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Thank you for your interest! Don't worry, I will finish my Syren, every little detail of it, and will continue posting as well. In the moment only 'a lot of life' is getting in my way and progress is very slow. This hopefully will change again in the future, at the latest once I retire from work 😉

 

Thomas

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Well, it has been a while since my last update . . .

 

Currently progress is very slow. I built a nicer stand for my model (images 1 – 3) following Chuck’s initial example on his Syren. I also experimented with hanging my jolly boat from the rear davits and noticed a few things:

-        If I hang the jolly boat ready to be lowered it does not cover up the stern carvings and its details are displayed best (images 4 – 8).

-        Although I have some pear wood accents on my Syren model, building the whole jolly boat out of pear wood does not match the color scheme of my Syren and looks far too dark (images 4 and 5).  So I had to rebuild the jolly boat a second time using bass wood with box wood accents. Image 9 shows the work in progress.

 

Thomas

 

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Pear fits perfectly for me i take it.  Good planned Thomas 😁

 

great job ! Stay safe! 
 

Dirk

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Looks just great, Thomas. I'm amazed that you were willing to make another one. Looking forward to seeing it in final finish.

 

Mike

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Thank you very much for your kind comments and all the likes! I wasn't aware that there was so much demand for jolly boats 😊!

 

Thomas

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Looking great.  I am close to the point of restarting my Syren after a few years away and would look to yours as well as Jesse's to help move forward.

Richard 

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Thomas your work is an inspiration to me of how to make a kit artwork. Many things you've done have shown me how to improve a kit.

 

Thanks for your posts

Will

 

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Woohoo it is so great to see you back at it Thomas. Such an outstanding build and a real inspiration for me with mine. Hey maybe I inspired you to get back at it (pats self on back)  :)  Thank you for sharing and all the help. Cheers ~

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And here is my final version of the jolly boat. It was built pretty much the same way as its pear wood predecessor. The major difference is the choice of wood:  the planking and floor was built out of bass wood to match the color scheme of the Syren, the framing, seats, oar locks, and knees consist of box wood. Unfortunately as Chuck’s Syren shop did no longer sell box wood I had to mill the necessary boxwood strips (1/32”x1/32” and smaller) on my own. Images 1 and 2 show the framing and planking, the construction of the floor and the mounting of the breast hook.  The straight edges of the seats were “premilled”  (img 3) before I cut out the seats with a hack saw.  Curved edges were done with a metal profile (img 4 shows the making of such a profile) or by cutting out the curved part, reducing it in size a little bit and tracing it (img 5). In images 6 and 7 the construction of the gratings and the milling of the needed parts can be seen. Image 8 depicts the making of the oar locks and the boat hook. And the last 2 images show the finished boat with oars, rudder, and boat hook.

 

Thomas

 

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Wow, truly outstanding!  It had been quiet for a while, I was wondering what you were up to.

Fantastic looking jolly boat.  One of the best I've seen at that size.

What does it scale to.  Is it supposed to be 16' in full scale?  What did you use for plans/formers?

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Just in awe of your work Thomas, and thankyou for showing the details.  These would be amazing at twice the size, what you've achieved at 1:64 is just incredible.  Definite eye-candy, pleasure to watch your continued progress.

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Fantastic ! A little gem ! Thank you for sharing the steps of the build.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments and all the likes! And Dowmer, yes, the boat would scale back to 16' full scale. The basic design goes back to a jolly boat kit from Master Korabel, which only has the disadvantage to come in the wrong scale (1:72) and the wrong wood (pear veneer). I described this in some more detail in my contribution of August last year. I first built the boat from the kit as prototype, followed with the correct-sized scratch-built pear wood version (too dark) and finally finished up with a scratch-built version of correct size and correct wood. There should be a simpler way to do this 😉

 

Thomas 

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