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  1. 005_02.jpg

    Excellent placement of individual shrouds. Tough to do. I applaud you.
  2. Homemade Air Purifier

    OK, now I understand how its used. My solution so far has been a regular old fan that blows the air and fumes away. I realize that there is no filter to catch any of it so I try to blow it out through an open garage door. I'm thinking now that maybe just set up some filters (in a frame or not) and try to catch the wind as it passes. My fan would probably blow the filters over. So, I keep on trying; and coughing.
  3. Homemade Air Purifier

    So what do you actually do with this contraption? Do you set it up behind the work and pull the air away from you? Do you actually have your work on top of this uneven surface as you sand, drill, glue or whatever? It looks good and I'm definitely in the market for some kind of air filtration system (been coughing for 4 months now and may have to give up the hobby entirely), but I can't get a handle on how this system works.
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    Did a bit of research on types of rigs. What your model has is the lateen rig. The Marconi rig (still not sure of where the term comes from) is the most typical of modern sailing rigs -- where the triangular sail is secured at its luff (leading edge) to the mast (or to a forestay).
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    I'm not sure either what the "Marconi" rig entails or where the term comes from. I was just curious because whatever its called its an unusual style of rig.
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    Wonderful model and exquisite work. Thanks for sharing it. Question: is this what is known as a 'Marconi' or Lateen rig? It appears all the sails are hung from gaff booms.
  7. I apologize to all for not replying to your replies. I've been hung up with other projects. So thank you for the valuable insights. I've never heard of pond yachts. Maybe I didn't get taken after all. Given this information I will probably do just as suggested -- make some changes to the little bits of hardware that are needed, refinish the deck and put it back on the shelf. It always has attracted nice comments from visitors. Thanks again all for steering me onto the right course. Not to mention the good points re. my original question. Yes, there are times and places for different techniques. No right or wrong ways.
  8. I'm embarking on a do over of a 20 year model of Bluenose II which I purchased at a wooden boat show. I didn't realize it at the time but the model is less than basic. I've taken everything off the hull (mast, fittings, bowsprit, rudder and tiller --- like I said, it was pretty basic and took all of 20 minutes to strip the deck clean), and plan now to start building it back up using pictures I have of Bluenose, scratch building or buying the various pieces I need. My question right off the bat is whether to plank the deck completely and then place items like grates, houses, mast steps, you name it, over the planks -- or is it better to glue down all these things on the plywood deck and then plank around them. I will put down some bulwarks and waterways before I start planking, but I'm not sure of the other stuff. On my only other build (Bounty) the deck planks went down first and other things were glued onto them. Or (for like grates) the planking was cut away. I plan to sand the varnish off the deck before planking it for better glue adhesion. Here's a pic of the model before I stripped it clean.
  9. A 3/4 finished kit because I chose not to go beyond to the first level of masts. This ship should be thought of as in the process of being rigged. Its obviously not yet ready for sea. The rigging I did do is of my own creation; done solely to allow for some lines to be run and to give it a nautical feel. Reading rigging plans proved too tedius for me and of course without the upper masts and yards there was no way to rig it properly. The fun and beauty of the build (I believe) is in the detail work both on and below deck. Hope you enjoy.