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About Cuda1949

  • Birthday 11/19/1949

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    West Fenwick Island Delaware
  • Interests
    Ship Modeling, Ships in Bottles, Golfing, Playing Guitar

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  1. Welcome Aboard from lower Slower Delaware. (Formerly of Philadelphia. ) Go Eagles!!!! Al
  2. Back at it. With a day of rain I decided to start (finish) the last shroud. I had 6 ratlines to do. Finished and started the rigging.
  3. According to The Cutty Sark book by Longridge the actual length of the masts from deck to cap is Fore 613/4 feet Main 64 3/4 feet Mizzen mast 55 3/4 The book by C. Nepean Longridge is available through abe books and very helpful resource. Bow sprit is 20 ft long outside the knightheads. Hope this works for you
  4. Thanks right now things are at a stand still. Hope to get back soon. Weather is too nice to be cooped up in doors. Golfing Beach and lawn care eating up my free time as well as back to Physical Therapy for my hip replacement last year.
  5. I have started to plank the hull and am working on a method to attach the planking to the upper deck where it separates for insertion in to the bottle. I also reworked the upper decks so the top deck is the only one that will be separated.
  6. Still tying ratlines but I have 4 finished and two shrouds left. Also working on the upper spanker boom. almost ready to be mounted to the mast.
  7. Ok great tip I will give it a try. Thanks for following the build.
  8. Short update, I have been tying ratlines for what seems months. Anyway as this was my first attempt I have learned valuable lesson for future builds. 1 Do not add any yards prior to tying ratlines, 2 Don't add any additional rigging prior to tying ratlines. 3 Always keep some strong medication clase at hand and 4. Always close the door and turn up the radio so the Admiral doesn't hear me cursing like a sailor when I drop tools or have trouble tying the ratlines. Anyway I have finished the fore mast and mizzen mast and am halfway done the rear mast on them starboard side. There is definitely a learning curve. I actually see a difference from the fist ratlines to the ones on the rear mast.
  9. A short update I have added both forward and rear decks painted the decks and drilled holes for the masts. The rear decks will come apart from the main hull so I can get the ship into a gallon bottle. Next step is adding the planking. I have decided to stain the planks a dark walnut. .
  10. I have started tying the ratlines on the foremast and also started to build the spanker boom. Started with 5/16 inch dowel and placed it in my drill and sanded to the appropriate shape. Then added the side pieces for the fork. I have also started a new build The Golden Swan Ship in a bottle. Something to take my mind off tying ratlines.
  11. Starting a new build The Golden Swan based om the 1588 English Galleon as pictured in Wolfram Zu Mondfeld book "Historic Ship Models" The hull is carved from sourwood. Usually I use Holly but wanted to try a different wood. The deck will be spit from the hull so the ship will be in two pieces so it can be placed in the bottle when done. I am building in between sessions with my Cutty Sark that I am also building.
  12. Starting a new project The Golden Swan ship in bottle based on the a 1588 English Galleon.
  13. All the yards are now in place. Onto tying ratlines (first attempt) Can't believe I have been working on this ship for a year. Then add the final rigging.
  14. Two masts done and working on the Third. Waiting for the Underhill book to arrive for help with the rigging. So plan to start doing ratlines after all the masts are finished. Awaiting for my delivery from Model Expo for more chains.

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