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Sjors,

The Gremlin is my name for that nagging voice we all hear when we critique our own work.  He is vicious, mean and nasty, has foul body odor and chews with his mouth open. No redeeming social qualities whatsoever except to make us look at our work and try to improve it.

 

 

 

 

He also passes gas and blames it on the dog!

 

Sam

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Currently remaking my Main Top Gallant mast. I think where I went wrong was I treated the mast and the associated flag pole as one combined length, ie I made that whole assembly 1/2 the top mast. I currently have the whole mess 8 squared, if all goes well I will get it rounded and sanded tonight, maybe even a picture.

Sam

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Remade my Main Top Gallant. I am much more satisfied with how it fits in with the rest of the mast. I am going to attempt setting the Main mast in place today. Depending on how things go I might try getting the Fore Mast in place also. I hope I am not rushing things, but I am tired of seeing her sit there looking to same every day.

 

A couple of pictures of the new Top Gallant set in place as well as the old one for comparison.

 

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Here is my first attempt that so irritated the Gremlin set next to the new for comparison. He is much quieter today. I may still lengthen the flag pole a bit, it seems a tad short:

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I go back on to a 7 day a week schedule again this monday so I dont know how much progress will be made over the next few weeks. Hopefully its only for a short period. Probably going to have lots of time to build after mid March as neither the owner or myself have had any bid requests come to us. I would never ask for work to stop coming in but I am looking forward to some time to breath. This has been going on since October I think.

Sam

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Thanks for checking in Dennis and thank you everybody for the likes. The cap will slip over for sure as I havent made it yet.

 

I have to make the collars that go around the masts where they penetrate the deck as well at the pin rail that goes around the mast. At least Constructo calls for one, I have not found anything yet in Masting and Rigging, TFFM or chucks Syren practicum. Chucks Syren calls for cleats around the Main Mast. I might go that rout unless somebody points me to a reason not to.....?

Sam

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  • 3 months later...

Holy Smoke! Its been three months since I posted an update. Work was "Interesting" for quit a while, February and March were fun, culminating in a 24 hours shift onsite!

I finally have something to show, masts are done with the exception of the Fore Topmast Cap, I have fit it up just have not trimmed it to size, its pretty obvious in the overall picture. At least to me.

 

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I started my shrouds yesterday, found that even with magnifiers I can only work a short while before I get headaches, must need new glasses. I have retied the first two dead eyes 2 or 3 times, I might still have to do them again, the seizing feel sloppy. We will see how the forward port pair works out.

 

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Somewhere after my last post, I went to make the pin rails and realized even if I wanted to pin rails would not work, the fish(?) was in the way. I could have cut it back, or cut the rail around but decided to go with cleats instead. I used white glue to make a series of blocks, gang milled them and then soaked them in alcohol to soften the glue then finished shaping them. Afterwards I glued them in and reinforced the bond with brass pins epoxied in.

 

Thats about it, lets hope I can get more than one pair done a day in the future. I only have until August before we go back on a 6-7 day/week overtime schedule.

 

Sam

 

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Thanks for the comments and the likes, all very much appreciated.

Russ, the cleats have been epoxied on and then reinforced with brass pins, they better not even think about popping off. :)

Dennis, at the rate I build August is like tomorrow for the rest of you. I am trying to get back to my 1 hour a night minumum, we will see how that fly's with Better Half. She really likes a couple of nights during the week to sit and stare at the idiot box together.

Sam

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compromise..........bring it to the 'idiot box' when you go.   :D    I know what you mean.......at least I have the day to play if I want.   Gibbs like to get me in there to watch TV at night.   it's funny....he will sit near me and give me 'lip service' .......I ask him what does he want to do,  and he runs into the living room! :)  

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3 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

compromise..........bring it to the 'idiot box' when you go.   :D    I know what you mean.......at least I have the day to play if I want.   Gibbs like to get me in there to watch TV at night.   it's funny....he will sit near me and give me 'lip service' .......I ask him what does he want to do,  and he runs into the living room! :)  

I wish I could bring it to the Idiot Box. I have found I dont multi task as well as I get older, I need to do one or the other.

Better Half's schedule has changed in the last few months, there are 2-3 nights a week that she doesnt get home till 8-ish or even later, when I am on a regular schedule those are build nights.

Our cat doesnt care one way or the other about TV nights, she has her little bed in the window she sleeps in. The dog however loves it, he gets two humans to curl up between - once he gets over being kicked out of one corner or the other of the sofa. that is.

Speaking of building I have about 20 minutes to play before its dog walking time, maybe I can get a couple of lanyards rigged.

Sam

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Yea.........I can't do it no more either.   I used to when I used to pull my all nighters.   I did that a lot when I built the first U.S.S.United States.   I had to laugh last night.......I was watching a show about fishing......he was up in Norway.   the fellow he was speaking with has a sled dog team....when Gibbs heard the barking,  he started barking and then was like the RCA dog!   he sat right up to the TV,  nose pointed to the screen...didn't move the whole time :) 

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Well, I got a pair of lanyards rigged, only to find one of the deadeyes was about 1/16" off from the others, by the time I resiezed it, walked the dog cooked and ate dinner Better Half got home. Spent a few minutes with her while she ate. By the time I went to bed my total progress for the night was two lanyards. Progress is progress.

 

Dennis, our cat does similar things with TV. She doesnt respond so much to things she hears as much as the occasional visual. She doesnt do it much anymore but during base ball season she will get on the cabinet and paw at the screen. Better Half swears she is a Cardinals fan. All nighters? I do enough of that with work... Speaking of which... gotta go!

 

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Quick update.

I was able to get 3 pairs of shrouds on during the week and was looking forward to finishing the fourth and maybe even starting in on some ratlines - eagerly fearing that process!!!:P I kept coming back to my seizing on the shrouds and not liking the contrast between the brown rope and the tan seizing. SO, this morning they all came off and I replaced the seizing with dark brown 8/0 thread. I just now finished putting them back on. 3 hours and I am where I was this morning !! LOL!

I now have to go out to the garage and dig out the lathe, we dont have a small enough one at work for something that goes out Tuesday night so I get to do it here at the house...... Looks like tomorrow I will get to experience the joy of ratlines..

Looking at the pictures I see have have some more adjusting to do, they are not quite close enough in line. I believe that on a working ship they would most likely not be perfectly in line, but from 51 feet away (1:51 scale) I think differences would be minimal. So Sayeth the Sam!! :D:D

Sam

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Thanks Carl and to all who hot the like button.

 

No Ratlines to show, had to run into the shop for a couple of hours today. I did get the last pair of Main Shrouds on and tied off all 8 lanyards. The tension on the lanyards loosened up on a couple, gonna let them sit over night or maybe just a couple of hours, I might be p@@@@ing in the wind but I hope it helps the lanyards settle in and I can retension them easily.

 

I dont recall if I mentioned it earlier but I placed the masts, channels and chain plates per the instructions and the forward most dead eye on both masts is forward of the mast by a couple of feet. I made the conscious decision to not redo the channels I felt I would have a huge mess to clean up - they were mortised in and reinforced with pins. I am not to concerned about it except I wont be able to rig catharpins, at least two would go right through the masts. Lessons for the next build.

Thats it for now, pictures when there is something to show.

Sam

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it won't be the first model without catharpins......back in my early days,  I never heard of them ;)   if you really want them......you can do them in an X pattern......of course,  you'd have to check to see if any nationality ever did that.   good bet that you'd be the first person on your block to do that ;)    looking good my friend :) 

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Thanks everybody much appreciated.

 

Sjors, they will be well fed, well treated and much appreciated.

 

Dennis, Didnt know crossed was an option, I think for this build I am going to give it a pass. Every time something like this happens I am reminded of how much Ship Modeling is like playing Chess!!

 

RIch, you can never have enough clamps of any type.

 

Sam

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