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Thursday 19 September 2019


With these last details I finally put an end to the guns installation. I'll almost open a bottle of Prosecco or Lambrusco to celebrate this event . . .


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Now there are many other activities that can be started. Rudder installation, figurehead, anchor installation, masts and so on.
For the moment I decided to experiment the building of the masts and maybe even various spars and rods. There is no particular reason to do one thing before the other and so I follow the will of the moment.

Using my small Proxxon wood lathe, I started to prepare the foremast and the mizzenmast. The foremast consists of a 10mm diameter rod that must be tapered up to a 6mm diameter. The mizzenmast is an 8mm rod to be tapered to 5mm. Using the lathe the operation became to me particularly well and I am very satisfied.
I then completed the foremast by installing the top, ready for some time.


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But now there are two beautiful problems to be solved: one is very simple, since it is a question of choosing whether to leave the masts and the yards in their natural wood-color or to color them, as they most likely were: masts in ocher yellow and yards in black.
The other one is more complex and concerns the mainmast: it involves turning a 12mm diameter rod that must reach the 8mm at the end. But the problem is that my lathe reaches a maximum of 10mm and therefore cannot be used as I have done up to now.
I have to find an alternative route that I currently can't see, even using Google Maps !!
In the meantime I will take time working on the other elements of the masts but for my problem I need an adequate idea.


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See you soon, Jack.Aubrey.

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Jack, love your work and have thoroughly enjoyed following along since joining this site not long ago. Regarding your 12 mm mast at the base not fitting in the lathe chuck. Could you possibly drill a 10 mm hole into the 12 mm rod and glue in a piece of 10 mm dowel leaving enough protruding out to fit the chuck of your lathe. If u can't do this due to your lathe restrictions and don't possess another tool option for doing the job I'm sure u could find someone local who would be happy to ream out one small hole for you.

all the best, look forward to your next post.

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Wednesday 25 September 2019


I prepared all the pieces that make up the masts of the carrack, with the sole exclusion of the mainmast due to the known problem with the lathe. At the end I took the decision to color both the masts and the yards: the masts are colored with yellow ocher paint while the yards in black. When completely dry, I sanded the pieces with very fine grain paper to give them an appearance of "used".


Below two images of the foremast and mizzenmast . .


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Below, instead, the lower yard of the mainmast and the beam of the lateen sail on the mizzen mast . .


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Here below the other remaining yards (bowsprit, foremast and mainmast) . .


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One last mention about the lathe issue: I had almost definitively decided to manually taper the mainmast but today I received an email from my common friend Antonio who offered me the availability of a "REAL" lathe located in his workshop. Obviously this changed all the scenarios. Next week I will also finish this missing element.
Best regards, Jack.

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Wednesday 2 October 2019


Yesterday afternoon, with the friend and fellow model maker Antonio, we lathed the famous 12mm. rod destined to become the main mast. For this event, I had the opportunity to use a simply monstrous lathe, more or less 2-2.5 meters long, with which a pole could have been turned.


A heartfelt thanks for the unexpected help.


Today, in my workshop, I proceeded to complete the mast with its accessories and below I show you the model with all the components of the masting positioned, obviously excluding spars and beams.


Sincerely, Jack.

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Thursday 3 October 2019


While some activities on masting are still continuing with bland rhythms, I started preparing the chain plates with their deadeyes. 
Unlike those adopted on more recent sailing ships, such as those of my Soleil Royal (which gave me quite a bit to do), on this carrack they are relatively simple to build. For today I have finished preparing those of the starboard side, in the next days I will also finish the port side.


See you soon, Jack..


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Saturday 12 October 2019


These last 15 days saw me and my wife busy with a cat that got sick and gave us a lot to do to treat it. This fact, which continually created unplanned situations, prevented me from dedicating myself to the usual activities on this model and consequently I did nothing really interesting.


Using few free moments I managed to finish the chain plates, to paint them and, finally, to install them, by fixing them on the sides of the hull in correspondence with the wales. The result is practically equal to the MarisStella project even if the technique I used is not the same.


The first three images show the finished work.


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Another task, small but truly interesting for the method I used to obtain an acceptable result, is highlighted in the last image, the result of a copy & paste of two images of the lower zone of the foremast and the mizzen mast. These are the four cleats visible at the bottom of the two mast that are very small and difficult to fix properly in their place.
This experiment, perfectly successful, is important as there are many others to install and therefore replicable.


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Good-bye, Jack.

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Monday 21 October 2019


By now the classic activities on the hull are practically almost finished; only some detail activities are remaining (rudder, figurehead, etc.). They can be performed later. For example, the installation of the rudder would make the use of the building slip unpracticable; until now it proved very useful and with exceptional stability. So whoever expects to see the rudder will have to wait again . . .
As for the figurehead I have to wait for the coming of some carving inspiration, something that is totally missing at the moment . .

So I started thinking about the installation of the masts and then proceeding with the stanging and running rigging.


So I started to study the two plans in order to understand how the whole rigging system and sails is structured. Although it is a relatively simple masting, for me this is a real headache. To understand something more and also to memorize as much as possible, I am preparing a document where I try to clarify and write down what to do. Even if it is a document only useful to the undersigned, I attach it to this post just to show the "method".


Thanks to the "method" I realized that new details on the decks and tops are needed, and also some changes due to the impractical nature of the proposed solution are required. In any case, I spent a couple of afternoons making and installing the missing details.


The photo 01 shows the new elements applied in the poop area: the decorated shields on the external sides, the pinrails added inside the walls, some cleats and the poop lantern . . .


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Also at the bow I am preparing material for the belaying pins . . .


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Finally on the main deck I installed new pinrails applied similarly to those on the poop deck . . .


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In short, many details, even tiny ones, that will be used later for the rigging. I have prepared all these pinrails to replace an almost similar number of cleats. I thought it impossible to fix these cleats seriously because of their small size and almost no surface that could be used to glue them to the sides. Hence a functionally similar solution but which gives me more guarantees of robustness.


That's all for today, Jack.


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Giovedì 31 Ottobre 2019


I'm working almost exclusively on masts and its rigging.
For the moment my strategy is to prepare all the mast individual components in a separate way with all the blocks and other necessary elements.
So, as you can see from the following two images, I worked mainly on applying the necessary pieces to each of the yards or masts independently of the rest. In this way all the points in which the running rigging will pass should be ready and in theory they would not need further additions once installed in their place.


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Then I started putting the pieces together.
In the coming days, when I'll be 100% sure, I will definitely fix the three masts with glue and a new cycle of activities will start from there.
In the meantime I started doing some experience with bowsprit and anchors.
The following three images show the (almost) finished assembly of the anchors and a pair of definitive cables from the tip of the bowsprit to the hull sides. Little stuff compared to what awaits me but it is a good exercise to practice patience, the true virtue of the modeler.
However, this is a job that I will have to carry out in the next few weeks together with that of completely emptying my mother-in-law's house, house we recently sold.
Incidentally this fact will deprive me of the availability of my much appreciated workshop which (unfortunately) is in the house in object. So at some point I will have to interrupt every activity and park all the contents of the workshop in a temporary warehouse waiting to buy a new home, where surely there will be space for the future, a new facility that, at this point, will exist as long as I practice this hobby.
I hope to finish this model just before that time. I should theoretically make it but in the negative case I think I can continue at my house. The remaining activities should be more than feasible even at home . . . apart from the four cats who are my assistants.


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Sincerely, Jack.

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Tuesday 5 November 2019


I finally started, I fixed the masts and . . . . for now I'm working on standing rigging. It takes a lot of patience.


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Wednesday 6 November 2019


Further small progresses . . . . this time it's up to the mast.


For the future I have decided that I will limit myself in posting messages only when significant steps in setting up the rigging are complete, otherwise I think to run the risk of being too much repetitive.


So I give you a rendez-vous for other images and comments when I'll finish the installation of all the standing rigging, a milestone that seems to me adequately representative to show and explain.


Greetings, Jack.Aubrey.


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Monday 18 November 2019


Standing rigging is finally over . . . . rat lines obviously were the major, boring effort.


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Friday 29 November 2019


I'm working to prepare the sails. In total there are five sails: one on the bowsprit, one on the foremast, two on the mainmast and finally a triangular sail on the mizzen mast. To consider them finished I have to wait for my wife to sew stitches around their perimeter, task I prefer to have her do as I don't feel enough good for it.


The first image shows the main mainmast sail. I have greatly reduced the height of this sail because I want to present it curled up the main yard and therefore the task would be easier to manage with less amount of fabric.


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Here the lateen sail of the mizzen mast . . I think I will present it wrapped on the yard.


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Here is the upper sail of the mainmast that will be shown unfolded . .


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The sail of the bowsprit, shown unfolded . . I think to redo some sewing here resulting too coarse.


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The fore sail to be presented wrapped on the foreyard.


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That's all for now, cheers, Jack.

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Monday, December 9th, 2019


In the ten days since my last message I dedicated very little time to modeling: all I managed to do was finishing two of the five sails that would now be ready to be fixed on their respective spars.


Unfortunately the day I have to leave my mother-in-law's house free (I remember that it was sold) is approaching and there are still many activities to do to free all the rooms. So, even if ahead of my original plans, I find myself in the need to dismantle my workshop and move everything inside it to a temporary location (I hope for as little time as possible) +/- by the end of the year.


Consequence is a mandatory stop to the modeling activities related to the Ragusian Carrack for an indefinite period of time. Obviously, when I'll be less busy it should be possible to resume work on the sails and on the final set-up of the rigging, activities that I theoretically could perform at home, but now it's early to have a accurate plan.


I am therefore greeting all those who are following or have followed my log hoping to write and read news soon. In the meantime, I offer all my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, in case we don't have to hear ourselves in the coming weeks.


Best regards, Jack.Aubrey.

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