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US Brig Syren by WalrusGuy - FINISHED - Model Shipways - Scale 1:64 - Second wooden ship build


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After finishing a couple more carronades, I think I got the process down for the tackles. Since I did not explain before, here it is:

 

First, a simple overhand knot secures the line on the first block, then the thread is inserted into the other block using a needle threader, and back to the first block. I did some experimenting to find the right length of the tackle + coil. I found that having a coil of around 80mm was a good size, and needed a bit of extra thread for the rigging part. The extra thread length was longer for the tackle pair used to swivel the gun (30mm) than the pair to adjust the distance from bulwarks (15mm). For the coil I briefly soaked the 80mm end in some diluted white glue and twirled it around a pin sandwiched between two hard clear plastic sheets (which I got from a spinach container 😁). Here is an image that probably explains the lengths better:

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Here are some progress photos of where I have reached (25% done)

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5 hours ago, Cathead said:

Nice job on the coils. I've done that  by coiling the line onto a piece of double-sided tape but your methods looks faster and the results are nice.

 

3 hours ago, Matt D said:

Those coils look really good.  Thank you for showing your method, too!

Many thanks for the comments Eric and Matt!! The only issue I am having with the coils is that there is a bit of a shine from the dried glue from certain angles.... Seeing the shine is driving me crazy!!! I think lightly scrubbing it with a toothpick might solve this issue. Anyhow, I have finished all the carronades, will post some pics later in the day!

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That is some great work Walrus.  We got back from seeing our new grandson, and I finally got started on mine.  Your build log will be my go to for help, and pictures as it is a terrific resource. I started a build log from the view of a newbie.  It will be more photos with some written content when required.  After all, it is just my first.  Keep up the great work.

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30 minutes ago, WalrusGuy said:

he only issue I am having with the coils is that there is a bit of a shine from the dried glue from certain angles

 

I often use pastels to dull model surfaces by dry-rubbing them in with either a fingertip or brush. They can add a nice complex texture to a surface. A cheap box of pastels can last a lifetime of light weathering and could help dull the rope coils. Not sure how it would work in your specific situation but you could test it on an off-model coil to find out. Just a thought.

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4 hours ago, Cathead said:

 

 

I often use pastels to dull model surfaces by dry-rubbing them in with either a fingertip or brush. They can add a nice complex texture to a surface. A cheap box of pastels can last a lifetime of light weathering and could help dull the rope coils. Not sure how it would work in your specific situation but you could test it on an off-model coil to find out. Just a thought.

 

4 hours ago, Overworked724 said:

You could try to dilute the glue a bit more. That may help. 

Thanks for the suggestions! 

 

I should have diluted the glue more, but I guess it's too late since all the coils are done 😅, I'll try if the pastel method works, otherwise I'll just try scraping off the shiny bits lightly with a wet toothpick.

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As promised, here are the pics!! I consider it to be a another milestone of the build since this section took a while haha.

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Here is the Syren with my first build, the Virginia.

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Before I proceed with deck fittings, I want to seize the line attaching to the bridle, rear, and stern gun port lids onto the cleats. Does anyone know how to do this? I guess it is seized in a 8-like pattern, but would like to see how it is done exactly. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

 

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5 hours ago, Redshadowrider said:

That is some great work Walrus.  We got back from seeing our new grandson, and I finally got started on mine.  Your build log will be my go to for help, and pictures as it is a terrific resource. I started a build log from the view of a newbie.  It will be more photos with some written content when required.  After all, it is just my first.  Keep up the great work.

Thank you for the comment! Congrats again on your grandson!! 😊

 

I'll follow your log with interest and I'll try to help where I can. Good luck on your build! 

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Many thanks for the compliments Jean-Paul and John!!

 

I have belayed the lines attaching to the port lids. I have just tied them without glue (except for the portside bridle port since it was the only one giving me a tough time 😅). For that one I used a very miniscule amount of superglue to help secure the thread so I can loop correctly. 

 

Wanted some opinions and thoughts on how they look. Anything I should change? And are rope coils supposed to be added to them later?

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P.S. drilling the holes in the bulwarks was very scary!!! 

 

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Yep...those drilling events always make me nervous too. I’m putting in the trunnels holes in the side of my Syren now and that’s nerve wracking enough. Drilling the holes on the interior is cringeworthy...I’m afraid I’ll puncture the wall. 
 

How are you drilling your holes?  Pin vise?

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1 hour ago, Overworked724 said:

Yep...those drilling events always make me nervous too. I’m putting in the trunnels holes in the side of my Syren now and that’s nerve wracking enough. Drilling the holes on the interior is cringeworthy...I’m afraid I’ll puncture the wall. 
 

How are you drilling your holes?  Pin vise?

Oh yea the treenails were also nerve-wracking for me. I misplaced one trunnel on the bullwark and I can easily locate it (might be almost impossible for someone else to see it though). At the time I was cringing at my mistake, but now I consider it as my signature 😁

 

Yeaup! All holes drilled manually with a pin vise. I don't think I have used my electric hand drill for this build (except for making pilot holes bigger in some cases eg. rudder hole).

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3 hours ago, Gahm said:

I just caught up with your amazing progress. Your battery with the finished rigging looks great!!

 

Thomas

Thank you Thomas for the encouraging words!! I have been using your log as a reference and it helped a lot for the rigging 😃

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Making very slow progress with the deck details. 

 

Finished making all the coamings and gratings. The gratings were very fun to put together. Reminded me of lego 😁 

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Here they are dry fitted on the deck: 

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Next step is to put in the treenails on the deck section and on each corner, curve the coamings and gratings to fit on the deck, and lastly apply tung oil. 

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