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  1. Hi Mark I just found out what “splicing the main brace” means. Page 296, last paragraph in Harland’s book Seamanship in the Age of Sail. I feel a bit silly now but am more educated. Thanks. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Tom
  2. Thanks Mark. I am not sure what you mean about splicing the main brace.
  3. Time for an update. I reached another milestone today in that the standing rigging is complete. At least I think so. 😁 and one view from the seagull. Now I need to finish up the yards that I started a while back then on to the running rigging. Stay safe everyone. It gets harder and harder every day. Tom
  4. Jim Are you sure these are not pictures of a real ship!? Excellent work on the mast wedges. I like you don’t have any fancy machines so I can appreciate the ingenuity needed to make some of the pieces. Well done. Tom
  5. Chuck health is number 1. Without taking care of that everything else comes to a grinding halt. I am sure we all would rather wait a while for Syren products than never have the chance again! Take care of yourself. Tom
  6. Well done Jim. With regards to the “made mast” I used a similar technique to create the octagonal shape in the center area of the yards. I am really enjoying following this build. Great work. Tom
  7. Hi moderators, Are the posts in each thread still numbered? I believe they used to be in the upper right hand corner of each post. This is handy to have when someone references a post number in a reply. Is there a setting somewhere that I am missing? I am currently viewing this forum on my IPhone if that matters. Tom
  8. Hi everyone, I “had” to take a two week hiatus from modeling to build a mirrored wall shelf (33 x 53 inches!) for my daughter (just can’t say no when they ask 😉) I am back at it. I reviewed my pin layouts I made a while back. I sketched out a schematic for each mast area and developed a key as to where all the lines will be tied off. I also have been working on the yards. I have them rough cut to length and finished the octagon area on all of them. Finishing up some of the odds and ends to finish the standing rigging
  9. Hi Roger The AL Constellation was my introduction into model ship building. I was able to get the kit for $120 on EBay. A small price to pay to try something I have always wanted to do but never really had the time. I also assumed the kit would be somewhat realistic and would be something I could be proud of. As it turns out it was a nothing more than practice for my current scratch build which is not a bad thing in itself. Knowing what I know now (scratch building is certainly an eye opener and learning opportunity), it is just disappointing finding out iwhat you worked so hard
  10. Hi John, It’s coming along very decent! I have found that I am by far my worst critic. So following that logic, if you think it is pretty good it must really be fantastic! Keep up the good work. Tom
  11. Hi John, It's coming along bit by bit. It is amazing how many little details need to be done. Hopefully most of them don't go unnoticed by "normal folk" or should I say non-ship modellers. I say that because I don't consider us (model ship builders) to be anything close to normal. Anybody that does this type of work, to the detail level we see on this site definitely does not fall into the mainstream norm... whatever that is. 😀 Keep up the good work. Tom
  12. Hello all, I finished some of the standing rigging on the back half of the ship. Now I need to find out more about the bow sprit rigging and what attaches to the fore masts along with the connections between the main and fore masts. I spent the better part of the last month learning the rigging. One step at a time. I can't believe how many blocks I will need to fully rig this ship with staysails. I am sure Chuck will be getting another order soon. Tom
  13. Jim, It just keeps getting better and better. I remember wiring the pico lights in my Leopard, especially the stern lanterns. Those are some pretty tiny lights!💡💡💡 Tom
  14. Hi Jim The furniture is absolutely incredible. Next thing your going to tell me is that the draws have actual scaled clothing in them. 😜😁 I think a pair of shoes next to the dresser would be a nice touch. 😜😜😜😁 Truly an exceptional job on this cross section Tom
  15. “Feels like she has a long way to go. However, looking back there are a lot of accomplishments. Hours spent now stand at 344. Began this Journey back on January 21st 2020. Seems like so long ago...” John, 7 1/2 months... are you kidding!? I’ve been plugging along on my Leopard for 3 1/2 years! Your Morgan looks absolutely great. I hope mine comes out as good when I get to it. Tom
  16. Thank you Bob, popeye2sea and spyglass. Once again I learn from MSW! Now that I understand what “set flying” is that is the path I must follow. Especially since the false stay is prior to the Leopard. I did not realize that when I originally came across “false stays”. Thanks again everyone, Tom
  17. Spyglass The plans came from Winfield’s book on the 50 gunship. I read somewhere (I just can’t remember where... read so much lately) that false stays are stays that are only put up temporarily while the staysails are being used. When not in use they are taken down. I am thinking that Bob’s thought about “set flying” might be correct I will need to look into that. Two of the jib sails are also shown the same way. Tom
  18. I am still searching for more information but coming up empty. Looks like it would make sense to serve and "tar" the working area and leave the section at the lower end that goes through the block and ties of to a cleat without serve and tar. Anybody? Tom
  19. Hi MSW, I have a couple of questions regarding the false stays used to attach the staysails to on my Leopard of 1790. I would like to put the main and mizzen staysails on the model. Not sure if I will furl some (probably) but anyway. I have attached a picture of a piece of my standing rigging plan to help illustrate. As the plan shows, the main top mast staysail rides on the fixed and permanent top mast stay preventer. Being permanent standing rigging this would be a tarred rope. Since the hanks will be sliding up and down this rope should that working length be served?
  20. I agree with darker blocks. I stain mine with walnut colored stain before using. Tom
  21. Nice job Jim. The three beam side looks “more righter”😜. There is a bit of grammar to push my wife the English major over the edge. 😁 But as you said, it is all going to be covered anyway. Great practice and a chance to learn though. You are a better man than me. I would have left it out all together if it is going to be planked over. Tom
  22. Hey Jim you made me double check (I have some OCD issues 😜) just for fun and low and behold I did do a math error when multiplying. It is actually 2,918! Ridiculous!😃 Really like your cross section model! Tom
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