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Well, since going back to school a couple of years ago, I've had to put my modeling on hold.  I have been lurking on the site from time to time however, which has been a nice respite from my studies.   Now that school is starting to wind down, I'm able to lurk a little more, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I've decided to re-build my log from the pre-crash era, even though I won't be able to perform any solid modeling for a while yet; just having the log back up will be immensely satisfying.  I'm going to try and post relevant pics in a sequential order, and any pics which seem like they might be of help to others. 

 

Enjoy, and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.   I am going to be very rusty once I start her again, and will probably need guidance in order to make sure I don't mistakenly wander down the wrong path!

 

Alan

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I'm including this pic as it shows how rough the hull initially looked.  Since I knew I'd be painting everything, I took a very lazy stance towards really treating each section as it's own project, and pretty much threw planks and glue at the thing figuring I'd sand everything to shape later.  Was this lazy? yes.    Did it really save time at the end?  Well, it's now 2014 and the ship still isn't done.  I think it's safe to say my "timesaving" planking approach didn't really yield a lot of benefit. :D

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Deck is done.   I remember that I used a black Sharpie marker to color the edges of the planks before gluing them in.  This created a very nice effect once the planks were installed and sanded, BUT the ink from the Sharpie reacted with a Mastic I applied to the deck, which required me to resand.  It ended up fine, but was very scary for a while.  Lesson learned:  Always test paints/stains/inks on scrap pieces first...  

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Another thing that will help is to use a scraper instead of sandpaper.  The sandpaper will lightly tear the small fibers and might spread the caulking.  Scraping is like using a sharp razor.  It shaves the fibers and as a result will not affect the caulking.  it will also polish the deck

David B

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Creating the cannons (cannonades? carronades?  I can't remember :huh:) was really fun.  I turned a master in my mini-lathe, then created a mold.  The metal is pewter.  The other cannons shown are for my Lexington which is also collecting dust.  I think I'll finish the Syren first, then the Lex, then the Confederacy.  I also have a tiny model I've been fiddling with in my spare time.  And of course the Triton.  And YES.  I know if I'd focused on one project at a time, one of them would be done by now.  I just couldn't resist starting each project as it came down the pike!

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David, that is an outstanding point!  It also seems like scraping can really give a nice polish effect as well.  Definitely fun to experiment with sanding vs scraping.

 

Hmm.. tried to quote David's message and respond... But it didn't work...  Looks like I'll have a learning curve with the new site as well as getting back into the groove with modeling. lol

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Thanks guys!  I've got a LOT of catching up to do!

 

I did run across another pic on my system.  I've periodically snuck in time here and there to sand little "shingles" for the quarter galleries.  I'm not quite sure whether to sand them down flatter, round the edges over on each, or quite what to do.  You guys wouldn't believe how small they are.  About the only way I can work on them is to gently hold them in tweezers, and use a very fine sandpaper to shape them.  I'm about 4/5 finished with the one, and the other is about halfway done.

 

I'm basically working my way down on these, trying to make them as ornate as my skills will allow.  I'm thinking of using microscope cover slides for the window sections..Perhaps hollowing the structure out from the back.... My goal is to have every surface on these be of pear for consistency... The pear also matches the stern ornamentation and the figurehead.  I don't seem to have pics of my stern ornamentation to show for comparison against the rest of the planking, but I'll work on getting a few more pics up.

 

Alan

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Thanks guys. It's a pretty fun mini project working on these things.

 

Not much to report today.  I was able to squeeze in a quick bit of time to cut off the lower portions of the "ugly" wood, and sand the "shingle" area down. I think I'll finish the "shingling", then glue it to the new pear base, after it is constructed.  Then I'll start work on the window and lower sections.

 

I'm intending on using a mild acrylic black wash on the quarter galleries in their entirety when they are finished, in order to match the method I used on the stern decoration way back when.  I think that method will also be used on the figurehead when she is done, so every pear component matches in color/look/feel.

 

I'm still not sure whether or not to round the shingles.  at this point I think it's the right thing to do, but I know once that process is started, there is no turning back, and if I foul it up, a LOT of time will have been for naught.  Rounding the shingles will also give me the opportunity to correct/disguise the uniformity errors with a few of them and help to make all of them to appear to be as symmetrical as possible. 

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Hey guys,

 

I was able to sneak into the garage today and get some work done on the carronades!  Does anyone remember which Syren builder simulated the elevation rod in his carronades by using a threaded rod?   For the life of me, I can't figure out where to get a threaded rod that small.  

 

Alan

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