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  1. Hi Harry! I'm glad that your move was successful and no damage to the ships!!! I'm looking forward to seeing more building from you. I had more delays on my build. My wife and I relocated to our house in Florida for a couple of months. Tired of seeing the inside of our house in Virginia -working at home from COVID. Back in Virginia again and access to the ship. Vladimir, Thank you for your comments on my build. Your build of the Cutty is wonderful. I impressed on your 1:24 scale!! best, marc
  2. Hi Bill, Mark's right about the sudding sail booms. they were inboard when not in use. Also, note that depending upon the direction and strength of the wind, the cutty wouldn't have had her spanker, mizzen, and spencer rigged. You can see photos where the wind is coming from astern or rear quarters and she is rigged in this manner. These sails would rob the wind from the main and fore. In fact, often the main wouldn't be rigged as well. Just some thoughts.. best marc
  3. Hi Michael, I'm excited to follow the offset bowsprit rigging. Very nice modification. I always wondered about building this model. best marc
  4. Peter, Catching up on the build. She is looking fantastic! All of the details are really taking that model to a high level. Love the deck. best marc
  5. Hi Bob, I been getting up to speed on your build. Great details. She's very impressive! Can't wait to see the sails. best marc
  6. After letting the shrouds and lanyards sit overnight, I adjusted the tension where needed and let it sit again for a few days. Then I checked the tension and alignment of the mizzen against the other mast again. this time I got a better photo. The caps are lined up, the tops are lined up and the royals and sky are lined up. I'm sure that they never were on the actual ship. But I tried to keep the rigging ship shaped For reference, the only square sails set thus far are on the fore mast. thanks for looking!!
  7. With the mizzen stepped. I checked the alignment of the mizzen mast against the other mast and a pumb bob. You probably can't see the plumb bob and string well - it has a white string. I can see if fine in person. Also, I know the photo isn't lined up with the center line. sorry. i took it with my phone instead of my camera. Looks like I need to go back to using my camera. With the mast lined up, I started the mizzen shrouds. I'm using forceps to keep tension on the dead eye lanyards.
  8. On to bending the driver. I wanted to have the driver attached before stepping the mizzen. I made more hanks using the jig described earlier in the log. why I didn't make all of the hanks at the same time, I'll never know! I built the channel for the hanks to slide on as well as attached the hanks to the driver. I used photos of the cutty to make sure of the detail. I have an observation. I shot around 200 photos and still don't have the shots that I need. With the driver rigged, I stepped the mizzen mast. I used toothpicks for the wedges.
  9. Work proceeds on getting the mizzen ready to step. Before stepping the Mizzen, I wanted to make sure that the driver was attached and rig. Here is preparing the booms. There are still a couple of fittings and cleat to add. I finished rigging the ratlines and checked and double checked the blocks to make sure that I haven't missed any. A view of the progress on the sails and test fitting the mizzen.
  10. Hi Marco! thank you for your comments! I'm learning as I go. I was originally going to build the large Revell model. By the time I was ready, I couldn't find it and was told that they stopped producing it. I was intimidated with the wood, but it's been fine. i spend a great amount of time trying to research the ship. Wish I was closer to the actual ship. If I can help in anyway, please let me know. Also, do you have a build log I can follow? best marc
  11. Boat time again! I had previously attached the boats to the chalks and checked it's location and fit of the supports with the pinrails. I continued with adding the lines and chains, fastening the boats to the eyebolts. As you can see, I did the work off the ship using some plastic containers to allow me easy access to all of the eyebolts. The next step will be adding the studding sail yards, spars, and accommodation davit. If I can fit all of that stuff on the beams.
  12. Beautiful work. Beautiful work space. I look forward to following your progress! best marc
  13. They are available in several different sizes. I have sizes ranging from 3 inches to about 9 inches long. really nice. the scissors have saved me a few times. Like all tools, they range in quality and costs. You get what you pay for. More important with the scissors in my experience. cheap ones weren't too good- cutting edges had some irregularity when the two surfaces met. the expensive ones were razor sharp and perfect alignment.
  14. Wow Harry! What a great build! Your cases are also works of art! You should do a tutorial on building cases. very jealous of your skills. best, marc
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