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USS Constitution by Hipexec - FINISHED - Constructo - Wood - 1:82


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Constructo doesn't make it easy. I have to look in numerous places to figure out where and how each line goes. I have to refer to the outside websites all if you have provided me, also. I even had to cut and paste several of Constructo's drawings since one half of the bowsprit was on one sheet and the other half on another drawing! Who says model ship building was easy? I feel like a detective.

 

I have some issues figuring out where lines go for rigging the Carmen, and it's a much simpler ship.  I can only imagine how terrible Constructo's plans are for a square rigged ship.

 

Good luck Rich!

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Hi Rich

Glas to see that you are still going so well with your build.  She is looking more beautiful by the day!!  I have a question about some thumbnails on your build pages 13 14 and 15.  It seems that I am unable to open some of them.  Is there something I can do other that what I have been doing ( clicking on the thumbnail to open)??  Any help would be great, as I am going to be working on the same areas in a day or so and would like to be able to see how you tackeled the steps at that point.

Thanks

Coastie96 (Dave)

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At the museum, most of the model you are all building were there. most looked scratch built and old. Some were very big like 7 feet long. One exhibit was the prison ship models made of carved bone scraps by the prisoners on the infamous British prison ship during the American Revoltuion. They were astonishing! It was dificult to take photos because of the lighting so I show a few where the lighting was okay.

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I've been experimenting how to make the rolled hammocks to fill the hammock nets. Four different attempts proved awful. This one has some promise. I rolled tightly some soil cloth taken from my garden supplies and bent it in two and tied it with some white thread. They might be a bit too tall but I think I'm in the ballpark. What do you all think. Also, I'll take any and all suggestions.

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I've been experimenting how to make the rolled hammocks to fill the hammock nets. Four different attempts proved awful. This one has some promise. I rolled tightly some soil cloth taken from my garden supplies and bent it in two and tied it with some white thread. They might be a bit too tall but I think I'm in the ballpark. What do you all think. Also, I'll take any and all suggestions.

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I finished a section of hammock nets. I roiled, folded and tied each hammock just like they showed the sailors of old did it. Now I'll "tweak" them to get them to look good. I think I'm only doing one of the four hammock stanchion sections just to show how the ship was rigged when it went into combat. I think if I stuff all the stanchions with hammocks it will block some viewing of the deck.

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Tim,

Here's a picture of the netting Constructo provided in the kit. It was very hard to work with. It came in the box folded in a square. The creases did not want to come out, so I had to work hard  to get clean runs for the stanchions. It's made out of plastic. Perhaps some real netting made of cloth would work better.

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