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About jgilchrist800

  • Birthday 02/14/1943

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  1. Nice work! Much better than mine! Like you and others I'm also on my decade long quest to finish up this model, in fact I'm almost finished with the rigging. Maybe 6 more months! We do have patience!!!
  2. I seem to have conflicting plans, or I am misunderstanding the belaying plans, compared to the instructions from the Model Shipway drawings. Drawing 8 calls for the truss to be belayed to the cleat on top of the upper crosstree, as detailed under "lower truss details". Bob Hunt's practicum says that the truss is belayed to a cleat installed on the cross tree. The Belaying Plan, which is printed on drawing 6, calls for the trusses to be belayed to pins 44 and 45 described as "Fore Truss Pendant Tackle", similar instructions are for the main and the mizzen masks. Lennarth Petersson, although a different outline for running through the yards, shows the truss eventually being belayed to the deck as well. So do I belay to the upper cross tree or do I belay to the deck? Many thanks for your help. This forum is a godsend for us amateurs! Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  3. Thanks. I have used some message stickers in the past but they would always seem to slip out of the loop. I'll give it another try with newer stickers. I'm also going to order some of the plastic sewing clips. I've used the small wooden clips but they didn't seem to hold the whole loop together as the clamping space was too small. Thanks all for your help!!! John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  4. Thanks Tom. Do the Post-It pads hold up the loop. Since there is no tape on the loop doesn't the rigging have a tendency of slipping out? Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  5. In my build of the Conny I prebuilt the masts and hung the various lines, taped together in loops until I installed on the ship. Now as I take the tapes off I'm finding little pieces of glue which are sticking the lines! Major mess! Any suggestions as to a better way to store the lines until they're used? Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  6. Painted tends to cover up all the mistakes made by us truly amateur model ship builders! John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  7. Is this what you're looking for? See attached rigging layout for the MS model. MS Const Rigging Plan.docx
  8. Building MS USS Constitution. I would appreciate anyone's comments as to how tight the shrouds should be. Currently I'm tightening only to make the shroud straight as it connects to the blocks et al. I'm concerned that once I start mounting the ratlines there won't be enough tightness and the shrouds will start sagging. Your comments are sincerely appreciated. Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  9. Chuck: I and I suspect others are following your post with the intention of building the ship once we finish our current project. Will these figures and wood sculptures be available some time in the future? Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  10. Another question on this same topic. I think I know the answer but want to be sure. I mount all the yards on the masts before mounting on the ship. Once mounted do I finish each mast one at a time, ie from lower yards to the royals, or do I finish all the lower masts, ie shrouds, etc. before proceeding to the next level? I believe it's the latter since it would firmly base all the masts in place on the ship, needed since subsequent rigging involves rigging from one mast to another and firm support is needed. Please confirm. Thanks. John Gilchrist Rosenberg, TX
  11. Thanks David I appreciate your comments. I did notice the railings and backstays as well. Geoff Matson's log and others have been especially helpful. These forums are a great help.

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