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  1. Small update, but more of a question.


    Ok so Bowsprit, fore and main masts have been dressed with their respective sails... (so much for the update :) )



    Now the question:


    I am ready to start work on the mizzen mast:

    It is my understanding that ships with that large and inclined sail in the mizzen mast, did not carry a sail in the lower yardarm, because it would interfere with the operation of that slanted sail. Am I correct?

    Would appreciate an educated answer. Thanks in advance!!!




  2. Hello Jo.

    Remember that the purpose of both the balsa fillers and frames are to support your planking. Try laying a plank in the place approximate where it should be and try eyeballing if there are gaps or bumps between the plank and the fillers/frames.\

    If so fill or sand accordingly!


    You are doing a very good job! Keep at it!!!


  3. April 10 2019 update


    Hello dear shipmates:


    A small update regarding sail fixing and dressing:


    Making of a parrel



    Bowsprit and lower fore yard sails:



    Fore mast and bowsprit completed





    Some details worth showing







    Largest sail and yardarm ready to start work



    Please don't mind loose ropes, misaligned yards, etc... :)

    Remember nothing is definitely fixed at this moments, except maybe the sails to the yardarms.


    Thanks for visiting, friends!!!





  4. Hey Jo! Let me talk to you about the "learning process" in this hobby.

    If you check build logs, (which I recommend you take some time to do) you will see that almost all of them have something in common: mistakes.

    And those mistakes come in two forms: mistakes WE make, and mistakes in the kit, be it in the physical pieces or in the drawings/instructions. No kit is perfect.

    The important thing is to learn how to cope with mistakes. If you study your plans and instructions ahead, you may detect mistakes in the plans or instructions and try to go around them. If you make a mistake because you didn't understand something, or just didn't pay enough attention to the instructions, by all means, go back and fix it. I can't tell you how many times I have done this, and the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you get!

    People often thinks that Patience is the foremost skill you need in this hobby, I would say it is Perseverance. Keep on it!


  5. Thank you Pat!

    Indeed... I chose to use that stain instead of strong tea or coffee which being organic may deteriorate over the years.

    I will post soon a couple of photos of how the sails end up looking after dried. Have to say I am very happy with the result!


    Best regards!

  6. Hello friends!

    Update as of March 20 2019

    Working on the chainwales. This has to be the most frustrating experience in my shipbuilding career!


    Assembling the chains



    Remember a few posts above I mentioned some errors in design like the placement of deadeyes directly in front of cannons?



    I managed to fix that, but... design flaws made me do things I am not happy about.

    I just could not:

    1- Align the lower shrouds deadeyes to not interfere with the upper cannons line of sight, AND

    2- Align the chains that attach the strops to the hull in a way that they do not interfere with the lower cannons line of sight, AND

    3- Keep the same number of deadeyes/shrouds for each mast.








    Anyway I just finished mounting the chaiwales. Good or wrong I am going to have to live with that!


    Now working on the sails...


    Original color:



    Drying them after staining with a water based stain from a Guitar Products shop in UK.





    Thank you all for watching.



    This is a general view of how my ship looks at the moment.



  7. On 3/15/2019 at 8:30 AM, tkay11 said:

    Just in case you haven't seen it, in addition to Bindy's build and Maurino's gallery on this forum, there's a build of the Leudo on YouTube which you might find helpful at:



    Ouch!!! Those colors!!! In my opinion, the fastest and most effective way to spoil a build is to use shiny paints or varnish. If painted, colors should be flat.

    When in doubt, better leave it in natural wood finish!

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