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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Che magnifico! It is really fun to see this super interesting hull take shape!
  4. 😂😂😂 This is very likely the best advice but I am not confident enough in my knowledge of any rigging subject to know that something is wrong even if I am suspicious. I am glad that someone else has encouraged you to find an alternate solution for the period/type/locale of this ship.
  5. Consider this just a comment from the peanut gallery as I have no knowledge of this type of shroud layout. However..... It does appear that on each side of the ship that you have three "doubled" shrouds with one end fixed to a "stretcher", 114, while the other end is fixed to a pair of blocks, 113/115. The sequence of attachments to the hull, starting at the fore end, would be Shroud-1 fixed, Shroud-1 blocks, Shroud-2 blocks, Shroud-2 fixed, Shroud-3 blocks, Shroud-3 fixed. The free ends of the blocks are belayed at rack B or C which I am guessing are port and starboard racks. Presumably this arrangement is used so that the block attachments are "inside" the first and last shroud. Another interesting question is about the ratlines that seem to be attached only to the fixed run of the shroud. This sort of makes sense because as the blocks are tightened the ratline would be pulled higher while if the ratline was also attached to the block end it would be pulled lower. But it would be interesting to hear about how this all worked out in practice and see other shroud arrangements like this. Perhaps someone can enlighten us?
  6. Holy thread resurrection, batman !#! I believe that I spent about a month going through this build log trying to understand everything that I could. It was hugely educational in so many different ways so I felt that I should send along a note of gratitude. It was very generous to put the effort into making it available. Both the model and the log are masterpieces.
  7. Howdy! Although obviously not a primary source, here is a drawing from the AOTS Royal Caroline - 1749 by Sergio Bellabarba & Giorgio Osculati with drawings attributed to Osculati. GunTackle.pdf The area around the cascabel is a bit ambiguous but seems to maybe some kind of woven eye that is seized?
  8. JerseyCity Frankie is heading you in the right direction, these waterways should not require you to do any significant bending. From the instructions it appears that Model Shipways intends you to form the waterway from a piece of stock 3/16" thick (the height of the waterway) but considerably wider than the 3/16" width on deck. This "extra" width of the blank allows you to account for the curvature of the ship bulwarks and, very importantly, the fact that in some places the bulwarks splay out so that the top surface of the waterway is more than 3/16" wide. The piece of stock may not be wide enough to account for all of this over the entire length of the waterway in which case you will need to choose a point to create a joint or use a wider piece of stock. Good luck!
  9. Very nice blocks! Well done, Woodeater!
  10. This build log should be of interest to you! Amalio might be able to supply you with some good information.
  11. Ah nuts, that is really disappointing to see the damage after all of your efforts to produce a nice hull. I have no doubt that you can sort it when the time comes but still....
  12. Howdy Keith! I believe that there were at least two versions of the Swift and your deck furniture appears to be that of the earlier version like mine in this photo: The box art has a copyright of 1982 but I was unable to find a copyright on the plans and instructions. I bought this one sometime in the second half of the 1980's, I believe. The later revision has different furniture and a "dropped" section in the deck to allow a partial reveal of the hold. P.S. Thanks for posting this as it gave me a chance to pull out the box and think about finishing this little model.
  13. I really enjoyed reading the story of this shipwright and the connection and significance of this contemporary model. Well done!
  14. Thanks for taking the time to show us this very nice project! Where does this remarkable model live now? Hopefully somewhere where it can be well appreciated!
  15. This one has a search function built in which is nice but seems to be missing many common structural elements. Perhaps it is focused on the terms one would use in operating a sailing vessel? Now this one is a bit special, a searchable Steel!! However, to search it you need to use an external search engine (Google, DuckDuckGo, etc..) with a search phrase something like: site:maritime.org/doc/steel stiving Then use your browser search function to find the term in the resulting page. Pretty OK! But still, that it is pretty awesome that they have scanned Steel and used OCR to convert the text rather than just saving the images. Old hat to many of you but it still makes this one happy. And good grief I have no idea how to use this monster! 😂 Thanks again Patrick!

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