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USS Constitution by usedtosail - FINISHED - Model Shipways - scale 1/76


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I built a crate for the Constitution model so I could move it and store it until the new workshop is ready. I used 1x4s and 3/8" OBS sheets. I built it in six panels that are screwed together with long sheet rock screws, so that I can take it totally apart later and store it for future uses. I first attached the two side and back to the bottom. I then screwed the working cradle down to the bottom after carefully placing it so the model would be centered. I also put some extra screws to make sure it would not be able to turn on the lazy susan.

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I then carefully placed the model into the cradle. It fit nicely with plenty of room around it.

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I then screwed the front and the top on and it is now ready to move.

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We are moving to our condo on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire. Our house in North Reading, MA goes on the market next week. My last day of full time employment will be June 15, and we expect to be all moved by the end of June. Part of the condo we rent out on a weekly basis in the summer, and we already had it rented for this summer, so I won't be setting up my new workshop until September, after our last rental. We won't be renting anymore after this summer, so I have a really nice room overlooking the lake to set up the workshop. I was sure I was going to use a back bedroom, but my great wife suggested I use the room with a view. I am taking the summer off, then will be able to work part time for the company I am semi-retiring from, so not full time retirement yet.

 

There won't be much activity on this log for a while, although I am still making rope coils and rope for the braces, lower sheets and tacks, and the davit rigging. I have started packing up my current workshop but will save the rope walk and rope coil jig until last.

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Hi Tom - 

 

Best of success with the semi-retirement and the move.  I envy you your future workshop with a view of the lake.  Sweet!

 

As for straps, I have had good success - no movement and no damage - by taking some small-bubble bubble wrap and cutting a long, fairly wide strip which I roll into a strap.  This is run across the model amidships, maybe just aft of the boats, and held down with washers and screws to the base on either side.  This keeps the model from jumping in the base when/if your moving van hits a bump along the road.  The strap does not have to be very tight, just firm enough to prevent movement.  If you are worried about abrasion from the strap, a small piece of soft cloth along the rails will prevent that.

 

Whatever you decide, good luck and I hope to see your final progress soon.

 

Dan

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Thanks Popeye but I don't think that will be happening. I do plan to keep the crate, which I can disassemble into panels, in case I need to move another model in the future. The crate won't be moved for a few weeks yet, but we are having an open house next weekend and I didn't want to leave the model out in the open during it. I am in the process of packing up all the sharp tools for similar reasons. I am looking forward to joining you in the Granite State.

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I feel a need to update this log, just to keep connected with you all. As previously shown, the Constitution is all crated up and the crate sits in the garage, waiting to be moved when we move the furniture. The workshop has been packed up and all of the tools and supplies moved to a storage unit in NH. All that is left are the workbenches, which will also be moved with the furniture. I am still making rope coils and lengths of rope for the braces and davits, but I am about to run out things to do soon. We still have to pack up the rest of the house but not until we have a final moving date. We had open houses this weekend and the realtor says to expect a few offers tomorrow, so we may know something soon. I am keeping all fingers and toes crossed. Four weeks of work left before I retire, so things are winding down there too.

 

Have a great Memorial Day weekend to all of you who celebrate it. I will be getting the full size boat ready for the lake. In the mean time, i will be living vicariously through all your build logs until I can get back to modeling.

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Hi all. Just an update on the state of the move of my completed four models - one went to my daughter's condo, one to my son's apartment, and two to our NH home. My daughter's (Sultana) fit into the back seat of the truck no problem in the case, so that move went well. My son's (Beagle) was a different story. The case was too big to fit into the back seat, so I took the top off and took the model out. I placed the model on the front seat with some padding around it and it made it to his apartment with no problem. Luckily it was only about 10 miles away. The other two (Santisima Trinidad Cross Section and Dapper Tom) both fit in the back seat at the same time, so I only had to make one trip. We have a signed Purchase and Sale on our house, so we should close at the beginning of July. Only this week and next of work until I retire.

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Thanks Dave. It is really a semi-retirement, as I may be doing some part time work for my current employer after the summer. We shall see.

 

I think the next model will be the Dumas Cris Craft. I have been wanting to build it for some time, and there is no rigging to deal with.

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Hi Tom:
I have finally reached a point in my build where I need to spend more time researching and studying your work for personal guidance.  The mast assemblies are finally done and I am getting ready to begin adding strings.


At this point, my feeble efforts to make sense of the horrible Instruction Manual from Model Shipways is actually embarrassing for me.
I honestly don't know what I would do without the amazing logs provided by you and Ken.  I catch myself looking at your logs as if I have never built a model ship before.  I think I was completely spoiled by the instruction script of Chuck as I scratch built three of his models.  

 

So, I just wanted to say "hi" and a sincere "thanks".
I really look forward to the many hours I will be spending on your log in the weeks and months to come.
Dave  
 

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Thanks so much Dave. I stopped using the instructions long ago, and I was also spoiled by Chuck's. The rigging is a bit complicated and a few anchor points are not clear on the plans, but after I stared at them for a long time I was able to figure out where they should go. Good luck and I am still around to ask questions.

 

I moved the crate with my Constitution to the storage unit yesterday. I am not sure how well it survived the move, but I won't know until Sept. when I can move it to our new location. Hopefully any damage will be minor and fixable.

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I do appreciate the offer of assistance when needed.  Good to know you’ve got my six.

creating collars this morning and returning to numerous fixture details omitted in the course of building the spar deck.... like the cannon ball racks on some of the companionway coamings. 

Still much to do before I actually place the masts and begin adding string.

 

Cheers

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An "update" of sorts. The Connie model is still in its crate in the storage room, but with only 4 more weeks of the rental season I have been starting to put the workshop together in my head. Right after Labor Day I will get going on that. I am currently sitting outside looking at the lake having coffee, reading all your great build logs and jonesing to get back to work on mine.

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hey!......don't get used to that!  some of us are hav'in the DT's wait'in to see the big finish on that Connie of yours  ;)   glad your hav'in fun in your new place.......you ARE there......are you?!?!?!   I'm so green right now........I'll be 62 the end of August.  just knowing I still have a wait really fries my eggs!

 

look'in forward in seeing you put the finishing touches on that beautiful ship of yours  :) 

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We are getting close to being back into the new shop. Here are a couple of pictures of the space as it looks today. The shop light is installed and the TV will be mounted on the wall tomorrow. The workbenches and other stuff will be coming out of storage on Monday, as will the crate holding the Connie. I'll have pictures next week of uncrating her. I hope there won't be too much damage to address, if any.

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The kitchen area is left over from when this space was a summer rental. The fridge is now a beer fridge and the sink will be useful in the shop. Plus, there is storage space in the cabinets.

 

Although we thought we were retiring, my wife found a part time Kindergarten aid job 1/2 a mile from here, so she is back to work a few hours a day. When I left my job they asked if I would be willing to work part time from here, so I will be contacting them in a week or so, after I took the summer off. Semi-retirement still feels pretty good.

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