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


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Just received my order from Syren Ship Model Company for some ropes and wheel. This is just about half the ropes I need since they were out of stock when I got them, so I'll order more once I start the rigging section which probably take a while 😅

 

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Still deciding on whether to order blocks or just use the kit supplied ones

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1 hour ago, Justin P. said:

Definitely get the blocks.  

K, just placed the order for some blocks and more rope 😁

 

I think I'll just purchase all the blocks except for the 3/32" single blocks since it got too pricey. I also saw the instructions for the deadeyes and it seems that a block tumbler is needed to assemble them, so I'll just use the kit ones for this. I believe Peter also did the same for his Syren, and it turned out spectacular!

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6 hours ago, abelson said:

Nice work on the pin rails. Good idea on using the scrap wood for setting the rails at the same height. Wish i had thought of that. 

 

Thanks Steven! I also liked your idea of using the plans as a template to mark locations of the details. I was too lazy to photocopy them so I just eye-balled their locations..... probably not the best way to do things 😅, but I did use a caliper once in a while 😁

 

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I finished gluing the eyebolts into position. Not much to describe here, so here are some photos:

 

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Next is the cleats. I have no idea how to drill holes by hand (using a pin vise) into the cleats to pin them for a secure fit. The drill bit just keeps sliding.... I guess I will just glue them without the pin and try to treat them delicately

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15 hours ago, VTHokiEE said:

Can you make a small indentation with another tool to stabilize the bit?

Thanks so much! Your advice worked!! I guess I didn't apply much pressure to indent before but this time I put more pressure. Here's a pic and the indent tool I used. The black strip will be used to support it. Thanks again! 

 

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11 hours ago, Matt D said:

Your Syren looks terrific!  Nice work.

 

10 hours ago, SkerryAmp said:

That is some fantastic craftsmanship - can't wait to see more!

Thank you for the compliments Matt and Adam :), and thanks all for the likes!

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Some more small bits of progress. I have started to stick the carronades on top of the sleds. I'm still deciding whether it is worthwhile to install the pivot pin.. 

 

To paint the lugs I just "beaded" them through a wire and painted with watered down red paint to quicken the process 

 

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To simulate the elevation screw, I used toothpicks which were sanded down to fit the corresponding holes, and 0.45mm holes were drilled through them to accept the wire for the handle. I deviated from the instructions a bit where I installed the elevation pin, then the lugs. This was done just to make sure I have the same angle on all the guns. The lugs were then glued once the guns were installed to ensure they rest flat on the sleds

 

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So far the starboard side of canons have been assembled. 

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Looking outside the hull, the carronades can be seen to not be completely in line with one another. I may have to stick a small strip of wood below the sleds in which the guns seem to be lower than the rest. I hope this fixes the issue...

 

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11 hours ago, WalrusGuy said:

I finished assembling all the carronades. I tried to adjust the angle of the guns so they are more in line with each other. Here are some pics 

 

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Next I'll be rigging them, and will glue them in place as I progress with the rigging 

Nice crisp work.

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13 hours ago, abelson said:

Nice crisp work.

 

5 hours ago, Retired guy said:

Very nice update Wally guns look very sharp 👍 also like your pictures shows your work off very well.

 

Regards

Richard

 

2 hours ago, Overworked724 said:

Nice idea using the laser cut piece, Wally!  Wonderful work!,,

Thank you all for the very nice comments!! It's very much appreciated! 😊

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On 9/8/2020 at 5:44 AM, Gahm said:

It always looks very impressive when the whole battery is in place for the first time! Your Syren got her teeth now 🙂

 

Thomas

She is definitely starting to look deadly :10_1_10:

 

On 9/8/2020 at 8:28 AM, Overworked724 said:

I think she looks marvelous and gives me more motivation to continue with my own build!  Nice progress!!!!

Thanks for the great comment Patrick! 

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I finished preparing the blocks for the tackles. This was a task I would not like to do again 😅, especially sanding each of the 128 blocks to be rounded, and hand-drilling a hole on each one (using a pin vice 😬). Good thing I distracted myself by watching one of the greatest shows created, the Sopranos!

 

To finish up the blocks, I brushed them with a bit of tung oil (the untreated blocks looked a bit unfinished imo).

 

To create the hooks, I used the pin of a compass and some pliers. Hopefully the following sets of images can explain the process better:

 

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The tail bit was then cut off:

 

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Then used pliers and the compass pin to bend it:

 

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This process was time consuming at first, but got quicker as I got more practice making 127 more of these 😄

 

The hooks were then glued to the blocks using a bit of superglue:

 

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Lastly, I found that the eyebolts glued to the canons were too small for the breech lines. So... I had to deconstruct these parts, use the compass pin again to make them larger, then glue them back. I will also need to do this to the bottom eyebolt pairs on the bulwarks. After this is done, I can finally start the actual rigging!

 

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