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Iain White

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  1. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. Before I start with the deck fixtures, I thought I had better attach the hull to the display base and make sure that it is level. There wasn't a display base provided in this kit. Iain
  2. Time for another progress report. I have completed the hull and varnished it (steps 1 through 11). Looking good so far. I said in an earlier post that the stem-piece, keel, stern-post and rudder were of different shades of walnut wood so I stained them. I continued this theme by staining the bulwark. The instructions called for one strip of white wood for the wale but I added a second strip of stained walnut to give it a more dramatic effect of dark-white-dark wood. In addition I planked the transom using stained walnut strips. The eagle, stars and lettering on the transom are after market items, as well as the chains to the rudder. What do you think? I had trouble getting the rudder in - it isn't sitting quite right. I had to file into the transom to install it, but if I filed any more I was worried that I might cut through the transom. The deck could have been about 3 mm longer to prevent this. In addition I wasn't happy with the way the name "DALLAS" on the transom looks. The D is slightly at an angle (super glue set up faster than I could manage) and the name is off center. Oh well, I still think the added details look good. Up next are the deck fixtures (steps 12 through 20).
  3. Hmmm... Images didn't load... Let's try again... That's better. Iain
  4. Another update. The outer hull planking is now complete and sanded. Note that the stem-piece, keel, and stern-post are only temporarily tacked in. These pieces and the rudder were of different shades of walnut wood, so I stained them to make them all look the same. The contrast in color should look good. https://www.flickr.com/photos/167184123@N04/47947318811/in/dateposted-public/ In addition the deck planking is also complete. I used black rigging thread to simulate the caulking between the planks. https://www.flickr.com/photos/167184123@N04/47947274612/in/dateposted-public/ Next steps are to add the wale, waterway, stem-post, keel, and stern-post - steps 7 through 11.
  5. Nice work Jase. I am watching this with great interest as I am currently building the AL revenue cutter Dallas. Nice work
  6. First layer of hull planking is now complete and ready for sanding... … and sanding completed. Next steps are to do the deck planking and then the outer (finish) hull planking. I'm up to step 6 in the plans. Lots more to go... Iain
  7. Another fantastic model. Thanks for sharing the information on rope coils, and I'm glad to hear that the plans and information I sent to you was useful. Great job! Iain
  8. Hello, I have started building the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas, 1815. During the early 19th century, the American Revenue Marine (Coast Guard) was engaged in a variety of roles, from enforcement of revenue laws to the suppression of slave trading and piracy. The Dallas is typical of those cutters employed by the Revenue Marine at that time. This is my second wooden scale model ship (my first was the Artesania Latina schooner Rhoda Mary, also posted on this website). This is still in its early stages but I thought I'd post some images of the build so far. I wasn't happy with the bow and stern fillers provided in the kit, so I added some balsa blocks to fill in allowing more surface area for the glue to bond to. The planking is going slowly as I only have enough plank clamps to do two planks per night, but it is beginning to take shape. As always, comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks, Iain White
  9. Beautiful model and seascape, well done.
  10. Wow. Fantastic model. Very realistic. Well done.
  11. Really beautiful model, well done. Your post inspired me to finish building the Artesania Latina schooner Rhoda Mary. I also have the Dallas kit which I have just started. Your photos will be an excellent resource as I build it, and you have set the bench mark quite high for me to follow. Thanks again for posting this. Iain
  12. Thank you Stuart, Beefy, Steve, and Keith for the nice comments. That makes three completed models since moving to America: a 1/48 scale B-17 I built for my father-in-law (he was a bombardier but the war ended for his first combat mission), a Napoleonic figure, and this ship. I think this is my best, and largest, model so far. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I have started building the revenue cutter Dallas - I'll post some pics in the work-in-progress section soon. I have already made one mistake - READ THE INSTRUCTIONS... I missed the step to cut out a notch in the keelson for the masts. I'll fix that tonight. Thanks, Iain
  13. I have just finished building my first wooden model ship, the Artesania Latina schooner Rhoda Mary, and it only took me a little over thirty years to build! Yes, I started building this model ship when I lived in England. I had got as far as completing the hull when a job opportunity came up to work in America. There I met my wonderful wife and so I stayed. We bought the model to America and I completed all the deck fixtures and lower masts when we moved to the countryside. Here I had plenty of other projects to do, and then we got goats, lots of goats! I never seemed to have the time to get back to my hobby. As time went by I promised myself that when I retired I would complete this model. In 2017 the company I worked for decided to move all the North American technical support to Northern Ireland. Not finding any other job I reluctantly concluded that I was now retired. Remembering my promise and being inspired by Bart Gradecki’s post of the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas, I got out my model, dusted her off and got back to work. I have just added the finishing touch. The schooner Rhoda Mary was built in Truro, England, by John Stephens. Originally built as a two-master, the third mast was added in 1898. This 1/60 scale model was a good kit for a novice to build, though the instructions could have been much better. I had to replace the anchors and added a ship’s boat. Additionally, I used black rigging thread for the shrouds, brown thread for the standing rigging, and I used the white thread supplied in the kit for all the running rigging. I also ran short of a few parts, so thanks to Cornwall Model Boats and others for their help in providing these parts. For more information about the Rhoda Mary, please see the Rhoda Mary Project, http://www.rhoda-mary.co.uk/ So, what’s next for 2019? I also have the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas kit. Let’s hope this model ship doesn’t take me another thirty years to build! Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Thanks, and Happy New Year, Iain White Photo from the Rhoda Mary Project of the Rhoda Mary arriving in port:
  14. I was inspired by Bartosz Gradecki’s post of the Artesania Latina revenue cutter Dallas, so after a long gap I have just completed my first wooden model ship, the Artesania Latina schooner Rhoda Mary. I'll post pictures next. I live in rural North Carolina with my wonderful wife, two dogs, and a pygmy goat. We used to raise and show goats having over 40 at one point, but then decided to stop all of that and so we are down to our last goat now. Now that I am retired and have more time, I got back to work to finish the Rhoda Mary, a promise I made myself many years ago. As a teenager I used to build aircraft and WW2 military vehicles, and Napoleonic figures. Thanks, and Happy New Year, Iain
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