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  1. Thanks so much Sjors and the "likes". Good to hear from you again Sjors. Bob
  2. I've now done the same rigging on the lower foremast as on the main. Pendants, shrouds, sheer poles and the forestay. I also lashed blocks to the masthead for the gaff peak halyard and the main topmast stay. Next up will be the top masts and their rigging. Bob
  3. Thanks so much Zappto, OC, Jim, Ken and Rusty for the very generous comments, and thanks also to the "likes". Bob
  4. I've now done first rigging on the lower main mast. This included the burton pendants and shrouds and the main stay. Before doing these, I added cleats and eyebolts to the masthead and trestletree-crosstree assembly, as shown on the Smithsonian drawings. After finishing the shrouds, I added sheer poles.The stay is double and set up to tackles that are hooked to deck eyebolts forward of the fore mast. Lastly, I lashed blocks for the boom topping lifts and the gaff peak halyard to the mast head. Next, I will repeat this process for the lower fore mast. Bob
  5. Thanks so much Joshua, Denis and the "likes". Bob
  6. Thanks so much OC,Art,Joe and Thomas for the kind comments, and thanks also to the "likes". Your continuing interest is greatly appreciated. Joe, I hope the correct word is "brave", not "foolhardy". It just seemed like a good idea at the time. Bob
  7. Finally, something new to report. After getting the rigging plans and data, I decided to start with the bowsprit assembly and rigging. This really wouldn't have been my usual order of doing things, but I just felt like doing it. I began by making the bowsprit, jibboom and flying jibboom, the spritsail yard, the cap and the dolphin striker. I assembled these after shaping and filing shoulders, where needed, and painting the appropriate areas black. Before mounting, I added cleats and eyebolts as shown, and then added the deadeyes for the bobstay, shrouds and forestay and blocks for the spritsail yard braces and lifts. I then mounted the assembly. I began the rigging with the gammoning and then did the bobstay and shrouds. After those, I did the martingales and guys.The martingales reeve through hoes in the the dolphin striker, then through eyebolts on the bowsprit, then through fairleads at the bow and to the bow pinrail. The guys lead through eyebolts on the spritsail yard and then to tackles hooked to eyebolts on the forward side of the catheads. I also added the spritsail yard lifts, which also run back to the forward pinrail. There is still considerable rigging left to do in this area when the various stays are run from the foremast. Bob
  8. Joe, it kind of makes you wonder why kit manufacturers can't or won't supply the same kind of plans. Bob
  9. Thanks guys. Joe, I'm not sure if I can post pictures of the plans. Copyright issues? There are two detailed sheets, plus 8 pages of masting and rigging data, showing rope and block sizes for every line. Ken, go to americanhistory.si.edu .They have catalogues of everything available. Bob
  10. Just received the rigging plans and masting and rigging data sheets from the Smithsonian. They are so worth the cost and the wait. Now, it's back to work. Bob
  11. Thanks so much Denis,Elijah and Bigcreekdad for the nice comments. Elijah, the wait seems endless. Bob
  12. Thanks so much Art and the "likes". Always appreciated. Bob
  13. Thanks so much Jim for the very generous comments. I'm just a very old guy who tries hard. Thanks also to the "likes". Bob
  14. Martin, I get it on Amazon. Bob
  15. Looking really good Martin. I have used Micro Kristal Klear for the glazing .It dries clear and translucent. Bob

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