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Homage to Old Ironsides

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  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 8:40 AM

Your Cutty Sark looks great so we look forward to what your new Constitution will look like.

  • Member since
    February 2015
  • From: UT
Posted by ageofsail on Monday, February 23, 2015 2:18 PM

Test

  • Member since
    February 2015
  • From: UT
Posted by ageofsail on Monday, February 23, 2015 2:17 PM

Hull glued, will be using Milliput to fill and refine the keel seams

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Hull primed, lower masts and bowsprit built and seams cleaned up, 3 piece spar deck will be filled and etched following Force9's method

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Pin rails and the beginning of the fore fife rai build, this was a 2 Scotch night!

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  • Member since
    February 2015
  • From: UT
Posted by ageofsail on Friday, February 20, 2015 2:21 PM

Kit is in excellent condition for having sat for 39 years, here goes...

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  • Member since
    February 2015
  • From: UT
Posted by ageofsail on Friday, February 20, 2015 2:09 PM

This is my badly damaged and extensively repaired Cutty Sark

  • Member since
    February 2015
  • From: UT
Homage to Old Ironsides
Posted by ageofsail on Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:30 PM

Hello all, new to the forum community here at FSM, but not to the world of modeling. I've built everything from car, trucks, aircraft, to modern warships, including 3 1/96 Revell  sailing ships, Thermopylae in the mid 70's, USS United States in the early 80's, to recently finishing a very badly damaged Cutty Sark that sat for 18 years half finished while life got in the way.

I have been following Force9's build with great pleasure and decided to pay homage to the great Revell kit myself, found a 1976 release on Ebay in perfect unopened condition for $65.00 (with free shipping!) and agree with the consensus that her glory years in the early 1800's are the best way to represent her. Force9, Jtilley, and Bondomans insight have helped me to "plot a course", to borrow an appropriate nautical phrase, regarding the build. One thing I have always done which may seem counterintuitive to some, is to rig running rigging from the pin rails up and tie of in the mast and yards, basically reverse of instructions and cw. I feel I have far more control over tension up where I can actually see to work. I lay out rope coils on the deck and hang them from the pin rails before I ever mount a mast as it is easier for me to get the look right without masts and yards in the way. Any suggestion here to improve my technique would be appreciated, especially since not counting my completion of Cutty Sark last month, it has been over 18 years since my last build, and Cutty Sark required so much repair to broken top masts, bowsprit, catheads, and dolphin striker I very nearly gave up, and I am barely satisfied with the results.

Began my build yesterday  afternoon with gluing hull halves together and the long tedious task of reaming out block and other holes throughout the ship with my pinvise (thank goodness for a good glass of rye!).

Force9, I know you are leaving gunport covers off, but I left them on with United States and even if not period correct I think it gives a better look, I might lash them to the deck but I am curious what your thoughts are on those 2 options?

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