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About MrBlueJacket

  • Birthday 08/22/1949

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    Searsport, Maine
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    Ship models, r/c planes

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  1. So I'm moving on to attaching the various blocks etc. to the mainmast. I decided to put each set of blocks into its own holding cup. That's quite a lot of cups!
  2. Nicely finished. Don't forget, you will get 10% off your next kit purchase. Nic
  3. Hi Mike, I, of course am partial to the Smuggler. The hobby store Eskader in Stockholm may have one on the shelf. Nic
  4. Hi Mike, The kit comes with a sheet of scribed decking, but I substituted a sheet of glued-up decking instead. The glue is black, and makes a very realistic deck. My good wife sewed the sails for me. Nic
  5. FYI on the mast offsets - This is what the instructions say: And this is what I did:
  6. Additional info - some of the mast"straps" are Britannia metal strips (mast caps) and between the hounds are cast fittings to hang the yard trusses.
  7. Let's answer these in order: mast straps are 1/16" black vinyl tape, once they were all on, I sprayed flat clear over them. Yes, that is the bumpout for the shrouds. Instructions and plans are for single bullseyes for the upper shrouds. Instructions say masts are dark brown, but since they were probably greased, and since I did the red bottom it would be her maiden voyage (she was coppered after she arrived in England) I thought a little lighter finish would be appropriate.
  8. So now the foremast is complete. The extra thread lengths are because the ratlines at the upper end of each mast segment go over to the first backstay.
  9. Hi, If you PM or email me, I will give you 10% off your next BlueJacket kit once you finish this build. That is a standing offer I have to promote build logs. Nic
  10. So now I'm into the ratlines. It's about a wash as to whether it is easier on the model of off the model. Notice that to get the mast to stay at the correct position, I had to use a couple of clothespins to stabilize it. Also, putting a white background behind the mast helps my aging eyes. My opinion of ratlines is like forming the deadeyes (see page 2) "it's hours of great fun"
  11. So with another hours worth of work, all the foremast shrouds are in place. Next step - ratlines.

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