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USS Constitution by BRiddoch - Model Shipways - Scale 1:76


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Thank you Bob for deciding to re-post.  I followed your build previously and think it's fantastic.  I was thinking of you when the site went dark as one of the folks who certainly faced MAJOR adverisity.  I recalled your mishap in bringing the ship out for a meeting and, coupled with the fact that your log was one of the stalwarts of the old forum, I didn't know if you'd come back.

 

I applaud your effort.  Enjoy your coffee.

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Thanks Jim.

 

  Here I have planked the transom and stepped the masts along with making the hatch frames.  I ordered Swiss Pear from Jeff at Hobby Mill to manufacture the hatches.  Top quality stuff as always from Jeff. 

 

                 Bob R.

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Completed deck planking and applied stain.  The stain was a mixture of black and brown paint applied as a wipe.  Once the deck was complete it was time to install the bulwark rivets.  The rivets were purchased from the Tichy Train Group and are .035".  Each rivet hole was individually drilled using a #77 Drill Bit (actually, about 20 drill bits).  Bulwarks were then painted that distictive Constitution green.

 

    Bob R.

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Started installing the cap rails.  Got some nice boxwood from Jeff Hayes.  I wanted a harder wood to make the groove details in the rails.  Once the rails were installed, upper bulwark was planked, riveted, and painted.

 

               Bob R.

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Glad you are back. I'll be following Mr. Hunt practicum as well and your experience with it starting in about a year or so. I'm half way through the Mamoli Rattlesnake using Bob's practicum. So as soon as I take a small breather from that when it's complete, I'm off to the races again. Watching you follow him should help me.

 

Keep up the wonderful work and photgraphs

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