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  1. Thanks so much Reg, Paul, Don, JJ and Rusty for the generous comments, and thanks also for the "likes". Appreciated, as always. Bob
  2. I too have just found your log, and you're on your way to a beautiful model. While I still miss your great products, as a long time retiree I certainly appreciate the the idea of " I 've worked long enough". Looking forward to seeing more of Connie. Bob
  3. A small update. I have continued to move forward with beams, lodging knees and hanging knees. I also added the second column, glued in the capstan and added the pawls. With the addition of a hanging knee, I was able to mount and rig the remaining two guns under the quarterdeck. Now it's time to tackle the chain pumps. Bob
  4. Thanks so much Mustafa and Jim for the generous comments. Jim, feel free to “steal” from me. The stanchions actually appear that way on the plans. Bob
  5. Thanks so much Matt, Reg, Paul and Bob for the comments, and thanks also to the "likes". Paul, I use a small round nosed pliers, tweezers and a cutter and just kind of fiddle and tweak until the loop seems about the right shape and size. Not a very helpful description, I'm afraid. Bob
  6. Continuing to move forward. I first dealt with the companionway. I chose to do metal stanchions with a rope rail, rather than the wooden posts and railing used by Chuck. I just liked the lighter look better. The stanchions are #24 wire with eyes bent at the top.The rope is .018". I then did the first column, shaping the laser cut part with files and painting it red. The remaining work was adding additional beams with their lodging and hanging knees. The laser cut lodging knees had to be adjusted slightly to fit, and the laser cut hanging knees were shaped to fit using files and sanding sticks. The sides of the beams, the edge of the lodging knees and the whole of the hanging knees were painted red. Bob
  7. Thanks so much Fred and the "likes". Fred, I think that I will be happier winding the line around the drum and dropping the two ends through slots in the quarter deck, than taking two ends up through that deck and trying to make them appear as one line around the drum. Bob
  8. Thanks so much Chuck and the "likes". Assuming that I will be rigging the wheel, I expect to run the lines down from the wheel through the quarter deck and not bother with the portion below the quarterdeck since they almost certainly will not be visible. Bob
  9. Moving forward, I made up and added the mizzen mast coat. I then made up and added the forward bulkhead and then the panel between the two bulkheads, adding the small pieces atop the panel to fit around the beams. After that work was completed, I permanently mounted the three beams between the bulkheads and then fitted and added the lodging knees between those beams. All of the exposed wood was given a coat of Wipe-on Poly. While adding the beams and knees, I continually checked with a planking strip to ensure that everything remained fair and level. Bob
  10. I've now added the aft bulkhead and glued in the beams aft of it. Having the rigged guns in place definitely created a bit of a challenge, but I still think it was worth it. Bob
  11. I'm afraid that indefinitely still means indefinitely. I'm happily involved with Winchelsea and will continue with that until completion. Although I agree that builder effort can overcome bad kits, I have already built this Lexington once before and feel little compulsion to prove that I can do it again. Bob
  12. Thanks Grant for the very generous comments, and thanks also to the "likes". Bob
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