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About jimvanlan99

  • Birthday 03/01/1947

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    Boone, NC and Athens, GA
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    Model ship building, cycling, reading, travel

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  1. A bit more work is now done on the longboat. The cockpit seat are installed and painted. The only thing remaining in the cockpit area is to cut the small notch in the top of the transom. I may get a few things done on the boat, but most work will be abeyance for a couple of weeks, I am afraid. Cheers, Jim
  2. Abelson, Yes, I am actually not sure how I got a copy of that spreadsheet, but it has been my guideline throughout the rigging process. At first, I was a bit skeptical about black for bridles and tan for the peak halyard, but after double and triple checking, I decided to go with the spread sheet. I have found, by the way that the spreadsheet is extremely useful for determining line sizes, colors, blocks, etc. There is a wealth of information contained in it. Jim
  3. I managed to achieve quite a bit of progress on Fair American these last several days. I mounted both the boom and the gaff and their related riggings. I also managed to secure a number of other lines on the ship. I am now to the point where I really need to focus on doing the shrouds. Unfortunately, personal concerns in the next few weeks will prevent me from doing any further work on Fair American until shortly after the beginning of November. Hopefully, my next posting will show some shrouds in place and the whole ship coming together.
  4. Abelson, thank you. Things are coming together slowly, but yes, I feel like there is a finished appearance coming about.
  5. It has been almost a week since I last posted any pictures of Fair American. As Dwight aptly described the last pictures, the ship looked like a lady with a bad hair day. I have done something to put some of that "hair" in place. I have all the cross yards mounted, I have braces on most of them, and I have almost of the stays in place with the exception of the fore and main mast backstays, which attach to deadeyes in the channels. I have not started any of the shrouds except to thread the top gallant shrouds (fore and main) through the cross trees at the head of the top masts. This continues to be a work in progress and may be so for several more months.
  6. I finished sizing the thwarts for the Medway Longboat, which included in two cases, filing notches in the thwarts. I was actually surprised at how easily this step went. I had a bit of trepidation about installing the railings for the thwarts since I knew that their placement would be critical to have the thwarts properly installed perpendicular to the keel. As you can see from the pictures, I think all turned out pretty well. Next I turn to the cockpit seat - I have put the individual pieces together, so now it is a matter of shaping the seats to conform to the hull.
  7. I added the rails for the thwarts on both sides of the inner hull of the longboat. I also assembled all the thwarts and test fitted thwart Nr. 3 (counting from the bow). All appears to look ok. Now on to the next step.
  8. Ryland, I looked back over your build log. First of all, let me say how glad I am that you are recovering from your heart problem. That is great news. Second, I just wanted to say that I, too, will be at the NRG Conference in New Bedford toward the end of the month. Hope to meet you then. Jim
  9. Thank you, Ryland. I see that you also are building the longboat. I just checked your build log, which is far more detailed than mine. The last picture of your boat (after removing the bulkheads) looks really nice - I have to say, far nicer than mine. I fear that my planking job left a considerable amount of glue between the frames, and although I tried, I never really got it as clean as I would have liked. I will likewise follow your progress now that I know you are building the longboat. Cheers, Jim
  10. That's about as good a description of the ship's condition as I could make. Thank you. And now to getting that lady's hair into proper order - which may well take some time. Jim
  11. Chuck, coming from you, I consider this a real compliment. Thank you. Jim
  12. I have been working off and on on Syren's Medway Longboat over the last month or so. Up until now, I did not take the time to establish a build log, but now I am doing so. As is shown in the pictures attached to this posting, I have completed the planking, the cap rail, the bolsters, the floorboards and the bow and stern platforms. I have a bit more work to do with painting of the bow cap rail. I am really enjoying this project, sometimes at the expense of work on Fair American, which is the subject of a separate build log. Cheers.
  13. It has been almost a month since I last posted any progress on Fair American. Yet there has been progress. I have now placed her on her finished platform, which is made of maple. I have also managed to get both masts stepped and have five of six yard (fore and main) in place. I have also done a good deal of rigging, most of it off the ship. Contrary to some good advice, I elected to do as much of the rigging off the ship and to leave the shrouds until near the end of the project so that I could have better access as I completed rigging. At the moment, the ship looks like one of my old fishing poles after I had completely fouled the reel. But, hopefully, all will come together by and by. One of the things that has delayed me is work on Syren's Medway Longboat. I am going to post some pictures of that project under a new build log tonight.
  14. It's been a long time coming, but finally today I was able to start rigging more of the foremast. I am not sure the pictures show much, but I am feeling good about this.

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