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  1. Thanks guys for the likes. I appreciate them. The boat gripe lines need a lot of serving so I decided to make a rope serving machine for this project and any future projects. Searching this forum, I really liked the "archjofo" design so I put this one together (no motor) with some left over acrylic and about $50 in gears and hubs. The left drive has a long telescoping brass tube while both sides have interchangeable tips to grab the rope. The gripes are temporarily tied to the crane supports for now. The baggy wrinkle can j
  2. Although I like the look of the sword mat, I decided to give "baggy wrinkle" a try instead. Baggy wrinkle is a more authentic anti-chaffing material for the whaleboat contact points with the cranes and the crane support. ... two weeks and a dozen material trials later I finally settled on un-layed rope, which just so happens to be the material that baggy wrinkle is classically made with anyway. This sequence shows the method used. Make a small wooden jig to hold the ~1/2" cut pieces of un-layed rope including a small wooden piece to close off
  3. I should have mentioned in the previous post that, by eye in indirect sunlight, the actual color to me is a grey-beige. So it's OK for me. I think cameras, monitors and overhead lighting whether at home or in a store can really influence color perception. By now, I'm walking the rope color trials up to the room where I will display the model. Mike
  4. Thank you Chuck. It took hardly any time getting used to the Rope Rocket.. pretty much stuck to your video tips. Well done. I'm running a spreadsheet with about 20 trials so far with a split of about 50/50 cotton/polyester. I finally found some weight 12 Aurifil and twisted it up today: Mako 12 2 t/s x 3s .038" (10 strands/10 method) Mako 12 3 t/s x 3s .047" This color is 5011 Rope Beige. Under the shop lights (LED 5000K) it is grey while under LED 2700K lights it is tan. 🤨 Notwithstanding the price, I currently favor the cotton just to avoid th
  5. Hi Brad, I made the pin with the larger stem on the lathe (attached) and used the supplied etched oar lock. Sorry the shot is out of focus. The drawing in the plan set match the whaleboats in the New Bedford Whaling museum. So I turned the brass to roughly match. Thank you for looking in, Mike
  6. Thank you Mario, Fentone & Brad for the compliments. Is it me, or is this project taking forever? (Don't answer that.) I saw a whaleboat model a while back ... can't remember where, that used chafing mats on the crane supports. So, here is an attempt at weaving sword mats from .012" light brown Syren rope. I followed a youtube video by 'Mark The Braider' with the main difference being that I wanted closed loops at both top & bottom so it could be tied to the crane support mode neatly. The sides of the jig should be out of the way so the rope can go in and
  7. I've read that you have tried different glues. What glue are you using for general use? Some wood glues set up pretty quickly by just applying finger pressure for a minute or so as long as the bends are mild. One can use the time to think about the next piece.
  8. Sorry for the delay in responding. Still have trouble getting any notifications. I have had one trial with Aurifil Mako 28, color "Toast", 2 threads/strand x 3 strands, thickness .027" (10 strands/10 method). It twisted nice and tight. I stopped at this trial because the color was too dark for my current build. I've since got another color and will try that soon. Mike
  9. Hi Fentone, congrats on starting your ship model. I used to make those Guillows kits as well... "back in the day." You're really moving along well already and it's a smart move to be posting up on MSW. There is a "Tips & Techniques" section in the forum that is worth checking out just before starting something new, i.e. painting, planking, etc. For tools, I would recommend a pair of dividers and some cheap custom clothespin clamps: You can work out your own design but by extending the arms on the clothespins with other clothespins, there is a lot less pressure on the
  10. Thank you very much. I'm not sure about museum quality but I'll take the compliment anyway. 😏 I'm getting closer to the finish line. Some acrylic sheets should arrive today for making up the top of the case. The davit structure and painting is complete notwithstanding the rope work that goes along with it. So, as you mentioned at the end of your project... lots of little things to decide about whether to include or not. 'Just now making up the last (I hope) thimbles as part of the lashings for the boat to the crane supports. Any progress on the Fifie? Mike
  11. Jean-Paul & Bob, thank you for your kind words. 'Just working on air brushing and brass blackening today. Best, Mike
  12. Thank you guys for the likes. I appreciate you looking in. Here is an update of the abbreviated (no bulwarks) davit presentation. The cranes use mortise and tenons as suggested in the build manual. Yellow cedar was used and it chiseled out very nicely although it was slow going getting the joints to look tight. The davits and cranes will show from about the davit straps up. This is essentially the "cruise" position of the cranes. The hard part is to ensure the two cranes are parallel to each other and horizontal in that this is affected by the final hinge position
  13. Yup, that's a really good grapnel. The taper makes a big difference and I like the crimped tips. Well done. Mike
  14. Quick update... Finally, after a few weeks of thread sampling and home made rope trials with the Rope Rocket, the color, size and twist of 3 strand whale line is just about what I have in mind for whale line. Eye splices, back splices and crown stopper knots were more manageable. Note: the line in this shot looks darker than the actual line. The davits were much easier to bend using 4 pieces each of 1/8" boxwood vs the thicker yellow cedar I previously tried. The wood was soaked for two hours in water then pre-bent on the form for a day. Once removed, they spring back about
  15. Thank you Mario. I appreciate that. I never thought I would be making rope on this, or any other project. But I must say it's a lot fun except for waiting for the sample types, sizes and colors to come in the mail. I'm hoping the last order of some cotton colors will do the trick. I want to end up with ~.045", right twist rope that's on the lighter side for the whale line. In the meantime.... The sail was finished today. It it is made of 00 Silkspan and air brushed with a light tan coat of acrylic paint. Because the sail will be furled, I made a template outlined
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