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  1. Updates on the build! I just came back from a roadtrip with friends and tomorrow i will continue working on the boat. Since its late already, im just going to quickly post some pictures of the work i did on the main mast. The original length of the piece that is horizontal to the water level in the mast was too short, so i cut it longer. Also, i did my research and found no use for one of the blocks in the mast, so i skipped that one. If, while rigging, i find out what it is used for, i will post it here. On a quick note, the ropes were served using Syrens Rope Serving machine, and it looks really good. Its a detail its probably never going to be noticed, but i think it is worth mentioning. Also, i found out that, in my opinion, when tying knots and other stuff, its better to use CA glue than white glue mixed with water. It leaves a nice, sturdy look and i love the detail of how tidy the knots look.
  2. It was around this time that i received Syren's Rope Rocket, and i started experimenting with different types of rope layouts. I never liked the ropes that come with AL's kits, they look and feel very shaggy and overall low quality. I made my firsts laids of rope and im very happy with the results. Now having good rope i started laying the bowsprit. I had to drill 2 holes in the hull of the ship, one for the bowsprit itself and another one for the rope. The end of the rope ties to a belaying pin. I used CA to glue the brass loop to the wood and used a tiny drill to make holes for the eyebolts. I also made the holes in the rigging blocks bigger so my hand made rope could go through. I am thinking of buying aftermarket rigging blocks, anyone knows a good dealer in europe? Next step was the anchor. I scratch built the mechanism that lowers and raises the anchor, and i decided to go a step further and have the anchor tied first to a little chain, then to the rope. I had to start backwards, since i wouldnt be able to wrap the rope against the mechanism the other way around. I think it turned out great.
  3. Quick update on the deck works. I followed pictures of the original boat as to make all the furniture, since the instructions in the kit leave the deck to be somewhat empty and lacking, in my opinion. First i added a little base with round windows in which to mount the rest of the skylight and entrances to the interior of the boat. This was all scratch made. Looking back on it, i think i made it too long, but its just my impression and now that i have added the rest of the details, doesnt look that bad. I cut the kit's skylight in two so it is the same as in the real one. Also, in most photos, the skylight and the entrances are covered by a black blanket, but i left it with the wood finish. This is the scratch made base with windows i made for the rest of the furniture to stand on. I had to buy the aftermarked round windows, but i think it looks pretty good. This is one of the close ups of the furniture laying on top. I used nail heads for the door handles and brass strips for the hinges. In the original they dont have the tiny wooden doors, but i think they looked cute and i wanted to add them. Finished deck with the steering and other elements. I must say, i am not very happy with the steering handle (i dont know how its called) and its base. You can see original photos here. I wanted to scratch build it but i didnt have any good wood pieces to carve it out of. After this step, i barnished all the furniture and glued it into place, and started working on the rigging.
  4. I just placed my order for the Rope Rocket and the Swerving machine. Once they arrive, ill update with photos on the ropes i make!
  5. Now that i look into Syren's Rope Rocket, and some photos of finished laid rope that i find here in the forum, i am more convinced by this option. Still, i visited their website and i am unable to find the button to buy it? Maybe theyre undergoing some maintenance? I know Chuck is a regular on this forum, maybe he has some news on this
  6. Now it was time to paint varnish the hull. I decided to go with the black-red-white palette since the one that appeared on the box was not of my liking. Honestly, i had to paint it over 3 times until i felt it was good enough, so i may just show you the finished result Primed the hull: Painting: Varnish and waxing (i used the wax i use on my car for this and the results are amazing):
  7. Now it was time for the side bulkwark pieces. Now, the originals in the kit do not run all the way of the hull, so i had to cut them and drill some holes in them. Before i installed them i painted the inside of them red, since it was going to be easier to paint that way. I used some wood sealant, primer, vallejo air color and my old airbrush to do the job. Also, the stern of the ship didnt have to be round, it has to have a nice sharp edge in which the lettering can be painted. So with some wood filler, i sculpted it to shape, and made some scratch outside supports, since the ones that come with the kit are horrible at best.
  8. Thank you! I too like the contrast between the pale wood and the dark stripe in the edges. For what i have been able to piece together, thats how the original JB looks like. It mustve felt nice sailing in this ship, the more time i spend on it the more time i want make a trip like that! Funny enough ive never been to a sailboat in my life.
  9. Now it was time to start planking the deck. In the kit, the side planks are not black, so i used a black marker to paint them, since i didnt have any black ink. Also, at the stern of the ship, a little piece is not supposed to lay flush with the deck, it is supposed to be raised! I decided to use a varnish that has a glossy finish for the deck and hull, and i couldnt be happier. Looks so good! (This photo was taken after priming the hull, i am sorry yet again)
  10. Hi everyone! I had to take a break from the hobby since it was my last year of university but i can finally say, after 4 very hard and very long years, that i am a graduated engineer! Now that i once again have some time to spend as i see fit, i decided to continue on the build i left half-done when the exams and finals started. This is the first build that i do in which i try to apply all of the knowledge i gained from my previous ones to get the best result possible. I know i still have much to learn, and constructive criticism is always welcomed! Now, im sorry if the details of the first steps are not as detailed, its been some time and its proven difficult to find the pictures i took of this steps. First of all, building the main skeleton of the boat. After building it and making a few adjustements (we all know how AL makes its kits), i nailed the fake deck to it. I took my time to make sure it was 100% not moving and in place, and that resulted in a very satisfying nail pattern I also planked the lower deck pieces, since it was going to be easier if i did it prior to any other step Planking of lower decks ç Nailing the fake deck (I took this last photo after planking, im sorry, but its the only one i have :C) After this, it was time to start planking the hull. At this time, i asked the MSW forum about how do professional modellers manage to lay the planking flat to the keel. It was at this time that i learned about the rabbet line and the bearding line! I didnt even know what they were. Anyways, i did do the rabbet line, but since in this kit it has a back-bone type keel (the bulkheads go all the way up to the keel, making it really inconvenient to do the bearding line), it was suggested to me to first plank the hull and then sand the planks down before adding the keel. Since it was my first time doing so, it didnt look so good, but its not anything a little of wood filler cant solve. I ended up with a pretty good result, and i feel that i am getting way better at planking!
  11. Hi everyone With me getting more and more into this hobby i find myself not liking the ropes that usually come with the kits. Thats why i have been looking into purchasing one of Domanoff's rope walking machines. My only question, if anyone in here already has one, is: do they already sell the strands in those spools, or do we need to rewind them in the same ones that come with the machine? Also if anyone has any photos of how do the finished product look using those machines, i would gladly like to see them! Thank you very much
  12. Hello everyone! I am asking another favour. I am painting the hull and i am how do i paint the lines on it. Do you have a special techniche/homemade machine that will at least mark the lines straight? I am looking at this post right here: And i am wondering how does he know at what height to start and end the line. Thank you in advance!
  13. For example, in this image from one of the tutorials: If we look at C, how can i do that in this frame? The bulkhead strongback is not high enough Again, thank you all for your patience
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