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  1. Main Sail Details I have not gotten quite as far with the main sail as I hoped but I am far enough to post my process. I owe a lot to @TUEL's America log for my sail making process though I made some of my own tweaks. This will be a long post with a lot of pictures to show the steps I took to make the sail. 1. I created a paper pattern, traced from the sail plan then tweaked to match my model. I marked the pattern with the direction of the panel lines and made sure to lay the pattern on the sail cloth such that the panel line arrow was aligned with the direction of
  2. Thanks for the likes, folks, I appreciate it! So in the prior update, I guess I betrayed my ignorance of sails and sailing. On the sail plans, I saw what is shown below for the main sail and fore sail. Now for some reason, where those horizontal reinforcements are, I just assumed that all of them had the dangly bits (reef ties?). I assumed they just left them out of the drawing in some cases to not clutter things up. So I added them to my fore sail. But I started to wonder about that, particularly since the foresail does not have a boom. I did some googlin
  3. Really enjoying this build and I think there is a lesson to be learned here, if I am able to remember it and absorb it. I see this build as the scratch build analog of that post elsewhere on this site warning beginning kit modellers to start with smaller, simpler kits and not jump right into a Constitution or Victory. After building several kits I start to contemplate trying a scratch build, but I imagine boats that are on the same complexity scale as the kits I have built. But, it would make far more sense build something smaller and simpler for a first scratch build, to get practice do
  4. Looks like a good start. I am a fan of both Bluejacket and of small work or pleasure boats so I will follow along to see how your build goes. At first I thought this was the smaller of the two Bluejacket Friendship Sloop kits, but then I saw the ruler in the last picture. Is this the larger one, the 1"=1 foot scale model? By the way, I was just looking at your jig. It looks you will not be able to remove those screws holding the model to the jig once you complete planking. I assume you have a plan for that, but wanted to point it out just in case.
  5. Second Sail Done....and attached Thanks to those who have taken a look and those who have clicked on the like button. I've completed making the fore sail, and attached it to the gaff and the fore mast. I was going to show pictures of the steps I am taking in making the sails, but half way through I realized there was an easier/better way to do a couple of the prior steps. I'll try that better method on the next sail, and document that one. For now, here are a few pictures of the fore sail. Obviously the blue wire holding the gaff is just temporary, not some new-f
  6. I've continued to attach blocks to things but have not started any rigging just yet. The rigging/sail plan is not terribly detailed, but the mix of blocks in the kit seems a bit off. I could've used another half dozen or so double blocks and will have at least that many single blocks left over. So in some cases I've just simplified the tackle a bit. For example, for the fore and main gaff lift, the plan appears to show 2 double blocks and I've changed that to a double and a single. I have also finished one sail out of four. Shown below is the top sail. I did not take pictu
  7. Thank you! That means a lot coming from the "king of weathering" Thank you!
  8. Welcome to MSW from a fellow Texas resident. I was amused how the beverage in the background went from a Whataburger cup to a glass of red wine. The fishing yawl looks very nice.
  9. I used wedges stepping the masts on my America. They helped in getting the masts lined up correctly. If the mast was leaning one way or the other, I could just force the wedge on one side in a little farther and shift the mast. The holes in the deck were a bit large so the mast had some wiggle room. I also glued the mast to the step and let that cure for a bit before using the wedges. Once set I coated the wedges with wood glue to hold them in place. I plan to use some white wood putty over the wedges to simulate the fabric covering.
  10. I continued to work on the America last week, mostly attaching blocks to the masts, gaffs, and booms. I think I am done with that effort but have about a dozen blocks to attach to eyebolts on the deck, and a few more in other places like the bowsprit. I also did a bit of experimenting with sail making and believe that I will be able to make sails that live up to my relatively low standards And I glued in the two masts, pictures below. I had cut a tenon in the bottom of each mast to slip into a slot in the mast step, and I made the holes in the deck a little bit oversized to g
  11. @SimonR....Click on the little arrow by "Build logs for kits" or "Build logs for scratch projects" and it will expand to a list of choices by date of launch, and those choices should be selectable. And welcome to MSW......consider posting a brief intro in the new member intro section.
  12. Haha, please don't assume that I know what I am doing For the America, the deck plan depicted the anchor with the stock in that position. It is connected to the anchor, just slid to the end with the 90 degree bend so that it lays flat. Well done with the model, all the deck furniture looks really good.
  13. Looks like a good recovery. I think that somehow your planks are not overlapping as much as mine did at the bow and stern, particularly the second from the top. Here's a quick shot of both bow and stern of my finished dory. Of course no guarantees that mine is correct, just pointing out the difference.
  14. Thanks Brian, I had not seen that picture. I've seen a picture of the eagle from the original, but it is straight on so impossible to tell how thick it is.
  15. Ready for Sails and Rigging Well, the model is, I am not sure I am. Thanks for looking in and for the likes. I've pretty much completed all the other details, though as noted below I have found a few things I may need to tweak. And of course, taking close up pictures always reveals flaws in the finish that I may try to fix, not to mention dust that has collected on the model. Anyway, here are some pictures of where it stands now. As I considered this another milestone I got out the "real" camera and took more care in taking the pictures. Nex
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