IN AUGUST OF 2015 WE WERE NEARING COMPLETION OF THIS MODEL ....
The rudder is a model in itself. About 6 hours into it so far and it's still not quite done.
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Unlike all my previous ships, the rudder on this model actually operates.
The rudder comes up into the cabin where a tiller is attached to some simplified steering gear rigging.
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The practicum called for the tiller to be covered by a planked up box.
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But I opted to leave the box off to better show off the tiller and steering gear rigging.
Keep in mind, this is an admiralty model and the steering gear is only intended to be a stylized representation and not historically accurate.
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The rudder pintle are simulated with black craft paper.
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What type of scroll saw do you have? I bought an inexpensive one and it does not seem to have much support near the cutting part.THIS IS NOT FROM TODAY. IT IS FROM 2015
I've always found the Nibbing Strake to be challenging to make. But for this kit, it was very easy thanks to the printed templates provided. I just rubber cemented the templates to the provided strip wood and cut them out on my mini scroll saw. Over the years I have become very proficient with this particular tool and am able to use it with a lot of precision. The parts fit right in-place with very little adjustment needed.
I've been using this same saw since the early '90's. The templates make this task quick and easy.
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The upper part is supposed to be one piece. Not sure why I made it two. LOL
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I soaked the second piece from the left in water for a few minutes then glued it in place. This allowed for a very precise fitment through the curve of the hull.
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My miniature one is just the cheap old Microlux version you can buy from Micromark. There are other brands that are similar. Nothing special about it. When cutting wood this fine, it is more about practice and technique than the tool itself.What type of scroll saw do you have?
The only problem with running zero clearance on a miniature scroll saw is that you actually WANT the blade to flex some to give you the fine control needed. At least that is how I learned to use it. Notice in the picture of my saw it has an adjustable foot (like a sewing machine) that supports the wood in a similar fashion that a zero clearance plate would.to get zero clearance on sides.