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Silhouet [finished] by probablynot - Constructo - 1/60 - Dutch 'tjalk' river cargo boat

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Nearly finished.

Still some work to do on the flying jib, and then I need to tighten the mainmast backstays (to tighten up some slack that crept in while I was rigging the foresails).

After that there's just a few hanks to be made and added, and there are one or two places where the paintwork got damaged while I was poking around with scissors, clippers and my special rigging tool.





But ...


I wonder if you can spot the non-deliberate mistake I made yesterday, and discovered when I started work again this afternoon?




Of course I've corrected it now!  But  I had to laugh at myself for making such a careless, beginner's error!

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Looking again at that 'non-deliberate mistake' pic above, I'm reminded that I do have a little problem with the shrouds that are supposed to be attached to the ends of the spreaders.
The spreaders are a bit of 0.8mm brass wire.  The shrouds are 0.6mm dacron cord.  I've glued them and glued them again and again (with CA) but I only have to look at the shrouds to make them slip off.
I did file a little groove in the ends of the brass wire, and it helps, but only marginally.
Any suggestions?  I'm thinking of using ordinary sewing thread (of an appropriate colour) to apply a serving, and then impregnating that with CA.  It would create a small lump, but probably wouldn't look wrong.

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She's complete!





About eleven months' work, some of which I'm proud of, some of which I'm more or less contented with, and some that I'll regard as part of the learning curve.


I wish I'd been a little more meticulous with the paintwork, especially around the cabin window frames.  But I'm telling myself that the Silhouet is a working boat, maintained by her crew, and I'm blaming the careless brush-strokes on little Hans the cabin-boy, who had spent the previous night drinking and smoking grass with his girl-friend Gerda.


I decided not to reinforce the shrouds where they meet the mainmast crosstrees.  Instead I used a tiny dab of contact adhesive.  Now that I'm no longer having to work on the boat I think they should hold OK.


Here are a few detail shots, to complete my build log:









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