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  1. I’ve successfully used cardstock for making small details in relief. I would clear coat both sides of the cardstock first to make it stronger and easier to work. Once it’s painted, no one will ever know the difference.
  2. I haven’t forgotten about Victory. I’m about 2/3 complete with the Prince de Neufchatel. I’ve been learning a lot with it. I now know how I’m going to make the gratings, the head and the figurehead which were the parts that I was worried about my ability to make.
  3. I’m in the middle of a blizzard right now, so this is going to be a great weekend to get some work done in the shipyard. I’m going to try to finish the hull, including guns, this weekend.
  4. I’m making the gunport lids now (I feel like I was just doing this). I’m only making 24 this time. Plus, in addition to being larger, they are also card, which makes this much easier.
  5. GrandpaPhil


    What’s the best way to scratch build cleats?
  6. Is it safe to assume that an American Privateer outfitted in France would have installed French guns with French gun rig, especially considering that she had a French Captain?
  7. I’m using the sail plans in the Anatomy of the Ship, for the Victory, to make mine. There are also excellent rigging diagrams, including belaying plans, in the book, too.
  8. My copy of “The Search for Speed Under Sail” by Howard Chapelle finally arrived today. It has full plans for the Prince de Neufchatel intended for the model maker. I’ve already learned a lot. If you’re going to build the Prince de Neufchatel, I strongly recommend it.
  9. I might make a block tumbler. I’ll have to look into it.
  10. To make deadeyes I’ve been using dowel rods. I started by cutting the grooves with a knife. Make sure when cutting the groove you make the first cut from the outside-in, otherwise the wood will split. Next, I cut the deadeyes off. Then I drill the holes and sand the deadeyes smooth. I started out predilling the holes in the dowel rod, but that caused alignment problems. I used an Excel hobby knife with a #11 X-Acto blade and a pinvise.
  11. I’ve been making single-sheave blocks and deadeyes. I’ve been making the blocks out of 1/8” stock. I measured them off 13/64” intervals. I made a cross cut there on all four sides. I then drill the hole for the line and make a longitudinal line on all four sides. Then I cut the blocks free. I’ve been making 12 at a time.

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