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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. Went shopping for more rigging line and honestly...I've never been a real stickler for rope that followed a prototype of actual rope. My scale has always allowed me the freedom to use whatever color/style of rigging thread/string I had on hand or purchased for the modeling project. If I modeled in any scale larger I would be more discriminating. Concerning my GR build...I have been using out of stock spools of .005 cotton tan thread as the running lines for most of the standard control lines. However, I am running extremely low and so I went shopping and found several cotton threads to match.....the issue is, I cannot find the exact size as the original line (I acquired from several old late1950's productions of the Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark and Constitution and Marx's Sea Which kits). These older threads were very nice and fuzz free...non shimmering, stable products...and they have served me well for nearly 50 years. Anyway...the thread I ended up getting is near identical in shade, but is .004. I am hoping to mix this new thread into the build along with the remaining thread of the original stock. Most ships ran many sizes of line for the many needs on the ship....and since I am getting close to the end and the spanker mast is the last to install...things might work out well and the difference may not be noticed. When I begin-again the rigging of Gory of the Seas(after the GR)..I will use the new thread entirely. Rob
  2. Thanks Pat...I still have some tenderness in the arm... but It's fully functional....thank the Lord. I was going mad... being so debilitated. Yes...I am vary pleased with the progress, I've been making, and am excited for the next phase...which is the mizzen stays and their sails. (I'll add the port stunsail booms in there somewhere). Finishing up the fore braces, only draws me closer to the overall finish line...and compartmentalizes the build...which I have been doing to make it feel as if it's going by faster.(It's all psychological anyway). Again, thanks for your fine comments. Rob
  3. And the customary overall progress image....man I've come far in several years of construction....not much long now before she will be finished. Well from a year long time line...not long means months to go....still. Thanks everyone for all the fine comments and likes....I appreciate it very much. Rob
  4. Well after some study ....I revisited my braces and I relocated the sail position and rerigged and things look much better. Yes there is some slight interference with the lower topsail brace but that is gonna have to be.....sail and line contact was not unheard of and will be my anomaly. Here are some new pics of the correction. Rob
  5. Yes..I considered that as a possible solution. However, the main courses tended to billow forward due to the lack of a lower yard to belay to with sheets...so the sail tended to fold back and protrude out in the middle. I may consider repositioning all the control lines and manipulating the sail back...but it still will be intruding into the braces path to some degree. Note the examples I'll work on it.
  6. Working my way through the maze..not to mention the interference of adding the lower topsail and main sail pennants and braces. As previously pointed out....the main sails would and are interfering with a clean run with the braces. I've done extensive study on the subject and can find no real way to avoid the issue. I am sure in real world applications the sails did in fact interfere with these ropes. It is completely unavoidable. Again, in real world scenarios, the sail would modify its position as the wind would force it, and when the sail was tacked it avoided the brace all together. It is at that exact position(where I chose to model), that the issue is evident. I suspect I will have to live with the issue, knowing it was an actual issue. Fully engaged canvas could be a real force to deal with and running rigging simply had to comply to the form or position it was forced into by the sails. However...chafing would have been an issue, I'm sure, if it was a regular prolonged occurrence. Here are some images...and I left these braces unsecure...just in case a solution presents itself at the last moment. Rob
  7. So you're saying the black caulking is black paper? Then cut strips similar to your planks and lay them between the planks...then sand it all even....that's brilliant and time consuming for sure...especially when adding end seams as well as length seams. Wonderfully done. Rob
  8. Well Dan... in this scale, tying clove hitches would have been extremely impractical as well as the door to insanity. I chose to pre-cut lengths of black string... dab a small drop of white glue on each shroud....then, with holding both ends of the black thread, I press the ratline against the glued shrouds...rolling slightly to incorporate the glue....then level and release to dry. I then cut off each remainder with a surgical scalpel and tweezer and touch up any shiny glue residue with black paint. I have an extremely gifted eye for both level and distance. Pretty easy for me....possibly not so much for others. Thanks for noticing and your fine comment. Rob
  9. I knew when I got the plans that this model needed the full Monty of sails to bring her true self alive. I had done paper sails before, never in this scale and in this number. But clippers are known for their massive amount of canvas and since she has a spanker mast(more sails), I was compelled. Thanks for the very fine comments and greetings Rob...… Maranatha.
  10. Some deck work and control work... The upper topsail braces are installed too....they are simple....not like the lower and main braces as they come along. I installed the purchases as the braces come down through the tops and run through a deck block and off to the winch. Rob
  11. Spent some time today working on the fore mast royal and topgallant braces and all the blocks and belay points.....here are some pics of the progress.

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