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Good day Gents. After a long absence from ship modeling, I am back in the game. I am new to the log business so my apologies in advance to the moderators if there is something amiss in the log but here goes. 

The Model shipways kit is so far been very nice to work with. I have finished the framing so we will start with the false deck. The center bulkead and all the frames went in without a hitch. I encountered a problem with the 2 quarters of the false deck. I read in another log and I think it was the same problem but figured it out with a little coffee and thought. The laser cut center line is about 1/8" off to the right. The hatch layout is correct. The formast hole and forward scuttle is centered on the laser cut which makes them wrong. 

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Here is my fix. No harm no foul.

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I hope from this point on I can stay up to date. Thanks to all who who have posted their build logs on this ship. They have been a great help.

 

 

 

 

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the planking of the beakhead bulkhead is done. Just need to clean it up a bit. I milled some planks from my 20 year old stash of boxwood. The deck planking is kit supplied. I am using scrap basswood from the bulkhead sheets to use as bow fillers as I am comfortable with this. The stern will be done in the same fashion. 

 

The decision to use treenails or not will have to be made soon. Make em’ or fake em’ that is the question! 

 

Any helpful criticism is appreciated and thanks for the thumbs up!

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A little more work in the shipyard today. Main deck port sills. These are laser cut but require trimming. A few suggestions for anyone building this kit. As you can see in the photo I put an arrow pointing towards the stern before removing from the sheet. Some of the curves are very subtle and this helped me keep it in the right orientation while marking, trimming and find sanding. Also I used the paper clips, set on my level pencil mark so that the sill is level and not tilted up or down. Came up with this one after some excess glue obscured my mark. 

So far so good. 

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This kit has always looked very good and it will be interesting to follow along from the start, I'm booking my place early. Looks like you've made a good start. 

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Chuck, thank you very much Sir! You did a wonderful job in designing this kit. 

Edward, if the Confederacy cranks your tractor, I would highly recommend it. Very good plans. Chuck’s instruction’s  are very thorough. And as you say, she is just one sexy ship. I hope I can do her justice. 

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A small update Ladies and Gents. I am coming along with the gun port framing on the main deck and hope to get the quarter deck framing in a few days. I almost forgot to plank the inside of the beakhead bulkhead. The clamps used there are scrap PVC pipe cut in 1/8” and 1/4” widths. 
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Finally finished with the sills and lintels. Everything is faired pretty close. Now to define the gunport frames then on to the sweep ports! If anyone sees something amiss, I’m all ears. Thanks all for the thumbs up. It is encouraging!

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Why do I like warships? I have to ask myself this every time I frame gunports! Not to mention assembly and rigging of cannons. The quarter deck uprights are installed. I measure the opening with calipers, mark and then cut. Works pretty good. Most times I don’t even have to sand a little. The template for the gunport positions is great! Thanks Chuck. So far everything is going smoothly. 
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Thanks for the thumbs up folks. It is much appreciated. As this is my first ship in 15 years or so, I’m learning a few new tricks, such as Chuck’s tree nail method. I made up a test strip using it and while not perfect, I like the effect. I’m still not sure as to using it on the model or without. Any comments or 8C86B198-A4BD-4A02-9026-54CDEEB18375.thumb.jpeg.a6325b6c5bac43d20502fe9b12c2a587.jpegsuggestions are welcome. 

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It looks really good....BUT,,,if you decide to add treenails, you need to go much much smaller.   Try a #78 bit.

 

Chuck

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Small update. Finished the sills and uprights. Ready to install sweep port backing pieces. A final fairing and we can start closing this puppy up!

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I was able to spend some time in the boatyard and made some progress. Only one small self inflicted wound. While marking the starboard sweep ports, I used the reference marks for the bottom of the template.  On a whim, I reread Chucks instructions and the reference marks are the bottom of the sweep ports, not the template. A quick reference to the plans confirmed my mistake. As they are just pencil marks it was an easy fix. Getting ready to plank the stern counter. 
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Another good day in the shop today. I spent most of the morning making a jig to edge to edge bend planks using Chucks simple method. I finally got an acceptable over curve which allowed the proper bend for the counter planks. 
I used drawn bamboo treenails on this step for som extra holding power, warranted or not. If anyone sees something amiss with the counter, please speak now. 
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Good day Ladies and Gents. I have finished the lower counter and have started the planking. The two boxwood planks at the bow are the black strake and the first first plank above it. The two lower wale planks are kit basswood and will be covered with ebony. There are mistakes but if I tore out everything that did not suit me I would never finish the ship. As my modeling friend Russ Barnes says, “have fun.” I have to keep reminding myself of this saying. 
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Does anyone else have one mistake compound on itself? While eyeballing the planking on the starboard side I noticed a slight upward bulge about 9” from the stern. It seems I made a 3/64” mistake while placing the batten for marking the the position of the top wale plank. Mistake #1. 
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Just a short update. This model is one big puppy! With 1/8” wide planks you get nowhere fast. I should finish above the wales tomorrow and then can go to the other side which is planked above the sweep ports. As that is the side that will show I am hoping all I learned can be improved. My apologies for the poor photography. My camera is an iPad and that’s as good as it will get. Thanks for the thumbs up Gents! C4D8CA63-867A-47A8-AEE8-B2426E3501E3.thumb.jpeg.c169d1b1dbe6585135c5649521d16a99.jpeg

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The painters finally arrived today. I always like seeing a bit of color on a model. I used Tamiya simi gloss black with my air brush. Also added the second fancy rail. My faults as a modeler are getting in to much of a rush and not paying attention to detail. The first leads to mistakes. The second means you didn’t catch the first mistake until later. The other side is planked to the top of the sweep ports. Finishing that side is next. 
 

thanks again for the thumbs up. 
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