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  1. @GeorgeKapas, I'll be out of pocket for awhile for the holidays, but will have some images of the sails when I get back, so if you can wait; I'll have some workable data for you. Have great holidays!!
  2. Thanks @popeye the sailor, I will be out of pocket for awhile as we will be doing the holiday travel and celebrations. I do wish all a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New year"!! Hope all have a wonderful holidays and I'll be back when we get all this travelling done.
  3. Well, how do you use up one hundred single blocks? Yards and mast prep work for rigging. Between sail patterns work I have also been placing the single blocks for all the future rigging coming up so when I install the sails to the yards all I have to do is rig them lines and speed up the finish line! I'll have some more sail patterns to show soon. Plus I'll be tightening these smaller block lines when I work on their rigging Here's a early Christmas present for all my friends here at MSW. I have been researching the "Big E" for a 1938 historical build in the future. CV5 and CV6 where sister ships when they were built and this file is priceless for the historical build project possibility. I am on the hunt for the plans on the "Big E" from the builder, which in hopes they can be located. If I do find them I'll work to get them posted also. If not this file will suffice just fine. Merry early ho ho, gentlemen: cv5.pdf Big E and Yorktown during first build:
  4. Another update as the yards for the masts are almost completed along with modelspan on the right has arrived. Sail making will commence in a couple days as I have to get a few basics of material and tools to get them done. Then for future models I will already have what I need for sail making. List for sail making tools and material is as follows: 1) Yellow ochre paint 2) PVA Glue (have) 3) Travel iron mini 4) Mini rolling pin 5) Curved sewing needles 6) New razor blades (have) 7) Mechanical pencil (have) 😎 Sail patterns with notes on them (finish) 9) Mini blow dryer 10) Small brass wire (have) 11) Wax paper 12) Prep paint boxes (have) 13) One thousand reef points (make) 14) Sharp scissors (have) 15) Titanium scale ruler (have) 16) Masking tape (have) Updated progress work image:
  5. Quick update on yard work, their coming along: The sails are a very interesting project as the detailing on them can be intense along with coloring and weathering. I am figuring since I am a novice at doing them that with completion in regards to rigging each one will be ten to twelve hours. Fortunately MSW has a bunch of reference blogs from other members giving their experience in making them which is a huge asset for me to tackle these rascals. Here's some of the references from other members for sail making for those in the future whom might need a to learn the processes all in one spot: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/News--tips--and-happenings-from-BlueJacket-Shipcrafters--Inc-.html?soid=1105166336677&aid=fVLCRI0uZ9o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_m_VWzk4w8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5vKvMeoT-E https://vimeo.com/297508363 https://www.seawatchbooks.com/ItemDisplay.php?sku=115003 https://modelshipworld.com/topic/20443-how-are-sails-fixed-to-yards/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMM2lCLQfdM https://modelshipworld.com/topic/11861-how-realistic-can-one-make-sails/page/2/ https://modelshipworld.com/topic/152-le-superbe-by-blue-ensign-finished-heller-plastic-built-as-le-praetorian-after-boudriot/ Which are excellent instructions also further down the blog.
  6. @CRI-CRI, magnificent as always. I'm assuming your using tweezers along with a small metal level to get these so perfect in construction? Or have you made a miniature spacer jig for this size work?
  7. @mugje, nice work! I myself haven't put one together so for a couple future builds I now know threw your blog and Dubz recommendations how to get it done right the first time. You are now officially a deconstruction member!
  8. Man; excellent tug!! I assume you will be using that one in the tub?? Thought I was looking at a real ship with all the quality detailing.
  9. @JesseLee, many thanks. The sails I feel will be the trick. Been watching and reading a bunch of other members sail blogs and works. The modelspan should be realistic enough for what I'm after in representation. Plus it's light, so won't add weight onto the yards to much which is a plus. Just recently my sweetie was showing me sewing machines and saying how useful it would be in sail making .... I think I'm being setup! Hmm, sewing machine for a couple new saws and sanding machine .... come to think about it; sounds like a great deal. I'll have a couple more images soon, funny as I thought I had enough single blocks bought, I have found more of them on the plans and will probably have to get fifty more of them .... love the Syren blocks and glad he offers such quality parts.
  10. @Hubac's Historian, thanks for the compliments. It seems that this kit is fragile as the plastic on some parts is cracked but I have reinforced those parts with epoxy and paint. Then replaced a bunch with scratch built wooden parts. It is consistently breaking and I am repairing and replacing the parts as I go. The combination of plastic and wood is my mistake for this bash, but it is working; just have to be careful. With the drilling of the tackle into the spars and yards including the masts then maxi cure ca is bonding really well so far. I don't like sags in my rigging so if it does do sagging I will back-track and get it right if I have too. I am also keeping this as light as possible for parts without sacrificing strength. I also did a experiment with epoxy and some different paint types so I could paint and strengthen as I went to the danger areas that were cracked. Testors paints worked the best for this in added amounts..kinda played around with amounts depending on color. I felt it was important to let followers know that some of these older kits can be a problem when it comes to the plastic as we all know it depends on how it was stored for years before one has purchased it and it is a roll of the dice. This is a wonderful kit to work on, just a tad bit of a pain for making sure I don't break a part as she goes.

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