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  1. Mizzen mast, tack / brace lines, jib, and stay sails: I keep the mizzen sail furled Birdseye view of gaff threading standing tall working on the mizzen shrouds probably the second time around (since I accidentally cut them all the first time). I plastic welded some brass crimp beads to the lee side of the main and mizzen masts, so that they could serve as pass-throughs for the tack / brace lines from the fore and main sails, respectively. Of course, one of the beads toreoff during a trial of collapsing the masts not good. But Fixed with a new set of line and plastic welding. I opted for a jib and fore stay sail, plus 2 main stay sails, and zero mizzen stay sails and zero tack / brace lines for the mizzen mast - its getting kind of crowded in there and I cant junk it up any more. Next.. the life boats, and clean up.
  2. Strong work, Patrick! Binka’ looks like the proud papa to the rest of the family.
  3. Igor, thank you! I was just reviewing and enjoying the gallery of your many excellent past posts!
  4. Thank you, Igor. I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but I review your posts as inspiration to take my projects to a higher level! I have many new ideas and am excited to share them.
  5. She's all done: I make a little stand, stain it with jacobean, and apply the brass plate! Tomorrow I give away the Annie to Annie! (She works with me so i'll get to visit!). Thanks for reading!! -Josh
  6. Well, Redoing the Foremast and all four sails with the shrouds and gaff in place was no small headache, but the end results were worth all the eye straining. For the Main mast, the gaff was added, plus her shroud lines and belaying racks. But each of my SIB posts would not be complete without some form of break or malfunction; The starboard mainsail belaying rack pulls off after the shrouds are set: No worries. I have a new toy: Bondic - a liquid plastic welding product. Squirt some of the liquid pre-plastic and then expose to its UV light pen for about 5 seconds, and it instantly sets into plastic without mess. Much easier than CA in some instances. After the bondic! (no, I dont work for them). Has anyone used this type of product yet? So far, its very cool and works well. Fore and main masts are set; the bow is prepared with a pin vise hand drill and so the bowsprit is glued in. Some of the running rigging is brought through: I decide to start it from the gaffs. The Main gaff needs a little anchor by way of a flattened cord end. Next stop: Mizzen mast, spanker, and tacks.
  7. I'm excited about this post because it gives a sample of the error and fixes that can occur with SIB. After the formast and sails were installed, I put on the shroud rigging. Fortunately, the real Alaska has what looks like large belaying rack external to the ship. I prefer these over drilling holes in the sides of the ship. I usually do three runs per side. then I moved on the the main mast and sails.. I tried a new technique for the main sail, drawing patterns on the muslin, and coating the entire sail in CA. So here was my dilemma: The Main sail looks so much better than my completed - but sad, shaggy, and too narrow quite frankly! - foremast and sails. A good problem I suppose, one that required denuding the foremast of its sails and then completing the main sails till it looks much better.
  8. Hi Danny, regarding the Signature - so I tried to copy and paste in the links to my ships, but it put in the pictures as well - a little to clunky, and not what I want. How do I set up a hyperlink to my builds but without the picture? like everyone else.... thanks!
  9. Hull blank and general outline Not much out there to guide me on the details of USS Alaska, other than pictured above. So I looked at similar sloops-of-war from that era, including built from the same shipyard. These included the USS Austin, Eerie, Constellation and Portsmouth. After about 2 days research - life is cheap with SIB! - I cut out the hull blanks from bass. For the square gun holes / port holes - what are these called? - I was inspired to to cut them out instead of just painting them black; to do this I make saggital slices of the hull. I wich I had done that from the start. Mine became a clunky hybrid of hull blank + saggital slices. After tons of sanding and redos and repainting, I settled with this look. I made the hull deeper and more square on purpise - this time ia m going to try the silicone sea as was perfected by IgorSky - I need a big broad hull for purchase of the rubber and silicone glue. the Foremast How I make the mast hinges - cord ends for bead works, straightened and clipped. till you get this. A solid, smooth mast hinge is critical to my piece of mind with these little guys and gals. I added some mahogany strips for bulwarks, and a scratched painted faux deck. A real strip deck was just not in the cards for this one. The Bulwark cleans her up nice enough. I been going crazytrying to figure out how to better attach square rigged yards to the masts. I founf some tiny chain link in the beading store, cut two links and... secured with a little CA But how does she lay down? Very easily! and again.
  10. Thanks Patrick! I am really excited about this one. Been giving all the gaff and yard hinges a lot of thought: I have a few new ideas, and something is bound to do the job better than tying all those wobbly knots. Viewing the other posts on this site has really inspired me to elevate my process.
  11. Not sure, but I do see what you mean. I found a couple other pictures, none terribly helpful with the model, but still: Cool commemoratove stamp, and the original crew! I presume thats Cmdr. Homer Blake in the middle. https://www.naval-history.net/OW-US/Alaska/USS_Alaska2-Officers-1880.jpg
  12. I am choosing this as a gift for my friend, Brynn, who is from Alaska. Couldn't find too many ships named Brynn, and i kind of like what is going on with this particular ship. Apparently, a sloop-of-war is not a sloop that I think of in the civilian or recreational sense (eg a single gaff-masted cutter); rather a sloop-of-war I believe could be any unrated (ie under 20 guns?) two- or three-masted ship. The two-masted sloops-of-war were typically configured often as either main-mizzen-ketch or fore-main-snauw. This USS Alaska is a three-masted square-rigged ship, was the first of four US Navy ships named after the territory / state, and was launched in 1868. As far as pictures, i found these two dreary ones, and i suspect that they only hint at the splendor she would carry when at full sail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Alaska_(1868) https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-63000/NH-63526.html If anyone can refer me to any other photos or pictures of any kind, then i would be grateful. Otherwise, i will do what SIB builders do, which is to blend two shots reverence with one shot imagination. (Fair warning - if someone produces authentic picture with hideous colors, or all gray, then i might balk and choose my own). With three masts, four yards each, gaffs on each mast, and a bunch of lifeboats, this will be fun! Will probably look for a thinner sail material than i had with the Annie. Thanks for reading!
  13. Haha - that’s sounds good too, but I meant a mini bucket and bottle for the tiny folks who will be enjoying the ride on the yacht! Cheers!
  14. Patrick, really cool work! The detail is inspired. Did i miss the ice bucket with champagne, , or are you waiting for the official launch? -Josh

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