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  1. Still out here, but no work on the Bluenose. I have taken on a different ship-related project for now. Following in Caroline's (VulcanBomber) footsteps, I am working on a counted cross stitch image of a ship sailing past some rocks. I have been at it since January, and am less than 1/2 way through. Bluenose continues to wait patiently, sitting next to me on the desk, being admired and thought about fairly regularly... Bob
  2. Derek, here's a link to my method for doing the scuppers. There are many ways to go with this, do what you are most comfortable with. In my case, I did the scuppers before installing the false stanchions. Bob
  3. I love the shots with the landscape in the background. It is easy to imagine the ECB full sized and sitting waterside. This is coming along so well! Bob
  4. Hmmm... I'm thinking she is/was an orb weaver. Was the web you saw the typical round spider web we all associate with them? If so, I'd go with that identification. Ours is living just outside the back door where we can watch her catch flies, beetles, and something larger the other day that took her three days to eat. Wolf spiders are hunters and do not spin web. Orb weavers are not poisonous or aggressive. Of course you probably don't want 10,000 of them living in your house Bob
  5. Per - I did something similar with my hatch and cabin tops. The older versions of the kit (back in the Model Shipways days) came with walnut veneers strips as an option to finishing the hull. Since I was painting the hull, I used the walnut in the same way you used the mahogany. I agree it is a much nicer look than the burnt umber painting. Overall you are doing a fine job on this grand old lady. Concerning the practicums direction on painting - it does not match the plans in a number of areas. The sides and tops of the rails are reversed black for white, as one example. Also the finishing of the cabins and hatches may have some discrepancies - don't quote me on that one, it's been a few years. I followed the paint scheme from the plans rather than the practicum - I think it produces a more "normal" look than the practicum. As I recall it was that difference in color schemes that made me start questioning some of the practicum details and considering other ways of doing things. Bob
  6. For what it's worth, here is an image of my Bluenose bowsprit with the jib stops rigged. The knots that keep them in place can be seen in this photo. Hope this helps Bob
  7. Hi Per - I have Chucks rope ready to go. As of now only the bowsprit is rigged. I made up my own turnbuckles for this from the kit supplied brass strip and wire. I used speaker wire for the footropes as I couldn't see how to get thread to drape properly., I did use thread for the stirrups. Other than that, it's all standard stuff. I'll be getting back to Bluenose at some point - ATM I am working out some bothersome details on my astrophotography setup and am not spending any time in the shipyard. Bob
  8. Hi Per, good to see you starting on this grand lady. I will be following along with interest. You have already done some things I wish I had thought of way back when. The support for the waterway between the stanchions, for instance. I recall fearing those guys wold just drop into the hull when I was installing them. I also recall rejecting the Hunt practicum for the installation of the great beam. Waiting patiently for your next step. She is coming along nicely so far! Bob
  9. Very nice detail Dave. I handled the mast sheaves in a similar way with pretty much the same result. While studying the plan, I decided they were used to lift the topmasts into place. Whether that is true or not, I can't say. As you say, they are not used anywhere in the plans. A question on the fids - I installed them above the trestle tree and I think the plan shows that as well. I assumed their purpose was to keep the topmast from dropping through the hole, not to keep them locked in, as yours appear to function. Again my assumption was that the standing rigging would keep the topmast from lifting out of the hole. Bob
  10. Maybe so - I did my painting a few years ago and haven't gone looking for any since then. Who knows what happened to Model Masters since then. I'll keep my bottles sealed as tight as I can - I'd hate to have to match colors at this stage of the build! Bob
  11. Model Masters makes a primer in white... that's what I used. Bob
  12. Congratulations on finishing up this chapter of your model building. She looks really good. Bob
  13. I remember those mast hoops being fidgety things. In order to allow for sails and anticipating some breakage, I put a few extra on each mast before installing the cheeks and trestle trees, to hopefully ensure I could survive losing a few while lacing the sails on. Nice job on the boom rest and pin saddle, they are very crisp assemblies. Bob
  14. Nice work on the prototype, Dave. I found the kit-supplied dories and materials to be too hard to get a good result with, so my deck is dory-free. I like your approach and may re-try. Who knows. maybe you'll be my inspiration to get moving on this guy again! Bob

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