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USF Confederacy 1778 by Peter Bloemendaal - Model Shipways - Scale 1:64

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It's time to start a new log. I have only spent a few weeks making a start on the Confederacy so there is not a lot to show yet.

Others have presented some nice introductions to the history of this ship and of the content of the kit, so I don't feel there is a need to repeat that here.

I'll do my best to do justice to this beautiful ship.

So without further ado, it's straight to the first few photo's.

 

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Welcome to the crew. Confederacy is a great kit with instructions to match. 

Your Syren was just a warm up for the big time. I followed the same route..

Enjoy your quest for excellence.

 

Cheers, Harley

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Thanks everyone.

Just a small update to keep the momentum going. First I added some blocks to the working stand to secure the model.

Next I added the Sub-gun deck Platforms. I am not totally happy with the look but I was experimenting a bit as these platforms are barely seen.

As a side note I have split the 1/8"x1/16" basswood strips into three batches. The lighter ones, the darker ones and rejects. I used the best of the rejects for these platforms. I don't have the luxury I had with the Syren covering the hull with copper plates so when I get to planking the hull I want to make sure I use the best strips.

I also added the safety timbers, the shadow box and timber frames. I added some temporary loose timber strips in the gaps of the frames.

Next will be fairing the hull..... Here are a few photo's.

 

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Another update.

I'm having "fun" working on Framing the stern. The stern frames were way too loose for the slots so I decided to fix the outside ones first and use them to work my way in. When the 2 outer frames were fitted I noticed that Bulkhead 8 wasn't properly squared up. The outer stern frames had a 4-5 mm difference from the centre which was quite noticeable. Bugger...!!. Cutting the additional outer supports I put in helped a bit. When adding the inner stern frames I found after adding the lintels that two of the frames were misaligned as well. Bugger again...!!.

So I am fumbling my way through at the moment. Some additional sanding will be on the menu later.

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Hi Harley,

It doesn't feel like a good beginning at times but whatever has gone wrong so far is recoverable I think...lol.

The camera I'm using is Sony RX100-II. It's a 20 Megapixel full frame compact, so there is plenty of data to crop from.

Just curious, how are you going with your Confederacy??

Peter

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Another update with a few photo's. 

When working on the Quarter deck port sill and lintels I noticed I goofed up with the placement on the laser parts H-H. I placed them on the wrong side of the laser edge on the bulkhead extension. This required some fixing. I think I got away with it. This is shown on photo 4 & 5. (the photo's were imported in random order).

The other pics show a bit more progress after that (hopefully without any stuff-ups this time)....🙂

Peter

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wondeful ship, good luck with the build Peter, i did mine in basswood that come with the kit, but now i wish i had use boxwood or yellow ceder insted,

but i use the confed... as a tool to learn to plank and many other stuff , this ship started my ship building career😉

 

svein erik

11 hours ago, Peter Bloemendaal said:

Another update with a few photo's. 

When working on the Quarter deck port sill and lintels I noticed I goofed up with the placement on the laser parts H-H. I placed them on the wrong side of the laser edge on the bulkhead extension. This required some fixing. I think I got away with it. This is shown on photo 4 & 5. (the photo's were imported in random order).

The other pics show a bit more progress after that (hopefully without any stuff-ups this time)....🙂

Peter

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Wow ! I've been thinking of doing the Confederancy but don't like the unfinished look without masts and rigging. I found a place thet sells plans for Confederancy with all the rigging. They are 1/98 th but that shouldn't be to big a problem. I'll look them up for you if you're interested.

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13 hours ago, tigerdvr said:

She has a look of quality already, very nicely done.

Thanks Harley, as long as the mistakes I make are fixable I should be OK....

 

10 hours ago, svein erik said:

wondeful ship, good luck with the build Peter, i did mine in basswood that come with the kit, but now i wish i had use boxwood or yellow ceder insted

Thanks Svein,

I actually don't mind basswood. The Syren turned out OK, you just have to be extra careful because of the softness. The softness also makes it easier to shape which can be a bonus when you are mainly using hand tools.

 

4 hours ago, Dwight said:

Wow ! I've been thinking of doing the Confederancy but don't like the unfinished look without masts and rigging. I found a place thet sells plans for Confederancy with all the rigging. They are 1/98 th but that shouldn't be to big a problem. I'll look them up for you if you're interested.

Thanks Dwight, I have seen the thread here and already found the site where the plans are sold. It has been in the back of my mind but at this point I am leaning towards keeping her as a hull only. I reserve the right to change my mind in the future though….lol

 

 

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Time for another update. It's been a while but I lost my MoJo a little bit for a while. A job change (unexpected) and a few minor health scares (hopefully minor) can do that to you. Luckily after being let go from the company I worked for I managed to get another full time job virtually within 2 weeks. Not bad for an old fart....(or maybe just lucky...lol).

So..., my MoJo rediscovered I picked up from where I left and managed to finish chapter 4.

Just a few photo's to show where I am at....

 

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Just another quick update on the progress so far.

I have finished the planking of the lower counter and am working my way through the planking around the sweep port openings.

The last 2 photo's show the (very basic) jigs I use to pre-bend the planks at the bow and to pre-bend and twist the planks at the stern.

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