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  1. I have found at least 3 different ship models that appear to have been built by the same builder/manufacturer. Given the "made in" Germany tag on it I've become really interested in finding such outfits.
  2. Looks like we have another rigging dilemma: 1 The number of deadeyes on the MAAS model main mast appears to differ from our model; 2 the tops on the MAAS model have deadeyes/lanyards but not ours (see att diagram); 3 the MAAS beak head is decorated with columns and arched portals different from ours; and, 4 as mentioned before, the masts have flag masts and caps. I lean towards getting with the owners, showing them the differences and recommending replicating the MAAS model. One of them may have been repaired in the past and my money is on the less detailed one......but who knows. Rigging the upper shrouds in either case is incorrect. The lines are tied off below the top and are brought up outside the top like a futtock shroud. But the line is continued above the top and attached to the mast like a shroud. Ratlines are tied to the upper shrouds. From a distance the rigging appears familiar but was obviously an expedient in manufacture. A confusing issue is he construction on our model. Where the MAAS model shows 7 deadeyes for the main mast, ours shows 5. I looked for evidence of where 2 other deadeyes might be attached on the bulwark of our model and found none (see blowup pic). The wire chain plate from the lower deadeye to the hull goes through a hole drilled in the bulwark and down the side of the hull where it is grounded on a nail. While I can't see evidence from the photo available, perhaps the missing main shroud deadeye attachment is simply to the side of the hull unlike its mates.
  3. There are several repair tasks to do. One of the pot metal anchors was broken in half. To avoid scorch marks I might have caused with a torch, I used a resistance soldering tool to mend it. After cleaning, fluxing and tinning the parts I set them up in a jig. That gave me two hands to work with and was important when the metal took so long to reach temperature. Cleaning off the residue and a dab of matching paint and it is presentable again. The rear galley once had a roof. The Australian model still has it. It is made of card stock. only fragments of fragile black and gold painted card stock remained. Using the Aussie ship I frabricated a similar roof. It's received a first coat of paint. Gold trim will be applied and weathered once the base coat is finished. I placed piece of the old roof on the new one in the pic to compare the contour and gold trim. That trim is different than that in the Aussie model which looks light blue. Also reworked the stand... simple clean and glue job.
  4. Besides the wire Feathermerchent describes, closer inspection also shows small nails used to reinforce the joint. Many of the techniques used to tie lines is non-standard. The pics attached show stay lines and futtock shrouds around a top; deadeye attachment to the shrouds; a half hitch commonly used around the masts; and, deadeye attachment to the hull. Some lines are attached to the hull tied around a nail. Uncommon or unlike a ship of this age, it has fife rails with belaying pins at the base of the fore and main masts. Deadeye positions along the hull only seem to support the lower shrouds. The masts are a single piece of dowel with turned crows nests slipped over them into position. They are supposed to be topped by a cap and flag mast. Hopefully this will contribute to the veracity of the rigging plan.
  5. The cleaning is basically done. I am comparing the "look" with the MAAS model and they are close...so I didn't clean too deeply. The guns, gunport covers, rigging and masts have been removed. The masts and yards will be shipped to the member that's going to rig them. We are missing topsail, topgallant, main and lanteen yards -- one of each. The flag masts are also going to need replacing. Feathermerchant will provide replacement yards. He is also getting the rigging. It is three diameters: .5, 1, 1.5 mm (lanyards, running rigging, and stays respectively). It is nice to see the colors and gold trim come out Unfortunately, the dirt covered myriad splits/cracks. None threaten the integrity. It will be better to leave them alone. It adds age character. The gun covers and guns will be replaced soon
  6. 6/23/20. Planning and start of work The ship has been photographed. An inventory of the existing model and parts was made. This allowed our members to know the model’s condition, the tasks involved and what must be remade. The tasks are being shared among club members, as appropriate. A distributed approach to projects was carefully considered by the club. The project benefits from the talents of the team members and the task list is finished more quickly. Of course good communication and attention to the task dependencies is essential. Clear plans are important. A rigging plan is being constructed from Pics of a twin model at the museum of applied arts and sciences in Australia. Other drawings will likewise maintain consistency with the original. Each member will be adding to this log regarding their work. Another key aspect of the project is understanding the owners’ expectations. They become our goals and guide. In this case the owners asked for a restoration that retains the aged appearance they grew up with. Over the years the ship condition deteriorated. The gallery roof is gone, there is damaged and missing woodwork, a sail is missing and the rigging is “gone.” Cleaning is started. It is bringing out underlying colors and gold trim was discovered. To access the complete hull the guns, gunports, rigging fragments, masts, yards, bowsprit and sails were removed. The cleaning will target dirt and show the original detail that were lost to age. Some guns, blocks and dead eyes are missing. Drawings of these items are done. And prototypes to compare with original parts are being completed. It is of Note that this model’s parts are unique and don’t conform with conventional commercial parts. Once the missing pieces are ready, the parts, yards, masts and rigging plans will be sent to the team member who will rig them.
  7. Thanks. Yes we'll put up a pic as we received it. This is , I believe the original 1514 configuration of the GH before its redesign and streamline work in 1557. Bill Nyberg and I are working on rigging plans so this'll be a good time to get more detail. The ship was renamed the Edward after Henry's death so that may provide another source...
  8. The Central Ohio Shipwrights has been chartered to restore an old model of a British carrack of the 16th Century. It sports four (or five, if you count the bowsprit). The mizzenmast and bonaventure midden masts have lanteen sails. While there are Spanish carracks of similar design, they only influenced GHs construction. This model has few lines in place, has broken woodwork and is in sore need of cleaning. It is missing a few pieces that will have to be reproduced. Club members are researching, drawing rigging plans, inventorying, and cleaning. Stay tuned.
  9. Wardee-Jay sold replicas of circus wagons from late 1940s and early 50s. They contained one page construction drawings with notes. Wood, wire, pins, stamped parts and soft metal castings (mostly wheels) were provided. Decals were included but by this time they crumbled when touched. So decorations were handed painted. A few liberties were taken with the giraffe wagon by addding a sliding roof panel so the toy giraffes could be seen. In general they follow the plans which reflect Ringling Bros equipment.
  10. Restoration of a model offered by Popular Mechanic magazine in 1926. Built in 1936 by Walt Hoffman, it was in disrepair and suffering from age
  11. Too kind, Mike. This was a really different experience.. the builder did his own thing in many cases including a dolphin striker! I'm bringing it up on Sat. anyway, thanks
  12. RiggedNow review of plans vs product. Fragile elements will be installed, like headboard, dolphin striker and gallery. I pickup the case today so I plan on delivering the ship this weekend.

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