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Brig Fair American circa 1780 by Pete Jaquith - Model Shipways - 1:48 scale


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Continuing the upper hull outfit, attention turned to fabrication and dry fitting of the bowsprit, bowsprit bitts, fore bitts, and the jibboom:

  • Bowsprit assembly was completed.  This is an interesting assembly with lots of fine period details.
  • Jibboom fabrication was completed.
  • Bowsprit bitts were fabricated from 3/32” sheet stock and 1/8” sq. stock.  Bowsprit bitts were doweled to the inboard end of the bowsprit.
  • Fore bitts were fabricated from 1/16” x 1/8” and 3/32” x 1/8” strip wood.
  • Bowsprit and fore bitt deck attachments were reinforced with 3/64” dowel pins.
  • The bowsprit notch was cut in the forward bulwark and the bowsprit, bowsprit bitts, and fore bitts were dry fitted to the hull.  This step included a 3/32” extension to the stem to conform with the 3/32” added to the bulwark height to suit the cannon ports.
  • After completing the above tasks, the knightheads and timberheads were installed on the forward bulwarks.

 

To facilitate hull painting and inner bulwark attachments the catheads will be installed after hull painting; and, the bowsprit, bowsprit bitts, and fore bitts will be installed after fitting inner bulwark attachments and the cannons.  The jibboom will be installed later during the rigging phase.  Next steps will continue with construction of the cheek knees and head framing.

 

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Thank you for your interest.  This model was started in 2010 and was put in layup from 2012 thru 2018 while I pursued a series of full scale shipbuilding projects in the US and overseas.  "Fair American" makes a beautiful model, and with time being available I opened it up and despite two moves (Hancock NH to San Diego CA to Indio CA) I found it in good shape.

 

While working along, progress is limited by the following:

  •    My eyes are not what they used to be, now awaiting new glasses
  •    My shop temperature is good in the early morning (72-75 degrees F), but it raises to mid-80's in the afternoon (outside summer temperature 102 - 118 F).
  •    My attention span wain is limited after 3-4 hours work

That said, I plan to keep working and I should be into hull paint and final exterior details in the coming weeks.

 

 

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Tim,

 

Its very good to hear from you.  I miss all my good friends in the Newburyport and the Constitution Ship Model Guilds.  Since I am working back into ship modeling I will try to keep up through MSW.  I hope to finish "Fair American" 1st and then check out the status of "Newsboy" (crated since my move in 2013); we will see where is goes after these two builds.  Please say hello to my many friends in Newburyport and Boston. 

 

Regards,

Pete

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With bowsprit fabrication complete; attention turned to the cheek knees and head framing.  As this is a complex area, additional care was placed on its fabrication:

  • Templates for the stem, head rails, and middle rails were prepared to assist in visualizing the arrangement.
  • Figurehead was dry fitted to the stem (casting from the kit).
  • Cheek knees were fabricated/installed from 1/16” and 1/8” sheet stock.  Cheek knees were fabricated in 3 pieces with final shaping done in position.

 

Next step, fabrication and initial installation of head framing and the remaining exterior outfit planned prior paint.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

 

 

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I am working my way through lofting the head framing.  This is a complex area with many curved pieces and dimensions that requires real study and evaluation.  I have completed fabrication of the major pieces but installation and fine tuning still awaits. I will post a description and pictures at successful completion.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete

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With the cheek knees complete; attention turned to fabrication and installation of head framing and the remaining exterior outfit planned for installation prior paint:

  • Head rails were fabricated/dry fitted.  Head rails were fabricated from 3/32” laminated stock (3 layers of 1/32” sheet stock).
  • Middle rails were fabricated/dry fitted from 1/16” sheet stock.  Wire pins were used to reinforce the middle rail hull attachment.
  • With the head and middle rails temporally pinned in place, the head rail knees were fabricated/installed in two pieces (to simplify fitting) from 1/16” sheet stock.
  • Fore tack boomkins were fabricated/dry fitted from 1/8” sheet stock.  Wire pins were used to reinforce the boomkin hull and head rail attachments.
  • With the head framing defined, the hawse holes were located and drilled out.
  • At his point, the transom trim was installed (photo etch from Lauck Street Shipyard).

 

The head framing is one of the more complex portions of the build.  Artistic license and patience were required for its construction.  After hull paint, gold paint pens will be used to highlight its many intricate features.

 

Final installation of the head rails, middle rails, and figurehead will follow hull painting.  Final installation of the fore tack boomkins will await the rigging phase.  Next step, exterior hull painting.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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A few more details added before we head to the paint shed:

  • Rudder chain pad eyes were added to the counter and rudder post.  Rudder chain final installation will follow completion of exterior hull outfit when the model can remain securely in its construction cradle (note that I may use larger chain next time).
  • Quarter badge windows were framed with .03 sq. stock.  The window frames were assembled on double sided tape and secured in place with CA glue.

 If you are familiar with the “Fair American” design, you may have noticed that I have taken certain liberties with the design and that I am free to add new details based on period practice.  In other words, I look at ship modeling as an art and an opportunity for the builder to express his/her interpretation of how these historic period ships looked in their prime.  I hope that you enjoy watching my 14 Gun Brig “Fair American” as it develops.

 

Sorry for the picture quality.  Next step, move to the paint shed for exterior hull painting.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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Milestone Achieved.  With the Brig Fair American hull outfit well along, a major milestone was reached with completion of exterior hull painting.  The following notes apply:

  • Head rails, figurehead, catheads, gangway steps, chain plates & channel caps, gunport hinges, quarter badges, and rudder were left loose to facilitate masking and painting
  • Paint was Model Expo Marine Acrylics (Hull Tallow, Hull Yellow Occre & Hull Spar Black) and Floquil Polly Scale (AT&SF Red)
  • Masking was done with Tamiya masking tape
  • Gold trim was done with Deco Color Prime-Premio gold metallic paint pens

 With a search on eBay I was able to purchase some Floquil Polly Scale AT&SF Red to match the previously painted inner bulwarks.  While some paint touchup was required, I am pleased with the end result.

 

Next steps will continue installation of exterior hull outfit starting with the rudder, rudder gudgeons, keel trim, and completion of the head structure.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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With the Brig Fair American hull painting complete, construction continued with installation of lower hull outfit:

  • Rudder was painted and installed
  • Rudder gudgeons were fabricated and installed (strips of painted Bristol board)
  • Keel and horseshoe plates were installed (from Syren Ship Model Company)

 Next steps will continue installation of exterior hull outfit with completion of the head structure.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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