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  1. On to the mizzen assembly. To my eye it really looks like an odd one. Spray was originally rigged as a sloop, and Slocum converted it to a yawl in Brazil part way through his famous voyage. The kit’s plans show how to rig her as a sloop if desired (longer boom and bowsprit and correspondingly larger main and jib), and I have to admit I had a few moments of regret that I didn’t opt to do that. I think she’s a prettier boat as a sloop, but as a yawl more . . . interesting. First thing I did was to use my jeweler’s saw to cut out the bottom mast bracket, which attaches to the bott
  2. I hope my response is not too late to be helpful. I finished the Model Shipways yacht America about a year and a half ago. The plans were more helpful that the ones you are working off of (at least what you have shown us), and I simply followed the plans. Below are photos that might help. The first three I took a few minutes ago, the final one two years ago. What your plans show as a couple of blocks at the top of the mast my plans identified as a "rigging screw", and depicted what I have always known as a turnbuckle. I have done a lot of sailing over the years, and
  3. The stays for the bowsprit are chain. As supplied the chain is brass, of course, so first thing I did was dip it in Blacken-It to blacken it. The kit supplies four pad eyes, that are larger than the supplied eyebolts, and I used three of them to attach the chains to the hull. The other ends attach to the ring already affixed to the bowsprit. The instructions suggest using fine gauge wire to attach the chains. I’m not sure I have wire that is fine enough to fit through a link in this chain, and I have no confidence in my ability to bend the wire deftly enough to make the attachment look rea
  4. My first step in attaching the main to its spars was putting together something that looks somewhat like mast hoops. The kit-supplied brass rings to me just look way too big and heavy, even if they are cut to create a smaller diameter. I used thread instead, tying it around a slightly larger dowel (the 5/16” one that came with the kit) than the ¼” one I used for the mast. I used heavily diluted white Elmer's School Glue on the hoops (and on the knots of course) to encourage the hoops to maintain their round shape, and slipped the hoops off the dowel when the glue was mostly dry, but not so
  5. Looks like you've done a great job overcoming your challenges. And I like the color of your deck. Keep up the good work.
  6. This post is all about sails. My first build with sails was my most recently completed one, the yacht America. That kit didn’t come with any sail material, so when I bought my Spray kit from BlueJacket, I also ordered some additional material. It came off-white in color, which looked really good to me, and I didn’t do anything to dye it or otherwise mess with its color. I have never been a big fan of sewing sails, because the stitching to me looks out of scale (even in museums). And although I think we have a sewing machine somewhere, it hasn’t seen the light of day in decades, I
  7. Ken, your build is coming along very nicely. A little paint and that hull is going to look really great!
  8. Thank you Bob. I have taken an occasional look at your Pen Duick build and it looks spectacular. The work you did on that hull makes me very glad Spray was an old work boat, not a racing boat. Although it doesn't appear that you're back to work on the model yet, it's encouraging to see you posting comments on these forums. Hope you're back at the model table soon. Speaking of racing, I have been absolutely transfixed following the Vendee Globe solo around the world race. Given the huge differences in technology and goals, it's sometimes difficult to imagine any similarities be
  9. Thank you Chris. Now the final photo is the one I intended. And thank you Josh. Will be interested to see your signature line when "TBD" is replaced by the name of your next build. ⛵
  10. Funny . . . . that last photo doesn't belong there, I've gone into Edit mode twice to delete it, and I won't go away. 😑
  11. Some more small projects completed. The taffrail has been cut and dry fitted in place for some time. With the steering gear completed (other than gluing the wheel on), time to finish the taffrail as well. I bent the traveler from a brass rod, and blackened it with (remarkably enough) Blacken-It. I bought a bottle of the stuff over 20 years ago, and have at least half left. I dilute it in water about 50/50, and use it over and over again. Works great. The sheet will come down to a block at the rear of the taffrail, then run forward amidships to a cleat. The plans refer to a bel
  12. Very nicely done Josh, definitely a build to be proud of. Averaging maybe 5 hours a week, I doubt that I will have finished my Spray before maybe mid-winter, but who knows. Regardless of the pace, she is certainly a fun build. I'll be interested to see what you choose to build next. Happy Thanksgiving.
  13. Thanks Josh. I do like to use color sometimes to highlight detail, but I have to be careful not to overdo it and not stray too far from what has at least some chance of being historically accurate. As to the latter of course, as Nic mentioned on your log, we have to rely mostly on speculation when it comes to Spray, since there is so little authoritative material to rely on. Also, I stumbled upon your profile recently, and it appears that we are at opposite ends of the same state. I'm in Spokane.
  14. Nic, I did give some thought to vinyl tape, but not having any handy, I moved on thinking I'd come back to the idea, but I had kind of forgotten all about it. Thanks for suggesting it. Taping the water line would have the additional advantage of covering the occasional ragged edge I have now. Doing a little digging in these forums, Chartpak tape came up several times. And some suggest adding a coat of polyurethane or shellac to make sure it adheres indefinitely. Any recommendations on the subject?
  15. A note on my previous post (painting the hull). I had thought I was going to paint a waterline stripe, but seeing how the tape I used struggles with sharper curves, and foreseeing the difficulty of making two strips of tape manage those curves at a precise distance apart (say 3/32”), Spray will just have to do without a waterline stripe. I also realize that I approached that feature incorrectly. I should have started my painting with a black, imprecise but wider (say ¼”) stripe, then covered it with a single strip of tape of the chosen width, then painted white above the tape and anti-fouli
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