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  1. Sprung yards

    My method is similar to Frankie's. I leave about an inch past the end of each spar to secure into the drill. I then clamp my drill in the bench vise leaving my hands free. I try to pre-taper most of the reduction in diameter in advance with knives amd rough files, and I can easily get down to topgallant yards without issue.
  2. Can you post a picture from the plans? Do you know the weight of the carronade? Caldercraft makes brass carronades in nearly every major caliber.
  3. You are much better off trying to get some proper hobby paints, rather than "craft" paints. They are weak in pigment, and it is also larger in particle size so they just don't lay out smoothly. As you found, they are also thick, and when you have to thin them to brush or airbrush consistency they get weaker still and don't cover well. I'd recommend Tamiya, Vallejo and Model Master acrylics. All much better options.
  4. Which acrylic paints are you using?
  5. Good plank on bulkhead option

    I'm building the Cruizer now (modified) and the one negative you might find is the instruction book. As I'm on my sixth build I don't really use it, but it is quite thin and really lacking for those that need it. By contrast, the Granado book (my previous build) is fantastic. Build wise not much to choose difficulty wise between them; Granado is more ornate, but there is far less of the repetitive rigging of the carronades. You'll get lots of help here no matter what you choose.
  6. From the Caldercraft kit, with many scratch modifications.
  7. arrow21

    That came out very nice.
  8. DSC01056 2

  9. pdn06

    Thanks Clare. She's a beautiful ship and I really enjoyed the MS kit. Good luck with getting yours done!
  10. image0170

    Terrific build Pete. She looks great.

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