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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. “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
  7. What a nice looking model. I think that style captures enough of the essence of the ship while saving a ton of floor space Same idea as models I have seen that are only built as half models in a longitudinal direction and then mounted on a wall like a 3D picture. Tom
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. I agree with darker blocks. I stain mine with walnut colored stain before using. Tom
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Hi all reached another milestone today. After 2,852 clove hitches, all the main, top and futtock shroud ratlines are complete. Now I will start to work on the forestays and backstays for the top masts. Then on to the top gallant masts and rigging and finally the royal masts. Working my way through the standing rigging. At least that is the plan for now. Also still have a decent amount of work to do on the bow sprit. Really starting to enjoy the results with some of the rigging in place. Brings the model to life a bit. 👍😁 Tom
  16. If I am interpreting all this correctly someone still had to get up there to furl the royal sail before before bringing the mast down or as popeye2sea mentioned everything would get fouled up. I am starting to think that you may be correct that many models just leave out the knitted rope or ladder. I am thinking of just putting a knotted rope from the base of the royal mast down to the crosstree below. Very small detail but seems to fit. I still have plenty of time to look into this as this can be added at pretty much anytime. thank you Michael and Popeye for your help in
  17. Hi Michael that makes sense. My question was geared toward the royal yard on my Leopard build or any other ship of the time period for that matter. Knotted rope or rope ladder seems logical at this point. Tom
  18. Justin, yes it is my current build the Leopard circa 1790. I should have mentioned that in my question. Chris, thanks for clarifying and mentioning the book. Now of course I have to get a copy and read it in my spare time. Maybe an audio book to listen to while I model. 😁 Popeye2sea, a rope ladder is something I did not think of. It makes sense otherwise you would need to shimmy up the shroud line. Nothing I would prefer to do. 😜 Do you know of any pics showing one? Thank you all for the help. Tom
  19. I have a question about the shrouds on the top gallant masts. I noticed there are 3 shroud lines but no ratlines. If one were to lower the royal yard how do you get to it if need be? I would have thought ratlines would solve the problem but there are none shown on the plans. Understand I don’t want to tie more ratlines but it does not make sense to me. 🤔. Below is a pic of the standing rigging for the main top gallant mast. The same is shown for the fore and Mizzen masts. Any insight would be helpful. In the meantime I will look again in my limited library for any answers.
  20. Little more progress. Finished the fore top mast shrouds and ratlines. I have a question about the shrouds on the top gallant masts. I noticed there are 3 shroud lines but no ratlines. If one were to lower the royal yard how do you get to it if need be? I would have thought ratlines would solve the problem but there are none shown on the plans. Understand I don’t want to tie more ratlines but it does not make sense to me. 🤔 Tom
  21. Wefalck, as a tooling design engineer I agree with you. Simpler is always better. Less moving parts with fewer critical dimensions means less that can go wrong. I often ask myself after I complete a design “Why did I make this so complicated?” Kris, with that being said, I am enjoying following this DIY sander. It is way better than the one I came up with. Oh wait I did come up with one. 😜. I like watching ideas come to life. Thanks for sharing. It is how we all learn. Tom
  22. Jim Those louvers came out really nice. You are making me want to do a cross section model! I love all the details that are not normally seen in a model ship. Very interesting and educational. Keep up the fantastic work. Tom
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