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Gun rigging continued . . . 7 down and 11 to go :).

I am proceeding with the gun rigging in steps of 4 guns each to keep things interesting. Starting from the stern of the model it also allows to permanently mount all the deck furniture which will no longer be impacted by the rigging of the carronades, e.g. at the current stage the steering wheel with tackles, binnacle, and capstan (image 1). Image 2 shows the rigging of the steering tackles. I chose the method where both sides are rigged and the 2 ends of the rope combined underneath the steering wheel drum (see images 2 and 3). And to answer the obvious question of how these guns could be operated in such a confined space: in case of operation the tackles for the steering wheel were unhooked and the rudder operated via the tiller without wheel. That is also the reason for the shape of the tiller which has the length and the round end typical for direct manual operation. Image 4 shows some little add-ons to my Syren serving machine. It allows seizing very small eyes but also shows the potential for other simple modifications which will come in handy when I move into the rigging phase of my model. Images 5 and 6 are some additional views of the current state of the model.

 

Thomas

 

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Thomas,

 

An information packed post!.  The work looks wonderful.  I'm awaiting my replacement plywood for this kit so when I do start I'll have your build to motivate me!.

 

I haven't used the Servomatic yet so I may be able to figure out how your mods play.  I'll ask later if I still can't figure it out.

 

Inspiring.

 

 

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Michael, Doug, Rich, Dirk, Steve, thank you for your kind comments! And thanks for all the likes!

- Doug, I really like the Syren Servomatic. It took me a while to get it fine tuned to a point where it ran very smoothly. The brass tube design makes it easy to fabricate all kinds of inserts which allow the serving of special parts such as seized eyes, blocks, etc. Once I get to that point it will be interesting to design a 'mouse maker' :)

 

Thomas 

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Hi Tom, Great looking model.  How and when did you drill the holes through the keel for the mounting support posts and what diameter did you use? How will you secure them once the model is finished? 

 

Thanks  

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Jason, Chance, Richard, thank you for your interest and feedback! It is always highly appreciated!

Chance, I drilled the holes through the keel when the rough framing was just finished and I still had easy access to the keel. The diameter was determined by the width of the keel.  I inserted in each hole a 2 inch long brass pipe which went through the keel and way up into a basswood filler block. The 2 counterparts to these brass pipes were mounted on my stand. Each pair of brass pipes consisting of the piece in the keel and the piece on the stand were connected via a solid brass rod which fills the inside of the brass pipes. That makes for a pretty stable connection. Whether this will be the final stand solution is still undecided. But these holes are not visible and they give me a lot of options for the final stand design :)

 

Thomas

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Gun rigging continued . . . 11 down and 7 to go.

A little sign of life . . . with more guns being rigged additional deck furniture could be permanently mounted: the ladders, five rail, and pump. The deck starts to get a ‘finished’ look (images 1 - 4) :).

 

Thomas

 

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Hello Thomas,

 

I've been an irregular follower,or should I say lurker ;) You really have some smashing detailed deck furniture on your build. Wonderful work.

 

Cheers

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On 2/19/2013 at 3:50 AM, Gahm said:

Building of the rudder.

 

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Finished pintles and gudgeons.

 

 

Several views of Syren with mounted rudder:

 

 

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Building of the starboard quarter gallery.

 

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The windows are constructed out of birch veneer and bass wood (1). (2) shows three finished windows and the main gallery body, in which the windows are test-fitted (3) and finally mounted with separating columns (4). At the right side of image 4 the carvings of the lower gallery body are lined up. From top to bottom: chains, moldings, leafs. 5 shows the assembled gallery body. 6 depicts the carving of the side ornaments. 

 

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Images 7, 8 and 9 show the construction of the roof with the backplane carvings and the shingle body. The shingle body on the right side in image 9 (3rd carving attempt) was used for the final assembly.

 

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Different views of finished quarter gallery along with Chuck's plan and the metal casting from the Syren kit.

Hi Gahm...E X C E L L E N T build!!!!!!! I have the kit and it is prop my next one. Being in the study phase, I wonder if you know whats the use of the quarter galleries, since there is no space behind them on the deck, or any kind of door at least. Thanks for your time. Mike.

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Thank you for your kind comment, Mike! The quarter galleries on Syren had no functional purpose. They served as decorations and probably also to make the ship look more impressive when seen from the distance. Of course, this strategy did not help Syren much in the end ;)

 

Thomas

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I am finally finished with the gun rigging :huh:. The deck is pretty complete by now. I also started with the bowsprit as far as it was necessary to be able to finish the bowsprit bitts without having a bad surprise later on. Below is a selection of views of the current state of my Syren model. Btw, in image 8 it looks like the bowsprit is resting on the head of the figurehead. In reality this is not the case. But as the bowsprit bitts are not yet glued in they came lose during the time I made the photos and the bowsprit hit the head of the poor figurehead :).

 

Thomas

 

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So the figurehead got bumped ... the deck furnishings look pretty good, as does the gun tackles e.a. So what's next ...?

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