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1/96 USS Kearsarge 1864. Half Done, More To Come.

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    April 2016
Posted by RacerToo on Friday, September 17, 2021 8:47 PM

Thanks Mike. This is my second sailing ship and I was hoping it would neat and clean. With my Constitution build I learned a lot. But the results were a good five foot model(looks great five feet away but no closer). This time my goal is to do better. 

   The deadeye/strops/lanyards are a real challenge for me. With the Constitution I thought the best way to do the deadeyes etc was to build the deadeye assemblies then add them to the ship. But after they were attached to the kit they tended to twist or become slack. Not the look I wanted.  Many modelers thread the deadeyes after they're already attached. I'll experiment with different approaches and choose the one that works the best. Part of the problem is the Kearsarge has a deadeye/strop/eye splice combo like the USS Constellation. Some kits use turnbuckles but I see no evidence the early Kearsarge used them. Stay tuned.   deadeye:strop:loop by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />

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    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, September 17, 2021 10:47 AM

Hard to believe how absolutely neat and clean your work is! I really wish I had your talent for this hobby but, alas, sloppiness is my bosom buddy in this game.

I'm very much looking forward to how you handle the shrouds and ratlines ... they'll be some of the biggest challenges for me - along with the running rigging of course.

Looking foreward to your next update.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Friday, September 10, 2021 7:26 AM

looking great!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 11:15 PM

very nice work racer , beautiful clean lines . might have to look into micromart decking myself

 

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:09 PM

I didn't realize that Micro Mark sold after-market decking for ship kits.  I'll have to dig out my latest Micro Mark catalog.

 

TJS

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    April 2016
Posted by RacerToo on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 6:51 PM

Thanks. Micro-Mark decking. Still rearranging the furniture.  rt rear1 by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />

  • Member since
    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 5:34 PM

WOW!  This ship looks AWESOME!!  The decking is so realistic, sails furled, everything just looks so accurate.  This kit has been on my "dream kits" list for so long but the prices at swap meets or on ebay are way out of my range.  I keep praying that Revell will reissue this kit someday.(hey, they reissued the 1/96 Spanish Galleon a few years ago so a guy can dream can't he)  Eagerly awaiting your next posting.

TJS

TJS

  • Member since
    April 2016
1/96 USS Kearsarge 1864. Half Done, More To Come.
Posted by RacerToo on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 5:15 PM

1/96 Revell kit was used for its hulls but very little else. What you're looking at is either aftermarket and modified or scratchbuilt. Its extremely difficult to build an accurate 1864 Kearsage from just a few photos but I'm trying. I'm about at the half way point and I think I'll be done in a few months. But you all know how those estimates go:)  frt deck1 by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />  rt mid1 by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" />  rt frt1 by steve hawley, on Flickr" alt="" /> Soon I'll be doing the dreaded rigging. Not looking forward to that.

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