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USS Constitution build II - 35 years later

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  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:29 PM

Thanks Mr. Monkey!  Just trying to do her proud.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, January 31, 2022 2:16 PM

Completed most of the main & mizzen topmast standing rigging.  Shrouds, backstays, shifting backstays, and topmast stays & preventer stays.  A bit tricky getting down to those ringbolts at the base of the fore and main masts, but got it done.  Finishing up the footropes, and on to the topgallant masts.

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topmast2

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topmast4

topmast5

topmast6

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, March 14, 2022 7:35 PM

Well, I have reached a milestone: the standing rigging is now complete!

It only took me 4 years to get to this point, which kind of bums me out.  Makes me think I will never get this finished.  And then I look at how beautiful she looks and think that four years isn't too bad, considering I only get a few hours a week and the occassional weekend time.  So all in all, not really all that shocking, considering the amount of super-detailing I am doing.  As soon as I clean off the workbench (it is covered in little black snippets of thread & rope), I will take some pictures and post.

ON TO THE YARDARMS & SAILS !!

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, March 14, 2022 9:02 PM

Absolutely outstanding work Bob! Toast Toast Toast

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 7:51 AM

I think that it looks amazing!  Personally, I love to see sails on a sailing ship model but yours with just the standing rigging installed looks incredible and I'd probably just stop there if it was me.

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:08 AM

Fantastic work. I am not a ship guy but that is very impressive. It looks almost real. Lets set the sails and go for a trip.

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:10 PM

Standing Rigging

Bob

 

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, March 21, 2022 6:00 PM

Moving on to yard and mast tackle for full rig sail.  Most of the tackle for the gaff and boom are completed.  Moved to Formast jeer and slings.  Big tackle for holding up foreyard: 24" triple blocks.  Jeer is equally as large (9 1/2" rope), but leads to a bullseye.

jeer n slings

jeer n slings

Take care everyone.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 5:44 PM

Started playing with the sails. I attempted to sew in bolt ropes with cringles & clews into the foresail.  Also started adding the reef lines, when I realized that the glue I was using might interfere with staining/weathering of the sails.  So I decided to stain them using Rob's method of dry tea granules to give a randomness to the staining.  To see his video, just click hereTHANKS Rob!  Worked out quite well as you can see.  Also added the first of four anchors.

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Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 12:07 AM

what a beautiful job , bob , you should be proud of yourself , his models sails , they look of a very good quality , are they ? so you have to add in all the , clues , wires , etc .

 

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 9:49 AM

Absolutely stunning work!  Definitely museum quality.

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 10:59 AM

Thanks for the compliments.

The HiSModel sails are very close to the actual drawings of the sails from the Constitution Museum (with some allowances for the scale).  They are made of cotton batiste cloth, which looks amazing as a sail cloth.  His sewing is also impecable.  BUT - if you want ALL the details, as I am doing this time, you will need to add the bolt ropes, reef lines, cringles and clews yourself.  I start by making the top cringle into the rope, then attach it to the sail with a tiny dab of CA, then sew it into place.  I then measured down to where the corner clew would be and create that and finish sewing the bolt rope down the side and across the bottom of the sail.  When I get close to the other corner, I add the next clew, sew, measure for the final top cringle, and sew.  All cringles and clews have a drop of CA under them and are sewn into the corners.  Then I add all the other cringles and clews.  Finally finish up with the reef lines.  Adds a couple of hours to each sail adding those details, but the end product is very realistic.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current builds:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution with extensive scratch building

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by lurch on Saturday, April 9, 2022 10:41 AM

I am totally amazed . That is some fantastic detailing you are doing. You are doing a fantastic job on the whole thing. I am very impressed. Keep up the great work.

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