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Aug 20, 2012, 08:25 PM
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USS Constitution sets sail again in Boston Harbor

Certainly not scale sail in anyway but felt Sunday's event in Boston Harbor was well worth posting.
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Aug 23, 2012, 02:40 AM
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That's an awesome photo Chuck! The F-18's over Old Ironside's.
Aug 26, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Aug 28, 2012, 08:36 AM
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This last sail they didn't have the heads'ls bent on - she was sort of tossed together just enough to set her tops'ls.

I found the attached image online a couple of years back that surprised me. When she first sailed she only had the three tops'ls, two heads'ls, and driver (spanker), but in this photos she also has stays'ls between the masts and you can see t'gallants furled on their yards, though I've never found an image with those unfurled or set.

Since these shots were taken, the bulwark was lowered and the waist opened which lowers her profile a bit. I hope they focus on her transom next, putting the bow back in it and getting her looking more early 19th century than late 19th century.
Aug 29, 2012, 11:30 PM
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they only sailed it for 1100 yards. really come on!

"arright boys thats enough time to bring in the sails"
Aug 30, 2012, 05:17 PM
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Those are some magnificent photos of Old Ironsides! Thanks for posting them!

I am currently building a RC version of the Revell 1/96 USS Constitution.

I haven't seen this one done RC yet.

At least, not one near as detailed as I am doing.


Sep 01, 2012, 12:11 PM
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I've done built three kits (2 Conny and one United States) two were RC, and everything in the box went on the model-except the vacuum formed sails. I have a United States kit someone gave me 25+ years ago that had some deformed parts that I intended to make RC, but got off on other things instead.

I look for such projects all over the Net and so far I think you're right - I haven't seen a Conny/US or Heller Victory made RC with much of the detail put on.

Someone in here did use a Conny hull to make an RC brig model that was interesting.
Sep 10, 2012, 01:16 AM
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I have built the Revell Constitution in RC, and one of the 1:100 kits of the HMS Victory. Both of them were primarily learning boats, however, and I placed much more emphasis on sail-ability and survivability than on detail. Probably a good thing, since Constitution survived getting run over by an out-of-control giant RC racing speedboat with only a little bit of lost decking. You can see them both here:
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Pond - The Chase (3 min 30 sec)

I still have the rest of the kits, but I don't have the space to work on these two ships anymore. Now I am working on a much more portable project with a little more emphasis on detail.

I wish I could get stationed on the Constitution. Unfortunately the Navy would much rather put me on a submarine than on a sailing vessel.
Sep 10, 2012, 02:25 AM
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Some vid of the real ship from YouTube
USS Constitution Sets Sail in Boston Harbor - "Old Ironsides" (2 min 49 sec)
Sep 10, 2012, 04:05 PM
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Jerry, thanks for posting! I hadn't seen that vid before.

I think that this is possibly the best Conny under sail video that I have seen to date.

Being that it was apparently filmed from a rapidly moving helicopter, it gave it a very different perspective from the usual shore-side filming.
Sep 10, 2012, 04:07 PM
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Kotori, I've read about your relatively fast-build square-rigger trainers originating from Revell & Heller plastic kits..

Better that you went the bare-bones way with them because, I guess, you are in a boating club that allows high-speed boats shooting about.

Seems considerably more risky for sinking plastic models.

Undoubtedly you put flotation in it or it would have been quickly spirited into Davey Jones locker!
Sep 10, 2012, 04:08 PM
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Turning the page, I think that getting assigned to Conny duty would be next to impossible for anyone. Let alone a sailor that has undergone extensive submarine training. You're far more valuable to our country now!

Cheers and beers

Sep 13, 2012, 05:40 PM
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i just wish she would have some headsails up, her driver and would actualy make steerageway...
Sep 13, 2012, 08:17 PM
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I'd like to see her actually sail somewhere.
Sep 15, 2012, 09:20 AM
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The video indicated to me that she was becalmed at the time. Look at those lifeless flags and sails.

Sadly, the tug seemed to be helping her out with what little movement there was.

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