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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Slooow is synonymous with modeling... at least in my world. I would be very malnourished if I did this for a living!😁 Tom
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. So I have been playing with sailmaking lately. Finished putting on the bolt ropes and cringles for the sails I plan on hanging (about 18 or so). The lower ones will be furled. Still need to figure that out. In the mean time... let the reef pointing begin! I am rough guessing at about 500 plus. This kind of make ratlines down right exciting 😜😁. Here is the spritsail getting started. And when those are done it will be roband time! That is probably another 500 ropes! Then I can start attaching sails to yards and then attach the yards to the masts. At least that is th
  16. Did a google search and this came up. I don’t think this breaks any copyright rules as the Library of Congress has this as a free download. Not sure if this helps. 20100616002tr.pdf Tom
  17. JOHN! You made it. The finish line is now behind you. You must be feeling a great sense of accomplishment right now and rightfully so. Time to sit back and enjoy it for a while. Congratulations. It was a pleasure watching it develop into something really nice. Tom
  18. Ian, The first link is the earlier post I mentioned. The second link has the picture I was trying to locate. It is an excellent rendition of hammocks stored in the cranes and netting. I believe the pics start on page 17. Hope it helps. Tom
  19. Hi Ian like you I am sure someone knows better than I. I believe they were rolled th long way and the folded in half and the stored in the netting with the folding top. I remember seeing a picture of this. It was a demo on hammock making maybe here on MSW. I remember printing it out because I would also like to include them on my ship. When I get home I will try to locate the picture. Tom
  20. Just found this post on MSW. This should help. Tom Hammocks, cranes and covers By dafi, February 24, 2013 in Discussion for a Ship's Deck Furniture, Guns, boats and other Fittings
  21. Hi Ian I found this on portandterminal.com. Sailors differentiated between hammocks and bedding. Hammocks were the canvas slings that cradled the bedding, which consisted of mattress, sheets, blankets, and pillow. On Royal Navy vessels, sailors could buy bedding for which they paid through deductions in pay. Detail from A sailor bringing up his hammock, Pallas, Gabriel Bray, 1774, National Maritime Museum Sleeping arrangements were cramped as the diagram below from 1775 shows. According to various accounts, regular sailors were allocated about 14 inches per
  22. Hi John i was on the Morgan a year and a half ago and took some pictures that look a lot like the ones you are posting. Are you sure those pics aren’t mine?? That model looks an awful lot like the real thing. Hmmmm. 😜😁 the elusive finish line is within reach... well at least until you find another detail to clean up. 🤣. It really looks good. Tom
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