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  1. A year ago I had a plan to finish the model in 2020, which goal certainly wasn't met. Now it's time to make another public commitment, to finish it this year, 14 years after I started At least, I was able to install the topgallants and finish all standing rigging, also made the yards for the mizzen mast. The lines are not tied off, I'm sure they need adjustment later, especially when rigging the braces. Below is a picture of the current state, with standing rigging done:
  2. very nice planking, Andrey. If you set up your build log, all members can follow your progress and you can get advice on building.
  3. Hi Andrei, welcome to MSW and thanks for looking into my log. I'm happy to discuss your Diana build. The best way is to set up a build log of your own, simply by clicking the "Start new topic" button in the build log section. selecting the "choose files" option below your post, will allow you to upload pictures, which you can insert to your post with the "+" sign:
  4. there are several ways to do this, software like Adobe Illustrator can certainly do that. Much depends on the quality of your image, and probably you will have to adjust it manually after the conversion. I think Adobe provides a trial period, which might be just fine for your needs. But if you make a search to "jpg to vector" you find several videos on youtube and other solutions, like vectormagic.com and similar.
  5. I came across this video on youtube recently, showing the finished model. I think not posted here before:
  6. you made great progress on the second planking. looks very nice. regarding bending the thick wood, I can think of a couple of options. - soak it for several hours, than take a fairly large pot from the kitchen, clamp it slowly and wait until dries. than remove it, soak it again, and clamp it to a smaller one with a bit more severe bend. I had some success this way in the past, working progressively towards the required bend, but it takes a lot of time. all previous advice about using heat/ steam will help the process. - if you are going to paint your wales black, you might use t
  7. I made some progress in the recent months, actually finished all the ratlines. They add a lot to the look of the ship. Actually it wasn't too bad. On average I tied 7-8 lines per day, but sometimes I really got into it and finished a whole section in a day. Here are some pictures of the current progress. the topmast stays are already on, but not finally tensioned. I started to work on the topgallant masts, which is the next task on hand. Finally a picture of the rigging thread collection I use, purchased from a local source.
  8. congrats for the nice planking! regarding the bulwark templates, I used them, but if I was to do it again I would plank the bulwarks. For the gundeck it's not an issue, nothing will be seen. But on the forecastle deck there is an opening for the catheads: which is a rather dubious feature. A flat piece of timber laid across the deck, connecting the the two sides.. can't imagine it is correct. The point is, the bulwark templates already have a hole for this board, which I decided not to install, and found it difficult to fill the gap nicely in the bulwarks. But the decision cer
  9. I will watch this with interest, as I want to build a clipper ship one time. There are not many good kits on the market, this one seems to be of the better ones. Neither many finished examples of the Flying Fish available on the internet. You certainly know what you are doing, good luck for the build.
  10. I gave a try to char removal with a dremel brush with mixed results. It worked fine to remove the loose top layer (which makes most of the mess) but the rest remained for hand filing. But at least made the dirty work a bit faster.
  11. very nice work so far. your precision and finishing are really great! regarding eyes at the end of the block strops, you could try to cut the thread end diagonally. that way the thread end will diminish in thickness under the seizing, simulating the splice.
  12. welcome to the Occre Diana club with a finished model you are not a newbie any more. Building the same ship for ages I will have an eye on your log. In your speed you probably will take me over soon.. Anyway, good luck for your build, this will build into a nice model.
  13. In the meantime, I started to tie ratlines. It is made by clove hitches, using size 50 Corona cotton thread Currently I'm setting up the topmast shrouds, the next milestone will be the completion of the topmast stays. Here is an overall view of the model in it's current state:
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