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  1. Nice paint job and great work on the stand. It definitely seems much more secure. Jim
  2. Thanks Nic! Your Mary Taylor build log was a constantly source helpful knowledge and additional perspective. I'm grateful it was there. Hope your recovery is going well. Jim
  3. This the 1849 New York Pilot Schooner Mary Taylor built from the BlueJacket Ship Crafters kit. This was only my 2nd build and it took 7 months.
  4. Well, that glorious day has arrived. The Mary Taylor is now finished! This has been a fun build and I learned a lot. As I'm sure is true with all builds, some days were a bit more fun than others. I certainly had a few self-inflicted challenges along the way. But, it's finished now and I'm proud of the results. The Admiral is very impressed. Thank you to everyone for their likes and kind words. For someone new to ship modeling, they truly mean a lot. Build #3 is in the closet waiting for my birthday in a few weeks. A new build log will follow. Cheers! Jim
  5. Bob, Thank you so much for the kind words. This was only my 2nd build and it provided a great platform for learning. Your Mary Taylor looks pretty awesome as well. Scale or not, the sails look great! I'm pretty close to being done. At this point, the boat build is complete now that the flags are flying. I'm finishing up the display mounting board and will post the "finished" pictures once it's formally mounted. Thank you again! Jim
  6. All the running rigging is complete. It's a little hard to see in this picture, but the jib, foresail, top main and mainsail were simulated using very thin white thread. All sails to drawn to starboard as port is windward. Did I get that correct? Now, the various rope coils and hanks need to be added to the line ends. Cheers, Jim
  7. I learned about MSW from a flyer in the Bluejacket Models kit that I purchased. So glad it was there because MSW has been the best learning resource I've found so far.
  8. Thank you to everyone for all the Likes. The Standing Rigging is now complete. Rigging shrouds is tricky business as it can be a challenge to keep them even. I'm sure they get easier with practice. And, the masting is complete with both the top masts added. It's getting real close. Now, string the Running Rigging and add the flags. So close! Cheers, Jim
  9. Nic, Glad to see you're back at the bench. Hope you're feeling better. Good suggestion, but I already took the scissors to it. Rather than cut the entire Spring Stay, I cut the seizing knots on just the Main Mast side leaving the Fore Mast in tact. See the picture. The alligator clip is holding the position. I'm thinking that will make measuring the shrouds a bit easier since the mast will be at the proper rake. Thank you, Jim

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