I modeled and printed new pin rails to sit on the stanchions/pilasters shown in the last post, these with the belaying pins already in place.
I had a 3D printed wheel from Shapeways, but it was so brittle that a spoke seemed to break off just looking at it, so I printed a whole new wheel.
I replaced the clunky skylight panels with 3D printed one that are better sized and have better detail. They need to be pained, glass installed, and hinged on the skylight yet.
The only idea of what the stern of the ship looked like early on was a drawing of her in dry dock in 1859, when she returned from her first cruise. In that drawing are a couple of circles connected by thick drawn lines, and since 1999, I've had no idea what they represented. Recently, I finally found out they were Night Lifebuoys. Some Royal Navy officer named Cooke invented the things around 1818, and they apparently were very common on ships in most of the world's navies. Based on poor photos mostly, and the design of some more modern versions, I 3D modeled some fairly simple versions and printed them. The ball floats were copper, but based on photos, some of which of Constellation herself, it looks like they were painted right-over in typical Navy tradition.
I'm gonna need a pile of bullseyes in different sizes, and shroud-fairleads, or as they were apparently known, sizing-trucks, for what reason I can't figure out. I modeled and printed three sizes of these items.
I found some 3D models of American Civil War sailors, that I can use to make a crew. I printed them as is to see how they'd turn out, but I'll alter the files, or alter the figures after printing to get what I need. In all I already planned on 30-40 figures in little vignettes about the ship, these pics show 19 so far, and a cat. Stella the cat will probably sit on the capstan as she is here, it just seems like a natural place for her. I haven't decided if I'll paint her as a calico or a yellow tabby. I'll probably have a second cat, and a rat for it to be chasing, somewhere around the main hatch.
Back aft, I think I'll fix the pivot gun off center as shown, with a crew drilling it's operation. The forward gun is surrounded by a spider's web of jib sheets to tangle with the figures, but the aft crew only has to contend with the spanker sheet.
The picture of the whole model shows that even just 19 crew and a cat makes for a much livelier display.
It took a few tries and a lot of adjustments, but I manged to model and properly print articulated studded anchor chain, ie printed all in one go without the links being bonded together. Four sets, one for each anchor, are all printed and painted as of today.