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  1. Making some progress. All the yards and sails on the fore mast are in and rigged except for the braces and the course sheet and tack lines. As I mentioned earlier, those would seem to get in the way as I continue on. On the fore mast I started with the royal yard and worked my way down. I think this time with the main yards I will put the furled course in before the main top staysail. It was a bit tight rigging up the truss lines on the fore course yard assembly with the jib sail installed. I am getting better at working with a pair of tweezers in each hand to tie off lines on belaying pins.
  2. Hi John, The furled sail is actually only on layer of painted silk span folded and rolled. I am going to add the lower corners of the sail where the clew cringles are separately. I will cut out triangles of the full 3 ply thickness so I have an edge to glue the bolt rope to. I can then tie the clew block to the cringle then take the whole “assembly” and tuck the upper end into the furled sail with some glue. At least that is plan A. 😜😁 Tom
  3. Have not spent a lot of time actually working on the model the last couple of weeks. Did manage to rig most of the fore topsail and get the fore course sail bent and furled to the yard. Took a couple of shots to get the furl looking somewhat correct but I think it is passable. My original thought and attempt was to “drape” the sail about a third of the way down but I could not get it to look like it was loosely draped. It just looked too stiff. Now I can mount the fore course yard and continue on to the main mast yards.... after I finish laying the 100 feet of pavers for my front sid
  4. Congratulations a very nice job John, As you said, there is no room for the crew! You went through that relatively quickly. You skills must be approaching expert level! Tom
  5. Little more progress the past few days. Fore royal and top gallant sails are rigged except the braces. Also got the fore top sail bent to the yard and put in 170 reef points but who’s counting? 😜😁 hopefully this will be mounted in a couple of days. Then I plan to work on the main stay sails then the main royal and top gallant and top sails. I am going to furl the fore and main courses so I am thinking those can be made and installed afterward. At least that is the plan now. Tom
  6. Nice job John, Sloth mode! That is the only mode I know when it comes to modeling. If I count all the “do overs” I probably rigged my model 3 times already and I am only 25% done 🤣. Tom
  7. Slooow is synonymous with modeling... at least in my world. I would be very malnourished if I did this for a living!😁 Tom
  8. Charlie, I am in the middle of putting sails on my Leopard right now. I used silkspan and paper combination on a 1:85 scale and the scale looks pretty good. In hind sight I will probably use silkspan for the center ply the next time. The paper makes them a bit "stiff". I put some pics in my build log on how I did it. The method was actually an idea from a fellow member. Tom
  9. Pretty much finished the bow sprit area. Still need to put on the braces for the yard but I think I am going to wait until I get some of the fore mast sails in so I don’t have to work around the brace lines. It has not been a a very productive week in terms of forward progress. I ended up not liking how the jib sail came out so I took it down and made another one which came out much better in terms of texture. The first one had lots of small wrinkles that when you looked at it he sail by itself didn’t seem too bad. But when it was hanging next to the other sails I did not like it.
  10. My flying jib is now flying! Progress is slow but steady right now. I still need to trim up the excess rope on the belaying pins and put some 50/50 glue on the knots but I think I will wait until all the bow sprit sails are in place just in case I want to reroute something. That has only happened countless times already. That is part of why it is taking so long. Tom
  11. Hi Jim Very thin annealed wire in the leech and foot tablings. See post #308 of this log and I give a description. Belaying all the rigging in the right spots without crossing too many lines is going to be fun. I laid out a plan for all “one million” lines a while back when making the pin racks. I think I have changed line locations for the bowsprit rigging a half dozen times already! Once you see the line positions in real life on the model you realize better ways to keep the lines from turning into a rats nest. Lots of reading Lee’s Masting and Rigging of English Ships and Harland’s
  12. Hi Tom, Thanks for the encouragement. Now that the first sail is on, the rest seem a bit less daunting. The bolt ropes are glued on to the edges using Aleene's fabric glue. It is pretty strong and dries clear. Being a fabric glue it is also somewhat flexible. The only "sewing" I did was at the ends of the cringles I tied square knots with 50 wt thread to help hold them to the sail when the rigging line tugs on them. Gave them a bit of reinforcement so the bolt rope does not tear off. The ones at the corners of the sails are just loops created by the continuous bolt rope with a simp
  13. I usually have them at the tops of all the masts. It is just colored tissue paper. My main royal mast fell victim once. Snapped it off at the joint with the top gallant reaching around he back. Live and learn. Tom
  14. Houston we have propulsion! Actually it probably should be London we have propulsion! I was able to mount my first sail today. It took all afternoon, mostly staring at it figuring out all the intricacies of rigging. This is going to take a while 🤔😮. My goal is to bring the completed model to Modelcon in Philadelphia in August. Should not be a problem but I have learned that I am not the speediest modeler and I can only put a couple hours a day if I am lucky. I would be very hungry if I did this professionally. 😜😁 here is my sprit sail. Now I have to try
  15. Hi John The whale boat is coming along nicely. I have the same light. Picked it up at Harbor Freight a few years ago. For magnification I use an Opti-visor also picked up at Harbor Freight. I find it much easier to work with instead of underneath the magnifier light. I can also swap lenses for different magnification. I haven’t done that yet as the lenses that came with it are fine. I think they are 5x. I would need to check. Now I have the ring light up high over my model and magnifier on my head. Works well. Keep up the great work. Tom
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