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  1. Hrs 1111-1150 So have started the rigging. Burton Pendants (2 to foremast, 3 to mainmast, 2 to mizzen mast), Fore, Main and Mizzen channels and shrouds, Mizzen backstays and Mizzen Stay. Working on the Ratlines.
  2. So here is the update. Have finished the foremast channels and am working the mainmast. Note the Burton pendant. Finished boat hooks and boarding pikes. Also, the kids and I went to Japan where we went to the Ghibli museum. We are big Miyazaki fans, so here is Captain Totoro...
  3. Thank you for the kind words. Am working on rigging now which is slow work as this is my first attempt at doing it. Will post some pictures this weekend.
  4. Ok to use anything I have...not sure if it is worthy, but it is my first model ship
  5. Hr 1101-1110 Finished red cutter and mounted in the waist. Loaded with a water barrel, oars, bucket and a spare boom. Also capstan with copper flashing and squared inserts. Needs a little clean up, but making progress... Next up, boat hooks and boarding pikes.
  6. Tower has a $50 coupon on it 011/6 so that might drop the cost more. I bought mine on eBay a long time ago for $350 or so
  7. Hrs 1076-1100 An update is in order. Finished the red cutter and blue cutter. Note gunpowder or water barrel, buckets, and coiled rope in the boats along with sweeps/oars. Am securing the red cutter in the waist with lines and the blue cutter along the stern with davits. The oars are in my sons university crew pattern. Also finished and mounted the figurehead. She is blindfolded and armed with a gilded sword, then sealed with shellac.
  8. A question: was there a standard paint pattern for oars?

  9. Hour 1073-1074 Learning to make oars to row de boat. There is a formula based on the beam of the boat so calculating from that. Using bamboo skewers and toothpicks for the shaft and planks for the paddle area. Need some thinning of the shaft but looks pretty good so far. Stabbed my finger though...ouch.
  10. Hrs 1070-72 Found a source for a figurehead called Hero Forge, They make customized miniatures in a variety of poses using injected plastic. They seem to be perfect size so I chose a figurine with long flowing hair carrying a sword wearing a blindfold ("Surprise": get it?). Attached are my attempts to paint the figure. Will gild the sword at the end.
  11. Hrs 1066-1070 Finishing off the red cutter and captain's gig. Needs a bit of clean up. Note thole pins on the blue gig. Working on the rudder and then the oars...
  12. Hrs 1053-1065 Getting there... Finishing the Red cutter, 28 feet to scale. Plank on frame with cutouts for oars. Working on rudder assembly now.
  13. Just saw your note on stern windows problem. I think it’s going to require some ingenuity. There are seven windows going across so you will need to find the center and then place the three columns evenly across each side to create the gaps for the windows on each side. The columns are at a slight angle. Once you delineate the gaps you can add decorative trim painted gold on top vertically or maybe cut out the metal from the kit to lie on it to create a 3D effect? Then you can build individual windows. I used microscope coverslip glass to get the effect I wanted but have seen cellophane used. I hinged some of my windows to open. See bottom of page 1 of my build. Sorry, I’m on vacation using my phone so can’t transfer pics in...

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