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I'm going to stick with the Holly Patrick, but in the end, you have only to please yourself. 

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I vote for Maple......

I think that Holly has to much a yellow shine ( I don't know how to explain it otherwise )

 

Sjors

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Your gonna wish you never asked this question mate.

 

I like both but seeing them oiled up has made me change my mind, MAPLE.

 

Whichever you choose will look good.

 

Be Good

 

mobbsie

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I'm completely happy with using maple for the deck planking. The admiral also weighed in on the question and she thinks the maple looks nicer as well. Since I was unable to decide on my own I appreciate everyone giving me their opinion. I will start ripping off maple planking then.

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Patrick,

 

What type of saw do you rip planks with and if you had the opportunity to select the type saw again would you pick a different type? Somewhere in the future I can see myself cutting my own planks and have read some people use a band saw and others a table saw. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. I do not currently have a power saw for ship building, leaning toward a table saw since it seems so versatile. I thought a decent saw and planer would round out my needs when I'm ready to jump to that level of building.

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Patrick, very nice build you have going.  I salute you and the other Conny builders who are actually framing the gun deck, rear windows, transom etc.  This is a much more accurate approach to what I've done, which is the MS kit way.  I wish I had done what you're doing but I'm much to far along now to tear it out start over.  The transom and windows on mine will never look quite right, no matter how hard I try...

 

Keep up the good work!

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Larry, I use a full size table saw to rip billets with lengths of 12-18" and the width of 2-3" and with a height that will be the final width of the planks. I take this billet and then rip it on the little Proxxon table saw in 1/16" thicknesses. The results are nice but it is time consuming for sure.

 

Wes, thanks for looking in and thanks for the encouragement.

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It's been a while for a post. I had to go back to page 12 to find my log. Work is new and I'm getting adjusted to it. Also, most of the progress isn't Earth shattering. It's mostly just framing gun ports and some planking.

 

The gun ports were all framed in a 15 mm x 13 mm size. It's uniform and easy to follow. It might now be what Model Shipways had on their plans but hey, this model is dating back to 1803 at the latest so who's to say that the size of these openings hadn't changed a little bit. They are all framed up on the starboard side. The port side is next. I also couldn't resist the planking above the wales. I just had to do it. I'm not following any particular planking scheme either. I feel that the scale won't lend itself to showing individual planks and the hull will be painted over anyway. Like my Niagara, I want a perfectly smooth hull, hence the reason why I'm not sweating the planking too much. I also got the transom filled in. The port side gallery is starting to take shape as well, and the waterways are complete for the gun deck. I will finish framing up the port side gun ports and plank that area. Once that's done I will start work on the deck. I am going to go with maple planking and have just purchased a 13" bench planer that ought to help get some planking billets into the proper thickness. I hope you enjoy the pictures. As always, feel free to point and yell about any critical areas that could use more attention.

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The gun-ports, planking, and stern are looking great Patrick! Glad to see you're back at it!

 

Cheers

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Nice to see it all coming together, Patrick.

 

A question (which I think I know the answer to) ...

Will you be havin' six windows ... or eight ??

 

(PS: I'm still interested in any plans you made for the stern supports, if they are available to the general public)

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Thanks for the likes and comments to all. CaptainSteve, I will scan those in and send them to you. If you guessed eight windows then you were absolutely correct. I'm going with the configuration that Cmdr Martin describes in A Most Fortunate Ship. There is a good picture of the stern in Anatomy of the Ship and I have a drawing of the stern that was made by William Bass. Bass's drawings don't match up exactly with what is in AOTS and are supposed to be a more authentic representation of what she would have looked like, but the drawing doesn't apply easily to the the back of Connie either. I will making more of a hybrid of the AOTS and Bass's drawing.

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