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Niagara 1813 by JustBlowinInTheWind - Model Shipways - 1:64 - First build


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Not sure which black plate you're talking about, but if you are referring to the horseshoe shaped one at the front of the sled, that was drawn on with a Sharpie. Always looking for the easy way out.

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The hawse pipe is for the anchor cable to penetrate the bulkhead. The other end goes into a chain locker, & they pull it up with the capstan. But it has to be able to go outboard of the ship, thus the hawse pipe. In answer to your question, yes, it goes all the way through.

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Cool, thanks. I couldn't find a good picture in your log. Probably there, just didn't see it.

 

What did you use for the pipe? I don't have any 1/8" ID anything. Did you drill a hole in the center of a dowel? I did that for the axels on the 2 cannon, but boy was it tough.

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I don't have my prints handy any more (I've packed them away), so I'm not sure which sheaves (pronounced "shivs") you are talking about, but I suspect you are referring to the ones in the sides. Sheave is another name for a block. In this case, they are built into the sides. Lines traverse through the holes & the sheaves facilitate the hauling of them. One person suggested cutting a square hole & inserting a wire ring to simulate the pulley. Or you could probably just drill a hole & pass the line through it. Not many people would call you out on that.

 

Do you need them? I cut them into the sides & then never used them. I rigged with the yards down & no sails. If you are putting in sails, you probably do need them.

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I'm working on the capstan. Page 20 in the book, details 3-d on page 3 of the plans. How does one make the black metal ring on top? Looking at Laxet's, it doesn't look like it's painted on... Can't begin to imagine how to make that.

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It's not painted. I took a small circle cutter & cut it out of thin sheet plastic. The bolt heads are glue. They didn't come out as good as I would have hoped. I never got around to making the star in the middle & eventually just forgot about it.

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Thanks for the kind words. I was pretty pleased myself considering (as I've said a hundred times here) it's my first wood ship ever. Next one will be even better. I've learned a ton here.

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She's looking good, Brian. I could be wrong (because I did it wrong on my ship) but verify with the prints the orientation of the main grating (forward of the main mast). I believe it should run fore/aft & not athwartship. I don't have my prints handy.

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Thanks for the nice words. Glad I didn't glue them down yet, you're right. Hope I remember when the time comes to make them permanent:) Putting a small rectangle in the center of where it goes to remind me.

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Working on the quarter boats, I use the bottom lift for a template for filing on the 2nd lift...ect. See how close to the edge the outline is on the 3rd lift? I knew that was a bad idea and didn't file nearly that close. Never the less, I have a gap. The only thing I can think of is to fill the inside with wood filler. Otherwise I'll end up with a large hole surrounded by paper. The other boat is the same way.

 

The laser cut pcs. are no where near the plans. Even filling with wood filler makes me uneasy. Not at all sure of the results might be.

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So, here's where we're at. The boats were worse than the dead-eyes.

 

I know that's not how the wire around the dead-eyes is supposed to look, but this was easier and, at this point, I don't care. Come January I'll have 2 years into this beast. I figure she'll be done some time around 2021.

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Seeking advice. I have all the grating and sky lights/companionway..etc. done but have not mounted them yet. Should I install all the fife-rails before or after the buildings? I don't want to be fighting myself for finger room. I aim to install all the eye bolts near the fife rails before installing the fife rails them selves for the same reason.

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