Jason Posted October 8, 2014 Share #1 Posted October 8, 2014 It has come to pass that I am to join the august company of the scratch builders on this forum. I stand in amazement of the skill and craftsmanship here. Humbly I begin my maiden scratch building adventure. Please give me truthful feedback on this adventure, I hope to improve my skills along the way. This build is associated with the group build project of the Ship Model Society of New Jersey. I have been keeping my eye on this project since I joined MSW, and I am very excited to participate. First, let us see the beautiful timbering package from Hobby Mill: Now on to the build! The first attempt on the keel ended in disaster. This was owing to the fact that all of my workshop is packed up in boxes in up to three different locations at the moment, as I am in the middle of a move. So I tried to start with as few tools as possible, a chisel, a hand saw and some files. Unfortunately, the very first half lap joint ended in asymmetrical folly. Luckily, the supplied wood provided almost three opportunities to create modern art from boxwood. Rather than waste anymore of the precious stuff to cabin fever induced exuberance, I decided to hunt for my milling setup. Once that was found, so also was symmetry in the lap joint. Once the pieces were finished to a near Palladian symmetry, I used three layers of black tissue paper to simulate the tarred flannel. After the glue dried, I placed the two keel pieces, glued together in a vice to set. After removal from the vice, I trimmed the excess "flannel" with a new #11 blade. Hopefully, I will be able to add another post tomorrow. Best Regards, Ryland Craze, jml1083, alangr4 and 8 others 11 Quote -- Jason www.crowntimberyard.com Current Builds: US Brig Syren MS Imperial Russian Cruiser Varyag - Artwox Model Echo Cross Section: SMSNJ Group Build Completed Builds: 18th Century Longboat MS USS Olympia Encore Member: Nautical Research Guild (NRG) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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