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  1. Thank You Michael, will follow your technique. Beautiful ship you built. Regards, John
  2. Will this set the bundled up cords nicely on the pins, so that I can shape them?
  3. Continued progress on the ship. Require some help. Would anyone be kind to recommend how to shape the end rigging in place on the belaying pins. Some of the cord is so light that I am wetting the cord, and holding in place until dry with weights, but if anyone can advise the best way to shape the end rigging it would help me, thanks in advance.
  4. Starting to do the sails, corrected the anchor rigging, and added the life boats. The rigging is slow, and tedious.
  5. Thanks Mike, I should not of tightened it. I will make the correction.
  6. Hi Michael, I am presently doing the anchors on my ship build. I have attached a photo of what I have done. I used black rope, and just did a few turns, but also used nails to simulate the assembly.
  7. Thanks E.J, I see we are working, and have worked on the same ships. Your Le Soleil Royal, and La Couronne look great as well. Also, what do you know one kit that I also have in waiting is The Royal Louis.
  8. Thank you so much, the coloring, and effect is beautiful, for my next build I will try these dyes. Regards, JW
  9. I am working on my third ship, and never used paint. I have had great success with Saman water based stains. They come in many colors, and can be mixed to get the color you wish. Since it is water based it soaks into the wood without hiding the wood pattern, or creating a coating look. You would have to apply between 3-5 coats though, but it produces a beautiful finish. After it has dried for a few days, you can use an oil based clear to seal the finish so it does not mark. In general all my ships are colored with Saman stains, and Minwax oil stains, where a particular finish is needed.
  10. Thanks I will look into it. Yes I always want to keep the grain structure of the wood. It brings out the beauty of the wood, and the natural texture. Thanks again.

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