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


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Bob,

Thanks for the photos.  I have been saving everything (237 ea.), which will be a geat addition to the parcticum.

By the way, are folks aware that a complete set of the restoration engineering drawing are available from the Boston Navel District.  The drawings include everything from the keel to the Captain's cutlery and furntiure.  The CD only cost about $30.

 

Keep up the great work,

Bob

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Constructed the head rails. Third head rail was the most difficult due to the turns it has to make.  I used basswood stock to construct these rails which are formed from three separate pieces.  The second rail is pretty straightforward.  Once the second rail is installed I built the timbers and finally installed the third rail.

 

            Bob R.

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In December of 2012 while driving from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend the monthly SMA meeting, disaster struck.  The Constitution decided to leave the backseat and attempt to get in the from seat...it failed.

 

            Bob R.

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Continued with transom trim.  I had the chance to use a bit of actual Constitution in the base of the towing bridals.  Ships name plate installed.  Transom complete.

 

        Bob R.

 

[sHOCKED PAUSE AS BOB RE-BUILDS]

 

In memory of MSW1, may I just say ......

 

"Bob, I'm not an American, but even I felt like belting out a few bars of the 'Star-Spangled Banner' with THAT little kit-bash." 

 

'Oh! Say can you seeeeeeeeeeee ... '

:dancetl6:

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I was not aware of this until just now Bob. You must have had the shock of your life. I guess you did not run into anything else while driving under the influence of shock. Please say you are going to fix the damage.

 

Sorry I just saw your post above that you have fixed the damage.

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The disaster happened on a Wednesday.  The following Saturday repairs began.  I was able to salvage the stem which broke off fairly clean.  I was also able to save the cheeks and rails.  I rebuilt the timbers using boxwood which allowed for much cleaner lines.  Head was replanked and the unique white trim which defines the Constitution was reapplied.

 

                  Bob R.

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Last week I drilled out and installed the hawse ports.  This is how she sits as of last Saturday.  I am currently on travel in the Bremerton, WA. area till Friday.  I plan on starting copper plating this coming weekend before I head off to Japan for 6 weeks.

 

           Bob R.

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