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  1. How Realistic Can One Make Sails?

    With regard to tinting, it seems to me that mixing food coloring in water would be a good idea. I have noticed how hard it is to get food coloring out of clothes, so I think it should weather well..
  2. Tying Off Standing Rigging.

    CA might work as well..
  3. You also might check Cornwall Model Boats.. Even though they are in the UK, I have ordered stuff from them and received better shipping rates than some stores in US..
  4. I see some on ebay.. https://www.ebay.com/itm/CANNON-WITH-WOOD-CARRIAGE-FOR-SAILING-SHIPS-HISTORICAL-BARREL-HBM2901-AKKURA-/381681726095
  5. Very thin rigging threads

    With CA you can use a razor to cut the end at an angle, creating a point.

    I'm also curious to know if the lack of a definition of " head feet ", is an impediment to completing the task?

    As Frankie mentioned, can you provide any context? 'Head feet' seems to mean something with regard to pumps. Heel would be the end of something. The heel of a mast would be stepped in the keel. A butt is typically where the ends of two planks come together without scarphing or overlap. On a mast it would seem to be the bottom end of some part. Again, context would help. A cap could be any number of things. There are mast caps, such as this: The definition I found for hounds is: The part of the mast near the top platform where the lower shrouds are mounted. The reinforcing timbers at the top of the mainmast where the topmast is mounted
  8. Your Images for our Facebook Page :-)

    This is a great idea, but why so few comments accompanying the images on Facebook?
  9. HMS Endeavour rigging plan

    The essential rigging would not be much different ( except for size and quantity ) from the Victory. If you can get something like Historic Ship Models by Wolfram zu Mondfeld, It would give you a good line by line accounting for similar ships; which you could compare to the plans you have and make adjustments as necessary
  10. Rigging Question - Virginia Privateer

    David, I see where I totally missed the boat on that, assuming it was a square sail ... Here is what Mondfeld shows. Your examples look like a flying configuration to me. I don't see going aloft to set those sails..
  11. Rigging Question - Virginia Privateer

    It looks to me like it is in fact a topsail yard, with some kind of attempt at perspective in the drawing. I think you would be hard pressed to find any kind of rigging plan that included a yard/boom as drawn.. Here is a link to what appears to be the same model, which sports a topsail, and a top gallant. Not a lot of detail but, using standard practice should get you by.. http://www.pielcraftsmen.com/ordimages/salemodels.htm P.S. There are reasons to be critical of some of the details in Petersson's Fore & Aft rigging book, however this over-all view of a similar rig, might give a basic idea of a rigging plan.
  12. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    One way to address this, would be to make the shrouds before setting up the deadeyes on the channels.
  13. Rigging for Dummies

    Keep in mind, you don't really have to know why/how about every line on a ship. As the number of masts and sails increase, you have the same basic principles repeated over and over. Just pick a mast and a type of sail; main, top, stay, spanker, etc., and the basic principles, with a few exceptions will always apply. This is not to say there won't be variations among countries and periods, but a 'lift' , a 'brace' a 'shroud' or whatever, won't really change that much, because the work to be accomplished will be the same.
  14. Such a beautiful model.. One of the first books I bought when embarking on this hobby some twenty years ago.. Always reminds me of what one can accomplish without Dremel and Byrnes.. I am also fond of the natural wood look. One other thought regarding detail.. I like the model without rope coils on deck or hammocks in the netting..
  15. Kits with fewer Cast Metal parts.

    Detailed wood parts would really drive up the cost of a kit. I have looked at a lot of kits over the years, and I don't recall any kit, at any price, that included detailed wood parts. The closest thing that I am aware of, are the kits that Chuck sells at his store. Syren Ship Model Company He has items such as this Windlass which is part of the ' Cheerful ' package, but would not be out of place on a lot of ships at the same scale. There are tons of ideas on this Forum for fabricating your own parts.

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