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Hoss and Wally thank you both appreciate you taking the time :)

 

While waiting for the brass I had on order I continued on the deck fittings. Not knowing a lot about Capstan's I did a little research and got a little help from my friends and now know how at least it works. I made up the capstan pretty much as indicated in the instructions. I am going to flip the head upside down on the drum tho to give me a little more height for the companionway. Haven't detailed it at all yet either ~

 

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Got the brass in I was waiting for and made up a carronade prototype. Couple pics showing the sled mounts which were made by soldering a brass tube onto a brass flat bar strip then slicing thin diagonal strips to act as sled mounts. For the carronade I just used a short piece of brass tube soldered on. I know it doesn't look perfect but It is pretty much hidden under the carronade. I couldn't use silver solder because the caseys brass black won't affect it.

Nothing cleaned up or glued on yet...

 

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Stay the blazes home. Stay safe :)

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Capstan and carronades look great! When I built the carronades one of the biggest problems I had was that they had a tendency to end up a bit too high in relation to the gun ports. Hopefully you don't have to deal with that issue.

 

Thomas 

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7 minutes ago, Gahm said:

When I built the carronades one of the biggest problems I had was that they had a tendency to end up a bit too high in relation to the gun ports. Hopefully you don't have to deal with that issue.

 

Hi Thomas, great to hear from you :) . That is good to know I will be trying out a the two I've done up before I continue and be on the look out for that issue. You milled your drilled blocks in a bit too so that makes me a little nervous will have to see what happens. I forgot you milled them into the underside of the carronade. If mine end up looking to high I could file a grove fairly easily which would make soldering even better and easier. Thanks for the heads up!

 

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Nicely done! Pearwood makes for beautiful planking, and your work is first rate.

I especially like the Bluenose pics, as that is my current project.

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10 hours ago, jamcdonel said:

Pearwood makes for beautiful planking

 

2 hours ago, Overworked724 said:

Love the wood!

Believe me it has been a treat working with pear. The guy who cut it for me did such a precise job, the planks were all exact. He is really happy with how it came out to. Thanks for the great comments :)

 

12 hours ago, Gahm said:

When I built the carronades one of the biggest problems I had was that they had a tendency to end up a bit too high in relation to the gun ports. Hopefully you don't have to deal with that issue.

Thomas it was exactly as you predicted. I tested one carronade out in the ports and it was sitting to high. I removed the tube filed into the carronade with a round file and re-soldered the tube inset into the carronade. Big difference. I will go a little bit deeper with the recess on the next ones.

Appreciate the heads up. Here are a couple before and after pics

 

Original before filing First Pic 

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After Filing Second pic

 

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Original Before Filing

 

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After Filing

 

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Shots taken with carronade set level with the sled

 

Thanks again, Cheers Robin ~

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On 4/23/2020 at 10:11 PM, Retired guy said:

The second one does looks way better Robin, and love the deck planking as well 👍

 

On 4/24/2020 at 10:33 AM, Gahm said:

The second carronade is as good as it gets. Well done!

 

Thanks guys, trying to get the hang of it :) Here are a couple of pics with the breech ring added and the sleds detailed. Soldering the ring could be a little better. Hopefully practice will help lol.  I went with a very thin slice of brass tubing, drilled and inserted wire to make the elevation screw handles. Does they look a little heavy maybe?

 

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Hi Robin looking at the screw it does look a little heavy, just looked on the drawing I have on the 68 lb Carronade on the Victory by Arthur Bugler, it says it is 2" elevating screw and the breeching ring was 4 1/4" dia, so for the screw in 1/64 scale it would be 1/32" dia and ring will be just over 1/16" dia but I am not sure what size of gun yours are.

 

Regards

Richard

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10 hours ago, Retired guy said:

Brilliantly done Robin 👍

 

Regards

Richard

lol thank you my friend. Kinda flying by the seat of my pants here. Tinning the wire for the breach ring really helped with soldering and I managed to get them quite a bit smaller. The one from the first post is the 5th one in from the bow. I am starting a new wish list for a proper pliers set for metal work. The cheap ones I have don't cut it. Only 8 more to go! 

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Getting those carronades detailed is a lot of work! Syren has 16 plus 2 long guns . . . just imagine building a Victory 😉. But your carronades really look good! 

 

Thomas

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1 hour ago, Gahm said:

Getting those carronades detailed is a lot of work! Syren has 16 plus 2 long guns . . . just imagine building a Victory 😉. But your carronades really look good! 

 

Thomas

Thanks Thomas, they are a lot of work and yours are like little individual works of art! I might be missing a couple ring bolts with split rings I think you have on yours. They don't show on chucks plan. I will have to do some more checking... Cheers thanks again for taking the time. 

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Ok I couldn't take the bling factor on the carronades any longer. Last evening I got into blackening the carronades and one cannon I have done up for the port side. I was pretty nervous given the time spent on them and the sleds, so it was going to be a bit of a do or die moment. Well the results came out fantastic I think. Took a little trial an error to get the results I wanted and I hope you like them as well.
I started out soaking the pieces in a solution of Sparex #2 in a warming pot for about an hour and a half to clean them. Then they were dried and placed into a container of (straight) Casey's brass black for ruffly 3/4 of an hour. I then removed them from the caseys and rubbed them down with a paper towel which cleaned off the excess and produced results that were not where I wanted them. This was fine as I then placed them back in the casey's again for about 1/2 to 3/4 an hour and then removed them a second time and again rub off and polished them with a paper towel to get the final result. Here are some pics of the outcome.

 

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Blackening sometimes can be a bit tricky, but it makes a big difference. Yours turned out very nicely!

 

Thomas

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Today I gave er a good cleaning followed by a minor paint touch up! Made up the stern transom port covers, painted waiting to dry.  Then I did up a signage proto by mounting ``Syren` onto a thin black board. I kinda like it because now it is more visible with more 3d. This is just a test using 2 sided tape  :)

 

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24 minutes ago, Retired guy said:

Got some of that Birchwood Casey Brass black it works a treat, canons have come out great Robin 👍

 

Regards

Richard

 

8 minutes ago, egkb said:

Wow .. I keep on coming back to that Deck .. That is magnificent work right there!

 

All The Best

 

Eamonn

Thanks for the great comments :)  I never get bored of looking at the deck Eamonn. Plus I managed to finish the waterway at the stern. So it is complete now.

Richard I was very pleased for my first time out using it. Cheers

 

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Busy couple of weeks with work but here are some picks of what I've been working at. The stern davits I made out of pear are installed. Tested out the transom post covers. Had a blast making the pumps up which I am pretty pleased with. Added lug nuts to the cannon wheels. Hope you are all well and staying out of trouble!

 

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Picking away at the deck furnishings. Switched out the walnut coamings for swiss pear cut on my proxxon fet. Turned the stanchions for the fife rail using a dremel and ruffed out the gallow bits and foreward pin rail bits also in pear.

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7 hours ago, WalrusGuy said:

Really like this idea for the stanchions! Going to remember it for when the time comes.

 

4 hours ago, Retired guy said:

Very nice update Robin and do like your pump great job my friend 

Thanks guys appreciate the comments :)  Wally if you haven't got this LINK for your dremel or something better you can use, it was probably the best $55 bucks I've spent in a while. Highly recommend.

Cheers ~

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