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USS Constitution build II - 35 years later

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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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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

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

Absolutely stunning work!  Definitely museum quality.

TJS

TJS

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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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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

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

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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

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

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Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 9:10 PM

Standing Rigging

Bob

 

Bob Frysztak

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

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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.

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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

fox
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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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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

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

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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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Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by Luvspinball on Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:29 PM

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

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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Posted by Model Monkey on Sunday, January 16, 2022 8:53 AM

Looks great, Bob!  Really enjoying all the special work you've been doing.

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Posted by Luvspinball on Friday, January 14, 2022 1:25 PM

Glad to be of service.  PM me if you get stuck.  I have a few other tricks I probably haven't taken a picture of.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by scottrc on Friday, January 14, 2022 11:31 AM

Great work Bob,

I have an old Thermopylae and Alabama that need to re-masted and rigged, so I am archieving your thread for it has so many ideas to issues I was pondering on.  

Scott

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Posted by Luvspinball on Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:53 PM

Absolutely!  HiSModel sells a beautiful set of sails (link here) and also has just about any other add-on you might want for the Revell 1:96 Constitution.  These will be stained to look natural and then have the bolt ropes sewn on (probably by hand) before attaching to the yards.  But that is still a few weeks (or months) away.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by Brhino on Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:13 PM

Apologies if you've covered this already, but what are your plans for the sails? I saw some discussion on which sails would be in place and which wouldn't, but nothing about the material.  I remember being pretty unimpressed with the vacuform sails that came with the kit, so I'm guessing you have something else in mind.

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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Posted by Luvspinball on Thursday, January 13, 2022 8:59 PM

Thanks Brhino.

My first one was pretty much OOB and followed Revell's directions almost to the letter.  And while she was an impressive model, I always knew that I could have done a much better job.  Some of the knots just didn't look right, and the inevitable warping of the mast tops really bothered me.  My wife liked it, but didn't really "love" it, and no amount of begging would allow it to be displayed in a prominent place.  When I picked up the box this time, I was fully invested in turning out a much more impressive piece, with tons of research, plans, and books to guide me.  Revell's plans are still in the box on the shelf.

Other than turning out a few more spars, all I have left is the rigging.  And there are virtually NO square knots this time!  I am trying my best to do the majority of the rigging the old fashioned way - with real seizings, fully turned wooden masts, multiple sizes of rope, and wooden blocks correctly sized to the scale (not just 2 or 3 like Revell provided).  It is slow going, but the results are amazing.  Pretty sure that most people will probably never really know the difference when looking from three feet away, but I want this one to be as authentic and accurate as possible. As you can see from the original post, I am coming up on the four year mark!  Ships like this are a labor of love and dedication. 

Keep building!

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by Brhino on Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:42 PM

I just found this thread and it's an amazing looking build!

As a teenager, I attempted to finish this kit that my dad had started before me.  I never did... all the tiny ropework broke me.

Who keeps stepping on wings?  Someone won't stay off the wings and now I have to apply all these tiny "NO STEP" decals.

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Posted by Luvspinball on Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:09 PM

Thanks, Bill & Tom.  With the masts topped out, she is starting to finally look like a real ship.

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, January 13, 2022 10:18 AM

Nicely done, Bob.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:19 PM

Excellent work!  She's really coming together.

TJS

TJS

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Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:13 PM

After finishing the ratlines on all the lower shrouds, I moved on to the main topsail shrouds.  Had to complete the futtock and Bentinck shrouds first.  Futtock shrouds collect onto an iron ring, which is then attached to the opposite side spar deck via the Bentinck shrouds fitted with bullseyes and lanyards (exactly the same as on the foremast).  Then up to the topmast shrouds (5 pairs), and finally the backstays (2 pairs).

Next up are the shifting backstays and finally the topmast stay and preventer stay.

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topmast2

topmast3

topmast4

Happy modeling.  And HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Geeked

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Friday, December 24, 2021 3:02 PM

mz01

mz02

mz03

mz04

mz05

mz06

Happy Holidays everyone!

Bob

 

Bob Frysztak

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

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    March 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:28 AM

Thanks for the kind words. If I can help you out in any way with your build, don't hesitate to ask.

Have a great holiday.

Bob

 

P.S.  There is a big box under the tree that looks suspiciously like a large kit.  Heavy too, so probably a wood kit.  Santa must've read my email.....

 

Bob Frysztak

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

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 8:11 AM

Outstanding work!  You, sir, are a master modeler.  When I start my Constitution this year I will use photosa as my inspiration/motivation.  

TJS

TJS

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Posted by Luvspinball on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 11:14 PM

main TG, R, SP

Bob

Bob Frysztak

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

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  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 8:39 PM

After a very long semester of teaching pretty much every day, I finally have some free time again.  The Constitution has been moved from her spot of tranquility (next to the TV) and is back in the shop.  Yeah!  I have really missed building and working on her.

More to come in a few days as I get back into building.  Working on getting the main topgallant, royal and skysail masts completed, then on to completing the mizzen mast.

Take care,

And may Santa be overly generous this year!

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

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

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