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  1. Hi Steven at 1:200 I agree you would need to go with black so it would be seen. I was having a hard time deciding but ended up going with the untreated rope color. As mentioned above it probably not wrong either way. Scott i did see the the black on many pictures of many ships also. I found arguments for both treated and untreated. Treated naturally would last longer but on the other hand the treatment stuff would get all over the hammocks. Black is definitely more visible on models and paintings but may not be historically accurate. Since this model will most likely nev
  2. Rob I have no idea. Just something I came across on the web. Tom
  3. Thanks Sea Hoss. This is only my second build so I still have a lot to learn and improve upon...especially when seeing some of the builds on this sight. It has been a fantastic journey so far and the good thing is it is really just starting. Tom
  4. Thanks to all for the likes. Hi AON yeah that is a great analogy. Probably why I have an artificial one. No muss no fuss. 😁 Hi wiederrich it will be fully rigged with sails, some full and some furled. That is a ways off. Tom
  5. I think threading hammock netting is less fun than rat lines. Very tedious but when it’s done it looks pretty good. Finished the poop deck netting’s after 3 nights. Now on to the midship netting’s. 😳 Tom
  6. After a long time searching for some tan netting for the hammock cranes I ended up using some Tulle that I picked up at Joanne’s. It’s a bit on the fine side but it will do. Better too fine than too coase at this scale. I found the perfect size in black but the netting is not supposed to be tarred. That would make a mess with the hammocks. Here is the first attempt that came out okay. The dark wood and black cranes make the netting stand out a bit. I was concerned that the Tulle was so fine that you would have difficulty seeing it. Holding the fabric up withou a dark background made it almos
  7. Well I took John’s advice and went with the tan Tulle since I came up empty at Hobby Lobby. It came out okay. The black cranes and dark wood make the netting more visible than just holding the Tulle in the air without a backdrop Thanks John for pushing me over the edge. 😁 Tom
  8. Thanks John. I did see the Tulle but it was so fine I could barely see it. I did pick up a piece just in case though as that may be my only option.
  9. Thanks Gary. I was unsuccessful at Joanne's Fabric. They did have white but with the black rails on the ship it seems to be too much of a contrast. I will try my luck at Hobby Lobby tomorrow. I like the mosquito net idea. I did not think of that. Tom
  10. I am starting to work on the hammock cranes and netting on my Leopard and am trying to decide the color of the netting. My brain (which doesn’t always fly straight) tells me they should be a natural color rope that is not tarred. If they were tarred it would get all over the hammocks when stored. Yet when I look at pics of models (some of them world champion winners) the netting is black. My guess is because it seems to be very difficult to find netting in a tan color and if you do then it has hexagonal holes instead of diamonds. I like the way the black looks but it doesn’t make sense to the
  11. Got a little further. Built and wired the stern lanterns, attached the gun port lids and the poop deck along with the top rails. The lanterns some night time photos of lanterns lit up gun port lids and the poop deck and a couple more night shots Tom
  12. Jack, that is great. Looking forward to seeing you. I still have another year left on the Leopard. My goal is to have it there next year. Tom
  13. Hi Jack. Thanks for the like. Will I be having lunch with you again at the conference in April? I plan on going.
  14. Who needs CNC machinery and lasers when you have a gift like the talent Doris possesses. I am just going to sit back and stare for a while. Tom
  15. I haven’t posted in a while but I have been doing a lot of “lurking”. I have been busy making both the poop and forecastle decks along with the top rails. Also managed to get the ships bell, stove pipe and some grates on the f’castle deck. I made about 35 belaying pins. That was a bit of a pain but figured it out using my “drill” lathe. I am not sure what is more fun and challenging; building the model or coming up with ways to make things on a shoestring budget. 😁 here are are some pics of my progress. Tom
  16. Doris, You are on your own level. I don't think I have ever seen such detail on any model at this scale. I just am in awe of your talents. Tom
  17. Hello Doris, I just came across this build and I am speechless. I don't think this can be called a model anymore. I am thinking more like a piece of art. Your talent and attention to detail is on a level all its own. Thank you for sharing your methods and giving us something to aspire to. Tom
  18. Ronald, Here are some toothed blades that will fit an exacto handle. www.hobbylinc.com/zona-33-replacement-blades-5-hobby-and-model-knife-blade-39-925 Here is a small hand saber saw that might also work. www.hobbylinc.com/zona-saber-saw-set-hobby-razor-saw-35-450 Tom
  19. Hello all. I hope everyone who celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday enjoyed themselves. Got a little more done over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The quarter deck and gang boards are in place. Now I am making the 6 pounder canons and carriages. Tom Just noticed that I left a couple of temporary supports under the starboard gang boards when I took the pic. Oops. Also not to happy with the gap in the center of the deck boards. Sticks out like a sore thumb in the picture. Luckily that area will be covered by the forecastle deck so it will not be that obvious.
  20. Hi Mark, I don't know about flying along but thank you for the compliment. I seem to be working on it in spurts which I guess is better than not working on it at all. Tom
  21. Got the upper deck cannons mounted and rigged. Now I will go back and work on the quarter deck and see how that will fit up with this deck. Tom
  22. I am pulling up a chair... this will be a good one I am sure. Tom
  23. Hello all It has been a while since I updated my log. I have been working on my Leopard in spurts and did manage to get some things done. I made all the cannons for the upper gun deck. They are just dry fit for now. I was busy reworking single and double blocks to make them look “acceptable” along with about 100 eyes for the cannon tackle. Lately I have been spending most of my time making components, tiny components that are time consuming. But that is what scratch building is all about. There will be plenty of assembly later. I also built some of the quarter de
  24. I didn't want to say anything. Didn't want to risk bring the discussion down the gutter and getting a warning. The cats look much better with the lighter color. Tom
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