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  1. I'm not sure what happened but I added to this 2 weeks ago but it hasn't appeared so am re posting with additions. The fore mast with sails has now been completed but I have not yet added the tack lines. The mizzen sail has been fitted with a few additions. One of the tack lines is meant to go to a pin rack blocking the steps, this I attached to the poop deck handrail. I have added a block to the bottom corner as well. I will need to redo the lifting tackle as I am not happy with the angle it is sitting at. The shrouds have also been added to the main mast and the main sail fitted. It looks far too large but need to stick with it. If I was any good at sewing I would try to redo all the sails as the seams now look far too big. I still need to tie the ratlines on the main shrouds and tops as well as cut the last of the thread from the pin racks but still need to perfect the loops first. I also do not want them held fast yet due to snagging the thread and losing the pins, along with being certain they are actually where I need them to be. I have found a good way, I think, of making the blocks with loops which I hope could be useful for other builders. I tie a piece of thread around a needle, then hold the needle in place with bluetack and tie the block on top of the needle and then, add a drop of superglue to the loop. As soon as the glue is added slide the block along the needle a few times to prevent it sticking and then remove the needle. see bottom photos.
  2. I finally bit the bullet and cut off the lanyards at the top and bottom of the shrouds as well as the on the crows nest. I have now re-done them but have got them a little tighter than they were. All going well the ratlines will look much better when I rig the tops now. This photo shows the original problem. Having redone the lanyards at the bottom of the shrouds I re did the upper shrouds. Over the last few evenings I have completed the ratlines on both sides of the fore mast but was not able to tighten the upper shrouds too much as the dead eyes were lifting off the crows nest slightly. I had tried attaching them to the crows nest but the holes I had drilled were not large enough for the knots used to tie the deadeyes to the shrouds. I have been able, however, to tie the deadeyes to the main mast crows nest so at least that one won't be as problematic. I ordered more 0.1 mm and 0.25 mm rigging thread along with what i hoped would be better gold paint. Humbrol and revell used to be good years ago but now their gold looks very dull and too yellow. These arrived mid week and I have been able to redo all the gun ports, lids and shields. I have left the door frames as they were as, without removing, them will be impossible to do. I have now completed rigging the bow sprit and sprit sail. I have dry fitted the lateen sail annd added the bitts to the fore deck. The next step will be ensuring I have everything in place before attaching the yards and sails to the fore mast. I found that the lateen sail has 10 parrel beads in the instructions but found that only using 9 fits better. I am expecting the yards to be similar.
  3. Thanks for your comments EJ. I really appreciate them. I thought the rigging was coming along ok too. Funny how everything looks good until you think you have finished. Need to decide now whether to leave it as it is or try to redo the top shrouds, or worst case scenario redo the whole thing. I prefer for it to look right rather than just ok. Will see how it goes over the weekend.
  4. Once the shrouds had all been fitted I tightened them as much as I could with the halyards before tying them off. I then drew a series of lines 5 mm apart as a guide for the ratlines. I then worked my way up each side with 0.1 mm thread. After many attempts at tying clove hitches I gave up. This was mainly due to them unraveling and becoming half turns. I realize that the reason for clove hitches is to have the ratlines running straight but I found that as the thread is so thin it actually looked better this way. Once I was happy with the positioning I added a drop of super glue to each knot, and, Cut off the ends with a sharp knife. After I had added the shrouds to the crows nest dead eyes I noticed that the shrouds had not been as taught as I had thought and are noticeably lifted up and out from the top of the lower mast
  5. Finally I've returned with a progress update. I am still in the process of making the oars for the ships boat, however, over the last few weeks I've concentrated on rigging the fore mast and bowsprit. These can be rigged now as it wont affect the space between the fore and main masts. On the bowsprit I found that I needed to remove the rear most double block and tie it the center of the yard. on the drawings it was shown attached to the bowsprit. The fore top stay was also changed with the addition of a violin block and 2 double blocks. All the lines were put through the belaying pin holes and a pin tapped in to hold them in place. This will allow me to make any changes later.Once I am happy with their positions they will be glued in position. The yard and sail were then attached to the bowsprit and rigged ensuring the rigging lines did not obstruct each other. At this point I am not sure if my belaying points will be even similar to the plans though I am not sure they are accurate anyway. For me the main thing is that all the lines run freely and are symmetrical on port and starboard. I was not sure whether to rig the shrouds and rat lines before the yards were attached to the foremast or leave them til after After consideration I decided whichever I did first would still complicate the last so I started on the shrouds. As these were done I numbered each with small strips of masking tape.Attaching the dead eyes was really fiddly but I found that by tying 3 small bits of thread above the dead eyes I could maneuver them higher or lower without the dead eye falling out of the loop. I made up a jig using 2mm piece of wood and pinned the dead eyes in position and started to rig them However, I found that even with this they finished up being slightly uneven.
  6. I have now knocked up a decent base to at least hold the ship in position. I still need to finnish off the boat. The oars are holding me up. I have decided to start on the rigging The instructions for this stage, both in the book and the plans are pretty much hopeless other than a very basic guide. I am attempting to combine ideas from previous posts, (Shaz, Vulcan Bomber and Desertwolf especially. Thanks in advance to you guys even after so many years. My ship won't quite be up to your standards but will still look good I think.) I am also incorporating the rigging plans from Mamoli's Golden Hind. along with AL's. I have put together the main stays. When dry fitting the main stay to the bowsprit I have found the fore mast is in the way. I am not sure if this is my fault or not. However I have decided to Have the stays running from the fore mast to the bowsprit and have the main mast running down to the fore mast. I have also drilled 5 holes in the crows nest and tied a block through each of them. 2 double block fore and 2 single block aft. The double block for the yard tackle has been added in the middle hole. I also have an eye pin inserted in each of the cheeks which will have a single block with an eye to run the line from the channels up to, and down to the deck. The parrels have been made up but I am not sure whether to fit the yards with sails before the shrouds(which looks like will complicate adding the rat lines. Or fit the shrouds and rat lines which will complicate rigging the yards to the masts. I will try dry fitting both and see which way is best.
  7. Hi Warnerade. Just come across your build log. Sorry if I forgot to say hi to your addition to my post a while ago. I am still reading up on techniques for future reference as well as finding out what I could have done better. Firstly I kind of wish I had waited 2 years before choosing this kit as a present. I have wasted many months figuring out how to make the gun carriages never mind the boat and the channels. Like Y.T. mine were very crude metal. The photo etch parts, pre-made channels etc kit parts look so much better now. Building my kit in the living room wasn't a great idea either, too many distractions never mind on-call interruptions. You seem to have made good progress with the planking. My version came as single plank hull using 2 X 5mm strips. Luckily I had plenty of 1 X 5mm strips to double plank instead. Even 1.5 mm lime was hard to bend and shape on my first build. If you find you need to change your mind you will find it a lot easier with 1mm thickness doubled. Your ships boat does look very impressive. I didn't use any wood stain or oil on my build. I have only added a coat or two of varnish. Good luck with the rest of your build. I look forward to seeing how she progresses.
  8. By the end of October I had finally managed to complete the hull. However, we thought we were going to have to move on November the 5th. Everything was boxed up ready to go and then found out we would be staying for a while longer. Everything is now unboxed again and I can show the progress. The masts and yards have been constructed but not yet stuck together. I have also mounted the sails to the yards. I have insurted thin brass wire into the seams using a needle. This seems to give the sails a realistic look I think. I have decided to replace the ships boat with an Amati 90mm version which looks much better when placed on the deck. The bitts are still not glued in place as I am hoping to partially rig them after dry fitting the masts. Trying to tie line onto them with the masts in place will be too troublesome. I will see if this works out or not over the next couple of months. Before attempting any rigging I want to construct a firm base to hold the ship in place. The boat will also need to be finished and fitted before then.
  9. I forgot to mention that the top of the rubbing strakes were filed to a curve before I added the rails. and also the bitts have been added but temporarily as I may need to rig them prior to fitting permanently. The modified bowsprit deck has also now been added. The bowsprit pin rack is also now attached.
  10. Well at last I have returned to update my progress. At least mostly progress. Amongst other things while looking at the rigging plan I noticed the quarterdeck handrail needs 12 holes where I only had 6. I have now re done the top rail with 2 holes between columns. The main deck rails have also now been added. It finally occurred to me to trace the shape on grease proof paper, stick on my cutting board and pin a long strip of 5 by 2mm over this, I then laid another beside it butting up close and pinned a third next to that one, then repeated this again to make 2 pieces. I then removed the middle batons and soaked them in boiling water and after an hour fitted them back between the 3 pinned batons. I left these in place overnight and, in the morning found I had maintained the basic curve I needed. There was still enough play to bend them slightly further so they were then cut slightly overlength and filed down to the correct fit. I also found that there was a big gap between the top of the rail and the top step so I added another step on each side. I spent a good part of the weekend trying to scratch build the ships boat but by yesterday afternoon I gave up. I was running out of scrap wood as well as patience. I am not too happy with the size of the metal boat supplied. I have seen other builders have not been happy with the quality of this metal version either, however the golden Hinds boat was also crude metal but I made a decent job of that one so will go with the provided one instead. I have been able to improve the stairs I had made by simply sanding them down further so these have now been added. The quarterdeck handrails have now also been added on each side. The columns had to be filed down slightly top and bottom for the rails to fit but I think they look really good. I have added eye bolts to the main and fore channels to be able to attach the mast stays (I think that's what they are called) The front one will go to the crows nest and the rear one leads up to the tops. Again the Golden Hind had them so I expect other ships would have as well. The down side if this was I have needed to add another bitt on the other side of the fore mast to attach the line to.
  11. I finally got back to work on the ship last week although I have also started removing a few things I am not happy with. The steps are going to be redone if I can improve them, The handrails on the poop deck have been removed and I will probably also remove the quarter deck ones, fit the columns and then re fit the rails. After much thought I have added the main mast channels but have reduced the gap between chain plates to avoid the gun ports. I have finally managed to add the upper guns although I found trying to drill holes in the hull for the rigging eyes impossible I added 1.5mm X 2mm strips either side of the gun ports with pre drilled holes. I was then able to insert the eye pins into them all be it very fiddly. The handrails on the decks have had holes drilled in between each column for extra belying pins should I need them. These were also removed and still need sanding and varnishing before I glue them back into place. Along with the main channels, the main deck hand rails were the greatest reason for taking time out for the last few months. I still have to deal with the handrail problem but, have at least got the channels and chain plates finished. Although I am fairly happy with the deck gratings I have still to varnish and attach them. I am aiming to have the hull completed within the next 3 weeks so hope to add another post or 2 during this time.
  12. Thanks for your comment Geoffrey. With patience I am sure yours will be as good and probably better. For me this is a challenging build. I seem to spend more time figuring out what to do 3 steps ahead of what I should be concentrating on. The most important thing seems to be to dry fit and triple check everything before fixing in place. Even then mistakes can happen. A proper workspace and decent tools are a definite bonus. I have an old coffee table and a trolley in my living room. My captain is always complaining about wood chips, pins etc. on the carpet. I try to do all the sanding outside. She will be less happy when I start the rigging and have strands of thread hanging everywhere, but will worry about that when the time comes.
  13. I really like the idea of having shiny brass cannons to adorn the ship but have decided to go for a more realistic effect. I first painted the barrels matt black and the dry brushed with a very dark grey to highlight the edges. Pretty happy with the result though am happy for ideas to improve them. The railings for the fore, quarter deck and poop deck are now in place as well as steps and the wheel house. The gratings are dry fitted along with the bitts. These still need to be varnished. I have not been sure what to do about the captains cabin windows. I decided to paint them gold and then paint the internal squares with gloss red and blue paint to simulate stained glass. As I have now glued them in place it is too late to change my mind now. I must admit they look better without the camera flash. The fore mast channels are complete and the mizzen need to be finished. After 3 attempts I have removed the main mast channels again. I hope to replace them this week or next month after I come back from holiday. The Hauser plates have also been added to the bows but, as the lower whale curves up at the bows I have placed them below the whales instead of above.
  14. I have found it hard to concentrate on the build for the last 3 months but have been working on bits and pieces during this time. The stern gallery has been completed and I have added the shields on the stern and port side. The cat davits and beak have also been glued in place. I spent a while trying to research how the davits should be rigged and, not finding any info, tried several times to find a method that looked ok. Over the last 6 months I have also been searching for ideas for the deck cannons. Again I gave up and finally, last weekend completed the 10 I needed. I read somewhere on this site about using masking tape on the sides of the pieces of wood and then using PVA glue to stick them together to create identical pieces. I was a little skeptical but it worked a treat. I stuck 6 or 7 gun carriage sides together and the filed the edges down to get 20 identical sides.
  15. I have also made a start on the chain plates. These are very fiddly and have been done by first tying thin rigging thread around the dead eye and tying this to the end of the piece of chain. Once these have all been made they will be glued into the notches in the channels and a strip of 2x2mm strip added across them. I still have not decided on the cannon carriages yet but have cut the sides for them and am cutting the notches for the trunnions and axles. I will probably only have front wheels attached though. I have also re made the steps provided as I was not happy with how the originals looked.

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