Phantom Ship Build Completed

The Phantom is finished and mounted, which just about brings this build to an end.  I’ll engrave the brass plates this weekend (my wife has a computer controlled engraver for her jewelry business).  Still need to pick up some small brass screws too.

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Overall I’m very happy with how it turned out, being my first ship build.  Going in, I was concerned about rigging, but I found that part to be a lot of fun, and it went really quickly (it helped that the Phantom has a pretty simple rigging plan).  I was pretty frustrated halfway through the process, but once I pushed through and got to rigging, it really turned the project around for me.

Took about 6 months (including a 2 month break), spending most weekends and an hour or so on most weeknights.  I certainly learned a LOT – not only technique, but also ways to improve my overall process and workflow.

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I’ll start applying those learnings tomorrow morning when I dive into the next build – the MS 1:64 Bluenose I’ve had sitting in its box since the fall.