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Armed Virginia Sloop By captain_hook - FINISHED - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48

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Thank you for all the likes. After finishing the shrouds I started to do the ratlines. Lots of clove hitch knots. The plan calls for .021 rope for the ratlines - instead I used .012 brown syren rope. Else the ratlines would have looked way to heavy. I made a template in Corel Draw for the ratlines including the shrouds to avoid a hourglass effect. Took about 4 hours for the port side.

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@Chuck: Thank you very much, but the honour belongs to your fine rope and accessoires 🤗.
 

The footropes on the starboard side are finished too. 168 glove hitch knots per side and this is only a cutter-likely rigged vessel - can‘t imagine if I will keep my mind when it comes to building a two masted ship. Anyway that completes the standing rigging. Will turn on the yards next..

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Before I will continue with rigging the yards, I took a break to make the swivel guns. The supplied ones are made of Britannia casting and I substituted them with syren 1/4 scale swivel guns. Soldered two metal stripes together to make the holding and drilled a 0.8mm into the gun to add the handle. The handle was made from 2mm brass rod. The kit-supplied gun is shown in the lower left corner. I then test-fitted two guns on the ship.
 

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Upper yard parrel is installed. Served the rope and used .08 brown rope lashing on one side. Three days break and then I will turn on the lower yard. Started this build on 12/30/2016 and hope to finish it before 12/30/2019. And BTW - I wish everyone on MSW a merry christmas. 🎄 

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Thank you for the nice comments and likes. Some more work on the topyard. The rigging is very time-consuming, today I haven‘t done half of the things I wanted to. But the ship is stuffed with different kind of tackles, jigs etc. If you‘re looking for some special kind of rigging - the AVS surely has it...

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Happy new year!!! I have finished all the running rigging but still have to readjust the tension and to fix loose ends to the belay points. Unfortunately I‘m running out of tan rope and have to wait for another syren order to arrive to resupply my stock until I start to make some rope coils. Will use the time to finish the anchor and buoys and the base.

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Some work on the anchors. The kit-supplied ones are very small, so I decided to use some bigger ones. Served the ring with .008 rope. Attached the anchor cable with a knot I found in Mondfelds „Ship models“ book. Surrounded two 3/16 double blocks with black card to simulate an iron band and attached two hooks made of eyelets. Made two new templates for anchor buoys that looks more to scale. Although the anchor buoys are made of cork AFAIK I think about leaving them unpainted.

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I studied several pictures and drawings of anchor buoys and experimented with different shapes. As they are originally made of several layers of cork there was either the option to paint the blank ones I made before dark brown or to simulate the layers with thin layers of boxwood. A rather bright wood color will allow to see the different layers rather than a dark colored wood like pear. I made my final templates out of 1mm sheets of boxwood glued on each other with 0.8mm steel wire inside to prevent the assembly to break when brought to shape. Did this with a needle file in my stood drill as I don‘t own a lathe (yet). Now I‘m free to worry about rigging the buoys...

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Thank you for the nice feedback. I did some work on the anchor buoys. Used served .018“ rope to rig the buoys. But the proportions don‘t look right so I may redo the rigging on next weekend. The last steps seem to need the longest time.

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The last steps ... As Carnival is celebrated in Germany these days spare time is limited. But I made some new anchor buoys templates more scale and have prepared the rigging but haven‘t decided which one I will use. The other ones will be stored for the next project. Will rig them next weekend and then hopefully turn to the final step.

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Beautiful work Captain, very skilled execution..... is that Fasching you are referring.to? I remember celebrating in Wiesbaden as a boy with my Parents. Dad was US Air Force.....

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Thank you for the nice comments and likes. 
 

@ASAT: Yes, there is an airborne base in Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt, but I don’t know if it is still active. There are several words for that - Fasching, Fasnacht or Karvenal depending where you live in Germany. It is hard to explain why Germans love to celebrate that. Starting on 11/11 every year it is a mixture of dressing up and some (political incorrect) entertainment and humor. There are meetings in big halls with evening-filling shows and street-parades with dressed up groups and dancers especially at the end of the season. 

 

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Everytime I look at your model it keeps getting better.   You are doing a fantastic job.   I love the base.   That will amazing when its all done.

 

Well Done!!!

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