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  1. “The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor” by Darcy Lever. A practical guide to all things rigging. For The basics of Knots, try “The Boy Scout Handbook” or the “Pioneering Merit Badge” book published by The Boy Scouts of America.
  2. A very nice build. Well done. The comment about her looking like she is going fast even when sitting still is so true! As I approach the mast stepping and rigging phase on my Bluenose, I am going to steal your tip about aligning the masts.
  3. I put six “iron” whelps on mine. Not sure why exactly. Looked awfully crowded with eight.
  4. Well done. Impressive work! Great attention to both detail and function. I have been reading through your log and taking notes. Modeling “Lucky Jack’s” Surprise is what got me into this hobby. A build like yours is my “bucket list” build. Someday...someday. Jim
  5. Richard, I’ve been curious about how you were going to do the chain... that must be the smallest roller chain available. I have searched and searched, and I’m still looking for a decent workaround.
  6. Thanks guys, I am really enjoying my evenings, and look forward each day to “boat time”. Does anyone have a suggestion for drilling holes in brass strip? I have a pin vice with numbered drills, and a Dremel with a few bits, but no drill press. Jim
  7. Nicely done! Pearwood makes for beautiful planking, and your work is first rate. I especially like the Bluenose pics, as that is my current project.
  8. A question for the master craftsmen out there. I want to put some sober of frame/rim around the air ports on the cabin. I have little metal working capabilities, and mostly only hand tools, so something ready made or modifiable would work best. Thoughts?
  9. Here are some of the “bits and bobs” I’ve been working on. Cabin, Binnacle, Skylight, Chimney, Wheelhouse, Bitts, and helmsman’s grating. (But not in that order.) My iPad photography leaves much to be desired, and I really need to have a painting party. Currently working on Sheet Buffers, and Pintles and Gudgeons.
  10. Welcome to the Bluenose Fraternity Michael. She is a beautiful “little” ship. I’m sure the others will be along to add their welcome. Happy building!
  11. Greetings! It is good to be back in the Shipyard! A long time ago (2009)in a city far, far away (Buffalo, NY) I started building the Model Shipways Bluenose using the Bob Hunt Practicum. Got the hull all planked, and I was really proud of my work. Had a really good build log going. Then life happened, and MSW crashed. The last couple weeks, thanks to a Coronavirus reduced work schedule, I have picked it back up. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed this tiny intricate work. I have started on the deck “furniture” beginning aft, and working forward. So far I have completed the cabin (with binacle, skylight, chimney and gangway) the helm, bitts and boom crutch. Currently I am working on the rudder, pintles and gudgeons, and the boom sheet buffer. I have several dories made, but really am not happy with the way they look. What I am REALLY bad at, is remembering to take pictures. Here is one snapped by my daughter last night while I was making ring bolts.
  12. Not at the moment, I just restarted after a long hiatus. I guess I ought to get that going again.

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