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EJ_L

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About EJ_L

  • Birthday 03/29/1984

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    Wichita, Ks
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    Obviously I enjoy scale model building, ships and my HO scale railroad layout are my main areas right now but I still do the occasional car model for people.
    I also highly enjoy wood working, especially lathe work. I make many things from pens and ornaments to bowls, plates, vases and goblets. Always experimenting and trying new ideas as I see them.
    Outside of these I also enjoy my wife, two dogs and outdoor activities like biking, camping and fishing.

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  1. Soleil Royal has her sails! Not much more to go on this long build. Braces, anchors and lanterns are the major components left, plus a few touch ups and details and she will be headed for display.
  2. Mizzen sails in place. I decided to go ahead and leave the lanteen sail set as it did not block as much as I though it would and adds an interesting focal point as it is a unique looking sail. I still have a few rope coils to make and then I will start running the braces.
  3. This is excellent Robert! Great job on the weathering and details. A fun build, glad I caught it.
  4. Thank you all for the kind words and likes. They always mean a lot and help keep the motivation going. I had decided to keep the courses furled mainly for viewing purposes. I had made them large enough that I could have displayed them either way, but after viewing the ship with them set, I did not like how they blocked the view of a lot of other details. It was not so bad right now as I can spin the ship and get in close to see things, but I thought about it when she will be in a case and viewing will be restricted. Having the courses furled and a ship under topsails was not unheard of in reality and that would eliminate blockage of the deck details. I'm still debating on the lanteen sail. It is a unique sail that could prove interesting to have set, but I wonder if it will block too much as well. Will look at it both ways also but I have a feeling it too will become furled.
  5. Main sails are in place and rigged. As with the fore sails, the braces will wait till other work is completed before I rig them as they just get in the way of any work on the interior. Now to work on the mizzen sails. The mizzen top will be similar to what has already been done but the lanteen will take some study. Once the sails are complete, there is not much left to build. Anchors and lanterns then she will be ready for a case.
  6. Beautiful work. Rigging can be very tiresome and dragging, especially shrouds and ratlines. You work for hours, days and often have little overall to show for it, but it becomes worth it when it is all done. Rigging is one of those elements that an individual thread does little, but the overall picture becomes extraordinary. Hope you and yours are well and stay that way.
  7. I'm a bit late to the build but it did give me a nice way to spend my lunch break reading through what you have done so far. Looking forward to another great build, and of a kit I have not seen before is always an informative adventure.
  8. Main course sail in place, belaying the lines now then on to the main topsail.
  9. Tonight I finished the foresail running rigging except for the braces which will be installed after all the sails are rigged for easier access. I’ve learned a lot on this set of sails which I am hoping will allow for the main sails to go smoother and quicker as I will be basically reproducing what I just did.
  10. Progress update on the sails, slow but gaining. There are some evenings when I spend an hour or two and may only have one rigged line to show for it. Lots of fitting, and refitting, adjusting and making sure the lines don’t foul each other. I am gaining ground and the nice part is that the main sails should go smoother as I will have the fore sails to reference.
  11. Beautiful work indeed! I'm loving seeing this all come together. As you are modeling this to closely resemble Berain's drawing, where the four seasons will rest, in particularly the two inside figures, would you need those decorative mullions between windows 1&2 and 5&6? I'm having a difficult time determining if there is open space behind those figure as the shadowing kind of makes me think this, or if they are flat against the bulkhead as the outer two figures more closely present. This is one of those aspects of this drawing that has made determining the extent of the stern balconies difficult.
  12. Just a quick update, both spritsail are secured in place and I am now fitting the fore sails. I bent all three to their masts this weekend and have finished adding all the clew, bunt and leech lines to the course along with their corresponding blocks. Now to start threading the lines and locating them to their belaying points.
  13. The spritsail topsail is on the ship, all lines are in place and free of fouling. Now to secure them and then onward to the fore sails. Im very happy with how the sails are progressing so far. If not for this site, I doubt I would of attempted to do this. All of the great build logs have helped me immensely. A specific thank you to Michael (md1400cs) whose Vasa build gave me a lot of guidance.
  14. Thank you all for the nice compliments as well as the likes. Sail work continues and today the first sail is set on the ship. The spritsail is in place with her lines run though not secured yet. I did not want the sail to obscure the figurehead so I am leaving this one furled. Tomorrow I will work on the spritsail topsail.

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