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  1. Now that the tackle lines were installed I started working on the tiller tackle. I then started installing the quarter boat davits. These were painted before installation, it seemed easier that trying to mask so as not to overlap the paint. As I was going I started installing some of the deck furniture. I built the companionway open with stairs going down below deck. I thought it would be more visible, but as the picture shows it is not as dramatic as would have liked. Sea steps were installed and painted. Trying to glue these steps to a painted surface does not yield bonding as well as I would have liked. It seems that the slightest bump and they pop off. I tried scraping the paint before glueing but this only helps slightly. I am using Titebond II, if anyone have suggestions I would appreciate it. I started assembly of the deadeyes and chainplates. I am using brass wire and soldering them. Here is a shot of me using pins as a tool to ensure each one is the same size. I hope blackening works well on these. I understand blackening may not work well on the solder. In that case a touchup of paint may be needed. The channels are cut and painted. I will be adding the deadeyes shortly and then add the out section of the channel. Pics will be in my next post. Ron
  2. Thanks for your quick response. This is exactly what I was looking for. I really appreciate the help. Ron
  3. Could you please give a link or better description of the WEB site. I tried a search on 'dafi' and it did not come back with any results. Thanks, Ron
  4. I have been pretty lax with my work on the ship, weather has been pretty good so I have been spending my time outside. But it has started to turn a little cooler so back to the project. I built and mounted capstan bars. The Bowsprit bits and Bow Pin rail were also mounted. The ships bell has been assembled but not yet mounted. I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what to do with the breech line and gun tackle. The formal way would be to have a neat flat coil on the deck. When I visited the Niagara this Summer they just piled the extra rope on the deck next to the cannons. I decided to do a semi-formal design, a loose coil on the deck. Mounting the coils after the cannons are installed takes a bit of time getting everything in place without gluing all the lines together. I finished the port side and will be working on the starboard shortly. Ron
  5. I would like to thank Ondras71 for his suggestion to try Hismodel.com for my required hooks. They had reasonable prices and quick delivery. 8 days for international mail delivery. Ron
  6. Thank you for the link, this is exactly what I was looking for. Ron
  7. I looked at all the suggestions, Age of Sail has the 3mm hooks, but it also includes the deadeye strops at a small quatity (10). The Dafinismus.de web site has a large sheet of hooks with many sizes that I do not need. In fact it does not look like any of them are the correct size. I need about 75 to 100 hooks depending on how many go flying into the lost parts hole. Thanks everyone.
  8. I am in the process of building the Brig Niagara, I purchased hooks for my blocks from Syren, and I did not purchase enough. I have contacted them and they no longer carry these parts. I have searched the several different suppliers but have no been able to find and alternate supplier. Does anyone know where I could obtain additional quantities. In the past I tried making my own with brass wire but was not happy with the results. Thanks
  9. Bowsprit has been completed and is ready for installation. Bowsprit cap and Dolphin Striker have been formed and installed. I tried a rough fit and found out I needed to remove some material from the Bulwark to get it to fit properly. I still need to add the staples holding the Dolphin striker. I plan on using some 26 gauge wire. I decided to add the Niagara name plates at this time. When I built the Baltimore I waited to the end and it was a real pain installing the name. Not going to make that mistake again. I will need to clean them up a bit, but am happy with the outcome so far. Ron
  10. I went and strengthened the forward Fife rail. I used .29 mm wire. Took a little patience to be sure I got the holes drilled properly. It’s a little hard to see in the pic but I put a wire in each of the joints. I also have been working on the Bowsprit, It has been laid out and material removed to match the drawing. Now to start adding the cleats, foot treads and chocks. Ron
  11. Srodbro: I was concerned while building the Fife Rail that it might be a little flimsy. I was thinking of adding some bracing to the joints but was afraid it would detract from the original design. I like your idea of using brass wire to strengthen the joints. I have several gauges available to use. Ron
  12. Bilge pump has been completed. Fife rail has been started with one coat of stain. I will put a couple of coats of finish before I paint the Knees black. At the same time, I am cleaning up the belaying pins that have been supplied with the kit. Giving them a couple of wood colored paint to look more realistic. During paint drying time I have started laying out the cuts for the Bowsprit. This will take some time to complete the layout and shaping. Ron
  13. I spent the weekend volunteering at the Tall Ships Event here at the Buffalo waterfront. I finally got a chance to board a couple of ships on Sunday. Here are a few shots I took of the Niagara and the Pride of Baltimore. Ron

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