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About rwiederrich

  • Birthday 01/22/1962

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    Bremerton Washington
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    Astronomy, telescope building, clipper ship model building.

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  1. Steam.... I appreciate that very much...sometimes I feel as if I'm a shackey mess...on the verge of breaking everything....quite stressful actually. Rob
  2. I hope the images were adequate. My ramblings are not meant to be an indictment to those who use out of scale cloth sails...just my observations formed by 45 years of doing things against the current. Again..thanks to all who commented and for all the likes...... Rob
  3. One thing I might point out....I purposefully set the sails at a 20degree cant so that sails never fully overlap. I also placed name plates of the model on both sides of the display base so that I could turn the model for a starboard or port viewing. If the model is at a port viewing stance, then you can see fully the running rigging and inner sail rigging detail very easily on all masts. The back side of the sails has just as much detail as the front with all its buntlines and reef points. The opacity of the sails adds to the realistic impression. I tried to adequately overcome many of the supposed pitfalls accompanied with sail addition to models, like, *sails block rigging detail*, *sails diminish overall detail*, *Poor sails lessen the overall model*, and many similar distractive criticisms. I only hope more builders become ambitious and try paper sails on their own models and that they can work past the dogma that over sized, out of scale sails is all they have to work with...so they opt out. A sailing ship is beautified by her sails....they are what make her what she is. So model them too. Rob
  4. Bob...If I hadn't created these paper sails before on other models...and by that, gaining the necessary experience....I surely would have never put sails on this particular model using cloth. Large weave, heavy, un-naturally wrinkly sails that just hang lifeless on your model can be an extreme disappointing distraction. Much labor is even required to install such out of scale sails......labor that was needlessly expended IMHV. I agree with your assessment....I'm very pleased with the results... Since these sails are made of paper and not cloth, makes no difference. It is the final result not the material that draws the welcome compliments and admiration of the beholder, not to mention a far superior realistic sail that captures motion and action. It's definitely labor intensive...but also very forgiving. This is why I adopted *off ship* techniques. Add the sail details while the mast is off the ship so as much detail can be added without the general incumbrancers found while working on the model proper. I try to work smarter not harder, and as you well know clipper ships had an intensive rigging scheme. Ed on his Young America would be the first to agree....I'm trying to attain the same attention to rigging detail as he.....just in a much smaller scale. Thank you Bob for your extremely nice comments. Your encouragement means the world to me. Rob
  5. Thanks so much Kieth . I’m doing everything I know to make them as accurate as possible within the limits of this scale.
  6. I also began the first of the backstays lanyards.......and off we go.....
  7. Sure..here are some pics of the closest I have of the sails mounted. These little guys are about 1/16" diameter.
  8. I make each one singularly.....paint them..then add them to the panel lines of the sails. Rob
  9. I appreciate that....I've worked hard to make them as convincing as possible...both in detail as well as billow effect. Rob
  10. Thanks Pat....I appreciate that. The stays need to be threaded through the cringles prior to install and that can be problematic...that is why I pre-make the stays with hooks and eyes so I can re-attach them after the stay sail/jib sail is installed. I've got the process all figured out...it just takes a while to perform. Rob
  11. Beautiful model...is this a Billing boat?
  12. What a fine miniature collection Patrick...and with finished interiors to boot....man. What skill to create such tiny nautical wonders....well done. Rob
  13. Now I'm going to focus on rigging (alternately) the fore stays and fore backstays along with the final foremast remaining yard halyards. As I get higher up the masts the issue of bending and sagging of stays becomes the real problem. So much pre-thought has to go into the next phase of rigging. Stay sail and jibs sails will need their halyard and downhaul blocks rigged as well...and not too early or late..as to block myself in or out of a situation. Belaying the topgallant downhaul line to its lin aft on the rail between the rail and house was the thing of total frustration. Rob
  14. Worked a bit today on the topgallant stay sail. Here are some pics. Rob
  15. Thanks.....I'm wrestling with the details...and trying to keep things shipshape. I'm making stuff up as I go....construction details that is... Rob

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