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  1. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Big update, it's been quiet, but not at the shipyard. First of all, I finalised the ratlines: I just love how the lines really flesh out the appearance. Also installed the structure at the stern and 2 davits, as I assumed they would be impossible to get to when all rigging was done: Then, the big leap: standing rigging. Honestly, the two things I feared most before starting, planking and rigging, are proving to be the most rewarding steps in the build πŸ™‚ I know, I still need to get to the hard bits rigging-wise, but so far I'm having a blast. As the shipyard is getting smaller and smaller by the day (especially after mounting the bowsprit), I took Terror for a little trip to the kitchen to shoot some pictures: And that's where we are today. Rest of the standing rigging should be ready by next week, then the fun really begins, as that's the part of the rigging schemes I still cannot figure out. The videos help though..
  2. Hi F, checked the Occre site, they updated their product pages with a link to the the downloadable instructions. Grabbed both Diana and Beagle. Diana is a challenge, but she looks too good to resist πŸ™‚
  3. His all, thnx for checking in. Small update: lower shrouds are rigged: On to the ratlines πŸ™‚ Question: as the instructions don't mention this, what should be the distance between ratlines at 1/75th scale, in millimeters? Did some looking around, numbers vary from 4 to 7 mms, which is quite a margin I think... Thnx for the help!
  4. Thnx! Glad to help if I can, but remember this is my first one, so make sure you check with more experienced builders, I don't want to pass on any bad habits πŸ™‚ I'm eyeing 2 models actually, both from Occre: One is the Beagle: The other one is the frigate Diana: I have a slight preference for the second one, but it seems a lot more complex than Terror, so hesitating. Can't find any build logs either, and contrary to Beagle and Terror, Occre doesn't have any instruction videos, so I'll be jumping in at the deep end..
  5. Thnx for the tip Keith! Took a deep breath and forged on: foremast shrouds in place πŸ™‚
  6. Hi all, thnx for checking in πŸ™‚ Small update, but lots of testing. Channels and deadeyes are now all installed: As my local store did not have the necessary parts in stock, tried out cornwellmodelboats.co.uk, which I found referenced in several logs here. Ordered Thursday evening, shipped on Friday, in my mailbox next Wednesday. Excellent service! Attached the catheads: Those rivets will be my undoing... Talk about a test of nerves. Made some davits as well, and prepped the wooden construction for the deck. Also, started thinking about the shrouds and the way to attach them. Occre's video's just put the rope over the mast, doesn't make much sense to me as I think the shrouds are there for lateral support. John Aliprantis' video series on Santissima Trinidad is pairing up the lines, starting from the middle and then working their way out to the end deadeyes, but from what I saw all lines are attached for one side (port) and then the other, which didn't make much sense either to me. Mastini's book brought some much needed explanation, as in how to attach while switching from port to starboard. In the end I tried out a variation. As this is my first model, I really don't have any spares, so I tried it out on Terror herself, without glueing anything. Basically the idea is to follow Mastini's guidelines, but tie the rope around the mast with a knot. Then glue the two ends together at the base of the knot, and proceed with the deadeyes at the bottom. Tried this out: Again, nothing glues and just used some ends of spare ropes, but I think it does the trick. So two lines to port, two lines to starboard, and work my way from the stem to the stern. An thoughts on this? Am I missing something vital? I saw Mastini is tying the line together at the top, might be a way to go as well... As always, thnx for the advice!
  7. Small update: All the masts are up: I really have to find another location to take pictures of her, she's outgrowing my workbench πŸ™‚ No masts or yards are attached, still waiting for the parts to make the channels. Thought it made more sense to move the hull around without all the masts glued to it. Following some good advice from my fellow builders Clearway and Wahka, I've been experimenting with the yards: Seems a bit more robust, but I'm still not done testing. Meanwhile, rigging seems to come closer and closer.From the different sources I found, the sequence doesn't seem to be set: Occre video's start with the shrouds, then the standing rigging, then the running rigging, then the sails. Mastini's book recommends doing the top shrouds before the masts are even mounted! What is your experience sequence-wise, what works best for you?
  8. Hi all, Quick question: Main mast is coming along, tried rigging the yardarms to the foremast: Used the technique as described in the Occre videos, but did not glue. as the yardarms themselves are just about everywhere, I assume I DO NOT GLUE the yardarm to the mast, only secure the knot, and let the rigging sort out the alignment of the yardarms? Or am I making things too complicated? Will try out a couple more things to ensure a more robust connection with the ropes (Thnx Wahka and Clearway), not sure I have the experience to try this out, I guess we'll have to see. The set-up so far: As always, thnx for your advice and support πŸ™‚
  9. While waiting for the rest of the chainplate elements to arrive, started on the masts. Foremast is done, rigging the yardarms is ongoing: Surprised at how delicate and at the same time how enjoyable this activity is. Used some 1mm messing to ensure the holes I drilled in the yardarm stay open when I tie the various ropes at the tips, and learned how to tie knots with tweezers πŸ™‚ On to the last yardarm for the foremast, then mounting them. Occre's video's are not too clear on this, it seems a single turn of the rope around the mast and some CA glue is enough... Any thoughts on this? How did you mount your yardarms?
  10. Glad I could help Keith, just a disclaimer: as this is my first ship I'm building, I really have no frame of reference, just thought I'd share my experience, although the issues I faced might have more to do with the learning curve than the material πŸ™‚
  11. Hi Keith, the sapelli wood provided in the box is very flexible, good texture, especially when varnished, but can be quite brittle when you're trying to cut it. No issues with straight cuts, but stealers need a gentle hand. Hope this helps! Robert
  12. Thnx! I actually used black furniture varnish. Due to the fact a number of stores were closed, andI couldn't get any advice, I improvised πŸ™‚ Tested with both varnish and paint, and I chose the varnish for exactly the reason you mentioned: texture is still visible. Check one of my previous posts, you can see the test results.
  13. Small update, port chainplates for the foremast are done: Some corrections to be made, but I think they look the part. As the store did not have all the necessary messing in stock, I decided to work mast per mast, so started on the foremast as well. Take care.
  14. Congratulations! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours😁 She’s a beauty!
  15. I used white glue on mine, worked like a charm, the second layer planks are relatively thin, so adhere quite quickly. Not as quickly as contact glue probably, but it allows for corrections, and depending on the type of white glue you use, you wipe off any excess with a damp cloth without leaving any marks.

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