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Dougal Mack

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  • Birthday 07/31/1963

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  1. Thanks for your replies, but to be honest I'm not really after historical accuracy. All I'm after is a decent looking model when finished, so just some clues on how to attach the pulleys, route the lines, etc. I'm hoping that those on this forum that have all ready built this model might be able to provide some additional photos.
  2. I'm now onto the rigging 🤔 this is the bit I have been dreading! Like I said, I'm a complete novice to boat building and here the instructions are not that clear! Could be a while before I post some more photos - for one I need the extra 4mm dowel for my gaff and some more thread (ordered). Oh, I have this photo for now, quite pleased with my needlework skills....
  3. Thanks Ryland for you tip on the photos - it worked at my end, I hope it looks better at your end ! !
  4. Onto the masts, booms and gaffs. As earlier this was when I realised that I had used up a fair bit of the 4mm dowel for the oars - should have been 3mm! I would have been OK but the instructions said 110mm long for the mainsail gaff - this is way too short by about 20mm. It was here that I realised I didn't have any 4mm left over! I have ordered some 4mm hard wood dowel from Cornwall Model Boats, but I also complained to Artesenia Latina themselves. I have ordered another kit direct from them (Virginia Schooner) and they said they will ship some 4mm sapelly with it.
  5. Next was the rudder - ooh this was fiddly! I'm not sure I should add these photos as it doesn't look so good close up, but what the heck!
  6. By the way - the best money I spent was on a cordless Dremel Lite and an accessory set - VERY handy and useful!
  7. Here is a picture of my 'workshop' - we live on a hill so the garage is under the front of the house. This room I dug out 20 years ago which is under the hallway. It made a great playroom for the kids, a storage room for long enough and has now become my man-cave! I'm wondering if my bench is going to be big enough if I fancied building the Bounty or something like that?! I can shorten the height of the drawers and extend the worktop.
  8. Now, I'm afraid to say, I was so keen to proceed with planking the hull that I forgot to take photos! Needless to say I finished the base layer and was quite chuffed with it, after all it was going to be filled to cover any mistakes! I realised, perhaps a bit too late, that some of the base layer of planking would be seen from the inside, although it wasn't too bad. I kept telling myself not to worry, it is after all my first kit. I have always been a bit of a perfectionist and so did remove a few planks to make it neater. I've been using Gorilla wood glue and soon fou
  9. Whilst waiting for some planks to dry, I made the oars. Here I realised my first mistake, but not until later - I used the 4mm sapelly instead of the 3mm for the main arm. I realised this when I ran out of 4mm for the masts - more about that later!
  10. Sorry, but my photos would be better if there was a space between each - can anybody help me with a tip on how to do this?
  11. Goy myself a selection of clamps, elastic bands, a kettle, one of the wife's (old) baking tins and used the hot water method of soaking the planks to bend into shape. I was pleased and surprised how well this worked! The difficulty I had was where to start, top or bottom! I used all the build log photos and the instructions to sort of mix it up and find what worked best! Patience is certainly a virtue here - soaking a couple of planks at a time, clamping in place and leaving to dry. The following day glueing in place and leaving again for another 24 hours!
  12. OK, so here we go, this is my first ever wooden ship model, so be gentle with me!! I'm 58 this year and have been building plastic model kits since I was a wee one, mainly military vehicles, Tamiya 1:35 scale. After many years away from modelling (family, kids and all that), I started again about 10 years ago but this time with big stuff - 1:14 scale RC trucks mainly. I was keen to start another kit but found the new Tamiya 1:14 truck WAY too expensive at £900 - they don't even have opening doors for goodness sake! Looking around I stumbled on wooden ships and decided to tr
  13. I'm currently building the subject model and have just got to the sails and rigging - eek! I am an absolute novice when it comes to boats, I don't know any nautical terms (I know the difference between port and starboard, but that's about it!) and have no idea about how rigging on these old boats works / worked. I've been reading a some posts and build logs to give me a few clues which help and I think, with the scale, I can get away with a few odd non-nautical knots with a blob of glue! Could I ask for some of you that have built this kit, or similar, to post a few close up sho
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