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About luponero

  • Birthday 03/29/1959

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    Vicchio - Firenze - Italia
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    static naval modeling, gardening, photography

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  1. During the "hot" Italian summer, updates continued slowly ... however they continued. the next work had to concern the laying of the latin sail, but before inserting it I preferred to finish the sheets and the walls of the mainsail, for the realization of the big cable that passes from the clew of the main sail I made a flat cable with 3 wires stopping them with the knot called "chicken foot" and finishing the maneuvers I rearranged and finished almost all the maneuvers, detail of the main mast restraint and double pole in front of the mast with the hoists I also corrected the position of the anchor, removing the cables that tied it previously and making the changes to stop them by making brass eyelets to put the cable that binds them to the side of the ship After the corrections I put on the latin sail, but first I had to "fill it" with wind, since the sails are swollen as if the wind came from the stern, even if it is not the best condition to sail with the sails to do this I used the usual system, water and pva, but before moving on to the installation I ordered the maneuvers of the quarterdeck, cleaning the bridge from the pieces of wire and ending them at the ankles with skeins or alternatively on the bridge, later I laid the Latin sail of the mizzen mast see you next time black Wolf
  2. Hi, David, welcome, we are quite "close" considering the fact that here you will find many fans and friends from all over the world. with regard black Wolf
  3. Hi German, here you will find friends from all over the world with your usual "passion" with whom it will be possible and pleasant to share it Sincerely Black Wolf
  4. I thank you for the appreciation, the small corrugations on the sail surface are due to the tension of the thread for sewing the panels,I think that even in real sails when they "swelled" under the action of the wind these undulations formed The work continued with the laying of the cage sail and the preparation of the maneuvers for the sail, small in size but complex in the preparation due to the "sheets" which are formed by the gratile of the sail itself which at the height of the clews on the lower part are transformed into sheets which, passing from the violin block located on the mast of the mainsail, end with a block that acts as a hoist, stopping on the bridge the cable of the edge of the sail, which passes from the blocks to end on the bridge is very large, for this reason it was necessary to enlarge the holes of the blocks with the electric drill ... (with great happiness) however it went well, I did no damage the cage sail had also been laid see you next time black Wolf
  5. As I said I try to recover the progression of the work phases, the execution of the maneuvers is not simple, it often happens to beat us with tweezers and this generates cursing,,, after the flagpoles of the flagpole I realize the "arms", which regulate the direction, start with the cable "runner" with hook on the drawer and return to the block giving time to the cleat on the bridge, on the photo above you can also see the " clew-line" cheating that starts from the clew placed on the low edge of the sail, the blocks under the hood begin to be occupied by the maneuver cables the appearance of the holy Mary begins to change see you next time black Wolf
  6. After a month I update the works, which have gone ahead with respect to the inserted images, I will try later to make up for lost time, I realized the double topping, in this photo you can see the first one passing the cable from the blocks and stopping it on the cleat on the tree the work on the maneuvers is demanding, confined spaces of maneuver, rearrangement of the bottlenecks to the racks and making ties is tiring especially for the view, I made the " leech-linei", fundamental objects for maneuvers, cheating fixed to the gratile of the sail (teacher) that envelop and collect the sails on the flagpoles, in the S.M. I am a "spider" and I have equipped myself to make them, there are many workings of the objects for the realization of the maneuvers, ranging from cleats to hooks, rings, blocks and many knots that at first sight had not been seen (Adametz uses some "conventions" without giving examples and descriptions), the realization of these details takes time, of course ,,, the leech-line, the realization phases, the thread must be inserted in each hole I am attaching an image from a book in which you can see what I have tried to achieve I had to make other cleats with different sizes and many "spoken" knots certainly among the most used for the start of ties, tighten immediately without widening or yielding and especially at night, there is no shortage of "test observers" see you next time black Wolf
  7. As you know I really like wood, but seeing your build I think I also like paper and cardboard, you are very good I follow you with great interest !!! black Wolf
  8. I thank my friends for the welcome "likes", work on the sails continues in progression, the rings are for bowlines (in reality the rings were not in brass but in wood ) I have tried to scrupulously follow the drawing, however I have found some anomalies (errors?) that I will also indicate for suggestions, I attach the images that are the latest, the maneuvers are set only, you can see that they are stopped with some wooden pegs to fix them permanently following the ankles and / or cleats the detail relating to the foresail sheet the hole of the tack is not shown on the drawing, probably a "forgetfulness" of the designer, recovered by looking at the photos of the Santa Maria model After the maneuvers of the sails I had to neatly adjust the positions of the ankles the time has come to put the large square sail unlike the "caravel" that the Latin sail had, removed from the fruit box in which I had placed it for drying the water with wood glue, to give the shape of the "swelling" I stopped it on the tree with a copper wire, just to stop it "on the fly" I attach some pictures, the sail was placed without the maneuvers, due to gravity it tends to "lean" on the mast with the maneuvers pulled it should take on the appearance of the wind swollen wind so it should tend to detach from the position taken without the tense maneuvers, the image of the Santa Maria from the bow the detail of the ankle rack, in which the maneuvers will be stopped, the maneuvering spaces are very reduced !!! see you next time black Wolf
  9. also for this sail other blocks and rings are needed for the maneuvers of the upwinds, in the realization of the different maneuvers not highlighted in the drawings take on particular importance if you intend to carry out the correct maneuvers (certainty that I don't think I have, both for the lack of knowledge of the same and for the indications shown in the drawings) in addition to the construction of the blocks, it is necessary to lay and tie in places that are not easy to work small rings are needed for the upwind courses, these too made with brass wire with the sewing needle it realizes their circumference and then the welding of the point of union of the wire, always with the usual method that allows to carry out micro soldering in tin in an "easy" way, the only problem, if they fall on the floor are nowhere to be found, and given the size it often happens see you next time, black Wolf
  10. Thanks Steven, your compliments are highly appreciated, like the likes of friends. The time has come to place the sails, I started from the bowsprit, stopping the flagpole of the " sprit sail top sail" sail with the mast caps made from the rope, the maneuvers will only be set, without stopping them definitively, only when all the maneuvers of the sails on the deck are finished I will stop them definitively, trying to recover the errors, the method used to "fold" the sails seems to me to work fairly well, even if the civada is not particularly large in size, the sail with water and clue for wood treatment is very stable and with copper wire I can change the curvature without make her lose the "camber" Necessary for the implementation of the various maneuvers, the realization of brass parts for fixing, I started with the hooks, I had some but they seemed too large, out of scale, so I redone others using a pin for the curvature and the brass wire of d. 0.5 mm a good method is the realization in the usual scale of the model of the "little men / sailors" who, although rough in their features, allow "glance" to establish the relationship with the piece or element made and to be laid, even these hooks seem to me too big in comparison, but having no other thread available I have to "please", so the throttling of the arms and sheets is achieved using the hooks made the hooks made with the brass wire have been burnished. The processing on the maneuvers takes a lot of time and thinking that it is not yet the definitive one ... the next step is the laying of the foresail through the mast caps and the halyard, unfortunately I realized that I hadn't changed the light settings of the camera so some photos have the saturated color (turned to yellow) even the foresail is well "stiffened" (paper-coated) but with the copper wire at the edges it can take any curve,
  11. Congratulations Patrick, both for the model and for the garden, it should rain tomorrow at my house, so I can also transplant some cabbages in the vegetable garden. luponero
  12. I thank my friends for the appreciation, if you come to my part it will be very pleasant to invite you to eat, maybe we will not eat paella, certainly typical Italian dishes accompanied by a sweet Tuscan wine. another detail that I have finished is the rope ladder, used to enter the crow's nest later I corrected the error (the handle) made on the pot, and to put the lid on I arranged the piece made on the kitchen but I have also seen how it would have been with the lifeboats, surely the space is very small, perhaps during navigation they were towed to have more space on the bridge while I tried to take a picture to show the "reflections" of the glow of the "burning embers", while we move slightly, the tinfoil of the chocolates are certainly more visible, curled up in small pieces put together with fragments of coal offers a better result, finally after having lowered the sails I started to give him the "inflation" indeed to try, both with sprit-sdil and that of forage I used vinavil diluted to 30% in water with a little surfactant, (a few drops, common liquid soap for fabric, allows a faster and better absorption on the fabric ) and after having tied them inside a fruit box to give them the shape I brushed them with the mixture made, we will see the result see you next time black Wolf
  13. I started the slinging of the sails on the flagpoles, this is the way used in the late Middle Ages, the technique used is not seen from Adametz's drawings, in practice the sail is stopped using pieces of line, not with a continuous rope but with pieces passing individually from each eyelet making on this two opposing knots, and then tying on the flagpole with simple knots, I report a drawing that was useful to me for the realization the number 5 is the luff cord, the 3 the reinforcements of the sail, the knots that keep the sail locked, can be seen on the rib (1) in the photos you can see both the back and the front part with the realization of the stitching in the photo below (not in focus), you can see the copper wire that I passed inside the edge of the sail that enters the hole made in the flagpole, which I need to keep the sail in position during the pressing and then to make the curvature of the same, the other sails were also stopped at the flagpole with the usual technique, including the Latin sail (?) I'm not sure that the technique used is correct ... who knows? Before laying the sails I thought it appropriate to finish the finishing work on some details, which would be more difficult if made with the sails explained, one of these is the finishing of the kitchen already laid on the base, I thought of making the classic "pots" that give the material used lead and copper powder a little "color" The photo shows the pots just made yet to be "finished" with the perforated brass plate, which will go on the base of the kitchen, a protection against possible flare-ups and sparks that could certainly have done damage if they had not been checked. what follows is a first realization of the cookware (with some errors) I made the "coppering" with the powder and the addition of the handles on the small pot, (the error I was saying is in the handle of the big pan, so put it does not allow to put the lid on) when you start making these "little things" you risk exaggerating in fact I started making a pan for the "paella" ( is a traditional dish of Spanish cuisine based on rice, saffron and seafood or meat) then a bit of special effects, the creation of burning embers, I usually use the red foil of the chocolates, but having already eaten them without keeping the file I used a broken Christmas tree ball the foil of the chocolates and in this case the paint of the ball "catches and reflects" the light, moving you can see the "flashes" of the reflections, as if the embers of the coal light up I make small pieces that I will put on the bottom (with the "red" visible) gluing them with black paint we'll see the rest later ... see you next time black Wolf
  14. The preparation of the flagpoles continued with a foresail, the block group consists of the central block and two lateral ones, with the wooden pulley with the burnished brass wire pin d.5mm I like more to make the block with wooden pulleys than with brass ones, they are more suitable for the period, they are made with 2mm and 3mm beech rods and then with "a lot" calm thinned, after the realization of the groove, bringing them to the thickness of 1mm, (perhaps the most complex processing) the following are those of the main mast on which the mast of the cage sail will be hoisted, Usual composition, with slightly larger blocks (about 7x4x3 mm) in the construction plans there are 7 different sizes, the smallest are those of the stopping blocks of the trozze, they are 2/3 mm x2x3 (the problem is to hold them with your "fingers" to work them with the file and try not to make them fall to not lose them ... still some work is missing to finish the set-up works, the group of blocks hooked under the hut, a rope ladder ladder and some blocks and eyebolt on the bridge to then move on to the sails on the flagpoles, While two blocks are required for the halyard of the mast of the major shaft, a problem that arises is that the casing and the shrouds have already been assembled so it is not possible to prepare the piece and install it first, it must be done with a block and with the banded cable, passed inside the "hole of the cat" and ended later by tying the missing block, simple to say to do it for me who am particularly "slow" it took me a couple of hours, I put the photos in progression , the cable bandage the exit from the cat pit the binding of the missing block In the meantime, it was necessary to prepare a dozen small blocks (4x3x2) (those that I hold badly between my fingers and that when I fall they are pains to find them) always self-built with walnut details, As already mentioned there are 9 different blocks shown in the drawing, the problem is that they are not particularly "visible" in the exploded view of the sails, so the number of blocks has significantly increased compared to what I thought were necessary from a "first sight" under the box with the prepared blocks The photo of the detail of the block that will be put under the hood together with five others the blocks placed under the crow's nest see you next time black Wolf

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