i added and extra .5 cm on the top , and  but the number of horizontals , i worked on 3 mm vertical stick witha 3mm spacing in between .

and i'll cut the extra length from the bottom 

 

as for the verticals ,  in the beginning i used 4 verticals (2 X 2 mm ) , but it felt so weak and very breakable , so i decided to support it with an extra  two 2 X 5 mm verticals 

 

I think it all will come to shape when it's assembled 

 

and about the plans , i'm not sticking to it down to the very mm of it , guess i have that since i was playing with  ( lego bricks ) back in the 60's :)

 

thank you for dropping by gentelmen & enjoy your build Brian

 

Mohamad

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Hey, Mohamad, I'm on the point ot finishing my build of the Mare Nostrum!  Only the rigging to do now.  Plus the plinth.  There wasn't a plinth included with my kit, but other Mare Nostrum builders have told me they got one with theirs.  Annoying!

 

So how are you getting on?  I hope the politics in Egypt aren't making it hard for you to concentrate!

One of my daughters is a keen (and talented) belly-dancer - she holidays in Cairo at least three times a year, to keep in touch, and she never seems put off by the demonstrations etc.

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Hello Brian

 

things around here feels like loooong loong Mexican soap opera :) , but i'm progressing as well in my build ( slower than you ) , put following what's going on , actually I liked the idea of covering the plywood sides with a black pen !

 

The plinth is not in my kit , actually I got used to miss things on the kit , there lot of these 1 mm brass bars missing , I used 1 mm copper from an electricity wire to keep on going on ! missed the mahogany veneers , 5 mm walnut sticks , engine's internal chimney , the ladder sides , the wench brass handles and god knows what else.

 

i thought that this was only in my kit , but it's common 

 

anyway , I really like your ship , it's becoming one of fine Mares in the forum 

 

Regards

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Hello MSW

 

Here goes that latest with my Mare Nostrum

 

I almost finished the wood work , the fittings and the coating 

 

I also build a display stand

 

still have the rigging job that hopefully will be carried out later tomorrow

 

with all your building logs I could add no more , gratefully , thanks u all IN MSW for all the help you offered 

 

Brian , if you meant by "plinth"  the horizontal bar over the mast , it must be there !

 

and also , the rack of the boxes turned out to be high , i had the take it out and reduce it's height , u were right

 

Will miss your comments Dear John  

 

Mohamad

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Hi Mohamad

Excellent progress!

I particularly like

[1] the handles, and the brass pulleys, on your winch;

[2] the bits you've put on the roof of the control cabin.  You made a nice job of the radio antenna;

[3] the display stand (which is what I called the 'plinth' in earlier messages); and

[4] the fact that you painted the diesel motor green.  It looks good.  I left mine unpainted.

 

Did you have to scratch-build the walnut capping pieces along the side walls?  They look slightly thicker than mine, which came from the kit, but not at all wrong.

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Thank you Brin fir your nice comments

 

about the brass parts , I have a friend who has a mini lathe , and he was kind enough to let me use it , and thank to your help and info I could get the parts in the right scale

 

and yes , i scrach built the capping peices on the side walls :) , i tried to bend the kit's original pieces , but i forgot them boiling untill the water dried out and tottaly burned

 

pinting the engine was an idea i got from john's build ( i beleive )

 

I got it all now rigged , but the Rope ladder's steps are not done so far , will post the pics as soon as possibe

 

I have a job now in hand , but as soon as I can , I'll scrach build ( el Nina ) , I have this thing with that ship

 

hopw all is well with you and all in MSW

 

Mohamad

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I'm looking forward to seeing the final picture(s) of your Mare Nostrum, with the ratlines (rope ladder steps) all done.

 

And I hope you'll be posting a build log of your 'Nina'.

 

By the way, if your 'Nina' is the one that accompanied the Pinta and the Santa Maria, I think it ought to be 'la Nina', not 'el Nina').

 

Best of luck with that build!

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