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    Antique collecting: Radios, mechanical calculators. Scientific equipment (A mercury vaporizer) They don"t use these anymore. Lithographs and etchings. Model airplane kits and sold them. Some architectural etchings 300 years old. And lately a completed model of a 1/75th scale Cutty Sark which needs help from you at present.

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  1. Cuttysark wrecked 34 inch Photos of Cuttysark captains quaters
  2. Dave, mark Druxey, Roger.All information presented was useful , Best of all I am an excellent with spit. Gene
  3. Chris: Thank you for the info. I will follow up on the plans and get the mast rings to attach the 5 yards and clean. and fab. a rudder. Will keep rigging in mind. I don't like excuses but at my age, my fingers don't work in a flexible way. I quit working on cars as I kept dropping screws and bolts. I thank my good fortune in finding the ship and will do my best for it. Best Wishes: Gene. I am new to this forum and am lost on providing profile. I live about 50 miles north west of Fort worth TX in Bridgeport TX.
  4. Dave thank you for the quick response: Your correct about the plastic blocks. I am trying to save the rigging as I have no experience in rigging and no rigging plans. How about painting them. ? I know it may look bad. or be spotted as painted. I am not sure of the scale. The hull is 34" long from stern to bow at intersection of bow and bowsprit. The bowsprit is 8.85 inches from its intersection at hull bow. (How is the hull length measured). I need to know the scale if it gets new parts. The Cutty Sark is 212,5 ft long. How is this cleaned. What materials Have a book "The lore of Ships by Tre Tryckare, E, Conger 1972. Try for first edition 1963 printed in Sweden 1500 illustrations in great color Sail boats to seven masts and much other. Best wishes, Gene.
  5. Concerning Cutty Sark 34" In post I forgot to add that I began to built stick and paper airplanes when I was about 6 or 7 years old and continued later on to gas engine powered planes. These ships were equipped with engines using ignition points condenser and coil. This was before glow plugs. Only two of us in high school flew the gas models. These were pleasurable and enjoyed the hobby of completing these ships. However, the details work was less than half of that required to complete these Tall ships. he flew yesterday
  6. This long desired model ship was dropped on me by the universe, just a little to hard. This is my first time here and happy to find some help. I have been interested in clipper ships early on but never intended to build one because of expected life sucking demands it would require. I acquired a nice book collection which includes; The Cutty Sark by Alan Villiers 1963, Clipper ship Men by Laing 1944, Ocean Racers By Cicely Fox-Smith. The Tea clippers by David R MacGregor, Greyhounds of the Sea by Carl C Cutler 1930 and others. Also I visited Cutty Sark in about 1993 when on vacation in England. This Clipper Ship showed up while prowling around in antique malls recently In Fort Worth. It just popped up asking for $20.00 and that is why I an here. The ships bowsprit is broken about 1 1/2" from tip inward. The royal spar on the center mast broke about 1 1/2"from top. The rudder is lost. the dead eyes that attach shrouds on front mast port side are broke off. and some on other masts. The rear mast is loose and deck cracked. The mast rings or parres that attach to the yard pins are missing, five places. see photo of those attached to rail. My approach to salvaging: Detach ropes to yards that are loose from masts and identify attach locations. Attach new mast rings to attach yards to mast five places. Attach dead eye with ropes to the mounting rail with soft wire thru the lower dead eye rope hole. after removing the dead eye pins that are broke off in the rail. this will save re rigging the dead eyes. Get a rudder and attach firings or make one but need dimensions and correct wood type. I intend remove attached rigging an record their location and reattach after cleaning the ship. I intent to splice back the Royal Mast with a thin walled copper tube and the bowsprit with glue. and paint over to blend to wood color. Or glue two small straps the joint. then wrap with thread and smear with glue. How far should I go with the rigging. What about removing most rigging but saving the mast rigging with the rope ladders on the three mast and call it voyage completed. I need glue for reattaching ropes if necessary soft wire and material to clean decks and etc What is your idea of a minimal restoration that will be an OK for display Don't think the paint:"White" should be there. Any suggestions the figure head is painted gold, should be white, What do you think about the overall quality. Who produced the Kit?

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