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  1. I'm going very well, for the moment. Unfortunately I'm forced at home and quite far from my model: when the rule to avoid moving away was issued I was in Tuscany at my daughter's house and I cannot return to Milan. This is anyway a big advantage 'cause Milan and surrounding towns are the main epicentre of he pandemic virus. I cannot forecast when I'll be able to return and finish this model. Sincerely, Jack.
  2. Monday, December 9th, 2019 In the ten days since my last message I dedicated very little time to modeling: all I managed to do was finishing two of the five sails that would now be ready to be fixed on their respective spars. Unfortunately the day I have to leave my mother-in-law's house free (I remember that it was sold) is approaching and there are still many activities to do to free all the rooms. So, even if ahead of my original plans, I find myself in the need to dismantle my workshop and move everything inside it to a temporary location (I hope for as little time
  3. Friday 29 November 2019 I'm working to prepare the sails. In total there are five sails: one on the bowsprit, one on the foremast, two on the mainmast and finally a triangular sail on the mizzen mast. To consider them finished I have to wait for my wife to sew stitches around their perimeter, task I prefer to have her do as I don't feel enough good for it. The first image shows the main mainmast sail. I have greatly reduced the height of this sail because I want to present it curled up the main yard and therefore the task would be easier to manage with less amount of fa
  4. Monday 18 November 2019 Standing rigging is finally over . . . . rat lines obviously were the major, boring effort. 01 Ragusian Carrack/18112019/IMG_20191118_165745.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/18112019/IMG_20191118_165759.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/18112019/IMG_20191118_165809.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/18112019/IMG_20191118_165815.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/18112019/IMG_20191118_165818.jpg
  5. Wednesday 6 November 2019 Further small progresses . . . . this time it's up to the mast. For the future I have decided that I will limit myself in posting messages only when significant steps in setting up the rigging are complete, otherwise I think to run the risk of being too much repetitive. So I give you a rendez-vous for other images and comments when I'll finish the installation of all the standing rigging, a milestone that seems to me adequately representative to show and explain. Greetings, Jack.Aubrey. 01 Ragusian Carrack/06
  6. Tuesday 5 November 2019 I finally started, I fixed the masts and . . . . for now I'm working on standing rigging. It takes a lot of patience. 01 Ragusian Carrack/06112019/IMG_20191105_160027.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/06112019/IMG_20191105_160047.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/06112019/IMG_20191105_160144.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/06112019/IMG_20191105_160042.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/06112019/IMG_20191105_160150.jpg
  7. Giovedì 31 Ottobre 2019 I'm working almost exclusively on masts and its rigging. For the moment my strategy is to prepare all the mast individual components in a separate way with all the blocks and other necessary elements. So, as you can see from the following two images, I worked mainly on applying the necessary pieces to each of the yards or masts independently of the rest. In this way all the points in which the running rigging will pass should be ready and in theory they would not need further additions once installed in their place. 01 Ragusian Carrack/311020
  8. Monday 21 October 2019 By now the classic activities on the hull are practically almost finished; only some detail activities are remaining (rudder, figurehead, etc.). They can be performed later. For example, the installation of the rudder would make the use of the building slip unpracticable; until now it proved very useful and with exceptional stability. So whoever expects to see the rudder will have to wait again . . . As for the figurehead I have to wait for the coming of some carving inspiration, something that is totally missing at the moment . . So I started thinking
  9. Saturday 12 October 2019 These last 15 days saw me and my wife busy with a cat that got sick and gave us a lot to do to treat it. This fact, which continually created unplanned situations, prevented me from dedicating myself to the usual activities on this model and consequently I did nothing really interesting. Using few free moments I managed to finish the chain plates, to paint them and, finally, to install them, by fixing them on the sides of the hull in correspondence with the wales. The result is practically equal to the MarisStella project even if the technique I
  10. Thursday 3 October 2019 While some activities on masting are still continuing with bland rhythms, I started preparing the chain plates with their deadeyes. Unlike those adopted on more recent sailing ships, such as those of my Soleil Royal (which gave me quite a bit to do), on this carrack they are relatively simple to build. For today I have finished preparing those of the starboard side, in the next days I will also finish the port side. See you soon, Jack.. 01 Ragusian Carrack/02102019/IMG_20191002_173141.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/02102019
  11. Wednesday 2 October 2019 Yesterday afternoon, with the friend and fellow model maker Antonio, we lathed the famous 12mm. rod destined to become the main mast. For this event, I had the opportunity to use a simply monstrous lathe, more or less 2-2.5 meters long, with which a pole could have been turned. A heartfelt thanks for the unexpected help. Today, in my workshop, I proceeded to complete the mast with its accessories and below I show you the model with all the components of the masting positioned, obviously excluding spars and beams. Sincerel
  12. Wednesday 25 September 2019 I prepared all the pieces that make up the masts of the carrack, with the sole exclusion of the mainmast due to the known problem with the lathe. At the end I took the decision to color both the masts and the yards: the masts are colored with yellow ocher paint while the yards in black. When completely dry, I sanded the pieces with very fine grain paper to give them an appearance of "used". Below two images of the foremast and mizzenmast . . 01 Ragusian Carrack/26092019/IMG_20190926_105955.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/26
  13. Thursday 19 September 2019 With these last details I finally put an end to the guns installation. I'll almost open a bottle of Prosecco or Lambrusco to celebrate this event . . . 01 Ragusian Carrack/19092019/IMG_20190919_170220.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/19092019/IMG_20190919_170300.jpg Now there are many other activities that can be started. Rudder installation, figurehead, anchor installation, masts and so on. For the moment I decided to experiment the building of the masts and maybe even various spars and rods. There is no particular reas
  14. Perhaps it was better to adopt roperings at the end of the blocks of smaller diameter . . . any comment ?
  15. Tuesday 17 September 2019 The installation of the 6 guns on the main deck is finally complete. Two guns are still missing: the ones of smaller caliber located on the quarterdeck . . . . anyway the most is done. 01 Ragusian Carrack/17092019/IMG_20190917_105831.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/17092019/IMG_20190917_105849.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/17092019/IMG_20190917_112032.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/17092019/IMG_20190917_112011.jpg To diversify the work around the guns, I prepared the four planned fife rails. Here I indulge
  16. Thursday 12 September 2019 During these 10 days since my last update for this model there have been very few news worth to be illustrated: I had to prepare a bunch of raw objects that required lot of patience, anyway very important to allow the implementation of the blocks and finally start to install the guns. The images show the gun carriages definitively fixed on the decks: the fixing takes place through the insertion of a pin that passes through the carriage into the deck floor; it is visible, even if with some difficulty as it was later painted, in the central part
  17. Monday 2 September 2019 The challenge to install the guns has began. As anticipated it's a long and boring task but must be done . . I started with the cannon balls stock . . . at least these are now ready. See you soon, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/02092019/IMG_20190902_172330.jpg
  18. Thursday, August 29th, 2019 Adding new details. . Having prepared the bowsprit on a lathe, I then fixed it in the correct position. 01 Ragusian Carrack/29082019/IMG_20190829_103636.jpg In addition to the bowsprit in this picture you can also see the cathead, applied also on the other side of the hull. 02 Ragusian Carrack/29082019/IMG_20190829_103657.jpg Here are some details of the base of the bowsprit, including the classic rope binding from the bow to this mast. 03 Ragusian Carrack/29082019/IMG_20190829
  19. Saturday, August 24th, 2019 I've finished also the last railings, using the small columns lathed last thursday . . . now I have to think about and plan the nexts activities. See you soon, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/24082019/IMG_20190824_180540.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/24082019/IMG_20190824_180549.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/24082019/IMG_20190824_180602.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/24082019/IMG_20190824_180609.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/24082019/IMG_20190824_180839.jpg
  20. Thursday 22 August 2017 Day spent on the lathe to prepare the columns needed to install the railings between the various decks of the carrack. Next step their installation, after which this chapter will also be finished. Dimensions: those of the first picture mm. 16, the others mm. 22. Salutoni, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/22082019/IMG_20190822_172716.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/22082019/IMG_20190822_172739.jpg
  21. Other images of the model taken yesterday, today I would like to start making the railing columns described in the previous post, even if I would like to do them with a slightly different shape. First I'll do some prototypes before deciding. Salutoni, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150509.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150443.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150454.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150437.jpg
  22. Tuesday 20 August 2019 The installation of the forecastle railings is also finished . . . Now only three smaller, although complex, internal railings still remain to install. They are, positioned to protect the ends of the decks, as shown in the last two images, taken from the model plans. Their peculiarity is given by the rounded small columns to be prepared with a wood lathe, instead of the square ones. See you soon, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150523.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/20082019/IMG_20190820_150315.jpg 03 Ragu
  23. Friday, August 16, 2019 - Railings of the forecastle The building the forecastle railings is still in progress. I decided to glue the two lateral railings built earlier. In order to ensure the necessary strength of the bonding, until I'll have also installed the front and the rear railing, I have glued a temporary batten that connects the two sides getting their force thanks to the gluing to the foremast stump. In due course it will be removed with a light touch or twist as the glueing has been done with a point of cyanoacrylate glue. Best regards, Jack.
  24. Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 I started to build the forecastle railings . . for this task I identified the possibility to build these elements separately and assemble them on the model as final process. This fact has two great advantages: it allows greater precision in the preparation of the pieces and, last but not least, greater ease of execution. Furthermore, the experience gained up until now has played an essential role. There is still a lot to do before finishing, but it seems to be progressing very well. See you soon, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/14082019/IMG_20
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