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  1. I use Bob's lathe and file method. I first tried the sandpaper method but found out it would not keep the dowel round as I sanded as material was removed faster in the plain grain areas than the quarter grain areas. The file helped me control that. I used fine sand paper glued to a tounge depresser to finish it off. I did the step-downed section of the tips by hand since the wood is too thin to keep from breaking in the lathe.(Ask me how I know).
  2. Mat, I'm just at the end of building that kit and it's been years since I began construction, so I'll try and tell you what I can recall. Keep in mind I am also a novice(at best) to this sport. Read all the instructions, look at all the photos and drawings before you begin. Some things need to be done in a different order than the kit outlines. If you want sails on it, that process needs to begin sooner in the rigging section. As Tom said, finish the lower gun deck completely before you cover it up with the upper decks, so that will mean skipping over to the carraige buildup. Some of the pieces, such as the head cap for the small masts aren't the correct size. The head cap is drilled too large for the mast and you will need to make your own if you want it to fit correctly. This is just one of the things you will come across. Others will arrise but they are not hard to correct. One issue I still have is the aft cabin windows. The ones supplied in the kit are flat pot metal and they are supposed to be mounted on a curved surface. I,m considering making them out of wood. I would suggest buying rigging line from another source and not use the supplied line. I had an issue with running out of one size and could not find more to continue the build. You can find good line from many sources in quantity and it will never be an issue. Hey Mark! What's that site? Oh, here it is:http://www.syrenshipmodelcompany.com/miniature-rope.php Just some thoughts, Mat. If I think of more I'll get back to you. John
  3. Mod Mark, I just got your package today. It saddens me to say that after searching for this rigging thread for 5-6 weeks with no luck and hoping you would have it, I have come to this conclusion... / / / / / / / / / / / / / / I'M AN IDIOT FOR NOT CHECKING HERE FIRST!!! JACKPOT!!! Mark, You made my day! Really! If I can be of help to you or another member here, please let me know. THANK YOU SO MUCH! John
  4. Mark, PM sent and thanks! Keep in mind I have already completed most of the fixed rigging using the brown thread supplied in the kit. My big issue is getting more .25mm thread that will match. Gary, Thanks for the link. I checked over that site and couldn't find the correct line that I'm looking for. It seems to be the theme with this stuff. I've gone as far as contacting Artesania Latina directly through their web site and am still waiting for a definite answer from them. Every site I look on has everything BUT what I need. As for a build log, I would have to begin at the point I'm at now which is a completed hull, masts set, all but one yard set and most of the fixed rigging completed. I don't know how much help that will be for someone just beginning the build. Add to that that this is only my second project so I'm just a beginner trying to make it look good and not so technically correct. I do enjoy it though, as I'm sure you all do as well. Build on! John
  5. I need more .25mm brown cotton thread rigging line for a Artesania Latina US Constellation kit i'm trying to finish. It's an older kit(10+yrs) but I believe the thread hasn't changed. I bought some from a source in the UK but when it arrived it was obviously not what the packaging said it was. It is actually .15mm(too smal) and I'm having a hard time finding the correct line. Does anyone out there have some of this that they are willing to sell and ship to the USA? Any help is appreciated as this has my project on hold until I can get more. John

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