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Ed Mostowicz

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  1. I built this kit 8 or 10 years ago, maybe more, and was pleased with the plans sheets by Ben Lankford and the supplied materials. It built into a pretty little ship. A friend asked me to build one for him and so I bought the kit again from Model Expo a few weeks ago. I did a dry fit of the bulkheads to the center former and it appeared odd to me. Comparing it to the first model, the new version is noticeably smaller. The plans sheets are also reduced so I'll have to take measurements directly from the plans in constructing deck furniture, spars, etc. … not my usual method. I haven't compared the cast fittings, but I typically replace them with scratch built components in wood. But maybe I'm wrong. There has always been some question about what actual ship the model represents. Perhaps the current kit is correct and my first model is too large. Who knows. End of grumble.. Ed.
  2. My new motto ..... start slow, then taper off.
  3. I did e-mail them and I got a confirmation the next day that they received it. I'll wait a week or so before following up. And you're right, they do react to issues like this.
  4. ASAT - here's hoping. Good tip, Mark. I didn't think of 3D printing. Regards, Ed.
  5. I read through the build logs and other posts here on the forum prior to starting this build. Very helpful info and photos - - thanx for sharing, guys. But I never read any mention of the quality of the castings of the 3-piece gun barrels. The ones in my kit are disappointing. I can clean up the flash and mold seam lines, but the fit between the barrels, muzzles and cascabels is poor at best. But worst of all is the barrel cross sections are oval, not circular. Given the scale of this kit, 1/2" to the foot or 1:24, it's really noticeable. I guess this poor quality control of the casting process; I can't imagine the original patterns aren't circular. I sent a note to MS, but I'm probably stuck with them. I'll have to get a lathe and turn them in wood or throw a tarp over them to keep the rain off. Just a grumble-gram from Ed. in New York.
  6. OK, that makes sense. I guess there's no harm in adding a shroud cleat. Thanks, Frankie. Ed.
  7. I'm just finishing Bluejacket's Smuggler kit. The plans sheets and the instruction book are very detailed and they presented no problem in the course of the build. However, there is no indication of where the halyards for the masthead pennants are to be belayed. Nothing about belay points in the manual and no callouts on the rigging plan. All of the belaying pins are in use for other running rigging. Any guidance would be appreciated. Ed.
  8. Z - Back in 1987 Model Shipways published a small book titled "Planking the Built-Up Ship Model" by Jim Roberts. It's very well illustrated and detailed and I highly recommend it. Model Expo has it http://modelexpo-online.com/planking-the-built-up-ship-model. If you decide to add a second layer of planking, I'd go with the thinnest material I could get or you'll end up with a hull that is too wide and out of scale. Ed.
  9. All good points. I've always used black line for my ratlines. The 'tar' they used was more of an oil that soaked into the rope fibers. It was also a very dark brown in color that usually looked black when viewed from a distance. So very dark brown or black would be my choice. BTW - I'm just starting the standing rigging on my model of Smuggler. Ed.
  10. I think that's safe to say. Unless you have specific information to the contrary, that is. Ed.
  11. I used to use at least 3 butt shift patterns, sometimes more. Then one of the older guys in the club, who used to work in a shipyard building fairly large schooners, said that they didn't use any pattern in planking a deck. They just took the longest length boards they had and installed them, just making sure that the butt joints weren't adjacent on the same deck beam. Since then, I use a scale plank length of about 24 feet - I read somewhere years ago that this was about the longest that a planking team could work with easily and safely. After the first plank is in, I shorten the next one by 4 or 5 feet and the next one 4 or 5 feet again. Then plank #4 is full length and so on from there. BTW, I work from the center out to the waterways. Ed.
  12. I'm not so sure about eyebolts; I haven't seen them on hoops. I think the lacing is just knotted around itself to tie it off.
  13. Thank you as well, Frankie. I wasn't aware of Ashley's whaler book. I'll have to look for it. I was deciding to just go with the information that I have and hope for the best and your remarks make me feel better about that decision. I'm using standing rigging sizes for 300-400 ton ships in Underhill's Masting and Rigging the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier. It should be alright. Running rigging is some ways off and i'll work up something when I get there. Ed.
  14. Thanks for the offer, mark, but I'm really looking for specific sizes. I have a unch of photos from a previous visit as well. They're geat for placement of gear, belaying points, deck arrangement, etc., but you can't really get rope sizing form them. Ed.

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