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    I am still working on the last ship for Gunner, the USS Constitution. Ares glued some funky looking boats to the quarters in the wrong position and in the way of both channels. So I pulled them off and installed davits to bracket the mizzen channels where they are supposed to be.
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    More pics coming as I get further along

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    Rob's frigate conversion has made me rethink my sloop conversion that I started on a while back. I never completely liked my new aft deck and now I have a new direction to take it.

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    First, the old one has to go (and my pointer finger recover from overly aggressive Xacto knife use - it's just a puncture wound).

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    Well I thought it looked pretty nice Dobbs!

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    I agree Vol. In fact I used it as the inspiration for my effort.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Well here we go again. New month new project.

    Just started my Xebec Corvette today.
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    Now completed the second hull. Ready to start on sails tomorrow.
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    Pretty nice Rob. You're getting this process down, faster on the second one.

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    Not a lot of remod needed on this one Vol, and the sails are going to be plain.
    It's the next one after the Xebecs with wich I'm going to be busy.
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    Number two Xebec done and dusted.
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    Here's a bit of blasphemy:

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    I had a damaged Victory and a Principe de Asturias that I just didn't like because of the scale difference. I did like the stern though.

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    Please tell us more Dobbs I do like the change. Will it fly the Spanish flag then?
    I also have a spare Victory and have been debating what to do with it. Don't really need any more Spanish ships though.
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    Here is my work for today.
    I managed to make a start on the third ship.

    My Barque Lateen is on the stocks.

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    Today I guilded the transome and taff rails, painted the cannon and base coated the masts.
    Tomorrow the sails.
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    Looking great Rob! You nailed the fine detail work.

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    The barque looks great Rob, just like my Langton barque. Which SOG model did you start with for this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    The barque looks great Rob, just like my Langton barque. Which SOG model did you start with for this one?
    This is the Langton one Vol. Well spotted.
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    Nice work there Vol! What kind of vice is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by usfbrown View Post
    Nice work there Vol! What kind of vice is that?
    Thanks Bryan. A jeweler's vice I think it's called. I bought it from Micro Mark several years ago. It came with a wooden handle, but I built the steel stand for it on a lathe.

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    A very handy bit of kit Vol. Better than my small modelling vice. Must get one. You can never have too many vices!


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    No pic yet but the last component of my M4 just arrived. Starting to percolate ideas to start doing a line of Wings ground-targets for the Aerodrome Store... thought about shore batteries for Sails but several of our members have that task well in hand and even simple Martello Towers look way harder to do well than a green Sherman or gray Tiger.
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    Decided to spruce up the starting kit models. Started with the French Courageuse.











    Printed out some cannon smoke clouds. Added some detail via a sharpie.

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    Today I have been mostly painting stripes!
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    Yesterday, the sails were on hold, whilst it was not so much what is onyour workbench as what is your workbench whilst I constructed a new work station for sharpening our workshop tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usfbrown View Post
    Decided to spruce up the starting kit models. Started with the French Courageuse.











    Printed out some cannon smoke clouds. Added some detail via a sharpie.
    Bryan, for some reason I can't see any of your pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Bryan, for some reason I can't see any of your pictures?

    How about now?










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    A lot of post to deal with here shipmates.
    Firstly Bryan, I can see your beautiful ship just fine . What an improvement on the Ares ships a good paint job makes. Second, when I camew on the Anchorage this morning my picture from last night had gone, just leaving the attatchment bar, and I have now reloaded it. This seems to be a problem I have in addition to my double posts. Keith and my tech support at this end have pondered on this and not come up with an answer as yet.
    Yes on the matter of sails I do pretty much the same as Dobbs excepting that I use fine piano wire for the pinning of parts, and as you know if you read my bit on my alergic reaction to Superglue, that I have been using CA as well.
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    Secondly Dobbs.
    Thank you for devoting time to my problem with the cards for my motley array of Algerine shipping. I am happy to go with whatever you deem to be best on the ship card front.
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    That's some nice work there Rob! What is your sharpener of choice?

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    There you go Bryan.
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    Very nice Rob!

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    It is actually shared with my son James. He does most of the precision sharpening since my eyesight went downhill.
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    I finished Gunner's last ship, Constitution, on the 13th and intended to post it yesterday but unfortunately I had an altercation with a radial arm saw and nearly took off a finger. So five hours of my evening were spent in an urgent care center getting X-Rays and sewed up.

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    Fortunately no tendon or bone damage, but they said I probably will not regain feeling. So no more ship building for a while and this is going to make rigging more difficult for sure!
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    I can commiserate with you Vol.
    Here is my left index finger on a good day!




    You can just about make out the scar where the surgeon stitched the flap over.
    Not much sensation in the end, but very useful for tamping down the tobacco in my pipe.
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    On a lighter note, that Constitution is another superb piece of workmanship Vol.
    I can't fail to Rep it.
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    Constitution:

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    This one required a lot more modification of the plastic packaging to accommodate the new rigging and a 1st rate box I had stored.
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    The barque looks great Rob! Do you glue some kind of peg on the bottom to attach it to the SOG base?
    And thanks for the rep. You wil have to tell me your thumb story some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    The barque looks great Rob! Do you glue some kind of peg on the bottom to attach it to the SOG base?
    And thanks for the rep. You wil have to tell me your thumb story some time.
    Now Vol, just how long have you got to listen to my story about my finger saga? The story grows in the telling with the passing of the years, unlike the finger I'm afraid.
    Once your splint comes off, I suggest you emulate what I did at the suggestion of an old sea dog who had lost fingers himself. He told me to rub baby oil on the finger at least twice a day, and flex the joint as often as you could during the day as well to get full mobility back in the remaining joint. It worked for me although it took several months to get full mobility back. So if you can stand going about smelling like a Chinese house of ill repute, and giving everyone the come on with your finger, I suggest it as a good therapy.
    Now the bit about pegs. I have used a series of solutions, including turning my own from acrylic. You can get special machineable types as averse to the brittle stuff but it costs a bit more. I have also pinned on the pegs cut off the ships destined for wrecks. However, as these ships are one offs and not intended to have the cards changed, I will glue these directly to the base.
    Hope your hand is back to snuff soonest.
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    Thanks for the Rep and nice comments Bryan. your rep has brought me up to the 800 mark, so the drinks are on me in the Wardroom tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Now Vol, just how long have you got to listen to my story about my finger saga? The story grows in the telling with the passing of the years, unlike the finger I'm afraid.
    Once your splint comes off, I suggest you emulate what I did at the suggestion of an old sea dog who had lost fingers himself. He told me to rub baby oil on the finger at least twice a day, and flex the joint as often as you could during the day as well to get full mobility back in the remaining joint. It worked for me although it took several months to get full mobility back. So if you can stand going about smelling like a Chinese house of ill repute, and giving everyone the come on with your finger, I suggest it as a good therapy.
    Now the bit about pegs. I have used a series of solutions, including turning my own from acrylic. You can get special machineable types as averse to the brittle stuff but it costs a bit more. I have also pinned on the pegs cut off the ships destined for wrecks. However, as these ships are one offs and not intended to have the cards changed, I will glue these directly to the base.
    Hope your hand is back to snuff soonest.
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    Thanks for the advice Rob, I will give that a go. You still didn't say how you mangled yours. But that's ok. On to pegs, I have cut the pegs off the few SOG ships I have and added new pegs to the bases. That way I can use the ships for other rules (like KMH) or with sea base displays.

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    Hi Vol, let us just say that the kids at school said it was done by a sir killer saw and leave it at that for now.
    I cam only add that I highly reccomend Tungsten tipped blades for a neat job. I never even felt a thing until about twenty minutes later.
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    Today's action involved mostly painting sails.
    Here you can see my method of doing the stripes using masking tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Hi Vol, let us just say that the kids at school said it was done by a sir killer saw and leave it at that for now.
    I cam only add that I highly reccomend Tungsten tipped blades for a neat job. I never even felt a thing until about twenty minutes later.
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    Ah, so we are both old saws! Mine was a Rip Tooth Blade and it did its job well.

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    Thank you all for the rep as well. I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the starter set painted soon. It did take longer than I anticipated for the one ship.

    Any tips on using washes with the sails? I tried to water it down but it still looks a little splotchy instead of a uniform color.

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    Today I got my next Xebec on the stocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Today I got my next Xebec on the stocks.
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    Rob, I may have missed it but how are you building the extended stems on these xebecs? I went to look at the first xebec post in the June Workbench thread but didn't see it mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Rob, I may have missed it but how are you building the extended stems on these xebecs? I went to look at the first xebec post in the June Workbench thread but didn't see it mentioned.
    Vol.
    I am cutting away the stern and then using plasticard and plastic weld glue to rebuild the deck and rails.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Vol.
    I am cutting away the stern and then using plasticard and plastic weld glue to rebuild the deck and rails.
    Rob.
    Sorry I wasn't clear. I get the stern and you did explain that process earlier. My question is about the process for extending the stem in front of the ship. Same process? If so I am amazed they are turning out so nicely.

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    I reworked the after deck.

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    It may be subtle, but I feel better about it. Hmmm, more work needed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbs View Post
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    I reworked the after deck.

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    It may be subtle, but I feel better about it. Hmmm, more work needed...
    Beauiful Dobbs! But I still think it looked nice before

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    Rob, that some nice fine detail work! Looks great. I can't image how you can get the tape lined up so well.

    Dobbs, she's coming along very nice!

    Is there a place to get the ship bases from?

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