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Topic review - RC Sloop of War Constellation c.1856
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  Post subject:  Re: RC Sloop of War Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Got a 3D printer at last and I've been working on models for Constellation;

A boat howitzer for the launch, and new pivot guns with all their details modeled in
A few other items will get printed, such as boarding steps, blocks, carved entry port boards, binnacles, head carvings, pin rail balusters, crew figures, and whatever I can think of. All of this has to be modeled in 3D from scratch as there's little to nothing out there in 1:36 scale for this period of ship.

File comment: Dahlgren 12 pdr boat Howitzer on boat sled and iron field carriage
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File comment: 10" shell gun on pivot slide
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:53 am
  Post subject:  Re: RC Sloop of War Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Under-weigh on the Miles River Maryland, May 2019

File comment: Under-weigh on the Miles River Maryland, May 2019
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File comment: Under-weigh on the Miles River Maryland, May 2019
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:43 am
  Post subject:  Re: RC USS Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
She's going to sail at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels Maryland on May 19th 2018

She'll be setting all 17 sails (weather permitting) and she's set up so I can easily reduce her down to 7 sails in just a few minutes.

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Post Posted: Sat May 12, 2018 4:24 pm
  Post subject:  Update through December 2016  Reply with quote
The aft "folding bulwarks" were built, the forward ones fixed to the hull, and the support rods made and glued in place. This should keep the fellas from falling off the deck. ;)

File comment: Inner framing clamped on
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File comment: Outer sheathing applied
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File comment: A coat of paint
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File comment: Gluing on the forward bulwarks
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File comment: Support rods on the forward bulwarks
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File comment: Support rods on the aft bulwarks
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Some other videos of the model

26 minutes of nail-biting suspense! The full length video of the model's maiden voyage in 2011.

All the video I know about of the model "sailing" at the Baltimore Port Expo in 2015.

A slideshow of the model's progress from start to present.
Post Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:36 pm
  Post subject:  Re: RC USS Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
very good!

lots opf long hard work!

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Post Posted: Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:10 am
  Post subject:  Re: RC USS Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Post Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:39 am
  Post subject:  Re: RC Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Stuffed her into the car...
File comment: Stuffed in the car.
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and took her out sailing...

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Some video...and she's really sailing this time!

Post Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:52 pm
  Post subject:  RC Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Invited to bring the model to the Baltimore Port Fest on May 17th, by way of a flyer announcing the model would be there, I had to hurry to get her dressed for display...
File comment: Getting ready for the Baltimore Port Fest
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She looked good, got a lot of attention, but did little sailing as the pond was too shallow.
File comment: At Port Fest 5/17/2015
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File comment: "sailing" in the pool
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Too deep a boat in too shallow a pool, but here's all the "sailing" video combined...

Afterward it was back to work making;

The drop-panels forward (portion of the bulwark that folds down for the pivot gun to fire).
File comment: Making forward drop-panel bulwarks
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The entry port panels, made by tracing a photo of the original, printing it on a color printer, and gluing it to a piece of basswood.
File comment: Entry port panels
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The "new" winch drums for the yard braces vanished during my last move and I've yet to find them, so I had to make new ones. The got an extra pair of drums for the tacks of the coarses, ie the lowest sails on the fore and main masts.
File comment: Making new winch drums
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While searching for something in the mayhem that is my shop, I happen upon my engraver and got the idea to engrave the trailboard carvings into something, then pour resin into that to make the trailboards. Here I'm experimenting using clay. It looks promising.
File comment: Experimenting with the engraver to make head carvings
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Post Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:26 pm
  Post subject:  Re: RC Constellation c.1856 - Spring 15  Reply with quote
The shop doesn't have heat and it was a long cold winter. Before it set in the subdeck was fastened down, filled, and glassed. The 3/16" square bass strip planking was cut to length and waiting, but it wasn't till April 5th that I got back to work on the model - since then it's been moving along nicely as I prep to take the model to another Port Expo in Baltimore May 18th.

Access hatches installed, deck was laid, cap rail installed, hatch coamings, hammock rails, and just yesterday the catheads went in.

All the details are in the worklog on my site

File comment: Target the slaver off the starboard bow!
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File comment: Deck layout and hammock rails installed
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File comment: Catheads installed
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Post Posted: Wed May 06, 2015 7:33 am
  Post subject:  Re: RC USS Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Brilliant work, Jerry!
Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:53 am
  Post subject:  RC Constellation c.1856 - update  Reply with quote
After 18 years my job decided they didn't want me anymore, so they cut me loose. I knew finding a new job in this economy, in my 50's, and without a degree wouldn't be easy, but I never expected impossible. Over 200 resumes, applications, and just going in and asking over two years, and not so much as an interview. Anyway, the mortgage people like getting paid, and when they weren't they took back their house. Needless to say, the models haven't had priority for a while.

Then I was asked by the director of the real ship if I would display Constellation at the Baltimore Port Expo back in mid-May (2014). I've never done a model show or public display of my models, but I wasn't busy, so I did it. They had a pool of sorts set up, and four or five modeler's showed up and sailed around in it. It was generally too shallow for Constellation and in her unfinished and jury-rigged state, I wasn't going to sail her in the open waters of Baltimore harbor with the breeze blowing around 15+, so the model stayed "anchored in the pool and I talked to folks that asked about her. One such person invited me to take her to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Model Boat Expo two weeks later.

These folks hold this event every year and have a model sailing club on site - so it's run a bit more smoothly and their "pool" is deeper. There were also a lot more visitors to this established museum, then there were to a beat-up old dock out in Baltimore's dying industrial sections.

I took all three models; Constellation, Pride of Baltimore, and Macedonian, though only Constellation was capable of sailing. A lot of people were very interested and asked a lot of questions, mostly about my construction methods - since Macedonian's bare hull was there to show it off. It was quite enjoyable, a very nice museum that I hadn't been to since 1979, and only an hour down the road.

Inspired a bit, I went to work on an improved control system for the model's sails. The square sails winch servos would be mounted on slides that would allow springs to move the entire servo to take up the slack in the braces as the yards were adjusted. The arm-type servo got semaphore arms to control the jibs up on the bow, while the arm itself controlled the driver sail back aft. The whole operation was mounted on a single tray that fit better through the model's main hatch and is more easily accessible. Two such trays were built, one for Constellation, and one for Macedonian. Pride will get a different arrangement. The only problem is the new winch drums I made for Constellation were packed away, and I haven't been able to find them yet, meaning I may have to make new ones.

Looking at the pictures of Constellation sailing at St Michaels, I got the notion to make the last portion of her masts. With a lot of my tools still packed away it was a challenge to turn some square sticks into tapered, round spars, but I managed to rig her with her t'gallant poles.

My 12 x 30 shop is history now, but I'm moving into a 14 x 20 garage. That's 80 square feet less space, but stuffing 20 pounds into a 10 pound bag is what my life is about now. Everything is in, but almost nothing is set-up to use, though I just rearranged the place and made room to put Constellation on her bench where I can work on her. This was prompted by a friend that just built a 14 foot skiff and gave me his left over epoxy which I'm going to use to seal and glue the sub-deck on Constellation. This is a major milestone in completing the model, as a lot that needs to be done is waiting for the deck to be installed in order to happen.

As always, more pictures and details can be found at the model's Web Site

File comment: Constellation sailing with a Chesapeake Bay Ram schooner and other models at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St Michaels Maryland
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File comment: New servo tray with sliding winch servos for brace control (winch drums not shown) Semaphore arms control for-and-aft sails.
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File comment: Constellation get's her t'gallant masts. She's leaning because she can't fit under the ceiling upright.
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Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:19 pm
  Post subject:  Re: RC Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Constellation's been a little neglected as I built two other hulls; the 1:36 scale British frigate Macedonian of 1812 and the 1:20 scale Baltimore Clipper schooner Pride of Baltimore of 1981.

But recently the ship's launch was built and more work done on her 1st cutter, and the stern was given windows and decorations and really look much more "finished" now.

File comment: 1st Cutter and Launch worked on
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File comment: Stern decorations made and cast in resin. Each is slightly over 1 inch in diameter.
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File comment: Stern windows and decorations installed.
The girl has a nice rear-end now. :)

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:04 pm
  Post subject:  Re: RC USS Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
Square rigged and radio controlled; too cool for school!
Post Posted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:38 am
  Post subject:  RC Sloop of War Constellation c.1856  Reply with quote
I started this model in 1999. It sat for something like 8 years before I got back to it. I've been working on it regularly, if not steadily since 2008.
On July 10th, 2011 it sailed on it's own for the first time.
File comment: First Sail
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Lots of photos, notes, history, and a full work-log are on the site for the model at:
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:33 pm

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