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Charles W. Morgan by John Ruy - Marine Model Company - 5/32”=1’ (1/76 scale) - Vintage Solid Hull Kit


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Lower Fore Yard rigging completed and ready mounting. A first for me, I have not built a yard arm from scratch. 


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My Marine Model Company vintage kit did not included all running rigging in its drawings. Sheet Chains were completely left out. Perhaps for simplification, the reason is unknown. Fortunately I have a very good resources here on MSW. Thank you David Lester for your CWM build log.

 

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OK back to shrouds and standing rigging, this build getting more interesting everyday. And fun too. 😎

 

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Started working on more details for the tackle. Hooks I need hooks...

 

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I also decide to let my OCD have it’s way and re-did the sheet chains on the lower fore mast. Better to change it now. 😆

 

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I also wanted to redo the center block for those chains. Built one for the lower main mast as well. 
 

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New chains a much improved look. 👍

 

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Also finished the lower shrouds for all three masts. 

 

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Latter... 😎

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  • 3 weeks later...

Seems like a long time since I have updated, but its only been about three weeks. Happy to report Standing Rigging is completed. 
 

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The Fore Lower Yard is in place. Prepared with the associated Running Rigging Blocks and Sheet Chains. I have decided to build without sails. I would hate to cover up the details that are taking so long to complete. 😆
 

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Still need to complete Rat Lines and Battens. Very tedious....

 

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Here is a closeup is the Main Shrouds at the Main Lower Doubling. 
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Feels like she has a long way to go. However, looking back there are a lot of accomplishments. Hours spent now stand at 344. Began this Journey back on January 21st 2020. Seems like so long ago...😎

 

Onward 🍻

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“Feels like she has a long way to go. However, looking back there are a lot of accomplishments. Hours spent now stand at 344. Began this Journey back on January 21st 2020. Seems like so long ago...”

 

John, 7 1/2 months... are you kidding!? I’ve been plugging along on my Leopard for 3 1/2 years!  Your Morgan looks absolutely great. I hope mine comes out as good when I get to it. 
 

Tom

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1 hour ago, toms10 said:

John, 7 1/2 months... are you kidding!? I’ve been plugging along on my Leopard for 3 1/2 years!

Tom, 

You are comparing apples to oranges. Your scratch build is amazing. My USS Constitution was a 674 hour build over 14 months. This one at 335 hour over 7 months tells me I spend way too much time in the basement. Keep on keeping on. 👍

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On 9/19/2020 at 9:36 PM, John Ruy said:

Seems like a long time since I have updated, but its only been about three weeks. Happy to report Standing Rigging is completed. 
 

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The Fore Lower Yard is in place. Prepared with the associated Running Rigging Blocks and Sheet Chains. I have decided to build without sails. I would hate to cover up the details that are taking so long to complete. 😆
 

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Still need to complete Rat Lines and Battens. Very tedious....

 

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Here is a closeup is the Main Shrouds at the Main Lower Doubling. 
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Feels like she has a long way to go. However, looking back there are a lot of accomplishments. Hours spent now stand at 344. Began this Journey back on January 21st 2020. Seems like so long ago...😎

 

Onward 🍻

You have progressed very rapidly. And at great job at that

 

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Progressing on the Battens and ratlines. Aligning extended battens. 
 

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Filled in the shorter battens glueing them in place for lashing. 

 

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Foremast shrouds and upper ratlines completed. 

 

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Battens in place on the Main and Mizzen Shrouds. 
 

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Now to complete the lashing and upper shroud ratlines. 
 

Onward 😎 

 

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Hi John,

It's coming along bit by bit.  It is amazing how many little details need to be done.  Hopefully most of them don't go unnoticed by "normal folk" or should I say non-ship modellers.  I say that because I don't consider us (model ship builders) to be anything close to normal.  Anybody that does this type of work, to the detail level we see on this site definitely does not fall into the mainstream norm... whatever that is. 😀

Keep up the good work.

Tom

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Lashing of battens completed on the starboard side. 
 

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I started working on the whaleboats. This kit supplied metal whaleboats requiring someone detailing. I need a break now and then from tying ratlines and lashing battens. I’m sure you all know what I mean. 😆
 

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I started with. 1/32 strips to recreate the ceilings and sheers. 
 

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A bit of micro carpentry required for seating. Micro oars are in the works. 
 

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I think this will do, only four more of these mini me’s to do.

 

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Not bad, pretty decent. 😎 I think so anyway.   🍻

 

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12 hours ago, toms10 said:

Hi John,

It’s coming along very decent!  I have found that I am by far my worst critic. So following that logic, if you think it is pretty good it must really be fantastic!  Keep up the good work. 
Tom


Thank you Tom... I agree we can be a bit too critical of our own work. I believe that’s what drives us to the next level. I always feel it could be a bit better. It’s OCD without the CD.  obsessed... 😆

 

I do appreciate you. As well as all who are giving me a 👍 along the way. 

 

 

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On 10/13/2020 at 8:03 AM, toms10 said:

Hi John,

It's coming along bit by bit.  It is amazing how many little details need to be done.  Hopefully most of them don't go unnoticed by "normal folk" or should I say non-ship modellers.  I say that because I don't consider us (model ship builders) to be anything close to normal.  Anybody that does this type of work, to the detail level we see on this site definitely does not fall into the mainstream norm... whatever that is. 😀

Keep up the good work.

Tom

 

The uninitiated don't what they looking at and so don't appreciate the many small details on a good model. That work isn't lost on them, however, because it's the sum total of all those little details that create the compelling impression of reality in a model. They may not notice small details individually, but it's the small details that create the overall impression they certainly will notice, even if they aren't sure exactly why!

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First step in running rigging on a Whaler, “Cut in” Tackle. Many thanks to David Lesters MS Build of the CWM, my vintage kit does not show any of this important rigging. 
 

Created the Tail Hook and Blubber Hook. 
 

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Then rigged up the blocks for the cut in tackle. 
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Needed patina the brass and copper pieces. Soaked the parts in a white vinegar. 
 

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Let these parts stand covered next to open ammonia. The fumes of the ammonia will patina most anything. 
 

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Cut in Tackle complete. 
 

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Now for the Yard Arms. 😎

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5 hours ago, PAPA said:

Real nice work John.  I have not touched my Morgan for weeks with moving preparations. So much to do😬.  I think I may pack her up for the duration.


That’s ok... She will still be there for you to finish when you get moved and settled in. Don’t give up the ship, these things take time. You’ll get there. 
 

Thanks for checking in on me and your kind words. I just keep plugging away...

 

🍻 Cheers 🍻 

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