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Tim Curtis

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  • Birthday 11/21/1972

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  1. This is a heavily modified version of AL's Scottish Maid. Built in 1840 in Aberdeen - she was the first ship to use the "Aberdeen" bow, which was later adapted and used on the early British Clippers. Rigging, masts, deck layout, ships boat, steering, wheel, bowsprit are all adapted to match contemporary info about the Scottish Maid, instead of following the AL plans. I have shown the model half-rigged to give it a sense of being a dynamic moving thing, but without obscuring much the deck and rigging.
  2. I am going to call this project finished now. It was always my plan to create a "half-rigged" model with sails only on the foremast. This give the model a sense of being a real, dynamic sailing machine....without obscuring all the details of the deck and rigging. There are a few tiny details to tidy up...but I am already caught up in my next two projects!! So here are a few final photos.
  3. Jon. So pleased you are finishing this ship. She is a beauty. Deserves to be finished Not enoughDowneasters on this site. I have just purchased AOTS Bertha Downs. Plan to build her at some point. This log is an inspiration Tim
  4. Doris, Once again, I am lost for words. Your work is so far beyond what most of us can achieve. In english I would say you are a National Treasure...they should give your work a museum of its own. Tim
  5. Michael. Your model is amazing. I think you should just build a full size boat next time. Like the "Integrity" gaff rigged yacht that Will Stirling made in the UK. It feels like the only difference would be size. Quick question. What does one do with a model that big once it is finished? I speak as a married man. Tim
  6. Excited to see this. One of my dream kits! Bit out of my price range at the moment. Will pull up a seat! Tim
  7. Thanks Jim. I have still a few things to finish. I need to mount the red ensign and a few pennants, and fix a couple of broken chain plates. Then we are all done. My next boat is the Master Korabel Phoenix. I have set up a build log here. But not updated recently. T.
  8. By the way, in the midst of discussion about rope weights, I think we forgot to say your model looks absolutely stunning. Love seeing photos of the whole thing. Your finishes are very very clean. And the limited, consistent palette of colours you have chosen to use, is very pleasing to the eye. It gives your model a classical quality. I really admire your work. Tim
  9. Great build. Impressed by the quality of the kit. Impressed by how you built it. Just splendid! Tim
  10. Oh my goodness. Just amazing. Your skill as a bas-relief sculptor at minute scale is unique. There cannot be many people in the world who can do what you do. I watch in awe. Hope your troubled times don't last too long. I pray for you. Tim
  11. I have used vellum tracing paper with good outcomes. I stain it with tea (earl grey works best as it is not too red) and then dry it pressed inside blotting paper in a big book. Here is a recent one (dry mounted). It has the slightly translucent quality of sailcloth, but also holds its shape well. I scratch on the seams with the back of a scalpel. Also, I pit some fine steel wire in the edges, where the paper is folded over to help it hold its shape. Also works quite well if you wet it, and furl it. Apologies for photobombing your build log!
  12. Slowly progressing to finish line. I created a Red Ensign on 50gsm tracing paper...two sheets laminated together with CA, with ensign printed on each, on my home printer. Probably a bit large....but I like it that way. Then added rope trim using 0.5mm thread. Furls are quite easy to form without any special treatment. Happy with result. Photos of it temporarily attached to model.
  13. I have completed the pumps, which are now installed. Also mounted her on a proper base and pedestals. I am going to leave her half rigged (foremast only) for the moment. So a few repairs of chainplates and deadeyes to do, and pendant flag to be hung, and then I will be finished....definitely in the final furlong.
  14. Thanks Piatnik. Helpful. Their website also has quite a lot of high quality blocks, ships boats and other bits and pieces. I did not realise you can order directly. Next time I will do so. Tim

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