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Offline MWRinehart

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Liberty ship Perry
« on: 26 March 2021, 18:20:33 »
I am getting close to finishing the ship.
I have included some pictures.
I am currently working on the full rigging of the derricks. I have come up with a way to secure the booms in place temporarily, and then I can go and put the final lines in one at a time.  This keeps everything in place and level as you tighten the lines up.  Word to the wise.  Pull here and something pulls over there. So make sure to look at the whole derrick as you tighten up the lines.
This is my very first ship, and it has tested me very well.
Everything in the pictures is from the kit.  I did buy extra block and tackle from Deans to do all the rigging.
I put brass eyes in the  deck to secure the lines  from the derricks.  This was in consideration of making the model more durable for radio control operation.
I have included pictures of the ship as it sits today.
Mike R

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Re: Liberty ship Perry
« Reply #1 on: 26 March 2021, 19:29:29 »
Well done you have created an excellent ship you should be proud. Look forward to seeing the completed ship

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Re: Liberty ship Perry
« Reply #2 on: 26 March 2021, 20:24:57 »
Thanks for taking a look. I appreciate it  very much.
it's very exciting to see the ship after a long time come together like I hoped.

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Re: Liberty ship Perry
« Reply #3 on: 02 April 2021, 01:22:28 »
I got the center derrick done.
Had a little issue on the  main deck  with crazy glue gone wild.  Had to take a couple of hours to sand the deck and mask off and then Air brush as delicate as I could.  Everything looks great.
Got the center ready for the flag pole and yard arm.  This will be rigged with brown thread, as will the one on the super structure
In the second picture I took of the aft derrick, I wanted to explain for someone who might be new to building ships and may want a stepping off point for doing the derricks. This is in the first part of the rigging of the derricks.
I am sure seasoned veterans have their way as well.  This way works for me.
1. Temporarily tie the derricks together the distance you want them apart.
2. Tie the derricks up into the up position.   Making sure to make them the same height. At his time only do one tie of the knot.
3. Then take thinner thread and tie the end leaving the holes open.  Secure the other end to your tie off on the deck.  Again only one tie of the knot so that you can adjust left to right the derrick arms.  By pulling down you can now double check the height to the booms and do your second pass on the knot at the derrick stand.  This will secure the booms in the up position as well as their distance apart.
When I do following steps I will photograph again and explain the following steps to rigging the the derricks.
Mike

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Re: Liberty ship Perry
« Reply #4 on: 04 April 2021, 20:06:48 »
As I said I would in the last post the first two pictures are of the last derrick getting rigged.
As you can see the temporary lines are in place.
The next step is to secure the hooks, putting down ward pressure on the booms.  Once both sides are done, the lateral block and tackle are put on and then the line is put in and the temporary line can be removed.  After the side lines are in then the block and tackle between the booms can be done last.
You might have to at this point undue a knot and re cinch up a line. I can tell you from experience now, a tug here to much and a line will loosen up over there. Look at the entire project as you tighten up your lines.  At this point super glue the knots let dry and cut off excess.  Be careful not to get to happy with the #11 blade on the knife or you might be redoing a line.
I hope this may help someone start rigging the derricks.
As you can see from the last three pictures the fully rigged ship raises the quality of a very good model to that of excellent craftsmen model of the ship.
All I have left are life rafts and final fitting on the super structure and decals. Once I get the extra blocks I ordered from Deans Marine, I can finish up the flag poles and put in the overhead line and she is done. 
I hope by the end of next week the build will be done.
I then have to paint my Merchant Marines and regular Navy for the ship.
While not in the water, I am going to build a storage cabinet for my model trains on the bottom with the ship on top of the cabinet.  I plan on doing a diorama to show off the ship while not in the water.
I would like to ask how I might go about doing a video for the ship for the forum.
As I stated before the ship has two sound systems, ( Steam freighter engine in tune with the speed of the prop, and Navel ship talk and gun sounds.) smoke for the funnel and lighted interior, (Red light for the wheel house and white light for the super structure and the galley and rear gun housing, on sperate switches for black out running or dock sitting.).  A video would really show the boat in all it's splendor. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you,
Mike

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Re: Liberty ship Perry
« Reply #5 on: 16 April 2021, 17:16:32 »
More pictures.
Decals and flags and sailors only thing left.
The last couple of pictures are of the lighting in the ship and the smoke unit for the funnel.
The second to last pictures shows how I tied in the RC antenna to the cable running the length of the ship.
A side note.  The ship is not like the "Terminator" with red eyes.  lol
The wheel house is done with red lights and the rest of the ship is white lights.  Both are on  their own switch.
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