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  1. Thanks Dennis! I'm sewing hanks on the stay sails tonight. I hate this particular job; not sure why. I have to finish the main stay sail hanks and bend those sails then I can get back to the stays. It's been about a year since I realized that I needed the main stays in place to go any further on the fore mast rigging. However, it's still progress, just in different places! Best Marc
  2. Hi Harry, You and I are on the same page. But, thank you very much about pointing out the brace info. I have the eyes and tackle ready mounted to the main mast for the braces, but if I didn't and you hadn't pointed it out, I would have had some real issues! Somewhere earlier in the postings I rant about the Mantua treatment of the backstays and incorrect number of deadeyes. Unfortunately it was too late in the build when I caught it. It's also why I'll never build another kit. I have some kits on the shelf, but I'll only use them for parts not the plans, frames, etc. I'm using Campbell's plans for the rigging. That being said, since the model doesn't have the correct number of deadeyes, I have had to make adjustments. These are as follows for the main mast (bow to aft): 5 shrouds correct, topmast backstay 3 is missing , capstay present, top mast 2 missing, topmast backstay 1 present, 2nd t'gallent backstay missing, 1st t'gallent backstay present, royal backstay present, sky backstay present. The deadeyes for the last three stays are raised to a higher level as those backstays are on the cutty. The rest of the rigging is according to campbell. Wherever Campbell is silent I go to photos and Longridge, then to Underhill. Nenad, Thanks for the complement!!! I hope all is going well with you and that you are enjoying the summer! So, I'm currently making hanks from wire and a jig for the main stay sails. I'm only going to fly two of the three. They are complete minus the hanks. Hopefully by the end of the week I can add the sails and actually rig the stays, then I'll finalize tension of the backstays then onto ratlines. best marc
  3. Great work!!! super nice model. Your sails look great. I sewed several sails for my Cutty Sark (some were sown by me, some by a vendor with a CNC sewing machine based on kit supplied measurements) so I know what you're going through. very nice work. The hammocks (bed rolls) are stowed vertically in the crane and nets as you show in your photo. The will line all of the cranes and nets. sometimes open for airing out as you have them, other times with canvas covering the entire cranes to protect from rain. best marc
  4. Harry, Melbourne was cold and extremely rainy and windy!!! A long two weeks of work. Since my return, I've been working in the dock yard I've been serving yards and yards of lines (the Cutty has all of here standing rigging 100% served!!!) Chuck's serving machine is still holding up fine. I rigged the spencer sail to the main mast. I took photos, but can't seem to locate them neither on my phone or camera! It was actually a fun sail to rig, I really liked the brails. After learning how the operate and I had fun playing with them until finally furling the sail. One interesting aspect was that it appeared that three brails shared the same pin as the halyard and downhaul. There are some photos of the cutty and other ships where you can see clearly that two or three lines share the same belaying pin. I guess it makes total since that the brails would share the same pins as the lines to take in our out the sail that they are attached to, however it makes rigging the model a little challenging. I was able to belay the lines and then applied coils made off ship, although I wasn't able to attach four coils to each pin, so I chose to attach three to one and two to the other to assess how they look. It maybe hard to see, but the starboard pin in view has four lines figure eight belayed and three coils belayed to a single pin. It looks like the photos of the Cutty's pins. Actually mine are neater than the coils in most of the old photos of the Cutty. a View of the spencer Here's a photo of the lower shrouds attached and the lanyards temporarily tensioned. And on to fitting the backstays! And onto dry fitting all of the main shrouds, backstays, and stays. All of the backstays and shrouds are completely set up and ready for the lanyards to be set with the cow hitch. The fore stays are just clamped in place. I wanted to tension everything up, let it sit for a couple of days to make sure that there wasn't any stretching or adjustments in tension that needed to be made before finally setting the lanyard. all of the lanyards are waxed and will actually hold the tension, but the lanyard running through the last hole in the deadeye sometimes relaxes slightly while I'm tying the cow hitch, so when I'm a confident of the tension, I add a little bit of dilute wood glue to the line and hole -just enough to hold the line from moving but easily unglued with alcohol. The white tags on the stays have writing reminding me that I need to mount the stay sails before finally rigging the stays. I spent tonight making hanks for the sails!! The hemostats are for keeping tension on the lanyards from the other side. Helps me when I'm adjusting the tension of the line. Best marc
  5. keelhauled

    MSW Sick Bay.

    Brian, I'm glad that you have some relief ! I hope you've had a full recovery! best Marc
  6. This post has made me really appreciate what the Guild is doing. As a result, I became a Donor yesterday.
  7. keelhauled

    Cutty Sark by Nenad

    I know how it is!!! She'll be there when you have the time
  8. Kurt, I'm sorry to here about the magazine going away. I have many issues in physical form and purchased all of the CDs a few years back. I continue to refer back to them all of the time. I'm so happy to here that the Guild has decided to fill the void and ensure the access to the CDs. I'll be checking to see what I'm missing when you add them to the store. Thanks! Marc
  9. Thanks Harry!! You did a great job with your build. I'll be down in your part of the world - sort of. I'll be down in Melbourne and Craigieburn (Rather be in Wellington!) But since I'll be in the office all day, it probably doesn't matter. Cheers! Marc
  10. Hi Barbara, I'm not able to express how impressed I am with the ship or the amazing attention to detail. Truly spectacular!!! I'm also glad that you and your father have the hobby to share with each other. Your patience and outlook is awesome. Not that your father needs any help, but should you need help or assistance with the build, this site is full of wonderful people that love to help each other. My life and model building experience are much richer due to the group here. Feel free to reach out to other builders of the Victory through their build log or the builder of any log and I'm sure that you will get a great deal of help. Just posting a question in your build can also generate helpful responses. Thank you for sharing this wonderful model and the journey forward. Best, Marc
  11. keelhauled

    Cutty Sark by Nenad

    thanks for sharing the artwork with us.
  12. Thanks Mark! I wish that I had your building skills. Your Licorne build is beautiful!
  13. Mark, I've been doing some catch up on your build. Truly impressive and beautiful! I'm in awe! thanks for sharing your work with us Marc
  14. Hi Jeff ,Michael, and Dennis! thanks for all of the kind words and encouragement! Michael, I like the idea about the TV and Stereo, but I think the admiral would shut down the ship yard. I already feel bad that I'm spending too much time in the ship yard. However, I do have a 4K 60 inch screen (she picked it out) with a 1500 watt stereo system about 20 feet away! - Just in case I need something to do while I have to wait for glue to dry. Dennis, you are always too kind. Sometimes I worry that I have too many supplies, until I need something that I don't have and can't make (usually wood). Then I'm furious. It's also why I build more and more scratch built items including metal and wood fittings. I've made brass and wood thimbles, brass eye bolts, bollards, etc. That way I never worry about loosing, running out or breaking items. If I need another fitting, I can just make it. It's very liberating. But you're right I have bought a crap load of stuff prior to learning how to make it or having the equipment to do so or items that I won't be able to easily make - like very fine brass chain. Best! Marc

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