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  1. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    I remember recently seeing a remarkable stop motion video of the building of this kit. Happily, I was able to find it again: Stop motion build of AL Fokker Dr. I by Tom Grigat Maybe it will even help with some of your assembly questions.
  2. Fusion 360

    Isn't it just a free trial? Or is there a free for personal use option that I missed?
  3. Fusion 360

    I have recently been trying some 3D modelling using Blender. I have had some decent success, but wonder how much better other tools might be. For hull modelling, the main challenge is fitting a surface to the various curves that the plans describe. Can Fusion 360 (or any other software, for that matter) do this, taking into account curves in multiple directions? In Blender, it's possible to create a surface from multiple curves, as long as every curve has the same number of control points. However, the connections between the curves are more or less straight. There is no way to use another set of curves, orthogonal to the first set, to "guide" the shape of the surface between. I don't know if that's just a limitation of Blender, or something no software can do.
  4. Here is an explanation of how I have mixed text and images in posts. I hope it's useful to you. First, I decide what pictures I want to include. Then, in a text editor (e.g. Notepad) I write the text of my post and make a note of where each picture will fit. I save the text file so I will be able to reproduce the post if needed. The contents of my text editor would look something like this: When I am ready to post my update, I go to my build log topic on the MSW site, scroll down to the bottom, and click on "Reply to this topic", then click "choose files" and select and upload all the pictures. There will be a thumbnail of each picture at the bottom. Next, I use cut & paste to paste the first section of text into the reply (only the text to be above the first picture). Then I click on the thumbnail of the first image. That inserts the picture at the current location. I am careful to always hit enter after inserting a picture, because otherwise the next text you enter will not start after the image. (Until you hit enter, the cursor will be at the right edge of the image and may be hard to see.) Then cut and paste the next section of text. When entering new text, make sure the cursor is at the far left or the text will not display below the image. Sometimes, when you click below the image, the cursor will be in the wrong place and you'll need to move it down. See below. After pasting in the next section of text, click on the next image to insert and hit enter. Repeat until the entire post is complete.
  5. Fore and aft rigging questions

    Thanks for the responses. It looks like I have several valid options.
  6. Fore and aft rigging questions

    Thanks, Henry. That's very helpful.
  7. The time is soon approaching when I will start the rigging of my model, Virginia 1819 from AL. As a complete novice, I am full of anxiety. It doesn't help that the kit instructions basically say "We're not going to tell you where each line goes, just look at the (completely inadequate) pictures." Thankfully, MSW user Trufo has posted some detailed diagrams of each line in this post. After studying those diagrams at length, I'm most of the way there to figuring out how each line runs, but I still have a few questions. The ship is a schooner with a relatively simple sailplan: a jib, foresail, mainsail, and single gaff topsail. 1. The jib downhaul runs from the head of the job through a block at the end of the bowsprit and is secured on one of the bowsprit bitts. Is it just loose from the head of the jib to the block? Or attached to the stay? Or sewn into the luff edge of the jib? 2. The diagrams show a line from the tack of the mainsail going downwards, but it isn't clear where it ends. Does it attach to the boom near the jaws? Or down to the base of the mainmast? (I am thinking that I might omit this line anyway, as the lowest mast hoop should hold the tack corner of the mainsail in the right position. For what it's worth, there is no corresponding line for the foresail, which has no boom.) 3. The topping lift for the boom runs from the end of the boom up to a block at the trestle trees and down to the base of the mainmast. However, the diagram is only showing the starboard side. Is there an identical topping lift on the port side of the mainsail? Or is there just the one, and I need to decide which side it goes on? 4. Do brails run continuously from one side, through the sail at the leech edge, to the other side? Or are there pairs of separate lines, one on each side, that start at the same point on the leech edge? Thanks in advance for your help.
  8. Hello

    Thank you all for the warm welcome.
  9. Hello

    Hi, Peter here. Some 30 years ago, I completed the only ship model I have ever built: the yacht America from Scientific models. It has been displayed over the fireplace in every place I've lived. Recently, while shifting the model aside to make room for holiday decorations, I mentioned to my wife that I've always wanted thought about building another ship model. She wisely pointed out that, as an adult who can do what I like, there is nothing stopping me. So here I am. I've been reading lots of tutorials and build logs, but I'm sure I will still have lots of questions. I plan to start work on my new kit this weekend, the Virginia 1819 from Artesania Latina.

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