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52 minutes ago, John Ruy said:

I love the Red Flag on the end of your bow. I should have had that on my CWM. I could have avoided repairs.  😆


I usually have them at the tops of all the masts. It is just colored tissue paper. My main royal mast fell victim once. Snapped it off at the joint with the top gallant reaching around he back. Live and learn. 
Tom

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Your sails are excellent both in color and the way in which they are drawing.  You may have mentioned it already, but how did you attach the bolt ropes?  Are they sown on or are they glued with liquitex?

 

Best,

 

Tom 

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On 3/15/2021 at 2:19 PM, TomShipModel said:

Your sails are excellent both in color and the way in which they are drawing.  You may have mentioned it already, but how did you attach the bolt ropes?  Are they sown on or are they glued with liquitex?

 

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the encouragement.  Now that the first sail is on, the rest seem a bit less daunting.  The bolt ropes are glued on to the edges using Aleene's fabric glue.  It is pretty strong and dries clear.  Being a fabric glue it is also somewhat flexible.  The only "sewing" I did was at the ends of the cringles I tied square knots with 50 wt thread to help hold them to the sail when the rigging line tugs on them.  Gave them a bit of reinforcement so the bolt rope does not tear off.  The ones at the corners of the sails are just loops created by the continuous bolt rope with a simple overhand knot at the base of the loop to help keep its shape.  The glue should be plenty to hold them in place, especially at the head of the sail.  There should not really be all that much tension on the cringles from the rigging lines as the billowing shape of the sail is created by the wire under the leach and foot tablings.  The rigging lines just need to be taut enough to keep the sail in the correct plane.

 

Tom

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overhand knot was square knot
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6 hours ago, Bluto 1790 said:

Hi Tom,

 

That sail is looking great! . . . and what a lot of work just in one sail.

 

How did you get the 'wind in that sail'?


Hi Jim

Very thin annealed wire in the leech and foot tablings. See post #308 of this log and I give a description.   Belaying all the rigging in the right spots without crossing too many lines is going to be fun. I laid out a plan for all “one million” lines a while back when making the pin racks. I think I have changed line locations for the bowsprit rigging a half dozen times already!  Once you see the line positions in real life on the model you realize better ways to keep the lines from turning into a rats nest. Lots of reading Lee’s Masting and Rigging of English Ships and Harland’s Seamanship in the Age of Sail. This is going to take awhile!🤔

 

Tom
 

 

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My flying jib is now flying!

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Progress is slow but steady right now.  I still need to trim up the excess rope on the belaying pins and put some 50/50 glue on the knots but I think I will wait until all the bow sprit sails are in place just in case I want to reroute something. That has only happened countless times already. That is part of why it is taking so long. 

Tom

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Pretty much finished the bow sprit area. Still need to put on the braces for the yard but I think I am going to wait until I get some of the fore mast sails in so I don’t have to work around the brace lines. 
 

It has not been a a very productive week in terms of forward progress. I ended up not liking how the jib sail came out so I took it down and made another one which came out much better in terms of texture. The first one had lots of small wrinkles that when you looked at it he sail by itself didn’t seem too bad. But when it was hanging next to the other sails I did not like it. 
 

Also had to redirect some of my lines to adjacent belaying points several times as more lines were added to keel them looking organized. Put some on take some off. 
 

I am hoping the bow area rigging is the most involved and the rest goes easier. I spent quite a bit of time reviewing how it all worked so it made some sense when building. 
 

Time to start at the top with the fore royal and work my way down. I decided to leave off the fore staysail...at least for now.   It was going to be set flying so I guess it could be left off. We will see after the furled fore course sail is up. Don’t want to “over sail” it either. 
 

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Tom

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Little more progress the past few days. Fore royal and top gallant sails are rigged except the braces. 
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Also got the fore top sail bent to the yard and put in 170 reef points but who’s counting? 😜😁

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hopefully this will be mounted in a couple of days. Then I plan to work on the main stay sails then the main royal and top gallant and top sails. I am going to furl the fore and main courses so I am thinking those can be made and installed afterward. At least that is the plan now. 
 

Tom

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Have not spent a lot of time actually working on the model the last couple of weeks. Did manage to rig most of the fore topsail and get the fore course sail bent and furled to the yard. Took a couple of shots to get the furl looking somewhat correct but I think it is passable. My original thought and attempt was to “drape” the sail about a third of the way down but I could not get it to look like it was loosely draped. It just looked too stiff. 
 

Now I can mount the fore course yard and continue on to the main mast yards.... after I finish laying the 100 feet of pavers for my front side walk, cut the grass, plant the shrubs and the beat goes on. 😜

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Just looking at the top sail pic, the color or the upper sails look white. They are actually unbleached titanium which is more a hemp color. Next time I will try for a more realistic picture with my phone. 


Tom

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Hi John,

The furled sail is actually only on layer of painted silk span folded and rolled. I am going to add the lower corners of the sail where the clew cringles are separately. I will cut out triangles of the full 3 ply thickness so I have an edge to glue the bolt rope to. I can then tie the clew block to the cringle then take the whole “assembly” and tuck the upper end into the furled  sail with some glue. At least that is plan A. 😜😁

 

Tom

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