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  1. Today I washed down the hull and masts, in prep for painting later this week. My air compressor hose was damaged, and I have to buy a new one Wednesday when I get paid. I also washed down the Japanese house boat I'm building.
  2. thibaultron

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I'm still working on the plans for a Maryland Terrapin Smack from the Chappelle/Smithsonian plans. The plans as delivered do not show or give dimensions for the masts or sails. I looked at several sources, including an old "Ships In Scale" article on a Chesapeake Bay Schooner the "Sunny South", with out muck luck, but that article did have some spar relationships and his final dimensions. The smacks were rigged as schooners, not like the sharpies they descended from. The "Sunny South" was about 70 feet long and the smack is about 35 feet, so I dropped the topmast. Anyway after much SWAG, I came up with mast lengths I think are reasonable. Next I looked through my kits and found that the Midwest Sharpie rigging came very close to matching my guesses. Today I finished drawing out the rigging for her, rescaled so that the distance between perpendiculars matched between both boats. Here is my progress so far. Next comes rotating the masts for matching rakes, and overlaying the Smack spars, which were on the drawing. The other thing I'm using the Midwest Sharpie for are the belaying points, for a gaff rigged schooner, though I'll use deadeyes on the smack.
  3. thibaultron

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Great news! I'm glad to hear that things are looking so much better!
  4. Here is the entry from my "Carrie Price " build, which I hope to restart soon. Part 22 I guess I owe Pyro an apology. At the beginning of this build, I commented that the casting they made for the furled, or as it turns out being furled, main sail was incorrect. I think I used a stronger comment. Because I'm used to modern sailboats, I said that they had cast the angle of the leading edge, in the wrong direction, as it angled away from the mast. They had it right! The foot of the mainsail is laced to the boom in such a fashion that it cannot side forward as the sail is lowered. With the steep rake of the mast, the leading edge would jam as the sail was lowered. I have not worked up the geometry for this, I'll take their word for it. To solve this problem, the lower part of the sail is not directly laced to the mast hoops. Instead there is a rope that runs between the sail hanks and the hoops. I'm not explaining this well but the drawing that will follow should clear it up. As the sail is lowered this rope is loosened and the leading edge can pull away from the hoops, letting it slide back. This detail was from the Skipjack Kathern documents shown earlier in Frank's post. Detail A shows how the lower part of the sail is attached to the hoops by a rope running between them and the hoops. Detail B shows the upper hoops laced directly to the sail. So Pyro’s casting with the lower part of the sail pulled away from the mast, as it is being lowered, is correct. Interesting basically The jib has only a partial boom, so this is not a problem. It is hanked directly to the stay. Learn something new every day.
  5. The explaination in the book, which unfortunetly I did not note down the location of, did not explain it clearly, only that that was the reason for the pendant. I'm going to try and refind the passage.
  6. Thank you Chuck for all you do for the hobby! I'm going to be saving up for this kit. I'll wait until the regular kit release though. My shop will not be ready for the group build, and I already have 3 ships in various stages that I need to at least get a couple finished before I could start on this one.
  7. Frank You may have to unstring the lower mast hoops. The reason they are attached with a pendant on a real Skipjack, is that as the sail is furled, the fore edge of the lower sail pulls back from the mast, as the boom is lowered. The pendant is released so that that section of the sail can pull away from the mast and not tear. Sounds crazy, but I found this tidbit when researching for my Pyro Carrie Price model. The partially furled cast sail for the model shows this, and I thought that they had made a mistake, nope, that's how the actual sails furl. See the lower part of the partially furled sail on the box art below. Not sure why this is, but that's how it works.
  8. Thanks for the informative video!
  9. thibaultron

    What have you received today?

    Arriving just before I went on vacation, and others waiting when I returned were these books. I'm disappointed it the Small Yachts book. Not that it is a bad book, it is that it is a "Best Of" version of the original 1887 book, and one of the parts they cut out, is the section I need! I'm trying to design a "Maryland Terrapin Sharpie" from Chappelle's plans. The plans do not show the masts, except the stumps, nor do they give the mast lengths. In "Migrations Of An American Boat Type", Chappelle states that he used measurements from the 1887 version to make the drawings. I was hoping that the book had that data, but this shortened version does not contain that section, which hopefully would have had those dimensions. I’m not going to pay $150-$200 for an original copy, though, even if I was sure that those lengths were given. The first set has the above mentioned book, and the other is an interesting book on the history of the USS Merrimack/CSS Virginia, as well as a biography of the three main people involved with her conversion to an Ironclad. The author wanted to build a detailed model with interior, but found existing books inadequate. He found new sources that he used for this book. The next two are ones that were recommended on this forum. "The Hand Reef And Steer" is a book on sailing a Gaff Rigged Boat, and gives insight on how and why the lines on a gaff are used. I haven't looked at the Schooner book yet. The train wreck book is about a commuter train wreck that occured in the Baltimore/Washington area, where I used to live. "The Boats Of Men Of War" gives an in-depth look at the boats, with many drawings, and is an update with new drawings and pictures, of the 1970s version.
  10. thibaultron

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Best wishes for Kevin!! I'll pray he fully recovers!
  11. See Chucks build log on the Medway Longboat for his recomendations on planking. He uses thinner stock and no clamps.
  12. I haven't abandoned the build. I'll restart after we get back from Florida.
  13. thibaultron

    Sail design for 18th-century longboat?

    Abe Books has several reasonably priced copies of Mays book "The Boats Of Men Of War"

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