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  1. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Small update, rigging is in full swing: Approached the deadeyes in a different way this time, as the results on Terror were not too accurate: too high, too low... With "varying degrees of success": I'm still learning, but the result is better than my first attempt 🙂 Stay healthy!
  2. Quick update, decided to rig the halyards and the slings before securing he masts, as I remembered I had a lot of issues with this on Terror. Noted the reference number of the rope onto some blue paper tape, so I know where to attach it to 🙂 Attached the masts, prepped the backstay for the mizzen mast, when it occurred to me I might as well do the other halyards of the mizzen mast as well. Here's my question: halyards for the mizzen main sails and the mizzen topsail run parallel with the mast, but the mizzen topgalant halyard runs to a belaying pin on starboard. So do
  3. Thnx Patrick, makes more sense to work your way forward via the shrouds. Allthough Diana has a backstay on the mizzen mast as well, so I’ll start with that. Thnx again!
  4. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Busy times at work, work progressed slowly, but the ads are now finished 🙂 Dryfitted them on the masts, using a small messing pin: Next step, securing the masts and bowsprit, and then rigging begins in earnest.. Question about rigging: Occre's rigging sequence starts with the shrouds and ratlines, and then moving on to stays. Somehow tension-wise that doesn't make sense. Thinking about making the stays, and then proceeding with the shrouds. Also, tension-wise I saw a number of build logs where the stays move forward, starting f
  5. Hi all, I'm currently building Occre's Frigate Diana (Build Log on MSW). Having finished off the hull and both Fore and Main mast, and the foremast yardarms, I find myself struggling with attaching the yardarms to the mast. Tried using a clove hitch, but that doesn't seem to work. Thinking about inserting a small brass rod in the mast and connecting the yardarm to that, but that seems too fragile. Any handy tips/comments/pictures are much appreciated, thnx!
  6. Hi all, many thanks for your kind words. Fully recovered now, so I was able to continue to work on Di, job permitting. Small update and a question: Finished the yardarms for the foremast. A lot of new things learned here, and again, patience is a big asset when you're building. But then again, the focus on a block positioning can be quite soothing 🙂 Finished the main mast as well: Question: what is the best way to connect the yardarms to the masts? I've been fiddling with this on Terror, with varying results, but I'd like to improve
  7. Hi all, apologies for the delay in updating, but a couple of days after posting the last update, I was taken to hospital with a critical pancreas condition. It took me a while to fully recuperate, but last weekend was the first time I could sit up and stay focussed enough to pick up the work on Diana. Nothing too much though, working on the yardarms of the foremast: Hopefully my condition will improve so I can get more work done, for now it's still a bit of an exercise... Stay healthy and safe.
  8. Thanks all , both my questions answered very clearly! Onwards with the yardarms 🙂
  9. Hi all, I'm currently working on Occre's Frigate Diana, my second build (build log here). Hull is as good as finished, and I'm working on the foremast now. In the plans, there's two items on the mast I have not seen in my first build (Occre HMS Terror, build log here) First one is part 198, a little loop that runs over a semicircle. Where does this attach to, or more to the point, what attaches to this? Second question is about two blocks (E) also running from the semicircular thingy on top ending up next to the cheeks. Same question here, what
  10. Hi all, thnx for checking in. It's been a while, lots of (remote) working and trainings, house DIY, but we managed to progress a bit. Access steps were relatively easy, used an inordinate amount of tape to ensure alignment: After that, work on the mirror started, a first for me, as Terror was nowhere near as ornate as Di's. Ended up taking a bit of creative license and continuing the gold/blue pattern on the galleries: Added a small strip on top of the windows to line them up more nicely. I realise this is not according to plan, but looks wise I
  11. Welcome to the shipyards! Thanks to these wonderful people, my first build went like a dream. Enjoy!
  12. Hi all, quick update: finished the gun deck: Added railings, supports, etc. Top tip: do NOT install the outer railings before finishing off all other work on the hull. Wen the ornaments and guns are installed, this is almost the only way to safely hold on to her. Started on the deadeyes next, got myself a 1m dowel to make sure I'd get the angles for the stays correct: On second thought, I might have overdone this a bit 🙂 But the result looks good: Next up, access ladders and the mirror.. Take care and s
  13. Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all good health and happy modelling, preferably without being confined to your home... Big update as I had two weeks off, filled with setting up the house for Christmas and continuing on Di. First, the gunport went up. Decided to keep the copper look that's out of the box, mainly because I like it (same for the cannons, which are a weathered brass colour). Some fine filing needed to be done, and I had to discover the best way of glueing them After that, deck ornaments, filed while waiting for the different la
  14. Hi all, thnx for checking in. another milestone passed earlier this week, although not quite how i imagined it: finalised and varnished the hull: If you read my previous entry, I bit the bullet and went for the install of the quarter galleries as is. I got some sound advice from Keith, studied it, but frankly I didn't have enough confidence in my abilities to pursue a scratch build of this magnitude. Hope you don't take offence, Keith, I value your input and respect your work tremendously, I just didn't feel up to it. A closer look, with some painting detai
  15. Hi all, quick update: frustration continues 😞 The shipment from the UK finally arrived, so dyed the rudder and attached it. Found a new way to handle the rivets, and the nightmare I had with riveting Terror's rudder was no more (hint: better tooling, aka fine tweezers). Started working on the quarter galleries over a week ago, and still in prep phase. The pieces just don't line up as described in the plans or the pictures. Normally the bottom metal piece should align with the top of the rubbing strake, but that doesn't work. Checked the other bu
  16. Hi all, thnx for checking in. It's been a frustrating week at the shipyard, as the dyes and paints I ordered from Cornwall are still on their way 😞 . The Belgian Postal Service (often compared favourably to a carrier pigeon with no sense of direction), is apparently still trying to determine what to do with such a bulky volume (4 dye bottles and 3 little paint cans). Thing is, I need the dye for the rudder, the paint for the quarter galleries. Only then can I varnish the hull, and only then can I install the deck fittings (as I don't want to turn the hull upside down for varnishing
  17. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Small update and a question (see below). Finalised the bow ornaments today, that only took me about a week 🙂 Started with the top sweeps: I kept the bowsprit dry fitted as long as I could, to make sure the alignment would not go off. Dropped the lower sweeps, but I made a mistake I only saw later, as the bend was too far away so the lines mess up a bit. Decided to continue regardless. Then the final details: Hull is almost finished now, just attaching the rudde
  18. Hi all, thnx for checking in. Got the mirror in place after a bit of a struggle. Suffice it to say I have one nail hole to hide 🙂 Started on the bow ornaments, but after the first pieces I realised I was going to make my life very difficult painting the rubbing strakes after this section was finished. Soooo, put the ornaments aside and started painting. For one reason or another, the black varnish I used on Terror did not really like the African walnut; after two layers hardly anything took. So sanded down the layers and put on some matte black acrylic paint:
  19. Great job on the planking, congrats! Still trying to get my head around the technique, so your descriptions and pictures are really helpful. The Sapelli veneer can be a handful, very brittle, difficult to cut into shape. I had no issue bending sideways as long as the strip was long enough. I used 2 strip halves, cut in different places so they wouldn't align on the hull. I didn't use the cobblers glue which they're so fond of in the instructions, as you can hardly correct afterwards (and it stinks to high heaven). Used Mantua aliphatic glue, at key points (bow, any bend
  20. Hi all, thnx for checking in. It's been a while, but I've been busy: First the catheads: Occre's instructions show the catheads at a very shallow angle, but the plans mark a 45° angle from the heartline. This seemed to make more sense so I went with that. The instructions also showed how to construct off-boat, and then magically fit it into place. Didn't trust that too much, so went for a different approach: Marked the angles on tape using the middle of the openings as a reference: Then constructed the catheads off boat, making sure they fit properly
  21. Hi all, thnx for checking in. DavidG, chose the hard way, also as a learning experience: fitted the African Walnut. In retrospect, your second option would have been the optimal one, as I'm painting the strakes anyway, and that would not have left me with a nasty carving mark 😞 think I can minimise it though. Placed the top strakes and rounded off the corner strip: Now working on the gunport sides, the catheads and the railings...
  22. Thnx for that! Just another question: I’ve read that glueing planks while they’re still wet is a nono, but I also saw some logs where bulwarks were put into place to dry. So what is the best way: soak them, then bend them into shape on a mold and leave to dry, or bend them and secure them in place?
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