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The third ship to be named USS Enterprise, was a

schooner, built by Henry Spencer at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1799, whose command
was given to Lieutenant John Shaw. This ship was overhauled and rebuilt several
times, effectively changing from a twelve gun schooner to a fourteen gun
topsail schooner and eventually to a brig rigged ship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Building Guide on the construct of this famous
ship. ENTERPRISE

 

 

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Keel laid 26/12/2012 1835:

 

After spending good few hours Christmas day,
reading the manual and the plans. I’m ready to begin, but the wife had other
plans, I could not start until she went to work the next day. :(

 

Although I knew I had this kit (I was with her
when she brought it, just to make sure it was the right one). J

 

This is the first wooden kit i have ever built i have built a few wooden planes when I was a kid, and Plastic kits. So we shell she how this goes.

 

Keel was a little warped socked it in a little
hot water and waited it for a few hours for try get the warp out, not pined it
on the plinth of wood (for storage) Ribs glued and checked for squareness.

 

Only problem I have come up with yet, and I have
re read the manual a few times over is the 5mm holes needed for the mast. Do I
Pre drill before a plank the deck? 

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Not sure what I wrote for these Pictures, I'll prob edit this later

 

But as you can see I planked the deck and the poop deck, I did not really like it as I read the manual wrong, I cut the strips 60mm instead of the 100mm. 

 

From past comments and we discussed the will be a lot of activity on the deck not to really notice. Although I was tempted to go in to costa and borrow a few of the little wood stirrers. :P

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These next group of Pictures are of the first layer of hull planking. It did not go to plan. I Glued the stem to soon I managed to cut it out. fill and re attach. 

 

Was not trying to ruch, More thought it would be better to plank to it for a neater edge.

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Here I marked out the hull for the water ways and the gun port holes, follows by a very long two days pre drilling the holes cutting and and filing .... Never agian.. Well Till Next Ship.. Not sure really what I should save for? 

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Well this week Im on call, so just have to sit down do a little bit as I might get called out, I have managed to start the gallant rails. 

 

All though i had to take them off again as the 2x2mm strips  x3 each side needed to cover rough tree timbers, but was not that level to the edge the upper wales. Ill sand that and re paint.

 

once the glue drys tomorrow ill up load  a picture or two. before i sand it.

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Rich,

Good to see you back. She is coming along nicely. At this rate I will be following in your footsteps!! I know what you mean about the gun ports, if I had to do it over I think I would try to frame them in as I planked.

Sam

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Last few days been playing with the lower wales, and when i mean playing, getting a little stressed. :(   placed them, taped them, got up Friday before work about 0630, tea in hand, stopped looked at the box, back at the box realized, that i had not placed it in the right place, Darn it!!.

 

Stripped it off before work using my caliper Micrometer, measured of the drawing and i was out in the middle by a few mm. did make a difference.

 

I did notice that the water way would be covered before i moved the Lower wales, But now they show again, Whats best to try and hide them?

 

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Rich,

Looking good my friend.  I have been traveling for work and haven't been able to rebuild my build log yet.  I should be able to get it up and running by next week.  

 

Haven't made too much progress on my build because of the travel, i am about 1/2 way thru the first planking of the hull.

 

Question for you:  I couldn't tell from the instruction manual what would stock to use on the 2nd planking?  I am thinking it should be the .5MM thick Sapelly.  The first planking is done with the 2mm think Sapelly.... but on page 26 it appears as though it instructs to use the 2MM Sapelly....what did you do?  I'm lost.

 

Thanks,

Shawn

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Hey Shawn, Nice to see you back, I did reply before the big crash.

 

Yes i use the 0.4mm x 6mm strips for the second layer, If I remember you asked about the stem. I did place this before i planked the first layer but then removed it filled it with the same side wood i use on the first layer, then put it back on, sanded the hull to fit to a good point, (sanded the entire hull to a smooth finish, then layered the second layer up to the stem, to keep the nice cut shape.

 

hope this makes sense, if not let me know

 

Regards Rich

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Nice progress Rich.

Those pins look like they are a challenge. 

I wish I could sit in front of the TV and work like that. We have a nine month old kitten who gets into everything and a 55 pound German Pointer who thinks he is a lap dog. Working away from my desk is right out.

Sam 

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Hi Sam,

 

Some times it can be a challenge just to sit there all day or night, only if the wife is at work really, but then again at times even if she is here, Although it costing me a small fortune in 1000pc Jigsaws, to occupy her,  we also have a 9month old beagle pup. and he is hyper most of the time.. just like a young child, So know what you mean.. 

 

Hows the build,??

 

Rich

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Well busy day in the dry doc today the team and me, Well more Me!  managed to get the Hatch Coamings done.

 

In the parts department a few damaged items so have been unable to build the Head Rails and the Braces, Well in the contraction they got damaged, so waiting on the delivery of new stock and some new 0.6, 0.8, 1.0 mm drill bits.  so really cant to much more till it arrives. 

 

((does anyone know if 0.6mm Drill bit is small enough or do i need smaller?))

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Rich,

What are the drill bits for?? As for my build, stagnating.... work has been keeping me pretty busy since mid January. 10-12 hour days 7 days a week. We are supposed to finish tonight, then I can start building again.

Sam

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HI Sam, Well I sure do hope you get build time soon, I do get a lot more spare time with my new job. drill bits are for the " pin rails"  cant make them as the drill bits have not arrived. 

 

Rich

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Question for all, Need a little advice / Help As per the Manual-(picture) How to I Bend form the Head Rails and the Braces. I have tried to soak the wood and slowly bend the wood, cut and shape the wood but nothing came out right.

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After a lot of online reading and searching I have made the 3rd attempt at the head rails bits. Used the wife hair straighteners, dipped the wood in water for a minute or two, repeated until the curves matched the drawing.

 

I don't think that came out to bad at all, condescending.

 

after looking at these pictures im going to spend the next few days cleaning up the paint work. (somehow) looks good the light i have    ;)

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