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  1. Hi Charlie, sorry for the late reply... check out these books. They were helpful to me. Historic Ship Models by Wolfram Zu Mondfeld ship Modeling from Stem to Stern by Roth Ship Modeling simplified by Mastini Ship Models from Kits by Colin Riches Nenad has a terrific build log for the Cutty. His ship is for all purposes is scratch built. Harry (hoff00) has an awesome version of the kit build
  2. Hi Charlie Thanks for the kind comments. First, i would suggest getting the books i mention in previous posts as well as cambell's plans. For planking, i would follow Chucks tutorial on the subject. There are also several good books on the subject that I'll try to post later today. Also search this site for the topics you need info on. The book of directions that came with the book were terrible and would actually paint you into a corner. The plans were better, but not great. In fact, early on stopped using them and only worked off of campbells plans. This model and rigging is pretty ambitious for a first model. You will have thousands of hours in building and research. If that still sounds exciting i would recommend buying and building a beginner or entry level plank on frame model from model shipways or Artesanía Latina. They have good directions. I'd stay away from Mamoli, mantua, or most other european companies for a first build, the directions are sometimes in broken english or so packed together on the plans that it is difficult to follow. Building an entry level plank on frame (bulkhead) model with good plans will help understand what has to be done on any plank on frame model and will develop your skills. Message me for help when you need it and start a build log and ask for help when you need it. Best Marc
  3. Hi, Wasn't aware of the difference in crane heights on the Victory, but I haven't started the build yet. Not sure why the difference. I have seen the hammocks folded in the shape of a "U" in the cranes, but I'm not sure of the accuracy; however, that would address how the hammocks were stored in the shorter cranes. I can't imagine that they would allow the hammocks to protrude much on an actual ship, since they would need to be covered to protect the hammocks from spray and rain (no one likes a wet bed 😊) best, Marc
  4. Hi Denis, Lou, and Harry! thanks for the complements and feedback. Much appreciated!! I'm working on the t'gallent sail now. Will post the progress next weekend. Best Marc
  5. Hi Tasmanian, For rigging plans, I'd use Campbell's plans. They can be purchased in person at the Cutty Sark's shop or online at https://shop.rmg.co.uk/collections/prints The sail and rigging plans are 5 pounds and the general plan is 8 pounds. For info on how to post go here: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/forum/47-questionsinstructions-on-how-to-use-and-post-to-this-forumsite-problems-or-suggestions/ Best Marc
  6. You're a very fast builder! Very nice work!!! Looking forward to following your progress! Regarding Drilling holes on the spars; if you create an indentation where you want to drill, It will make it a great deal easier. The drill will slide into the indentation instead of wandering across the round surface. If you don't use a punch or awl or some tool to make the indentation, your drill bit may still wander (if it is a small bit) even using a drill press. Also another tip is to drill from one side but stop about half way, turn the dowel to the opposite side where you want the hole to exit and start drilling from this side. The bit will shift in the shaft such that it comes out the first hole. If you only drill from one side (not using a drill press) you most likely will not come through the other side exactly centered. best marc
  7. Looking good. Nice scratch building. You are making fast work of the build ☺️
  8. Much wisdom expressed here by you two. Life is rich if we allow it to be so.
  9. I LOVE Those lights!!!!!!! very nice work. I'm so happy that you fixed the issue. The lights really push the effect over the top! Best marc
  10. Congratulations!!! The joys of life!!! Always cherish your time together. The cutty will always wait!😊 Best Marc
  11. Hi everyone, I've been working on attaching the upper and lower topsails/yards to the mast and rigging their running lines. For each sail, It took me about 20 hours to attach the lines lift the yard and rig the lines. (combination of slowness and rerunning lines to ensure free running). After rigging the upper topsail it occurred to me that the sheets need to be shortened. Stupid oversight that the sheets are fixed and thus the tightness/looseness of the sheets is a result of the height of the yard. I fixed the issue but don't have photos yet. Here is a view from the front. Also you can see that the masts are perfectly aligned vertically. upper topsail sheets. These are fixed at the top. they don't look as good as this magnification, but it was the best I could do especially with the sails rigged as they are. A shot of the saddle truss and iron saddle strap. Of course my version of the iron saddle strap is made from copper, but once it is painted it will look fine. The truss isn't perfect, but considering they will be hard to view with all of the lines running along and behind the mast. I made the saddle strap so that the yard can be placed into position on the mast and the saddle strap will "lock" into the saddle truss and then can be glued to permanently secure the two parts together. Fairleads are starting to fill up. Rigging the lines to the pins is a real pain with the course set and braced over as far as it it. Close hauled is a pain. thanks for looking ! Marc
  12. Hi, I just came back across this topic. I know my post isn't timely for this discussion, but maybe it can help someone with the same questions. In the past year I've come across the subject of tacks, sheets, tail ropes as they are used on courses in reading the fictional Aubrey novels, Longridge's Cutty Sark book (page 141) as well as others. I would just point out that I've come across references where the tacks, and sheets were detached and reattached to the courses during tacking. They run the tack line and sheet as required for that ships tack and wind to stay out of the way of the sailors going up the rigging and interfering with other lines. Also Longridge states that the sheets and tacks would usually not be attached to that same (port, starboard)clew iron at the same time with the course set. Might not apply to the Victory, but if so, maybe it throws more insight into the inconsistencies as to how they are being run through the rigging. just a thought. Marc

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