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After what seems like forever I finished the Bowsprit. Making the Jibboom: Sanded the eight sides to the heel. Mine turned out to be not as big around as the pictures in the instructions show but close enough to be fine with me. Grooved and shaped the tip. Cut out the sheaves in both ends then realized I cut the sheaves wrong. The tip sheave goes through top/bottom. The heel sheave is supposed to go through sideways and I cut mine both top//bottom. Instead of remaking a whole new Jibboom I sawed off the heel right between where out is rounded and where the eight flat sides are. Drilled both ends out and glued in a 2mm wire pin. Glued it on with the sheave turned the right way. (I had previously left extra length to this end in case of any problems). The seam is almost invisible and this will also be right at a paint line so it wont be noticed. The wire pin made it very strong. Cut this end to length and grooved it out on the end.

 

Jesse

 

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It has been quite a while since my last update. My illness along with many other things have kept me from the work bench. Seems life keeps dumping more and more on me including another death in the family. I am very thankful though when I see all the devastation happening in so many places. At least I still have a home and a work bench to get back to.

 

The instruction book has me ready to start permanently adding the bowsprit assembly and rigging it. I am holding off just like I did the Hammock cranes and netting. I like to pre-make all the physical parts from the bowsprit, jibbooms, masts, yards, tops, etc. first. I do this to make sure all parts are made the right size and fit properly ahead of time. I have found in the past that if you don't look ahead sometimes having to alter a later piece might affect how everything fits or spaces with pieces you have already glued in place. This also can apply to how the rigging ends up so I just like to do things this way.

 

The next series of updates will be me pre-making all these parts, a lot of dry fitting and checking that everything will end up like it is supposed to be. Then I will go back and start gluing things into place in their order so I can get to the rigging stages. Below is the only picture I have ready at the moment of constructing the Dolphin Striker. When there are separate small pieces like tis glued together that will have rigging pulling on them I like to have tiny metal pins between each piece for extra strength. More updates coming soon.

 

Jesse

 

 

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Started the lower masts. Used poplar dowels I picked up at Lowes. To square the top part I started with a mini plane sent to from Europe. Then finished with emory sticks women use for their nails. Made the cheeks Notched them for bands.

 

Jesse

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The cleats supplied in the kit are cheap metal stuff and I just can't see trying to use them at all. Decided to make my own. Had some scrap pieces of some kin of hard wood cut off the end of something. Cut out into small strips then shaped with mini files. Made all the ones needed on the lower masts and the ones that will be needed in the rigging later. Close ups of both ends of the completed lower masts.

 

Jesse

 

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7 hours ago, JesseLee said:

The cleats supplied in the kit are cheap metal stuff and I just can't see trying to use them at all. Decided to make my own. Had some scrap pieces of some kin of hard wood cut off the end of something. Cut out into small strips then shaped with mini files. Made all the ones needed on the lower masts and the ones that will be needed in the rigging later. Close ups of both ends of the completed lower masts.

I love your self made cleats!! I've got to make them also. The ones with the kit are awful. Nice Job

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Great work on the bowsprit and the jibs. Those cleats look real good, and the lower masts definitely look very promising. Looking forward to the next stages of the masts!

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Jesse Lee

 

I have to add my 2 cents re: The made cleats  over the metal is the difference between an ok model or a class 1 build, these are the small things that hits you between the eyes in the appearance of a finished build. I am really surprised they included those nasty looking cleats in the model that was not cheap and would have added little if any to the cost of the kit.

 

Very nice job you improved the appearance by 100%

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Made the deadeye plates from .012 black rigging line like the instructions show. Wasn't sure about this at first but after trying a few it looks fine. Form an eye, seize above it and add glue. After painting (I used gun metal gray/black) and you cant tell the are made from rigging. Pull the 2 loose ends through the holes in the top to tie around the deadeyes on the other side. The instructions said to tie an overhand knot, glue and snip off but I tied an overhand knot, looped back around bottom of deadeye then tied another overhand knot around the bottom of the deadeye for extra security when rigging will be pulling on them.

 

Jesse

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