17th Century Battle Station - HMS Mordaunt, 1:32 - DocBlake

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As a side note, that birds eye maple would look awesome on the body of a guitar. I don't know if I've ever seen that much figure in such a small piece.
I'm green with envy about that birds eye maple. I checked, we can get it here in Australia, but its soooooo expensive.
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Hi Winston! I'm glad you could stop by.

I bought that curly bird's eye maple a few years back. 4/4 planks, 8"-10" wide and 16' long. All of it heavily figured as was this cutoff. A guy had this in his garage and I bought all 8 planks for $2.50/ board foot. I felt guilty taking his lumber!
 

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Hi Greg, I hope to be caught up on another project by the end of the week then I will start this one. We also have the world`s junior men`s softball tournament in town that I will be watching all week so I am busy juggling time around that too. Australia has a team here along with New Zealand who are the world champs.
 

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I started gluing up the frames by attaching the two outermost ones to the buildboard and the deck clamp. I built a quick little jig to ensure these were exactly perpendicular, and measured the same distance apart at the top as at the bottom. the jig straddles the deck clamp and keeps the frames square to the buildboard. Img_0181.jpgImg_0180.jpgBecause the planking is pre-cut and pre-treenailed, it's very important that the inside frames align with the three gun ports properly.
 

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The precision of this kit is amazing! Mike said that if something doesn't fit, it's because something is out of square. He is absolutely right!
It really has been a joy to build so far!!! You are doing great, keep going!!!! I like how you used an outboard planking strake for alignment testing.
 

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The frames are all glued in place except for the upper futtocks, above the gun ports. I'll wait until the main deck clamp is installed. Although most of the gun deck beams will be hidden by planking, the ends are plainly visible and the beams must be laid out exactly so the butt joints and treenails fall in the center of each beam.IMG_0183.JPGIMG_0184.JPGIMG_0185.JPG
 

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The lower deck was installed next. All the decking for the three kits was randomized so there was no discernible grain pattern in the finished deck on any of the three models. The effect is much more realistic the a plain vanilla deck of holly would be...although we did consider holly for the decking! Next is a fine finish sanding and some poly on the decking.Img_0186 (1).jpg
 

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The planking is realy looking good, also with the 5 shift pattern of the joints !:cool:
 
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