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
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?