CSS Alabama plastic model build 2018-2019 (Revell 1/96)

Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
Thank you @JPChurch. She's definitely turning into a ship of the 1860's. The image looking down at the two masts sure does give one the idea of what the crew saw when they were up that high on the masts! :eek:
 

JPChurch

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Manassas VA
Thank you @JPChurch. She's definitely turning into a ship of the 1860's. The image looking down at the two masts sure does give one the idea of what the crew saw when they were up that high on the masts! :eek:
No doubt...…...I'm trying to remember which Hollywood movie it was when one of the crew was way up there in the top on one of the masts and he lost it due to Newton's theory. There were so many over the decades. Maybe you'd get lucky if you landed in a large opened water barrel!!!???? Oh and I feel a lot better that you painted the life boats in a neutral off color. IIRC you said you were gonna paint them in a dark color so they wouldn't stand out at a disitance. I painted mine like the artwork on the box.
 

Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
@JPChurch , I did change my mind on colors for the smaller boats as a bunch of historical drawings had shown a lighter color. Plus it does give definition and depth to the model for detailing. Glad you like the change. The sails for her will take a whole lot longer to build as the detailing on them is intense. Have gone over multiple technics for making them along with coloring and weathering effects, fairly simple just time consuming. I'm figuring four to six hours for each sail not including attaching them to the yards and rigging with that added work probably around ten to twelve hours for one completed and installed.

Here's a couple of yards work image updates also:
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Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
Thanks @JPChurch , sail material arrived and almost completed on the yard work. Will start the sail patterns probably tonight or tomorrow. I'll have to get some specialized ocre paint for the sails and on the hunt for it now. I'll post a couple images soon. I will have to deconstruct some rigging to get the yards in place but no biggie, want the sails to be free. :happy:
 

jayvee

Cadet
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Feb 11, 2017
Tut11, is there any way that you could get copies of the last 4 drawings in your photos, specifically the elevation and mast ones? I already have a good plan view but the elevations and masts would be great for me to have. Can you email me a [email protected] to discuss this? Thanks for enclosing all the views!
 

Tut11

Sergeant
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Jan 24, 2018
Yep I'm back from some very busy months of life responsibilities. I'll have more updates as circumstances allow. hope all are healthy and happy!!

Here's some image updates for those still interested:

Sail patterns from paper scaled and custom made to my models exact dimensions:

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Procedural technic's for sail making and coloring using modespan in sail building of all twenty-eight sails needed:

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Poster board templates made from the paper templates for tracing purposes in detailing sails:
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Sails traced and prepped for added detailing:

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Sail making procedures of each one as a test :

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Size and color testing for test sail, will be adding white highlights to the sails for more definition. These are very time consuming along with fragile build work. I have twenty eight to complete and will post more as the majority of the sails are completed.

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Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
Tut11, is there any way that you could get copies of the last 4 drawings in your photos, specifically the elevation and mast ones? I already have a good plan view but the elevations and masts would be great for me to have. Can you email me a [email protected] to discuss this? Thanks for enclosing all the views!

Sure I'll get a private email out to you soon, thanks for the interest!
 

kenysd

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Feb 27, 2020
this is a scratch built whaling ship. the Alice Mandel, 1834. it's a made by hand, every part...from original architect plans bought in New Bedford.
two and a half years, one off. never again.
I used copper bought from the hardware store, to cut and put on the side.
it's two feet by two feet. and every rope works...250 dead eyes. all made by hand.
NEVER Again. fun though...
back to my antique guns...Ken

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Lubliner

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Incredible work. I am desirous of your drafting set-up.
[Edit to add]- Just now looking back over the last two pages of the build, I could not help but wonder if you ever thought of building a model boat-yard or ship-yard, with a few ships in different stages of completion. I used to live near Mariner's Museum and was a visitor there from time to time, back in the 1960's. Some of the most impressive works were the small rustic scenes under glass that showed the building processes. Of course you must have heard of the 'Crabtree Collection'. I visited it in the 1970's and never could understand how something so delicate and exact could be replicated as it was. And here you are proving as adept, which is no small compliment on your undertaking!
Lubliner.
 
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Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
@Lubliner, many thanks. Making a multi ship building yard would take probably longer than this rascal is taking. I'll stick with individual ships for now.

@JPChurch thanks JP, I have gotten flag representations from some historical wood cuts and will add them last. Probably will load it down with historical flags to add to the detailing and finishing touch's. Will have to extend the mast height with pins to make the flags mount right, that will be a final placement as the masts are extremely fragile and have had the old plastic pieces on the yards break along with mounting hardware for the yards. Big hands also don't help with tight precise work.

Couple of progress images, thanks for all the likes and interest!

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Post more when the other gaff sail is attached, the boom sails will most likely overload the yard mounting and break again, I am looking into beefing the mounts up also using the rigging to add more strength for the mounts. This is an experiment for this model as it is a antique model from the 70's and was never designed for my massive detailing work along with massive sails added to her. I expect many more breakage's plus coming up with ways to keep my big hands out of the way!
 

Tut11

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Jan 24, 2018
Here's some images updates:

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She's going fairly well with just a few more breakages, using the mizzen stay ropes I was able to tighten her down for securing purposes in fixing the main mast breakage. Working on more rigging's and have another sail added but not imaged. I'll be working on her today and see if I can post a couple more images of her later tonight.
 

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