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About usedtosail

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    Enjoying semi-retirement
  • Birthday 04/27/1955

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    Eastern shore of Newfound Lake, NH

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  1. Ozark, scratch building is where I would like to end up but I think I have a ways to get there. all of the repairs are completed and I am making progress on the braces. I have the fore and main lower yard braces in place and have started on the crossjack yard and topsail yard braces.
  2. Just stunning Dan. The display case finishes the model beautifully. Great job!
  3. Thanks Popeye. Ozark, I made the flying jib boom from a piece of 1/8" dowel that came with the kit. Some of the dowels in the kit were warped, which I replaced with new dowels that I bought online. To make the boom, I first drilled two holes to simulate the sieve in the forward end. I then used a small hand plane to taper the dowel towards the ends, then chucked the dowel into my Sherline lathe and used sandpaper to round then out again. I used a small file with the dowel in the lathe to make the shoulder on the forward end, then a small chisel to connect the two holes to finish simulating the sieve. You could also chuck the dowel in a hand drill if you don't have a lathe.
  4. Thanks Rob, and for the likes. I am back in business and it feels great to be back at it. I started by making a new flying jib boom - well really one ad a half as the first one broke when I was half way done. I then carefully undid the rigging from the broken flying jib boom to see if I can salvage any of the lines that are looped over the end of the fjb. A few of the seizings had come undone due to the pressure on the old part, so had to remake the inner martingale stays and the sprit yard parrel. I also had to cut the flying jib stay, as it ran through the sieve on the end of the fjb. I added a new line for it around the fore mast and put the seizings on in place, which is always fun when you are wrapping thread five feet off the floor. I put the flying jib boom in place, after adding the traveler and lines with loops on the end. A few of the lines need to be replaced to get the tension right but the rest look OK. I added a pin to the inner end of the fjb which goes into a hole in the bowsprit cap, and glued the fjb to the cap. A few more lines to fix up here and then I can start on the braces. It looks like I will be starting back to work part time next week but will still have a lot more time in the shop then I did when I worked full time.
  5. Dave, I am glad you came through the storm OK. And your bowsprit rigging is excellent.
  6. Greg, I used .015 x .040 styrene strips. Thanks for the condolences guys. The shop is all set up and I am making the new flying job boom this afternoon.
  7. Thanks guys. The wine is just there temporarily, but there is a bottle of Tequila behind it that is staying, for after hours only.😋 So I unpacked enough stuff so that I could uncrate the Connie. I took the top off first and when I looked inside I saw this...😲 As I feared the model slipped out of the cradle during one of the moves, since I had not tied it down. After taking it out of the crate and giving it a good examination, the only damage was the flying jib boom, which is snapped. Not too big a deal but I will have to do some re-rigging after replacing it. I was happy to see the dolphin striker was still in one piece and none of the yards were messed up. So, once the shop is into shape, I will make a new flying jib boom and replace the rigging for it. I did manage to get more unpacked last night, so I am getting there. Now back to unpacking...
  8. I have some work to do now getting everything set up...
  9. We are getting close to being back into the new shop. Here are a couple of pictures of the space as it looks today. The shop light is installed and the TV will be mounted on the wall tomorrow. The workbenches and other stuff will be coming out of storage on Monday, as will the crate holding the Connie. I'll have pictures next week of uncrating her. I hope there won't be too much damage to address, if any. The kitchen area is left over from when this space was a summer rental. The fridge is now a beer fridge and the sink will be useful in the shop. Plus, there is storage space in the cabinets. Although we thought we were retiring, my wife found a part time Kindergarten aid job 1/2 a mile from here, so she is back to work a few hours a day. When I left my job they asked if I would be willing to work part time from here, so I will be contacting them in a week or so, after I took the summer off. Semi-retirement still feels pretty good.
  10. Sorry to hear that Steve. Do what makes you happy though.
  11. usedtosail

    What have you received today?

    The first item to go into the new workshop. I am moving out the old furniture tomorrow then getting the workshop stuff that is in storage a week from Monday.
  12. Sorry to hear about your health issues Dave, but the rigging is coming along nicely. Yes, threading those eyebolts was a bit sporting, as they say.
  13. Fernando, the ship looks great. Nice job!
  14. I found the clasp to my wife's ankle bracelet last week using the foot method. Worked like a charm...

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