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  1. Main mast rigged minus the preventer stay. I am very happy with the shrouds. I think they are turning out beautifully. Thanks for taking a look! -Joe
  2. The standing rigging has started! currently complete with the main mast and 4 shroud on the fore. the pictures only show through the main stay, I'll post more once the fore is completed. first up, the mouse! after I got my serving machine I decided to experiment with serving a mouse in stead of weaving. I really like how it turned out. I made both preventer stays in this method and the fore stay. the main stay was already rigged . I turned a former on my lathe, measured and served from the eye up to the former. Applied a generous amount of white glue then served up from the running end over the former and back to create the mouse. A little patience and I think it looks awesome. More to follow...
  3. Got my Serv-o-Matic from Syren Model Ship company this week! absolutely love this little machine. what used to take hours with meh results now takes mins and looks amazing. Thanks Chuck! Made all of my pendants, below served vs un-served. The wrap makes a huge difference in my opinion. 20 min job per pendant. Shroud number 1 Complete! Still working on some of the technique, but I'm very happy with this simple to use little machine. -Joe
  4. Experimented with tying mouse knots tonight using Banyan's jig. For this I'm using .40mm Line for the main and fore stay's and 50 weight thread for the weave. After building the jig, I turned formers using my mini lathe approximately 1/8 of in long and about 6/32 tapering to 3/32 and bored with 3/32 for the line. then, I loaded up the jig with 13 lines. I experimented with waxed and unwax lined, didn't seem to make a difference. After it was loaded up, I used a needle to attached the weaving and serving lines then tied the weave down around the rope behind the former. I tried doing this once on the wide portion and once at the point. It didn't seem to make a difference either way. At this point, it was expedient to serve the portion away from the weave, both times this seemed to work well. I then ran into an issue. a portion of the running threads have bunched on one side of the former and despite my efforts I can't seem to get them to lay properly, the result is a nice weave on one side and a bare portion on the other as the weaving line continues to hook behind the former. once I'm done, I can some what cover this with some massaging and with some paint, the end result don't look terrible, but it's certainly not the beautiful weave Banyan got. Is this something I need to continue to experiment with or am I missing something? Thanks for looking. -Joe
  5. Policing up all the items I skipped over before I start going up with the rigging and I can’t reach stuff easily. I knocked out the anchor lines, stern gun port hatches and the rudder pendants. Pretty happy with how everything is coming along. I decided to go with 1 piece gun port covers instead of the split ones called for in the plans. I like the way it looks better. 1 thing is for sure thou, my skills have improved a lot since I made the gun port covers for the sides, these look much better... almost makes me want to redo them... almost. Rudder Pendants/gun ports. Anchor line Thanks for taking a look, as always, open to feedback! -Joe
  6. The chain plate was an interesting. I followed chucks instructions for the dead eyes and they were pretty simple and straight forward. After the dead eyes, I ran into issues. I set up my jig as per the instructions but I couldn't get a consistent result. the nails pulled against the wood and bent inward ultimately leading to a lot of frustrations. I ended up using round nose jewelry pliers and a micrometer to get the results I wanted. And now I'm caught back up on the build log. I hope you guys like all the pictures, in my mind, the pictures tell the story much better than I can. I ordered Chuck's serv-o-matic this week (thanks Chuck), once it gets here I'll start on the standing rigging! -Joe
  7. THE MAST! So admittedly, I was supper anxious about the mast, so much so that I purchased three spare three foot dowels... I have three remaining now... Taking the lessons from the bowspirt I approached the mast with a much more deliberate and researched approach. Also the steps laid out by chuck were super easy to follow. I neglected to take photos of the lower mast before I had the cheeks on. But, honestly, there was nothing special about the process. The mini lathe was supper handy to shape the cheeks once they were no and the iron bands were no issue. The only part I would say was a struggle was squaring the top with out incorporating a twist. I struggled a lot with that and really didn't get the hang of it till the top mast. After a lot of work the main mast was good to go. Next I built the tops, decided to go with the real method of hanging blocks. This was more frustrating than I will give it credit because I simply lack the knowledge of what blocks go where and do what. So despite careful examination of pictures and the plans I kept second guessing my self. The top mast, things really started to come together. I had my system down, I was extremely deliberate and i think it paid off. and after a lot more work and some rigging that I didn't take pictures of... I glued them in place... For this step, I wish I had drilled smaller holes instead of the mast sized holes I did, because early on, I failed to place the bracing blocks in the along the keel that would have provided a much firmer base for the mast. Alas, I have learned... so it good right? right. Of note, the curve on the main mast is not as pronounced in real life and yes I did adjust it. Also, important to note, the top mast and up are not glued in place to allow for eaiser rigging later. Just about caught back up, next step is dead eyes and chain plate which I finished tonight! -Joe
  8. My Next step was to tie my launch down and complete the bowsprit. The bowsprit was frustrating for me because I hadn't figured out how to square the beam and taper it appropriately. I ended up replacing the dowel and starting over. Still not perfect but I got it to the point that I was satisfied. I used painted tape for the iron bands... not the best choice, but it does look good. I finally figured out how to used the provided material for the bands when I moved on to the mast but I'm not going back to fix them on the bowsprit. Oh well... this model has been alot of learning. Next step the mast! and lots of learning. -Joe
  9. I apologize, I've fallen a bit behind on this build log but not on the actual building. I'll try to catch up over a couple of post. Reference my last post here are my completed hammock cranes with netting. I am very happy with how these turned out. I debated putting hammocks in them but ultimately decided against it. I like the look of the empty nets. .2
  10. Started the hammock cranes last night. Still needs to be painted but I like how it's looking so far
  11. Update on the ship, I have been a bit busy but I have made some pretty good progress finishing up the deck fittings. First up, here are the completed coils. Next I knocked out the ships pump over the course of a few days. Next up, I completed the fife rail and boarding ladders. I'm very happy with the fife rail in particular the legs which I turned on my mini lathe. Finally the forward bits. Finally the stern davits. These were optional, I like the way the look thou so I'm keeping them. I do have one question for the group. I'm struggling with carving the timber heads. the larger ones in the last picture weren't difficult but the smaller ones that follow keep falling apart when I trim off the excess. Any recommendations are welcome. -Joe Just an Army dude who likes ships.
  12. Back at the wooden ships after taking a couple of months to work on another project. I’m making progress on the Winchelsea and the Syren. Tonight, between glueing bulkheads on the winnie, I knocked out some coils. I’m PCSing in a couple of months so I’m trying to get as far as possible with out starting the masts. One side to down, one to go. -Joe Just an Army dude who likes ships.
  13. Coming back from a several month break to work on another project for my Dad. I built a model of the USS Thorn dd-988 which he served on from 1984-87. (note, I know it doesn't have have hull numbers in the picture, that was a whole other debacle that has now been fixed) Fresh from the Thorn and chomping at the bit to resume my project on the Winchelsea with some new stuff! Happy to say, House Hold 6 has approved my purchase of a Byrnes Table Saw for the purpose of milling lumber for this project(and other stuff) and my Grandparents contributed a professional building Slip. Excited to get back after it! -Joe Just an Army dude that likes ships.
  14. 🤣🤣🤣 best piece of advice I have read in years. You sir, are not wrong.
  15. Thanks for the rundown! Very helpful. Agreed, why would you spend the money to buy a BMW and not spend a little extra to get the leather seats. Going forward, I think the most important pieces for me initially will be the zero clearance insert, the extends rip fence, and the micro meter. Why buy a precision instrument then add in error due to fat fingers? I will be reaching out to Mr Brynes to determine the right blade for my application, hadn’t thought to do that before. I am not to the point in my project where a sliding table will be needed but in a few months, I think I can justify the 135 bucks to the Mrs. And it is very pretty. Finally, I agree, the tIlting table top doesn't seem to be a commonly used accessory and is well down the list of items I want to purchase. Thanks again for the feed back! -Joe

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