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  1. Yesterday the ship itself was completed (except for the Everard company pendant...) Now I can focus on finishing the quay, and after that decide how to display the diorama. Some pictures (taken with my Nikon rather than the phone).
  2. The boat is now complete. Before I mount it on the davits I will paint the outside of the hull. For one thing I could have made a better job planking it, but I also think that the original boat was white. I have not been able to wind to many pictures of it, but this postcard shows a white boat behind Will. I'm also come to the final parts of rigging the main mast, the ratlines. Thankfully there are only ratlines on one side, the side where the topsail is rigged. I have also decided that I should rig the halyard and out haul for the foresail and jib sails, even though the sails themselves are not rigged.
  3. Looks like you are of to a god start. Does the bend in the keel get better if you install the deck? With such a slight bend, that could be enough to get it straightened. I agree that the wood grain does not look good scale wise. I guess OcCre has chosen a cheap material to keep the kit price down. If I remember correctly it is only about 60 euro for the basic variant.
  4. I was right in my concerns regarding stepping the main mast. The day before yerseterday it almost came loose while I was tying the rigging lines. I put some generous amount of epoxy glue around the base and hope that it will be enough. I recon that I can hide the glue splotches with some rope coils at the base of the mast. After that I lost the enthusiasm for finishing the rigging, so that will need to wait for a few days. Instead I have started with a plank fence for the back side of the quay. Its made of balsa sticks that have been dipped in a solution of steel wool in vinegar. I have also continued with the inside of the boat. Fiddly work, but it also goes quickly with such small dimensions and such a well designed kit.
  5. I took a break from rigging in my Will Everard build. I felt I wanted to do some work on wood... I glued the bottom plank in place already several months ago, now I continue with the next strake. This is far from kit-building. The planks are cut oversized and it requires a lot of filing and sanding to get them to lay nice and smooth without gaps. When reasonably satisfied I put the planks in hot water and bent in place for drying. As can be seen I have upgraded to stronger rubber bands 🙂
  6. Very interesting project. I’m just finishing reading the Iliad and is seriously tempted in building a penteconter. I will follow along and enjoy and learn from your endeavors.
  7. Thanks Eamonn! Today I stepped the main mast. I felt some trepadation for this step as there is just a small surface at the foot of the mast. The risk of misalignment is rather high. The kit was not constructed with any hole or support for the mast. Maybe I should have added one myself to be on the safe side. What I did was putting epoxy glue on the foot and then just held the mast in place with my hands until the glue cured. I also managed to find some small test clips for electronics. The common type are larger than these, so I was happy to get the last ones from the store. They immediately proved handy and excellent for clamping the rigging threads so they can be seized. Cheers
  8. It looks like a nice kit and that you have gotten well under way. I'm looking forward to see your progress.
  9. It was raining today, so I got some time in the shipyard. A milestone passed. The first mast is stepped! In preparation for the main mast all fittings has finally been glued to the deck, as they will be harder to add when the shrouds and all other lines has been tied. The only things still remaining are the davits and the boat. I also decided to change the method of attaching the dead eyes. I replaced the rather thick line I used before. Instead I clamped a steel wire around and made a small hook. Cheers
  10. The crane is almost ready for mounting. I built a little shed for the hydraulic motor similar to the picture I showed above. The only thing remaining is the coal bucket and the line, but I think I will add it when I mount the crane on the quay. The walls of the shed was made by gluing overlapping paper strips on cardboard. I have also continued with the masts and sails. This is much more time consuming and tricky than I thought. Here is the mizen mast ready for stepping. The main mast is almost done. I just need to attach the main sail and draw some more rigging lines. I have studied the plans and instructions, and photos I have found before, for some idea on how the main sail is attached. I have concluded that it should be tied to the mast and boom in its four corners. There are no indications of mast hoops or lashings to the mast. I'm a bit curious on how that would have worked in practice.
  11. Summertime means lazy days at my shipyard. Other things, that are better suited for the short summer, such as sailing real ships, becomes more enjoyable. I did however start on the crane for the quay. I have a few photos to work from, and I'm trying to build something that resembles these. Cheers
  12. First sail attached to the mast and gaff boom. Now I will start to add the running rigging before I step the mast on the hull.
  13. The rigging looks right to me. I just made a hook of the copper wire and hooked it through the jib sail peak on my model, like you have done. The twisted wire I only used for shrouds. I used the copper wire for stropping the blocks like you did on the one in the jib sail. I agree that the thread in the kit is a bit hard to make nice knots with, it is so smooth that they quite easily comes loose. For the jib tack corner I just tied a square knot like you described. It untied itself after some months, so I re did it and added a drop of glue and hopefully it will hold.

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