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  1. Hello!!!

    Very small package but very big in value!!!

    I received some of Chuck's blocks. I have to say they are excellent.

    I have some blocks I ordered from overseas long time ago. Not going to mention where.

    You can see them in the column to the left. You can also see that Chuck's (besides being much more well made), have a groove already cut in them.

    The reason I ordered these 3mm blocks was because the ones I already have, in the left, have no groove and the rope constantly went out of place. So I had to manually cut it and at 3mm it was a very tiresome and time consuming operation.


    So kudos to Chuck and his wide variety of products. I will make sure to order all my blocks for my next project from him!!!




  2. I am so proud of this group. No matter how small or large a contribution is, you will always get a pat in the back, a few words of compliment or even a few words of "advise against" or criticism, but always in a friendly and thoughtful  manner.


    Congratulations to the owner(s) administrator(s) and staff in general of this great forum.


    Good stuff always generates envy, btw.



  3. Small update Jan 16 2019


    Working on the Spars.


    Here they are, painted in black and displayed over their respective place on the drawing.

    Detailing will follow. Hope its seen in the photos.



    Here I add the loop wires where the stirrups will run through.



    A very light touch of aluminum color applied with dry brush, to make look those part "metallic"



    And some "rust"





    Finally a light dry brush with a lighter color to make them look more "woody"




    Not sure if these effects are captured by the camera, but anyway, the thing with "weathering" is that it should be very subtle.



    I am very happy because finally I sat down at my computer and organized all of my build's photos. I have 853 photos which were scattered through 2 computers. Now they are properly organized.


    Bye, best regards and thanks for coming!!!





  4. Update as of Jan 11 2019 and a couple of funny events.


    I had to re-do the spacing in the main mast channels also, as it was just like the ones in the fore: some cannons were placed exactly behind of a deadeye.

    Here I am marking the wood with a pattern I made upon the plans.



    Checking the correct alignment



    OK. I'm happy now!



    Making a mirror piece for the other side.



    This is the main lower yard in process. You can appreciate its size! It is the largest yard in the ship.



    Tapering in my lathe the mizzen stay yard (I think that's what it's called)



    I had to drill a 3mm hole in this part to replace with a dowel a broken pin in the end of the piece; as expected (I'm a firm believer in Murphy's Law) the part cup-like shape exploded!



    so an emergency repair had to be done



    Here is the end result, anyway.



    The other end



    Here is the funny part. Plans showed a 9mm dowel to make this part. It felt strange that the tapering had to be down to 3mm at the ends.

    So after I finished the yard, and was celebrating that finally all the yard arms were done, I went to check the plans again. And I realized that this...



    ... was not a 9, but a 6... (Are you done laughing now?) So I had two options: make all the yard again, or back to the lathe to thin it to the proper size. I opted for the second and everything is correct now. :)


    Here is a general view of all the yard arms in its place on the plans. They will be painted black.




    Now another funny bit.

    Some days ago I went to review all the printed material I have of my ship. Plans, drawings, instructions, etc. And saw that one sheet with pages 5 and 6 was missing. This was a critical paper for the rigging stage. I went through all my papers, drawers and boxes and couldn't find the sheet. I started thinking about asking members who had those plans and to send me a copy of that sheet, I searched the Internet, etc... then I went out of my shop for a coffee and when returning....

    .... this is a photo of my shop... can you guess where that sheet of paper was???



    Ok ok... It happens...!!!


    Bye all. Thanks for watching.


    Happy New Year!







  5. 2 hours ago, cog said:

    Legion, congrats on the granddaughter


    E.J., why didn't you lower the table ............. I think I would have gone for a desk which I could raise and lower by the press of a button as MikeY did ...

    I got these two for my workshop some time ago. Best two items to add to my workshop furniture.





  6. Hello all.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy and better 2019.


    Today Santa got me:

    A new workshop overall. With this I don't have to worry about paints, glues, stains, sawdust, etc messing up my clothes.



    A new airbrush/compressor kit



    Some plastic large spools to use and experiment with my rope making machine(s)



    Broken parts I had to order for my Royal Louis from Ages of Sail, as well as 3 different thicknesses of thread to experiment with my ropewalk machine(s)



    Happy Holidays!!!


  7. Update and fixing of an error in kit design.


    I found out a mistake in the kit.

    As you can see here, some deadeyes are placed exactly in front of some cannons.

    The arrows mark openings where the cannons could be placed to clear the deadeyes.



    Moving the chainwale 17mm to the left made the cannons clear the openings but that would unbalance the whole thing.



    So after seeking some advise in other thread, I was suggested to re-do the chainwales.

    So I started by sanding off and replace the planking.



    Then on to the drawing board to see where the deadeyes wiould have to fit in order to clear the cannons and keep the exact number of them. There were some 5mm and some 4mm deadeyes



    Here I am checking the new arrangement against the actual placement on the ship. Everything looks good so far.



    Making a board and starboard copy 






    Unfortunately one of the futtock strops broke when ungluing it from the old chainwale, and to my dismay, there was none to spare in the kit. So I was lucky to find some replacements at Age of Sails. While they arrive, I'm going to stop work on the chainwales and start work on the yardarms.



    Thanks for visiting!!!



  8. OK! You guys made me do it.


    First I had to re-plank the chain-wales



    Next, to the drawing board to mark where the new deadeyes will fit in order to clear the cannons. The short lines mark the 5mm deadeyes and the long lines mark a few 4mm. Had to be careful that the number of deadeyes remains the same.



    Checking the new arrangement against the actual placement in the ship. Everything looks good so far.



    Making a copy of board and starboard parts.






    Unfortunately, one of the Futtock strops broke when removing, as they were CA glued to the wood, and to my dismay, they were exactly counted in the kit... not one to spare, so I was lucky to find some replacements at Age of Sails. Now I have to wait for them to arrive. So I'm putting apart the chainwales for the time being, and begin work on yardarms.

    Thank you all!!!



  9. Hello all.

    I just found out what I think is an error or mistake in my Mamoli Royal Louis.

    As you can see in the photo of the plans below, the deadeyes are just in front of the cannons. However, as you can see at the arrows, there are two spaces where supposedly these cannons should be.



    If I move the chain wale 17mm to the left, as in the next photo,



    the cannons align correctly with the spaces, but I am afraid that this will change the angle of the shrouds and I don't know what more consequences this may bring.

    What would you do?


  10. Hello Christos. Those blocks did not come with the kit. I purchased them, but can't remember Where. It was long time ago. Chuck makes very nice blocks btw.

    I took some rope from the kit and served it using Chuck's serving machine. I wouldn't use Chuck's rope for serving. It is a very nice rope to hide with the serving. Use any thick thread for that. And as for the rest of the ropes, I make my own. I have 3 different rope walking machines 😮


    Thank you for visiting. 

  11. Mini-update.


    With this set of blocks, I finish the first stage of the bowsprit and masts. I just realized why I must keep building large scale models only: these 1 x 759795029_RoyalLouis(1058).jpg.84f62c3a4ab3391e4fbeba1af2109850.jpg3mm blocks is the smallest I can handle. I just found some 2mm and there is no way I can work with them. 😯


    Here is how my ship looks at this stage.



    I think I'm gonna take a break from masts, and start working on the chain-wales




    Here they are just being planked.



    Thanks for visiting!!!



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