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  1. Thanks Dennis. Nothing much going on here at the moment. She is sitting quietly on my work table collecting dust. 4 more weeks, 4 more weeks. LOL Sam
  2. Looks good to my eyes Mark. At least you found out now and not later about the bulkheads. Sam
  3. Jo Mark and those who hit the Like button, Thank you. Baby Steps....Baby Steps... Sam
  4. Jo, you're not dumb at all. Heck, I just figured out the difference between a yard and a yard arm!! The Yard is the whole thing, the Yard Arm is the part that extends past the cleats! (I think...)!! All along I thought they were the same. Its a learning curve and you learn by doing and asking questions. You are doing fine, relax and enjoy the ride. Sam
  5. Well done, Jo. They matte looks much better to my eye. Sam
  6. Hey all! I have a day off and some time to venture about here as well as get a bit of build time in. Over the last couple of months i have had some time to finish my Fore Yard as well as get started with the Fore Top and Fore T'Gallent yards. Current status below. I am not 100% satisfied with teh footropes and Lanyards? Slings? that support them. They are kind of misshapen. If I cant straighten them out I will have to re-do them. I believe the center portion of the yards were supposed to be 16 squared, I am finding it exceedingly difficult to 8 square stock at this size, I stopped there. I originally built the Stuns'l hardware completely from brass but the banding that mounts to the yard looked to thick even at 1/64" so I made those from the foil that caps wiskey and wine bottles. It worked well, but I need to prep/prime them better in the future, some of the paint peeled off and required a repaint. I suspect a more thorough cleaning with alcohal and maybe a brushing of vinegar to slightly etch the foil will work better. Thoughts anybody? That's all the news that is fit to print. Best guess is November before I get back on a more regular build schedule. (Murphy, you stay in your corner!!) Sam
  7. Brian, I understand completely, I have gone through several hobbies myself. Just follow your passion, they are hobbies after all. Great examples of your sewing skills. The last one, is that in progress?? I like it as is, it leaves something to the imagination. Sam
  8. Jo, Your progress is looking great! Barrels dont look bad at all, as Ulyses said, some fine sand paper or a fine nylon scrubby pad. will knock that shine right down. If you go the scrubby pad route dont use the kind you clean pots and pans with, go to an autobody finish suppler. 3m makes some, I think the light grey is the finest, check first though. Sam
  9. Getting caught up J. Well done!!. I will have to try your knotting technique for the foot ropes one day. Every time I have tried to tie knots in a rope for this it gets all kinked up. Your way looks like a good method. Sam
  10. Mark, good to see you building again. Looks good to my eye. In regards to OC suggestion about coating the delicate parts with CA, what about thinned epoxy? You would have more working time and use fewer brushes. Something like West Systems is already thin and I have thinned it down in the past. It is however expensive if this is the only thing you would be using it for. I have tried this with the 5 minute epoxies from the LHS, doesnt work as well, it cures but stays somewhat flexible. Sam
  11. Well done Carl!! I know who to come to for advice should I ever get around to building the Mount Katmai (AE16) the ship my Father in law was on during the end of WWII. Sam
  12. Brian, we will be here when you come back. Now, STOP procrastinating!! Joking. Sam

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