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Dowmer

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  1. Just as a side note, I've been to many third world (developing) countries where they make furniture etc and I've seen them use what looked like shoe polish on the furniture they were polishing, touching up or staining etc. So it doesnt suprise me that it works here too. I'll have to give it a try.
  2. Rob, If it was me I'd rig the shrouds while there is plenty of room and no real interference. Plus it might help with arm fatigue not straining around obstructions etc. But either way its looking great.
  3. Tomek, Outstanding work.!!!!! Could you detail how you make the sails and what material? You have excellent craftsmanship.
  4. The turns in the middle of the gammoning is called frapping and was commonplace. Heres what Steel has to say in BlueEnsign’s build Log of the Pegasus post #112 Steel makes reference to cross turns of the frapping so this is the method I have adopted. When all the turns are passed, and hove tight, they are frapped together in the middle, by as many cross turns as are passed over the bowsprit, each turn hove tight: the end of the gammoning rope is then whipt, and seized to one of the turns. The frapping increases the tension; and adds to the security acquired by the purchase.
  5. Coming right along. I realize it’s a steep learning curve but you are managing very well.
  6. What!! No stun’sls!!!.......😫 But they are so characteristic of the clipper..... Just kidding Rob, it’s going to look great. 😁
  7. Dowmer

    Syren Rope Rocket

    Its also to get the fuzz to lay down on line. Anyway, that’s why I use it. It also gives the line a bit of that tarred look if you use a dark colored wax.
  8. Dowmer

    Syren Rope Rocket

    Yes, wet the line then stretch it. It will help it set. Even real rope was stretched after making it.
  9. Rob, When you have time would you detail how you make the paper sails, materials, techniques etc. I’ve seen many different techniques, but your sails look very nice. 😃
  10. Practice makes perfect 😁. If things get too ugly you can get some replacement parts from Model Expo
  11. I wouldn’t worry too much. I had 11 strakes on my build. Just make sure they all fit without any gap left over. Once again, watch Chucks build of his 1/48 scale boat. Also his cutter Cheerful build. He goes over measuring out strakes, fairing and tapering planks.
  12. Dont worry, I broke the stem on mine too. Just glue it back. This is a very fragile model. You will find that the basswood in this kit makes it difficult as well. Fuzzy, soft horrible stuff. Other woods are easier to work (sand, carve etc). But basswood will be good for you to learn the ropes.....so to speak.
  13. Daforunia, I dont believe the sheer is tapered or the wale plank directly below it. The rest will have to be tapered or spiled to fit the required space. Whenever possible, reference the plans. Chuck is building a larger 1:24 version with a lot more detail. If you have a chance read through it and see a detailed version of what you are building. Lots of great tips to pick up. The 1:48 version you are building can be difficult for a beginner due to the small size and advanced planking required. Just go slow and take your time. Welcome to shipbuilding. A very rewarding but slow and tedious process.

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