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About rwiederrich

  • Birthday 01/22/1962

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    Bremerton Washington
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    Astronomy, telescope building, clipper ship model building.

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  1. Fantastic Scott. You're going to build in 1/128th or there abouts? Or are you going smaller? I fully appreciate your kind comments and I am so glad whatever processes or techniques I used can be an inspirational help to you. Over the near 50 years of building ship models and particularly clipper ship models I have either developed, adopted or applied processes, techniques that, I feel work the best and produce the fastest results. I've been at this for over 2 and a half years...and I can see light at the end of the tunnel now. I'm looking forward to your application of some of these processes on your next build. Rob
  2. I don't know....it seams quite unclear. Notice how all the other sails are in a state of drying..as they are laid out across stays purposefully(the lowered top sails)......but these so called sails(On the gaffs) appear to be partially reefed/furled. A very unclear drawing. By the way Pat, I received the photographs and they are fabulous. They will be gladly and respectfully added to my collection. You are too kind..thank you. Rob
  3. Thanks Keith. I too had that same question when I first saw this forecastle arrangement. The Original Great Republic utilized some very unique differences then most other clippers of the time...namely, there were no bulwarks. Railings and as seen here, iron stanchions and chain were neatly employed to accommodate the many necessary functions and actions of the flush deck forecastle. Much differences had to be made with the single flush weather deck. Glad you noticed one such difference. So many reasons why the Great Republic had to be on my list of models to add to my clipper collection.....there were no other clippers like her. Rob
  4. Sails bent to this gaff? Not sure this is accurate. Looks like a monkey or pennant gaff...similar to those found on some clipper ships. Could be an early/hybrid double gaff top sail.....however, they were typically found on the aft spanker mast of Barques not the fore or main masts. Rob(I've been known to say foolish things)
  5. Riight...thanks for the comment. I haven't seen one image of an historical clipper where the sails were perfect and pristine. furled sails that were not fully dry, molded and just a slight inconsistency in canvas was easily identified. I just wanted to replicate some of that. I'll probably have several other darker sails added to the mizzen and or spanker....to balance things out. Rob
  6. Here are some more images of the finished install of all the jib sails and their associated downhauls and rigging. Now it's time to add the inner and outer jib boom stays, their hearts and lanyards. Rob
  7. Just about finished with the addition of the flying jib. As you may notice I painted the inner jib slightly darker to give a more natural contrast and to add divercity. Not all sails were exactly the same shade...some were older and some newer.
  8. Well explained. With further understanding of your *Purpose*, it fully becomes clear why the process was presented. In the model ship world, this principle is alive in my world....I almost couldn't have it any other way. Multi-media, and multi fabricational processes are fully employed in my shipyard. Rob(thanks for the presentation)
  9. Thanks Popeye. Just trying to make the progress I do make.....look amply significant. Gonna loath it when I have to create and install lots of rope coils. that will look like I'm not getting anywhere..... Rob
  10. Thanks Pat. I try to replicate....not duplicate. To create the stretching of canvas under pressure and duplicate those distortions is far beyond what I am attempting here. A good proximity will do...so long as I maintain some structural and material accuracy. Paper is far easier to manipulate and is closer to scale then any fabric I could procure....not to mention it retains its shape, once painted(treated). I can only suggest you acquire a copy of Crothers book of masting and rigging American clipper ships...he has much information on the math and tables used in creating steps and construction information. Maybe it will help. It did for me. Rob
  11. Wow...Pat. You have gone all out, as far as trying to locate and apply the math that was used to determine the mast steps. A noteworthy endeavor, however, my particular method is to understand the stepping process and *need* in actual prototypes, and then rely on my developed acute perception ( a very good eye) for measurements and translations there of....and then give it my best shot. There will always be inaccuracies in our models to some degree(None of us were there when our ships were actually built), and time can dilute the information we seek. Unless your vessel construction is well documented and not expunged by time...you have to make certain assumptions... based on the best practices of the time. Crothers book on masting of American clippers might be of some help. Rob

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