popeye the sailor Posted November 7, 2013 Share #1 Posted November 7, 2013 where do I begin..........this project was to be well under way by now, but the way thing panned out, it has had a very rocky start. I had thought of the concept during the build of the M&M fun ship, and my idea was to build three ships.......one of them was to see if there was a market for such a thing. during all this time, I've come up with a few more ideas, so I am going to do them with different ideas......three different concepts, and see which one works best. as the title implies, they will have a holiday theme.....being careful not to offend anyone. it is my hope that everyone enjoys the construction and creative aspects. we turn the dial of the way-back machine back to December of 2012........I was planning on starting it then. I had cut the keel parts for two of them, and the ribs for the first one. my plan was to begin at this point. the hulls of these boats will be modeled, based on the Billing's kit Boulogne Etaples. the hull parts were traced from the parts panels........sadly, the panels did not survive the tracing of the rest of the parts. I had begun to assemble the first keel. I had made up the stern parts for all three, but did not use them all. to save money on wood, I purchased a 4' x 4' square 3/16 oak plywood panel, later to be stripped out and used for the rest of the parts. I ended up making another stern part for the third keel, so it would be of the same thickness. the project stopped for a while.........until May of this year. I assembled the keel for the second ship, but not much else. it was not long after this picture was taken, that the plywood was purchased.........and stripped out a bit later than that. a couple of weeks ago, the admiral asked me about them, suggesting that I should get busy on them, if I want them for the holidays. of course, I laughed........and told her that they would not be done this year, perhaps next season would be more realistic. the panels were traced out last week......and the parts were cut out this past Tuesday. at this point, two of the hull frames are assembled, and the third is on the slip. I should have an update on this build soon. and.......what's life without a few chiggers in it. things have been rather hectic around the house lately.......we are about to make a move to the third floor of our apartment house........purely a financial move. so I may be a bit silent here and there, until these hulls are planked, and we can get past the crazy stuff. I can clear my mind of all these ideas......but the most important thing, to finally get this project of the ground and on the move I had such a good time with the M&M build, that I really wanted to get into another one. it was so easy to come up with this concept......and the directions that these ships can take, is endless. for the moment, the directions will not be brought into it......the construction of the hulls will come first..........but I will mention that the deck layouts will be different to suit their subjects. this is big.........an armada of holiday vessels.......I hope you enjoy what is to come. trippwj, Mirabell61, mtaylor and 10 others 13 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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