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  • Birthday 09/30/1961

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  1. Jon- I have to ask...By the looks of your builds, you don't mess around with anything small!! What scale are you planning for the Kate Cory? And...Is it going to sail??
  2. Thanks for the likes everyone. Jon - Looking forward to your buildlog. If I can be of any help in your research let me know. There's so much detail you can add to whalers. The question for me has been what to include and what to leave off.
  3. Had a nice weekend up in New Bedford at the museum. I could have easily spent half the day looking at Eric Ronnberg's 1/2" scale Kate Cory. So much interesting stuff there. Some inspiration to get my whaleboats going
  4. If/when I ever plank my first hull, I hope my first effort can come somewhere close to yours. Well done!! I went solid hull for my first attempt.
  5. Standing rigging is done. Downhauls and halyards for the fore and main sails are on. Can't avoid those whaleboats much longer.
  6. The plastic worked well for the 2 pin pin rails on either side of the fore mast. This time they're epoxied on there. Halyards and downhauls for the Jib, flying jib, outer, inner, and topmast staysails are in. I found it interesting the topmast halyard didn't have a block at the head cringe of the sail, it was just sister hooked to the head cringe. So I just hooked the downhaul to an eyesplice in the halyard as shown below in the top of the picture. Jib and flying jib halyards and downhauls That brings me to here... Next, I think it's time to get serious about these darn whaleboats. But not before a a little weekend trip to the New Bedford whaling museum. The wife and I are headed up there early tomorrow morning to spend a day there...Russ--I'll ask about the plans they used to sell on line..maybe we'll get lucky and they'll have a set laying around they would sell.
  7. It's been a frustrating few weeks in the shipyard. I've re-rigged most of the upper stays, fore royal stay. Just too much slack after tightening the cutting-in tackle. I must have re rigged the 4 backstays half a dozen times. I think I have all the standing lines where they need to be now. Ran the jib halyard and downhaul, and belayed the downhaul to the bow rail. Then, more trouble. As I tried to belay the hauling end of the halyard to the pin in the small pinrail on the fore mast, I realized the little two pin rail on either side of the mast is not going hold up the strain, off they came. So now I need to construct some new pinrails. Got an idea at work today. I found these plastic dividers we use. The thickness looks to be just about perfect. Hopefully I can fashion 2 rails, with two belaying pins in each that will hold up when affixed to the spider band with lines belayed to it. Because as you can see, the wooden one shown below didn't stand a chance.
  8. I have found with all info available between Mystic, New Bedford Whaling Museum and other sources, the question becomes how MUCH detail and extras do you want to add. Figuring how much is too much, how much am I capable of, has kept my interest in my build at a high level. Also can't help but think how much more detail one could add at 1/4" scale!
  9. Pulling up a seat for this build. One of the great things I've found about modeling a whaler is the extensive education I'm receiving about the American whaling industry in general and the whaling vessels in particular. I'm sure you'll enjoy this build as I am with the Kate Cory.
  10. Thanks guys. That makes sense.
  11. Looking for some advice. This week I finished off the cutting in tackle not without some setbacks. First, I had a pretty major catastrophe as I swung my arm around the model too quick and snapped the fore royal mast off right under the royal crosstree. . The fix took some time. The repair is not real pretty, but fairly well hidden under the crosstrees. The top most ratlines are going to have to be redone. with the repair done, I managed to finish the cutting in tackle, tension the lines and secure the lower blocks to the belly chain bit. All things considered, I'm happy with the cutting in tackle. Here's where the problem has arisen. Upon completing the Cutting in tackle, I noticed a LOT of my standing rigging had way to much slack in the lines because of the tension from the cutting in tackle. I cut away the fore topgallant and main topmast backstays, the outer mainstay, the main topmast stay and spring stay and main topmast spring stay. I reattached them, but haven't secured them all yet. Is there an order I should secure theses stays in that may avoid slack as I proceed, or is this just trial and error until I get all the lines to look good with no noticeable sag in them?
  12. As I get closer to finishing off the standing rigging, I'm have difficulty keeping the lines tight enough as to not slack as I add higher stays. I have subsequently untied the fore topgallant and main topmast backstays, along with outer and main topmast stay, and springstay and main topmast stay. As I try to secure these again, it seems as I get near the end, one or more lines slack again. I've noticed a lot of people step the main masts, rig them before moving on to installing and rigging the topmasts, and topgallant masts. Unfortunately this isn't an option for me anymore as the masts were completed as a whole unit and then installed. Is there a preferred "order" for securing these stays that may cause them to slack less? Or do I just need to keep adjusting until I find that "sweet spot" where everything looks taught?
  13. Thanks Kurt. I was pretty happy with the look. Wayne, I hope you get back at it soon. I've seen your log, you're off to a great start. Be sure to check out John B.'s KC log, as well as the many Morgan builds on this site. In particular, Bruce's Morgan, particularly his whaleboats, are stunning. Not only am I learning ship modeling, but I'm getting quite an education in the history of American whaling. Fascinating subject, IMO. I'm learning the hard way I shouldn't have tied off the standing rigging. I've already untied the backstays, and will probably need to undo the inner main, outer main and spring stays to re-tension them. It was a productive Sunday in the shipyard. Not only finished the cutting in pieces, I managed to get the blubber hook rigged. Ends are just wrapped around the windlass until final adjusting. Still need to lash that hook to the bit as well.
  14. Upper blocks shackled into the pendents. Lower blocks fit with wooden toggle, and blubber hook. A little extra detail adding the small rope handles on the lower block with the blubber hook. Now all that's left to do is rig these things.
  15. So I have started on the tackle and pendants. After studying the MS plans, the rigging specs booklet from New Bedford, it seems the Kate Cory's pendants were 8"c tarred hemp and not chain. So I used Syren .045 black rope, and 3.5mm bulls eyes for the thimbles and lashed it to the main mast. This illustration I found on line was extremely helpful for me in understanding cutting in tackle. To the left is the lower block setup with the blubber hook. The toggle strap is similar. The second is the upper block configuration, and the third is a chain option for the toggle rig. The far right shows the falls and guys. I added the bull's eyes for thimbles on the pendants and lashed it to the main mast as shown in the plans and described in the rigging Specs. I've made one set of upper blocks, without the guy block strapped in yet. Chuck's 9/32 block kits add a nice touch to add detail to these 17 1/2" blocks used on the KC. Next up the lower double block. and figuring out how I'm going to represent the linkage between the pendants and the upper block straps as my metal work is no way up to the task of making shackles.

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