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  1. Did you try matching up the sail to the plans at the clews and foot rather than the head? You might be able to get away with just reworking the head of this particular sail. Just a thought from the peanut gallery...... Good luck!
  2. You asked for opinions so here is one! I like the black much better and I imagine that you will too once you hang some rope coils around it. Perhaps if you had more brass fittings elsewhere the brass would look good but...
  3. Ahh, but at your current rate of progress with Avos you will soon be doing nothing but rigging! 😂
  4. Oh my, of course you made that little beauty instead of buying one! I cannot remember where I came across a quote that seems relevant but I shall paraphrase. "Buying things is for suckers!" Well done, indeed.
  5. That is impressive manual control to make those spirals look so good! (and steel wool is absolutely the correct term)
  6. @Peta_V You seem to be having great fun and I hate to be a nag but somebody has to be an adult and remind you that the Royal Caroline is not going to rig itself! 😁 More seriously, you are doing an excellent job with this kit and doing a great service to Master Korabel but something similar can be said with your Royal Caroline build. P.S. These comments are very ironic coming from someone who has not completed a build in more than 30 years....
  7. I am sure that his passing is a great loss to those closest to him and I wish them the very best in difficult times. He was notably generous with his knowledge and experience on this forum and he will be missed.
  8. Congratulations! I hope that you are able to find the Syren a good home, it deserves a place of honor. Hopefully you will be able to tell/show us where it will live!
  9. An impressive effort! It is also very cool that you gambled on the configuration and won so handsomely. Thanks for taking the time to document your success with the video, there were moments that were really beautiful and graceful.
  10. OK, I have a confession. I have been following this build for some time and while I knew that it was a xebec I knew little else. The build is obviously terrific but is it based on a real ship? Are the plans Daniel's? etc... Just in case there is someone else like me following, I finally answered some of my own questions although I invite corrections. This build is of the (very famous although unknown to me!!) French xebec Le Requin and there is a contemporary model in the French maritime museum. The plans appear to be those from the Ancre monograph of Le Requin by Jean Boudriot & Hubert Berti available from Ancre's Le Requin web page where there is also a nice brochure for download. I am sure that a search will turn up much on this ship but I found a concise summary on Michael Czytko Web site along with links and photos. A very interesting ship and Daniel's build promises to be a very special one.
  11. Funny! When we retire next year we are moving to our house in the Maremma and are really going to need to improve our Italian!
  12. Congratulations! This model truly deserves to be called art. The first time that I saw photos of it I was so amazed that I was disoriented. Google Translates claims that the German for this is: "Herzliche Glückwünsche! Dieses Modell verdient es wirklich, Kunst genannt zu werden. Das erste Mal, dass ich Fotos davon sah, war ich so erstaunt, dass ich desorientiert war. "
  13. Yet another congratulations on a job well done! You have much to be proud of so take a moment to enjoy the praise from all of us that have admired your efforts for quite some time.
  14. I have been reading this log from the very beginning and am currently on page 49 (November 2015) but I saw that it has been tagged as "Finished" so I just had to jump ahead and add my congratulations to the long list. Well done!
  15. Che magnifico! It is really fun to see this super interesting hull take shape!

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