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  1. I use ZAR Latex Wood Patch. It comes in tubes and in three different colors. Price depends what color you get. It dries pretty quick and is easy to sand. Can paint over it and one can glue sheathing to the hull with no problem. Scott
  2. My understanding is that no actual plans, drawings, description, or pictures exist for the Mary Celest. Any models, photos, or drawings out there are merely conjecture and represent a typical brigantine of the period.
  3. Excellent result. The plans by Erik Ronnberg, Jr. make this a learning experience.
  4. Try this one, www.northeasternscalelumber.com. They have basswood, cherry, and mahogany among other stuff. Have not used them in a long time, but I always received excellent service from them in the past. I only work with bass and purchase that through Model Expo presently that sells in large quantities yielding a lower unit cost. Scott
  5. In the attachment supplied by Dziadeczek there is a photo, top picture, on page 41, that shows part of what I was trying to say. At least for the bowsprit. In addition, there is an explanation of the rig calling them bowsprit horses on page 33 that pretty much mirrors my explanation. Keep in mind that the rig on the jib boom being used may have allowed no need for foot ropes. In that the crew did not have to go out that far to work the sails. Meaning that either attaching foot ropes or not may both be correct options. You have to make a choice just as the crew did back then. Scott
  6. I built this same vessel decades ago. The approach I took was to place an eye into the top of each post that are located on each side of the bowsprit near the caprail. Then I inserted two additional eyes in the bowsprit cap, facing aft, near the top of the cap. I tied two lines, one each side, from the eye in the post to the bowsprit cap. Then helped support them by adding one short line each side tied to the fore stay where it meets the top heart then to the lines tied between the two eyelets. The boom foot ropes would have been secured to eyelets on both sides of the bowsprit cap facing forward about midway between the cap ends. More then likely draped ropes, one each side, with knots tied about two feet apart would have been used going forward and tied off to the end of the jib boom near the outer jib stay. This is one solution which is close to actual practice. There are others. Scott
  7. Depending on the size of the vessel, I prefer the scales between 1/8' and 3/16' since these best suit my work area and works best for a buyer if you are planning to sell. In addition, I am not the best at forging my own metal parts, belaying pins, guns, and anchors, and this allows for a greater selection of finding a suitable part with the kit manufactures. Good question. Scott
  8. The success of the Model Shipways kit Rick mentioned above is due in part to the excellent modelmakers guide and plans developed by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. Parts of which can be seen in various photos contained in this thread. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject. Scott
  9. stm

    I would be happy to get them if still available.

    Thank you


    Scott Martin

    32 Minton Court

    Red Bank, NJ 07701

    1. ragove


      I will put them in the mail shortly.

    2. stm


      Received them today. Thank you again for the kind offer.



    3. ragove
  10. There's an old saying, "the time to buy it is when you see it". Meaning it may not be there when you decide to go back and get it at a later date. A difficult habit to break since most humans do have a gathering impulse when the subject is something they have a fascination with. Scott
  11. Very impressive. Looks very professional. I gather your family must have an easy time trying to figure out what to get you for your birthday. There is always something missing or need in any work shop. I started out building plastic kits before I was a teenager in the 1960s. Would purchase them from the locale mom and pop hobby shop. They had a huge selection of aircraft kits from all over the world. Hundreds. It has changed hands since then and there are only a few kits now that they keep in stock. Talking old times with the present owners they indicated that they only keep a few on the shelves since they can't compete against the internet. In addition, the interest of todays youth switching from building models in the past to video games has had a major impact on the model building hobby. Scott
  12. I think it is fascinating the way artist can take a plastic kit and with the use of a brush and airbrush turn it into a work of art. It's very interesting to see how some modelers remove part of the fuselage, wing, etc... and proceed to build engines, guns, etc... that are not included with the kit by using their own hands and materials. WWW II aircraft are a great subject to pursue since there are so many designs from various companies you can spend nearly a lifetime trying to construct them all. Keep up the great work. Scott
  13. From the photos attached, I would say they are not reinforcements to the yards. They are called stunsail booms. Normally pronounced stuns'l. Your second diagram is closer to how the hardware securing them to the spar is correct. They were used mainly with the fore and main mast coarse, topsail, and topgallant yards. Ed Tosti's build of the Young America will show you how the hardware is constructed. Scott

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