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


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Mugje,

 

Thanks for your interest.  Its been a long project as construction on this build started in October 2011.  "Fair American" construction was delayed from 2012 to 2019 due to competing full scale shipbuilding assignments and moves from Hancock NH to San Diego and Indio CA.  With painting in hand, progress should move along a little faster,

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete

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With the Brig Fair American hull painting complete, construction continued with installation of the head rails and bow fittings:

  • Head rails were previously fabricated/dry fitted from 3/32” laminated stock (3 layers of 1/32” sheet stock with opposing grain)
  • Middle rails were previously fabricated/dry fitted from 1/16” sheet stock
  • Cheek knees were previously fabricated/installed from 1/16” sheet stock
  • Boomkins were previously fabricated/dry fitted from 1/8” sheet stock
  • Catheads were previously fabricated/dry fitted from 3/16” sheet stock
  • Head and middle rails were pre-painted and installed
  • After completion of the head rails, catheads were painted/installed
  • Figurehead was painted/installed
  • Boomkins were painted/dry fitted

 To avoid potential damage, the boomkins will be left loose for later installation during the rigging phase.  To allow construction access, the bowsprit, bowsprit bitts, and fore bitts will be left loose until completion of bulwark interior fittings and cannon installation.

 

With completion of the head structure and gold trim she is starting to look like a fine little armed brig from the 1780’s.  Next steps will continue with installation of exterior hull outfit.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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Limited progress due to CA heat wave (~116 outside and high 80's in my shop).  Working P/S exterior hull outfit:

  • Gangway steps - complete
  • Aft gunport hinges - in process
  • Quarter badges - in process
  • Chain plates, lower deadeyes, and channel caps - next up

Pictures will follow completion.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete

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19 minutes ago, Pete Jaquith said:

Limited progress due to CA heat wave (~116 outside and high 80's in my shop).

We've been cooking up in Sacramento too, Pete, and the air quality is so unhealthy from all the wildfires that it's really not safe to venture outside. Covid, wildfires and a record heat wave....ugh!

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

  • Gangway steps were painted/installed
  • Gun port hinges were fabricated, painted, and installed based on a mini-kit from Syren Ship Models
  • Quarter badges were painted, glazed, and installed (Micro Kristal Klear was used for window glazing)

 Next steps will continue with installation of chain plates, lower deadeyes, and channel caps and then it’s on to complete the transom outfit.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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Shop conditions have improved significantly.  Now working to relearn past skills (i.e. silver brazing, window glazing, etc.); however, overhanging potential of a large full scale shipbuilding project.  I will have to work to balance priorities.  Pictures will follow completion of chain plates, lower deadeyes, channel caps, etc.

 

Regards from the shipyard

Pete 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Shop conditions have improved allowing further progress.  With the Brig Fair American hull painting complete, construction continued with installation of hull outfit:

  • Chain plates were fabricated from 22 ga. silver soldered brass wire rings (1/2” and 7/16” dia. respectively), formed around the deadeyes, and closed with soft solder.  A simple jig was used to check the forming of deadeyes.
  • Deadeye/chain plate assemblies were painted/installed
  • Channel caps were painted/installed

 With the bow and P/S side zones complete, next steps will address completion of transom details.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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  • 3 weeks later...

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

  • Transom trim and carvings were highlighted/painted with Deco Color Prime-Premio gold metallic paint pens
  • Transom windows were previously formed to follow the curve of the transom trim and planking
  • Transom windows were painted, glazed, and installed (Micro Kristal Klear was used for window glazing)
  • Ship’s name was installed (prepared and printed with MS Word)
  • Rudder chains were blackened and installed

 Next steps will continue with installation of the quarter deck rails.

 

Regards from the shipyard,

Pete Jaquith

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