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


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30 minutes ago, Overworked724 said:

Looks fantastic!  PVA glue or CA to lock the rail in place?

Thanks Patrick!!

 

Been using this guy for all fittings to allow for some time to position it right before it sets. Description says it dries harder than PVA and twice the strength, but dunno if true 😄

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For the pins in the legs I used CA since I did not care much for the time it takes to set.. Also been using CA for metal to metal contacts, but for most other stuff, I've been using the above one

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8 minutes ago, Justin P. said:

Interesting stuff, Ive never seen that product before.  What is the setting time?

For full strength its about 12 hours. But from my experience, for small surfaces to be bonded, around 10 to 15 minutes is good enough!  

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2 hours ago, Justin P. said:

I wish I had more to say then just gorgeous, but it is looking really gorgeous.   

 

1 hour ago, Edwardkenway said:

I think Justin P has perfectly summed it up, an absolutely amazing build!!!

Thanks so much guys! Means a lot!! 😄

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1 hour ago, Keithbrad80 said:

I can’t wait to see you get started on rigging! Awesome job everything looks great! 
 

Bradley 

Thanks Bradley! Seems like still a long way to go before rigging... Need to finish the deck details then work on cap rail details, then the longboat. But then again I remember saying the same for the deck details but here we are! 😄

 

1 hour ago, Matt D said:

WalrusGuy, let me see if I understand correctly.  The kit came with bits.  Were they cast white metal and you chose to scratch build them?  They look fantastic.  Or maybe more like Justin said, gorgeous!  

Many thanks Matt! I followed the instructions to make the bits. I shaped the top section according to plans and glued the supports. Only deviation I made was the pegs since it gave me peace of mind in case I knock them over with a bit force. Most of the deck details were scratch made (following the awesome instructions) except for some laser cut parts which I treated like minikits. 

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6 hours ago, Gahm said:

Your progress is amazing! At that speed you will be finished with your Syren before Christmas 😉

 

Thomas

Thanks Thomas!! The riding bitts took about 2-3 hours to make and refine 😮 so I feel quite the opposite 😅 

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Amazing progress and looking very nice especially the bits and pieces you've scratched built. Awhile back you were worried that school would slow your progress, but it appears that has not been the case. How is school doing?

 

Stay well and stay safe

from Will on holiday.  :pirate41:

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, niwotwill said:

Amazing progress and looking very nice especially the bits and pieces you've scratched built. Awhile back you were worried that school would slow your progress, but it appears that has not been the case. How is school doing?

 

Stay well and stay safe

from Will on holiday.  :pirate41:

 

 

 

Thanks Will!! 

 

School has been busy but I take small breaks during the day to work on the ship. Helps me to de-stress and not think of research for a bit.. Working and studying from home does have its advantages 😉 

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Fore bitts and galley stack are done! Here are some pics. Forebitts were pegged for extra support

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Also finished the bowsprit bitts. I think there is a typo in instructions for this part. I used 3/32" x 1/8" strip for the cross piece instead of the 1/16" x 1/16" mentioned. Also, for the angled parts, I used a 3/16" x 1/8" piece of wood stuck to other scrap pieces to create the angle shown on the plans. I think I won't stick this on the deck as of yet, and will only dryfit it for now until I start working on the bowsprit. This would ensure I have the right fitting between the mast and the square section in the bitts.

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Thanks Robin! And thanks all for the likes as well

 

So... deck details finally done!! Bowsprit bitts just dry fitted for now. Nevertheless, here are some pics to mark this milestone of the build

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Next I will start working on the cap rail details. Once I reach the stage of the hammock cranes, I may switch over to work on the longboat.. depending when I get the parts from ModelExpo.. 

I was also contemplating on building the other two boats, but it might be too hard given the tools (or lack of) I have 😅

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Many thanks Robin, Thomas and Kurt for the comments. Much appreciated!!

 

I decided to go about starting with the longboat and do the cap rail details once I receive the brass parts from ModelExpo. They were just shipped today so it would probably be a couple of weeks till I receive them. 

 

For the longboat I ended up spending a couple of hours sanding the exterior. Here are some progress pics

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Here the sheer profile is sanded

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Here, I tried using an #11 blade to shape the stern bit which will be cleaned up with sanding

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The inner portion of the boat seems really difficult to sand, especially the tight spots at the stern and bow. Let's see if I can manage thinning down the shell...

 

On a side note, I went ahead and bought some Dremel tools as an early Christmas present (Dremel Moto-saw, 4000 rotary tool and flex shaft)

I also got the Dremel drill press attachment as per Robin's advice on his log. Realized I also need the multi-chuck, so will be getting that soon. Only thing is I need to figure out where to set them up because of the limited space I have 😅. May just keep them in the box and use them when required..

 

I was previously thinking of having all three boats mounted on the ship, but having placed the longboat on the gallow bitts, I am now thinking of only having that and the jollyboat (if I do build it successfully) on the ship.

Depending on how my attempt on the pinnace turns out (or if I even try making it...), I may display it off-ship. I think these boats were rigged, so I may attempt doing that too, if I can find a rigging plan that is...

 

Anyways... need to stop dreaming and focus on sanding 😣

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After many many hours, and very sore and dusty fingers, I finally finished sanding 😁. This part of the build made me come up with many different ways to fold the sandpaper to reach tricky spots.

 

There was one spot near the stern where I may have sanded too much and can see it clearly when shining a light at the back, but other than that, no major mishaps..

 

Here are some pics

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And Happy Thanksgiving to our southern neighbors!

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Excellent work on your long boat! Once the inside detail is put in you probably won’t notice that spot at the stern. 
 

the flex shaft is something I have been looking at recently. I think I’ll wait for your review before I purchase my own lol. I do have the workstation and it has been really helpful. I used to have to a full size floor drill press, but lost that in a fire a while back, I think the only thing you may find trouble with on the workstation is routing, if you plan to use it for that. In most woods that I have tried routing, you get to much wandering and the line isn’t straight even if you take all day making the cut. Other than that it’s an excellent tool! 
 

Wonderful job on the build so far, look forward to seeing more!

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3 hours ago, Keithbrad80 said:

Excellent work on your long boat! Once the inside detail is put in you probably won’t notice that spot at the stern. 
 

the flex shaft is something I have been looking at recently. I think I’ll wait for your review before I purchase my own lol. I do have the workstation and it has been really helpful. I used to have to a full size floor drill press, but lost that in a fire a while back, I think the only thing you may find trouble with on the workstation is routing, if you plan to use it for that. In most woods that I have tried routing, you get to much wandering and the line isn’t straight even if you take all day making the cut. Other than that it’s an excellent tool! 
 

Wonderful job on the build so far, look forward to seeing more!

Thanks Bradley!!

 

I have not yet used the flexshaft, and I'm still waiting for the workstation to arrive. Not sure on when I'll use these for this build since majority of woodwork has been done, but they will definitely come in handy for future projects!

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