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  1. Hello everyone. I have finally found some time to photograph the model as it is now, with the fore mast completed. So, it’s update time! Sails #2: fore mast rigging and sails! These square sails are the first square sails on my model and the first square sails of my life, and they have been quite a challenge. The technique used is the one described some posts above. It has been a great journey, with a really steep learning curve. My main references are Longridge, Underhill and Campbell and as far as I can tell all the standing and running
  2. Good to see you back on your model! Keep going!
  3. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Yes, they are there to help the sail maintaining their shape. I have used a 0.4 - 0.5 twisted aluminum wire (at least I think it is aluminum, it is gray). But the point is: use what you think is the best solution for your model and scale. The wire provide also a simulation for the bolt rope, and they size tent to vary during different periods and sail sizes. I have made many test to find the best solution for me, and I'm glad to share my small achievement, but the process needs to be changed depending on your models. Plus: testing is a
  4. Hi again. I've only used the lighter version so far, and I'm at my first ship model, so take my words with caution. There are many parameters that has to be taken into account: scale technique used (are you going to pant them? if so, with wath colors? Are you going to shape thet? ecc) period of the ship (generally I would say older -> thicker sail) If you want you can have a look at my sails here: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/25323-cutty-sark-by-bruma-revell-196/page/6/ post number 180. Those sails are made with the ligh
  5. Thank you all guys! I'm really happy to see you like them, and I hope to be able to post some updates soon! The fore mast is almost completed!
  6. Hi Mike! No, to me the product you pointed out is not the silkspan. You can try to look for modelspan too, it is the same product. It is/was used for rc airplanes, in order to cover the ribs on wings and fuselage. Try to call an RC model vendor you trust. I bought mine from Mantua Model: https://www.mantuamodelshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=&q=modelspan You may try to contact them and see if they can send it to France.
  7. Thank you all, again, for the kind comments and likes. In such a long build any source of motivation is welcome, and your appreciation is a great encouragement!
  8. Thank you, Vladimir for sharing your Cutty Sark. In two weekends you have achieved what I managed to do in more than one year! Even if you are not planning to work on her in the near future, I'm sure you will see the end sooner than me. I can't wait to see more!
  9. Kirill, this is really a masterpiece. A testament of what can be done with a humble plastic kit as a base and a ton of skills to upgrade it. Thank you for sharing!
  10. No, not at all. I spread the modelspan on a big, glossy surface (the recycled box of my doughter's scooter has proven to be perfect). The glossy surface ensure an easy detaching of the modelspan once it's wet. Painting it on both side has been just a matter of time and patience. Once wet it is still quite strong. This medium is just wonderfull.
  11. Thank you, Rob. I know your masterpieces, and I'm honored to have you here as many other expert modelers who take the time to visit my humble Cutty Sark. I have had no luck with paper, I was not able to get the double curvature I was looking for. This is particularly true for the square sails. That's why I tested the modelspan.
  12. Thank you all for the likes and feedback, I really appreciate them. After spending so much time and effort it’s important to have unbiased opinions, and I’m happy to read that they are positive! And apologies for the delayed response. Busy days… As requested, I try to explain what I’ve done, but please bear in mind that this is my first sail model and those are my first sails ever, I am not, by any means, an expert… The raw material is modelspan. It comes in two different thicknesses, mine is the lighter one, the only one available for me at the time. I have no exp
  13. Sails! I have always had in mind to display my Cutty Sark under sails. A clipper with a full set of sails shaped by the wind is one of the most beautiful pictures I can think of. But when it comes to ship models, sails can easily ruin a fine job if not done properly. That’s why I set myself a number of targets when I started to make them. They should have been: - light and thin; - translucent; - with no visible canvas texture, too small to be seen in 1/96 scale; - shaped by the wind, not standing still and flat from yards and stays;
  14. Great job on the hull! I really like it! You are adding a ton of nice details. I have some doubt about the tops and the crosstrees. They need to have openings near the mast's hole. In your model there is no space for the shrouds to go through the tops and crosstrees and this may cause you serious trouble for the standing rigging. To be clearer, you might have a look at my cutty sark: page 3, post # 71 My model is far from being a reference, but I hope the images can help you to better understand the issue.
  15. Yes, I stated my motivation in one of the above post, I copy and paste it here: They are overly simplified, so that it is almost impossible to fully rig them in the proper way. Moreover, they present features which are completely wrong, such as the sheave at the yard end, which are centered and not set aside and incredibly bulky. To make matters worse, the plastic is quite soft, and they are prone to bending when force is applied. So I decided to scratch build them. That being said, you can use the plastic ones, it all depends on what you want to achieve and how
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