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  1. Just wondering if you had to paint them red or if it was done as part of the cutting process? Ouch!
  2. some close up shots of the Stay at mast head and stem. Also, a shot of ratline being rigged:
  3. Apologise for the photographs in this part. I am well ahead with the rigging but not taken many photographs recently. As alone in a hotel with little to do thought I would add the photographs I took at the early rigging stage. Unfortunately camera was set up wrong so they are a little bit 'blue'. First photo shows the bowsprit fixed in place and the Travelling outhauler rigged. As you may be able to spot, the fore stay and shrouds are also rigged and the ratlines are started. Above you will also notice that the back stays are also rigged but the belays are not fully secured.
  4. Thunder

    English Cutter Cheerful 1804

    Chuck, I was searching for confirmation for the fitting of thee upper block of the foresail Halliard. These photographs were perfect. Thank you.
  5. Snap was there week ending 19th of September.
  6. Thunder

    What wood looks like White Oak - in scale?

    Blimey, all this talk of different woods at your local timber store. I did the circuit of all the local stores near me in the UK for a piece of oak to use in the house. All I found was, pine, badly seasoned pine, knotty pine and a bit of teak.
  7. I agree with Carl, a better poll would be by individual kit by manufacturer. If you do by manufacturer alone you are not recognising the fact that they have a range of kits to suit experience and budget. A poor feedback result for Sergal's Racehorse (it is really poor) might not compare to their Cutty Sark. perhaps if you had to give an answer for each manufacturer listed and this be poor, good or no knowledge, then you will get clear results on which are most popular and can get an accurate quality opinion based on actual experience.
  8. Blimey, what do you need to do to get a gold! An amazing build well done, and I never comment unless seriously impressed. Perhaps could describe as a merchant ship brought into the Royal Navy for convoy escort protection? The problem with a lot of these kits is they seemed to go out of their way to take real plans and make the description as inaccurate as possible so that you cannot trace the original. Or as in the Unicorn and Royal Caroline, have a full set of plans and then not bother to use them for the model, very strange!
  9. We used to use Loctite and had their representative come to site who described how best to use and keep it. Since then I have always kept it in a fridge apart from one for rubber that is kept in the freezer. I then put the small amount to be used on a tile and return the bottle to the fridge. I have kept it this way without it going off for many years. However, I have tried new bottles and doesn't seem any better. Just seems you have to hold things together for ages before it sets and then it is still easy to pull apart. I know the way I use or store it has not changed.
  10. Hi, what manufacturer of CA do you use? I don't rate it any more and was coming to the conclusion that it had become 'watered down' here in the UK to either make production cheaper or for it to be safer. It no longer seems to have a strong bond or take quickly. I have always used Loctite, prism 406 if I can get it. We used to use this where I used to work and it actually held drive belts together on a beer bottling inspector for over a week till parts came. Now it won't even hold plastic.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. If you live in anywhere but UK you might be able to purchase this:
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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