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  1. J - I took a look back at my restarted log. I detailed the scupper work here: As far as the colors go, my recollection is that the practicum had a lot of areas on the rail painted white where the plans called for them to be black, and vice-versa. I apologize but I haven't looked at the practicum, nor the plans for deck painting schemes for a few years. What I recall is that the practicum called for a number of rail tops to be black, and the outer side white, but the plans called for white tops and black outer sides. The plan information and scheme looked more real-world to me. Who knows, she may have been painted both ways at different points in her career! Bob
  2. Good to see you at it again, Per. You are coming along nicely. Bob
  3. Nice start on your Bluenose, J. You did a really nice job on the hull and deck planking. I also started with the Hunt Practicum, as Bluenose is my first wood build as well. Like DBorgens, I followed the Hunt practicum at the start, but stopped around the time of the deck furniture. I also thought some of his instruction on painting the upper hull and rails didn't match the plans well, so followed the plans instead. There was also the matter of the scuppers, which I did differently than he called for. In any case, it will be fun to watch your progress, things are looking fine thus far! Bob
  4. Hi BigJ and welcome to the Bluenose club. My recollection of those filler blocks is that I traced the cross sections from the plans onto the sides and end of the blocks and removed the excess material with a coping saw, then glued them in place and finished shaping them as part of the bulkhead fairing process. Of course this all happened 12 years ago, so there is no guarantee that is exactly how it went down. My advice is to take a deep breath, take your time and work the excess away slowly. And always remember - it is wood, if things get too bad, you can always remove what you've done and start over with new filler blocks Bob
  5. An update - not new build stuff, rather this is about when I may resume. I am close to setting a retirement date at the end of 2021/beginning of 2022. Since I originally took up model ship building as something I would be able to do after the working days were done, it seems fitting that resumption be tied to that event. Bluenose is still sitting quietly on the workbench (in her Lands End cradle), patiently awaiting my attention. The time is coming! Bob
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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

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