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  1. flag.jpg

    Thanks Chuck, sorry I just didn't go back far enough. Here's the link to the page in the Cheerful build for anyone else who needs it, to make it easy. Flag making
  2. flag.jpg

    Chuck, do you have a tutorial on how you make flags, what material etc.? They always look so light and natural. Great work as always!
  3. Tim, This may be a bit late, but if you were still looking for contemporary references and not modern models for sloops, I would recommend you refer to Henrik Chapman's work Architectura Navalis 1768. Virtually all the small sloops and cutters from several nations referenced during this period have a Windlass. I'm not saying that all sloops and cutters had a capstan or windlass, but I would say that not having one was more the exception and not the rule. Particularly merchantmen, since they had fewer crew to man the tackles etc.
  4. Dave, Pretty much what they said. All are excellent answers. I did find in Steel's 1805 Vade Mecum which is a bit later period from what you are looking for, but he mentions for all the Futtocks Scarfs bolted through with Iron 1 1/4" - 3/4" bolts depending on the size of ship. 74 Gun to Sloop.
  5. Lady Washington Brig pulled out

    Love the Lady Washington, now if I could only finagle a job working on her at Port Townsend shipyard. Some really great history with the original Lady Washington and the PNW.
  6. Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    Just be careful, as it’s pretty soft. Just go slow and the wood should work fine. All else fails you can use boxwood.
  7. Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    Mark, If you take a look at the pic of my ship “Union” up above about 10 posts you’ll see what it looks like. I used Tung oil on it and it’s sat for about 15 years in a closet. The yellow is nice and warm but not too bright. I used it to approximate the yellow ochre paint that they used on 18th century ships. Either way, what Chuck said. Oils make it a bit darker and poly and sealer a bit lighter. And it sands and carves great with good flexibility in stits. But it will always be yellow, after all, it’s in the name
  8. Some questions about shrouds

    Vinnie, Check your sources for the bounty rigging. She may have used catharpins on the shrouds as well.
  9. Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    Thanks Chuck, Much of the ship was built several years ago before I put it into storage and no pictures were taken to document the building. I'm coming up on a household move...again....so when I get settled next year I plan on re-starting the build and I'll document my progress. Its a unique subject completely scratch built and I don't think anyone has ever built her before. Until then, I have several pictures in my profile to wet one's appetite. Fair winds.
  10. Alaskan Yellow Cedar

    I second...or third and fourth the recommendation about the Alaskan Yellow Cedar. I like to use it to replicate the yellow look of the ship sides. Oil finish really brings out the color. Some black paint on the edges replicates the caulking. The best part for me is the cedar smell....if you like that sort of thing. Below is a pic of the "Union" 1792 under construction. Yellow cedar, ebony and Holly for the different colors.

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