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Hi Jesse -

 

When I was adding the netting, I found that a couple of small dabs of super glue worked very well to hold it in place.  Be sure to get the netting all the way down to the bottom of the hammock cranes and not leave a big gap between the netting and the rail.

 

Your model is looking very very nice.  I admire the quality of your work.

 

<<Gary>>

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Making the netting. Taped a section of it down flat. I cut out a guide from a sheet of paper. This took several tries until I got it that fits in the cranes the same size of the netting. Once this was checked, double checked and triple checked I used the paper as a size guide for the netting. I laid it down over the taped down netting and carefully stretched thread along the edges of the paper guide taping the ends of the thread down. (Somehow missed getting a shot of this step)

 

When I had all 4 thread sides in place I used something called Fray Check I picked up in the sewing section at Walmart. to hold the thread in place. This made a little bit of semi-clear places along the edges but thats ok. After cutting out and tying the netting all around alcohol was used to dissolve the Fray check and remove that stuff out of the netting holes.  

 

This all took me much longer to do than I expected. I touched up some edges with CA glue where the netting looked pulled away form the rope. I realized too late that I probably used one size too large threading for this net siding but I'm gonna let it go like it is and be ok with it.

 

Jesse

 

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Got the hammock netting installed. Didn't turn out as good as I would like. My camera doesn't capture the details I can see. I would suggest if anyone ties the netting to the rope edging use a much finer thread. Mine had too large of knots everywhere I tied one. Most of it is hidden though. 

 

Went on and tied the longboat on. was worried it would be in the way of trying to tie to the pin rails but then thought that it might be just as hard to tie it down later too.

 

Jesse

 

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Tried to use the open hearts supplied with the kit but every one broke or split. I cut out my own from wood disks from Hobby Lobby. Theses are very thin layered wood disks so they had the strength not to break. Got the open & closed hearts ready to add onto the Bowsprit.

 

Jesse

 

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Attached the hearts.

 

This seemed to take up more room than the pictures and instructions show. It was like I made the ropes for the hearts too thick but I didn't want to tear it all up and start over. I'm going with what I got but wish it all fit more snug like the pictures and diagrams show.

 

Jesse

 

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Bowsprit, Jibboom & Flying Jibboom all assembled and glued into place. Figurehead glued on. Could not get a good close-up shot of it like I wanted.

 

This is the part of the build where I have to be extra careful because I always bump, snag and break things that stick out. I actually delayed this step until now for this very reason.

 

Jesse

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Very nice progress JesseLee. Your netting looks just fine and I'm especially impresed by how great the ship's boat came ot.  The hearts look equally marvy and don't fret about the ropes being a tad too large, it seems you are managing alright.

 

Cheers,

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Thank you Gary, Tom, John, Steve, Carl, Scott, Zappto, Denis, Dave & Dave for the feedback on the netting.

Yes Carl, we are our own worst critics. I still don't completely like what I see but it shows up pretty good with the camera.

Popeye, I hadn't thought about the rolled up hammocks. I don't know much about them. Haven't found much info on them yet but you have sparked my curiosity. 

 

Thank you Dirk,it is an honor to be complimented by someone of your skill level.

 Piet, always good to hear from you my friend. I guess by the time all that other rigging is on no one will notice the thicker size of those two ropes.

Jeff, yes 2017 was a tough year. I think I was down more than I was well enough to do much work all year. I pray this year will be better.

Denis, still thinking about the rolled up hammocks. I must not be searching right, cant find enough on them to see what they are supposed to look like and how to do them.

 

Jesse 

 

 

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look in some of the U.S.S. Constitution builds and even in Dafi's Victory project {look back in his log a bit for his take on them}.   you could even cut some light cloth........rectangles 10 mm X 15 mm {seems like a good size}..........paint them with diluted white glue,  roll them up and then fold them over {5 mm}....allow them to dry like that.  my proportions may be off,  so you might have to experiment a little.   look at Usedtosail's Constitution log - page 30....

 

 

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Sailor I really don't know yet. I don't have much money for kits and running out of space for large models. Been thinking about doing some Ship-in-bottles again.

 

Denis, been Experimenting. Have no idea what kind of cloth this is, something I have saved for things like this. I mixed white glue and water with a drop of tan and black acrylic paint to give it a dingy look. Rolled it up after coating it with the glue mixture. When it dried enough I cut a few pieces out and folded them over. (Sorry for the horrible focus on that picture) I tried them in the hammock crane netting. I've seen them turned both ways online, tried fitting them both ways. Would like from feedback. What do they look like? Are they too big? Stick up too far? What should I try different?

 

Jesse

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