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Schooner Halifax by rafine - FINISHED - Lumberyard - 1:48 - semi-scratch

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First, let me wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons and a healthy New Year.


I've done two things since my last update: the lower shrouds are now in place, but I haven't tied off the lanyards yet, and probably won't until the stays and backstays are in place; next, I added the forestay with its mouse at the upper end and hearts at the lower end. I did tie off the lanyard for the hearts.The mouse is a very simplified affair made up from a bead glued to the stay and built up and shaped somewhat with glue, then painted black.


Next up will be making the topmasts and doing the remaining stays.









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This is a wonderful build. I am getting ready to build some of these early schooners.  I have two kits of Halifax , one bulk head and the second plank on frame.  I look forward following your progress for this is a new area for me. One goal will be to learn how they sailed.  I just visited Washington and saw similar class models at both museums.  I can't wait to get going.



Happy holidays


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Thanks so much Jon, Thomas, Denis and the "likes".


Jon, I look forward to watching you work on Halifax. One word of caution: the accuracy of the rigging may be somewhat suspect. Hahn virtually admits this in his book. I've decided to go with what he shows.


Thomas, I don't know about a jewel, but I'm certainly enjoying the build.


Same to you Denis, and I hope that you didn't overeat the way I did.



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Bob:  Check out Chuck's practicum for building and rigging "Sultana" over at the Model Expo site.  Sultana was smaller than Halifax, but rigged similarly. mIt's under "instructions & Parts List".  http://modelexpo-online.com/model-shipways-sultana-solid-hull-1-64-scale

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Before moving on with the standing rigging, I made the two topmasts and mounted them. The masts were made from dowels with the lower ends filed flat, strip wood pieces added to build up a flat square and a portion filed to an eight sided section. The upper ends were tapered, a shoulder cut in and sheaves drilled in. Fids were run through the square lower section.


 I then did the mainstay, the main topmast stay, the fore topmast stay, the jib stay and the jibboom horses.


The two mainmast stays run through a double block on the foremast cap and then down through tackles to eyebolts on the deck at the mast. The tackles were not tied off at this time.


The fore topmast stay is seized to the mast at it's top and to the jibboom at it's bottom.


The jib stay runs from the head of the foremast, through a traveler on the jibboom , then through a sheave on the jibboom, and ends in a tackle attached to an eyebolt on the bowsprit cap. That tackle won't be tied off until later. The traveler was made from a piece of wire, a brass shackle from my stock, and a Syren hook.


The horses were made by doing small knots in a piece of line that was then seized to the jibboom end and to eyebolts at the cap.









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The standing rigging has now been completed except for the ratlines (leave the best for last :D). This last phase included tying off the shroud lanyards, adding the sheer poles and futtock staves to the shrouds, doing the topmast shrouds and futtock shrouds, and doing the topmast backstays.


The topmast shrouds are shown as running to single holed fittings of some sort, which I represented with commercial wooden bullseyes. The futtock shrouds were tied to the futtock staves and the shrouds


The topmast backstays are shown as running backstays and end in tackles hooked to eyebolts at the deck. I have not tied off the tackles permanently at this point since I'm certain that in my clumsy fashion I will hit them numerous times in the process of tying the ratline knots.


On to the ratlines!










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