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  1. After gluing the completed square section to the mast it then became obvious that this was a rather large mistake. Belatedly I realized that the only way the main top would fit was to slide it up from the bottom of the square section. The crosstrees and the trestletrees are a very snug fit around the 7x7mm square. The round section at the bottom of the mast is 8mm in diameter so no go there; the top of the square section has cleats and other bits and pieces on it so no go there either. I then discovered that I had done a really good job of gluing the damn' thing on, but it eventually it came off. Fortunately my 7x7mm was pretty accurate, but I suggest before doing anything make sure the cross- and trestletrees fit. I suggest only after the top is dry-fitted should the bibbs be fitted, then the top glued in place. Here is the completed square section. The colour shown is an artifact of the light. In the flesh it looks quite good. The second photo does not show much detail, but the colour is fairly accurate.
  2. Work has begun on the main mast. The Proxxon lathe made the tapering straightforward. The square section at the top of the mast is supposed to be a piece of 7x7mm walnut. Unfortunately it was missing from the kit. This did not make my day. Having said 'Gosh, what a nuisance' or words to that effect, I found some 8x8mm boxwood and sanded it down to the correct dimensions. Dry-fitted: The bibbs supplied in the kit are plywood of very indifferent quality. Aside from this, as I will not be staining the masts walnut, the light-coloured mast and the walnut bibbs will, I think, make a poor match. I have made up replacements which I hope will not look out of place. The top part of these will eventually be painted black.
  3. Having done most of the household things that need to be done after being away for a while, it's time to get serious again. Here are a couple of little jobs that needed to be done. First, the belaying pins did not fit in the holes provided. Here is an easy and obvious way of solving that small problem. Positioning the gammoning cleats is quite fiddly. I used narrow masking tape as a guide. The instructions suggest the bowsprit be stained walnut. I tested it on a similar piece of timber and was not happy with the result. The timber supplied for the cleats is walnut and as I didn't have any light-coloured timber of the right size I have gone with the walnut. Having seen the result I'm not too happy about that either. You can't win. I hope that with all the other things that will eventually be going on the bowsprit, the mismatch in timber colours will be overlooked.
  4. The channels etc. are finally done. When, some time ago, I made one of the rowing ports with its little door open, I made the mistake of choosing one that turned out to be under the middle channel. This was not a good idea. Not only does it obscure a rather nice feature, the little door makes life difficult when fitting the channel. You may just see it in the following photo. Most of the deck fittings have now been finished and it's now just a process of putting them in place. They will have to wait as I will be going away for 3 or 4 weeks on Thursday and household chores need to be done.
  5. Thanks Scott. It is great, but it doesn't seem the happen very often.🙂
  6. To my rather pleasant surprise, the bowsprit and the jibboom go together quite nicely. Here they are joined by the cap. They are dry-fitted and held by gravity. Well they would have been here, but again the uploads were knocked back. Tried again later. Joy.
  7. Here are some photos of progress on the bowsprit. First, holes were drilled in to both ends to receive the small round and square-sectioned extensions. Both ends were then cut off at the required angle. The bowsprit dry-fitted .... ....and the jibboom.
  8. The bowsprit has come out well. However the upload speed for photos is glacial so I'll try another time.
  9. I have continued work on the bowsprit and have completed the 5mm square section at the tip. I am now considering how deal with the 3mm square which extends from it and into the bowsprit cap. While 'squaring' the end of the bowsprit was not all that difficult (shown below), I have doubts about my ability to cut down the 5mm square to 3mm while obtaining the correct angle for the cap. At this stage I think I'll cut the 5mm square at right angles, then drill a deep 3mm hole in its centre. The right angled cut would then be adjusted to the correct angle for the cap, then a piece of 3x3mm timber would be fitted to the hole. Suggestions are welcome.
  10. I used the corner of an ordinary chisel (ie: holding the chisel at roughly a 45 deg angle to the dowel so that the edge just touches, and then gradually moving it along the support). This also tends to get rid of any variation in the dimensions of the dowel. I used this method to take the dowel close to the required dimensions, then sanding sticks to finish.
  11. While away for the weekend I started work on the bowsprit. I'm afraid I couldn't resist showing a perfect winter's day two hours south of Sydney. Working outside saves the dust from the wood turning. The following photo and the first, above, show the Proxxon lathe which works a treat. Here is progress.
  12. Thanks for the kind words mugje and thanks to others for the reactions (?). They really encourage.
  13. The channels and related bits and pieces are taking far longer than I thought. All of the channels, chain plates etc. are dry-fitted in the following photos. As you may see, I have used Tamiya tape upon which to mark lines established from thread tied to the masts leading to the chain plates. A pin was then put through the hole in the bottom of the chainplate which was then used to mark the place on the drawn line for the drill hole. I had made up all the pedestals for the guns, forgetting that four on them were over the channels. I cut down the four I had previously prepared to rest on the channels and cut their tops off at the appropriate height. Shown here they are dry-fitted and before being repainted.
  14. The channels on the port side are now finished but for some touching-up and a final coat of poly. They were quite time-consuming and I learnt a few things in the process. The channels supplied are made of very coarse ply, and of a colour inconsistent with the timber I have used for the hull. I have therefore painted them which to some extent masks the coarseness of the timber which is clearly shown in the following photo. Fortunately in the flesh, they are not nearly as bad. Here is that channel with knees , dry-fitted. I have no idea what the following instruction means: 'B in 30mm pendant of Q'. Here are three channels dry-fitted. The angles of the chain plates will be determined by temporarily fitting masts and running thread to each chain plate and to the hull.

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