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  1. Thanks Blue Ensign that is very similar to how I decided to do it. The only difference is that I wanted the stirrup to come down between the turns round the yard. It seems strange that all the books seem to skirt this point, James Lees included, though I must of read up on it some where to know it hung down the back. Strangely the McGowen Victory works seems to have them hanging central to the yard rather than down the rear. Tom would need even longer legs! I usually use wire for the stirrups, drill a hole on the underside, poke it in and glue it, then wrap it round. This is o.k. at smaller scales. Druxey, thanks for replying on the bobstay. I decided, as cutters run the bowsprit in and out, that a bobstay would not be practical and as the travelling outhauler would actually assist moving the bowsprit that I would rig this.
  2. Have moved on since last post but before I upload the next stages I wondered if you could give some help regarding the stirrups for the foot ropes on the main yard. I have probably every rigging book you can buy but they all skirt over this minor detail which is how the stirrup is attached to the yard. Does it fall centrally to the yard or, as I previously thought, fix to the front of the yard, go over the top and hang down over the back? This will put them in the best position for standing at the back of the yard facing forwards.
  3. If you live in anywhere but UK you might be able to purchase this:
  4. Bob, Something like this: The one I saw years ago was like the tubes you get at the top of a white board so was more compact.
  5. it depends on whether you want to follow original practice and methods or just want a neat job. I do the side planks first as I like to fit waterways and margin planks and then work out from the centre too these.
  6. As usual search in UK only and what do you get - toilet roll holders!! Unfortunately the UK is a country that loves to buy cheap rubbish because they think its a deal and then too stupid to moan when it arrives broken! But never mind the Chinese love us. Unfortunately the cheap rubbish is going up in price and the quality items are not available here.
  7. Many years ago I saw a blind that was for drawings. You could insert multiple drawings and lower each as required as if it was a blind. I have never seen one somewhere I could purchase. Mine are usually slid under the lounge rug! They had been there months before the wife spotted them and that was when she was watching me do the cleaning!!
  8. Thunder

    CA glues

    I always buy the large bottles of Loctite and my preferred is Loctite's Prism 406. I do similar to others here and dispense some onto a tile and apply with a cocktail stick. A sharp tap on the bottle to make sure none is left in the nozzle and replace the top. in between use I put in the fridge. It is very rare that I do not get to use the whole bottle as keeping in the fridge stops it going thick.
  9. Hi, is this a single planked hull? The quality of your planking certainly makes it appear so. Saying this is your second build, and this does not look like an easy kit, you have displayed a lot of skill so far. I love the lines of the hull and that planking is going to look great when sanded down.
  10. The Mast and bowsprit have now been stepped. The photograph below shows my method of making sure the mast is perfectly upright. I use a small pin vice as a plumb bob and a spirit level across the hull. Photo taken slightly from side so doesn't look like plump is in line with the mast. The booklet with the kit is very comprehensive with regards rigging and the sequence of completion so I thought I would not have to write my usual ' sequence for rigging the masts and yards'. However I hit a problem with the first item. Bowsprit bobstay rigging says to use black thread and then says to take from end of bowsprit, through a block, through fairleads and to pawl bits. My first query was 'tarred' rope through a block! My second was whether cutters had bobstays when they have the provision to bring the bowsprit in and out of the hull. Further investigation seems to indicate that he has somehow combined the bobstay with the Jib Outhauler. Jib outhauler would be in natural thread but rigs as he describes other than passing through a sheave at the end of the bowsprit and going to the jib traveller. Now I am really confused as what is correct for this vessel. 18th century rigs and rigging book does not really help, the Lennarth Petersson book seems to side with me. Casts doubts on the rest of the Bill Shoulder rigging supplied with the kit.
  11. This is what I am using: http://datalocation.co.uk/data/CTM4001.pdf
  12. Clean and precise, I don't think, These are all shaped by eye. Only very rudimentary marking out and measuring. Thank you for thinking it though.
  13. Masts and yards now made and ready for install
  14. I added the side pieces shown below to mine. Just helps keep everything in line when sliding along between fixing bulkheads.
  15. You may have to have similar thoughts when you get near to the margin plank and bulwarks. would they stick to 'it has to be 20ft' or would they hold the odd longer length plank in reserve so that they don't end up fitting a little odd piece in the corner. This was not an issue with my Supply but the curves of Pickle made it an issue when completing her decking.

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