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  1. Hello - the progress so far is some yards are up and in position. Not exactly parallel as yet but hopefully will be once fully rigged. Parral set up - seems slightly on the big size. For the top yards will use some left over from my Supply build which are smaller. The Crossjack Tie on the mizzen mast was done slightly different from instructions. Took the centre block off and tried to copy what was illustrated in my book. the Thimbles were made from copper tubing. An overall picture. Thank you for looking and the ' Likes' Doug
  2. Now where was I? – Have now completed sheet 10. Had mistakenly headed a photo in my last update (now corrected) as Shifting backstay - not sure why as I had not done them as I had a problem understanding the plans. The photo below shows plans with the Shifting backstay for the Fore mast which as I can see attaches to the Crowsnest area. Anway ignored this and attached as it is for the Main mast. Also was concerned how the lines would interfer with the Shrouds / Ratlines but it turned out not too bad. Did not use the kit supplied Euphroe brass blocks but made some up from a bit of walnut planking – possible they are a bit big. The Boomkins with a slight downward turn. Did in the end find on one of the plans the measurements for them. Thank you for looking and the likes. Regards Doug
  3. Hello SkipW - good to see you have started a log. The thread I used was Gutermann (CA02776) 100% linen - little to no fuzz. Good luck with your build. Regards Doug
  4. Hello Skip - I stick the planks down with a few drops of super glue and the thread is dipped into diluted PVA glue and pulled through a small sponge to get the excess off before laying up against plank. It obviously will be one piece of thread running the full length of the deck with small strips of thread for the end joints between the planks. These small bits will need to have dried before you can cut them so you can do do the next full length. Doug
  5. Hello SkipW - the balsa is not supplied as part of the build - it seems a things that a lot of builders on this site do as it does help with the tricky extreme curved sections. Good luck with your build - you will have have plenty of good examples for guide in your build especially Blue Ensign (I expect you have seen his Pegasus which probably inspired you to have a go) Regards Doug
  6. Hello - Thank you for the generous comments and 'likes'. Martin - just get on with it Sheet 10 nearly done with the Crowsfeet to do. So that is all the Stays and Preventer Stays. Have this book which has been a great help as the plans at times are hard to see what's what. Clear illustrations. Mouses shaped from bits of dowel turned on a Proxxon lathe. Fore Topmast Stay and Preventer Stay secured. Ends will be sorted with a rope coil later. Overall pictures. Thanks for looking. Regards Doug
  7. Thank you Blue Ensign. The shrouds maybe not tight enough - odd wobble here and there. No way can I achieve what you do with all the historical accuracy - it’s hard enough just to do the basics Doug
  8. Hello - have just completed shrouds and ratlines. had realised that I had forgotten the supports under the quarter deck. There should be two - one in the middle and one on the end. At this late stage just put one on end as the other is not seen. Used pieces of balsa wood to help with the spacing between deadeyes. The futtock staves are attached to eyelets bent over to make a hook. The ratlines are natural thread dyed with diluted walnut stain and the spacing between is 5mm or at least meant to be. Felt I could have done better with the rigging - not completely happy with it. Anyway the main preventer stay I guess next. Thanks for looking in. Regards Doug
  9. Looking good Johnnyreg. Make sure the grate (under quarter deck) is okay to allow the steps to be positioned down from the quarter deck. I made mine slightly smaller to allow room for the steps. Regards Doug
  10. Okay - Thanks for the information Blue Ensign. Wont worry about seats of ease but may put a rail /netting and as you say no need to do the Boomkins yet. I take it a length of 40 mm will be fine? Thank you Doug
  11. Thanks Blue Ensign - sort of glad to get them done but it now means the rigging is next The plans look difficult to see precisely what is happening in regards to some of the rigging. I do have a question concerning the 'tusks' on the bow - they are shown on the rigging plans but no construction details. Am guessing they made with 2mm dowel or maybe 3mm and about 40mm in length? Thank you to those looking in the the 'likes'. Regards Doug
  12. Hello - further steps forward. Thanks Blue Ensign for looking in and thanks for your good ideas Ships boat done (metal hull supplied with upgrade kit). A strip was added along sides for wale and painted black. Yards are also all done as per plans. Slight modification to fixing. Used tape banded around yards (painted yellow) with parts from upgrade kit for the Stunsail Boom It's good to see more Fly builds on here. Regards Doug
  13. Andrew You will enjoy this kit, it is a very nice ship - the materials are good. Wish you well. Regards Doug
  14. Hello Andrew - Thank you very much for your kind comments and hopefully my build helps you with yours as others have done with mine. Yes, I did spray a matt varnish on the walnut hull after finishing the sanding. Once I had the waterline marked out I masked off the top section of the hull to spray below the waterline in white. First sealed the edge of the tape (being spray up to) with varnish (hand painted, Caldercraft water based matt varnish) and sprayed a grey undercoat (sanding between coats) and then sprayed the acrylic white matt, finishing off with matt varnish. When I mask off I always seal the edge of the tape with whatever colour is underneath the tape to get hopefully a clean edge. Have never found a problem in painting over varnish even though I water down the paint. Hopefully this has answered your question / helped and will now go and check your Supply build as for some reason have not seen it. I always look out for Supply builds as there seems not to many about. Regards Doug

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