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Old 05-25-2017, 08:49 AM
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Default Constellation 1:36 scale

I've been working on this one for a very long time, and it's still not finished.

It is the sloop of war Constellation, built in 1854, built as she appeared in a painting in 1856. The real ship still exists as a museum in Baltimore Maryland, USA.
She is 1:36 scale making her about 8 feet long over the rig, a bit over 5 foot on deck, and 5 foot tall with her ballast. Ready to sail she weights about 100 pounds; 43 pounds of that is lead shot in a 2" i.d. PVC pipe that can be removed.
She's built of white pine wood strips covered in 4oz glass, and coated in resin inside. There are no ribs or frames in the hull, just beams for the mechanical deck.
She is controlled on 4 channels of a Spektrum Dx6 tx by two HiTec winches, a mega-sail arm, and a hi-torque rudder servo, all running on a 6 volt 7 amp-hour SLA battery.
She's moved, launched, and retrieved by a boat trailer/cart made of angle iron from a bed frame.
The sails are made of DuPont Supplex cloth, with drawn on seams, glued on panels, and hand sewn bolt-ropes. The masts and most spars are white cedar, the smaller ones are white pine.
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ID:	2216860 Forms were scrap wood paneling I had from renovating my house. 1999
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ID:	2216861 Second float test 2009
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ID:	2216862 First sail 2011
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ID:	2216863 At Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 2014
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ID:	2216864 Baltimore Port Expo 2015
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ID:	2216867 On her launch-cart, Baltimore Port Expo 2017

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