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About EKE

  • Birthday 05/02/1959

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    Los Angeles, CA
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    Yachting of all sorts, yacht racing, naval history, radio sailing, architecture.

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  1. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been able to work on the Zulu. Been swamped with architecture, and modeling has had to take a temporary hiatus. However, I finally got a weekend where I didn’t have to work 👌. So I started back in on getting the sails done. I decided not to attempt the weathering wash. I was convinced by a few of you who suggested that my build was “clean” and that weathering the sails might be a discordant note. Also, I was terrified about possibly screwing them up irreparably. 😬 But I have started installing the reefing ties. I decided to f
  2. I just found the passage you may be speaking about, in March’s “Sailing Drifters”, page 260-261. “A 60-footer, fishing in illegal waters in the Minch, was surprised by a fishery cruiser, and although the Government vessel was doing 14 knots, the lugger beat her into Stornoway”. Not surprising to read that. 60 ft. + on the waterline, and as I said, a really fair hull shape with low wetted surface. In a fair breeze and the right point-of-sail, 14+ knots is certainly quite possible. Your model is really magnificent. Beautiful job. It captures the flavor of what those bo
  3. Having immersed myself in the history and aesthetic of the sailing drifters of Scotland for the last few months, and having studied lots of photos, I can’t help but think they must have been pretty fast boats. Long and fairly narrow, with fine, sharp bow sections, and low wetted surface, I bet they could really move with the wind on the beam.
  4. Sails look very authentic. It really looks like they are filled with breeze. Excellent!
  5. Your sails are really great. Can you describe the paper you used in a bit more detail? Also, I’m wondering how you attached the wire to the foot and the leech. Beautiful, GB. Thanks!
  6. This looks really beautiful. The level of detail in this kit is stunning, and it all looks well conceived and engineered. You’re doing a wonderful job with it!
  7. Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions. When I talk about "weathering" these sails, I'm not talking about antiquing them so that they're looking like the Dead Sea Scrolls. I'm just talking about a subtle patina that will make them look a bit less like brand new cloth. I agree that my build is "clean", and the approach I've taken is to make the model appear to be a newly built, well-maintained version of the Zulu type. So I think your thoughts on not wanting the sails to be discordant with that are right on. Thanks for the input. I'm going to experiment a bit this week
  8. So I've been thinking about sails, and although I think the color of the tanned sailcloth came out just about perfect, they just look too...perfect. I think they need to be weathered or antiqued a bit. I am considering making a very diluted wash of brown/black acrylic paint, and with a wide, soft brush, painting on some vertically-streaked patina on the sails. Not a lot of weathering, as I want it to be controllable, and I don't want it to look like I fussed with it too much. But I think building up a bit of patina will feel more authentic. What do you all think? Any other id
  9. Thanks Richard. Good point... I may take the standard tan thread and tint it with a warm grey xylene marker. Thanks for the head's up, BE. I am considering this. Your ties came out very nicely, and hang down in an authentic way.
  10. Small update. I’ve been marking out the layout for the reefing ties on the sail. In studying the precedent photos of the herring drifters in Edgar March’s great book, it seems that there was no standard layout for these ties. Between three and six rows of ties on the foresail, and between two and four rows on the mizzen were apparently common. I decided to install four rows on the foresail, and three on the mizzen sail. I laid these out parallel to the foot of the sail, spaced about 20mm vertically. I laid a tape strip down just above each line, and marked out the reef points at 10mm int
  11. Just discovered your log, Gb. This is looking so great! I'm following with interest, as I am completing my build of the Vanguard Zulu. Thanks for the inspiration! -EKE
  12. This weekend, I dyed the sails. Used the Rit Dye that many have been using, in the “Bordo (Wine)” and “Dark Brown” colors. This was very easy and straightforward. I heated water, about a liter or so, on the stove until almost boiling. Then I poured that into a bowl, with a heaping tablespoon of salt, and the dye. First pass was about two-thirds brown and one-third wine red. I swished the sails around in the dye until I thought the color was dense enough. Perhaps 20 minutes or so. Then I pulled them out, rinsed them in clear tap water, and laid them out on paper towels. I thought the f
  13. Update time. I’ve had a crazy week at work, so I’ve had to fit ship building in around it. But I’ve made a bit of progress on spars, yards and sails. I started by shaping all of the spars per the drawings provided by Chris. The main forward mast is a square piece of lumber, which needs to be tapered and made round. I have no lathe, so this was done by hand. The bottom of the mast where it steps into the deck is left square. I marked that part off, and then started in on shaping the piece. I began with my small micro-plane to rough shape it, then proceeded with a long sanding
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