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  • Birthday 09/18/1961

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  1. Hi MSW i have a question about whether it would be correct to use a wooden shear pole at the base of the shrouds on my 1797 HMS Leopard. I have seen pics with wood and just a rope for the first ratline. Monfeld’s book Historic Ship Models shows a picture of one page 285 but it says 19th century in the caption. The futtock staves seem to be rope and not wood in the brief text on page 282. Can these be wood if the shear pole is wood? just trying to make it as right as my talents will allow. Tom
  2. Okay. So the pin idea worked. The shank and flukes are now 90* from the stock. I used a .025 dia brass nail and snipped the head off. Drilled a hole in the end of the skank and underside of the stock. Pressed in the pin and glued. Much better than making it all over. I need to stop working on the model late at night. Sometimes the brain shuts off but forgets to tell you. 😜. Thanks again to Beef Wellington for pointing this out to me. Tom
  3. Hi Beef! Thanks for pointing that out. I also realized this the next morning when I looked at it again. Something didn’t quite look right and when I looked at the picture in the book ... duh. Luckily I only assembled that one before I slapped my forehead and called myself things I care not to put in print here. 🤬🤬. I have not worked on them for a few days because of a 5 yard pile of mulch that l needed to get off my driveway and into the landscaping beds. That is done so now I can figure out how to hopefully fix the problem without going through build another set of components. I am thinking maybe cutting off the shank flush with the underside of the stock and then pinning the two back together at the proper angle. If it doesn’t work oh well. That is why I have extra wood. 😜 Tom
  4. Here is one of 4 anchors. It is all wood except for the blackened brass bands and the rope covered ring. I used the size formulas laid out in Mondfeld’s Historic Ship Models to get the size. At first it seemed very large but when I temporarily placed it on the bow and looked at other models of the Leopard it looked OK. I guess I never realized how big these things were! Now I need to make 3 more just like it😜. Stay safe Tom
  5. Did a bit more work this weekend. Attached the main and fore stays and snaked with the preventers. Also rigged the boomkins. I think I going to change gears a bit now and work on the anchors and their rigging. Tom
  6. Came across this in the comics today. For those of us who have cats beware. 😀 I know of somebody that this actually happen to. His finished model lasted about 1/2 a day. Now it is on display as a model of a shipwreck. I wasn’t sure if laughing was appropriate but what else can you do? Tom
  7. Leopard I asked the same question in an earlier post. I researched and found nothing. If anyone has any info please share. Maybe she is trained in using a defibrillator! The picture reveals that I have to do some more smoothing and shaping to do. Every time I look at it I think i can do better. I guess that means I am not totally satisfied and will work on it some more. This could go on for a forever! Well at least until I am tired of fussing with it. I am going to go for a couple mile run now; maybe it will look better when I get back? 😜😁 Tom
  8. So here is my figurehead as it stands today and probably forever. It is not glued on yet so I have time to think about it. It is not terrible i am am actually okay with it. I don’t see it winning too many sculpting honors but I don’t think I will be losing much sleep. 😜 Suggestion are always welcome. Tom
  9. Thanks everyone, looks like I am going with my original gut feeling, the subtle color theme. Siggi, it is intended to be the 1790 version ... at least to the best of my abilities. Tom
  10. Don’t remember any rules that say you can’t have eggs, jelly beans and chocolate later this year! 🤣
  11. Hi MSW I need an opinion on the color of my figurehead. I could go all one color with antique gold. or I could go with antique gold hair, a buff color for skin and a sea foam green for the dress. I think if I went with the green I would darken it just a bit. I like the little splash of color. It brings a focal point to the overall model. Bear in mind the final sculpture is much better than this one in my opinion. This one is one of my earlier attempts and practice working with Sculpey clay. Just using it to play with for now. What does everyone think color wise? Does anyone have a different idea? Remember I am not an artist! Tom
  12. I spread lawn fertilizer for an hour. Backer and I must belong to the same cult. Now I am going to kill a bottle of wine and a chocolate rabbit. ☺️ Tom
  13. Okay. So in these troubled times I figured everyone could use a chuckle or two. Here is a very rough outline of my first attempt at sculpting my figurehead. It’s okay to laugh; I did. It would still need a good bit of sanding and filing after baking but then again I have a whole 1 hour of experience. This could take a while. Good thing I have enough Sculpy to make 20 more! Then i can pick and choose. In reference to my previous post, Michael Angelo... your job is safe. Smile and enjoy. 😁😜 Tom
  14. Hi Jim The rats nest hanging from the fore top looks a lot worse than it is. As for the sand castles... the tide came in 😭. I have been snooping and know you are doing a Leopard cross section. You just can’t get enough of this boat can you! 😁 Tom
  15. Amidst the C-19 chaos I managed to get in a little modeling. I got the lower shrouds for the main and fore masts installed. Also have the main and fore stays and preventers made. Just need to tie them to the bow sprit and then snake them. That should be fun. I also managed to get the bow sprit glued in and attached the hearts for the stays and other standing rigging. Boomkins are dry fit for now. I think it is time for me to put on my sculpting hat and get the figurehead completed. Right now there is just a rough 5 minute attempt out of play-doh for spacing. My sculpting endeavors are not all that extensive unless you count the sand castles 🏰 at the beach! This should be fun. Michael Angelo move over - there’s a new kid in town. 😜😁. Below are some progress pics. Stay safe everyone and happy modeling! Tom

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