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About jim_smits

  • Birthday 04/16/1979

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    Bristol, UK
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    Astronomy, Poker and Skiing

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  1. You never know. Once I’ve finished the garden I might even have time to finish my ships off.....
  2. Maintenance items to be added...! Small pond, waterfall and bog area to finish off at the bottom, and to the right of the lawn along the fence is a long raised planter. Hoping to plant some trained fruit trees along there, with some herbs and veg etc.
  3. And here’s a three year before, during and after...
  4. Woohoo! We now have a lawn! Spent three weeks digging up the ground and removing rubble, random plastic sheets and all sorts of detritus. Added close to a couple of tonnes of topsoil and then laid turf. Garden no longer looks like a nuclear test site!
  5. And now onto an exciting part of the garden; adding the decking and pergola, which was a great 40th present from my mum! Built a decking frame from joists. Measured up and dug four deep holes to anchor the pergola and then up it went. Then concreted in place and bolted to the frame. Finally, fitted and screwed down the decking. Made more of a chore by the poor quality control on the length of the deck planks, with 80% needing to be trimmed down. All oiled up and furniture added and we’ll modelled by the admiral and cabin boy.
  6. Finished the wall upto it’s final height and then added in a little “planter box” in the angle formed by the steps. Planted a baby Japanese Acer which should eventually fill out nicely.
  7. Time for some updates! Sleeper wall has been extended up the garden to form the boundary of the new pathway from the house down to the bottom of the garden. Patio was extended slightly to square the lawn slightly better and give a nice flush finish to the sleepers.
  8. Well lots of work done in the garden. I’ll have to update the garden build log! However this little legend is going from strength to strength and you would never know he was almost two months premature.
  9. Hi there, Only just seen your message on my build log. I think jwvolz is about right. I didn’t add any eyebolts to the deck around the mizzen. Ill take a closer look tomorrow evening when I’m home from work and confirm the rigging layout.
  10. Standard caldercraft as I’m still working on finishing the Snake build. The Hood has been parked for the moment.
  11. With the munchkin in tow we had family visits well into January! Anyway, I need more rigging from CMB and then we might even move this discussion into the correct build log....! 😬
  12. No avalanches in my garden I’ll have you know. Proper engineering there....! Still alive but busy with work, the munchkin and Christmas period.
  13. Hi! Yes, personally I think best plan is to assemble all the yards separately and then start adding them to the masts. I would triple check all the plans (incl running rigging) for all block locations as I have been caught out and adding blocks while dodging rigging was painful. Also, if I started from scratch I would start from the bow and work towards the back. Take your time, study the plans carefully and really visualise in your head the steps needed. Break it down into mini projects and set yourself targets. Otherwise the rigging will see like a mountain to climb.
  14. Thanks for the likes all. Quick update! The foremast top yard is now complete and attached with a pin and the parrals. Remembered how much I hated doing the parrals on the main mast as it very fiddly and restricted. Top gallant is now next target to be rigged up ready for permamnt attachment to the mast.

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