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Update - the bowsprit is now done.  The kit supplied dowels were tapered using a small plane & lots of sanding,then a walnut stain was applied. A flat spot was filed for the knee holding the flagstaff & was glued in place.  A couple of spacers were made for the jib boom & some "iron" straps made from black card - the kit showed the straps made from brass strip,but I couldn`t get them bent just right ,so I just used the black paper.  The forward area was painted black according to the construction photos - I would normally not paint this area,but the plywood knee looked awful & I didn`t feel like making a new one. Rope wooldings were then added using black .5mm thread.  Just one odd thing - the stem has 2 gammoning holes,but the construction  pictures only show one rope:huh:,so I added a second set of cleats to the bowsprit & will use 2 ropes.  I thought about opening up the slots in the stem,but it would have made for a slot 14mm long - too long for just one rope.  All rigging blocks will be added later after all masts are built.

 

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Hi everyone - after making all the parts of the mizzen mast I thought I would look through the rigging plans.....  Maybe I should have looked at them sooner - they are so small I am having a hard time figuring out which line goes where:angry:.  I am really close to putting in some 6 inch stub masts & calling it done!!!:angry::angry::angry:.  Some of the lines obviously go to wrong places & there are some blocks on the deck that are shown on the belaying plan,but there are no lines going to them:huh:.    Very frustrated at the moment!!! 

 

 

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ok - here we go.  The mast plans show 2 sheaves at the bottom of each topmast. 

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The rigging plans seem to show ropes through the sheaves -

 

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After looking through the rigging plans again,I think they may be for the top ropes(lifting ropes). What do you think?

 

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Here`s another - the plans show 2 cleats & 4 double blocks on the deck next to the grating on the quarter deck,but they are not shown on the belaying plan.

 

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One more - the plans also show 4 blocks around the foremast,but the belaying plan doesn`t show any lines going to them.

 

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Also,the rigging plans show the mizzen topmast stay going down to 406 on the deck,but the belaying plan shows it belayed to the pinrail in FRONT of the mainmast instead of behind it - this can`t be right.

 

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On the above picture front is to the left. Any opinions are most welcome!

 

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Line 406 should go to one of the 431 belaying points.

 

lifting ropes:

On page E in the booklet the lifting ropes (410-416) go straight down to the blocks behind the mainmast (i hope it is the main mast) so these blocks will be belaying points 410-416 and 411-413...

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Line 414 should be belayed to block closest to deck.

 

The same should work for the fore mast. The cleats I do not know why they are there (yet)...

 

Hope you understand me...

 

 

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I agree with the location of line 406 - makes much more sense. I understand what you are saying about the other lines. Its just that 410,413,416 are not shown on the belaying plan - most likely are the blocks behind the fore & main masts.   It also doesn`t help that all the descriptions in the rigging plans are only in Spanish. I did find a conversion of nautical terms from Spanish to English,but half of the terms in the plans were not listed in the conversion chart:(.  Thanks for the help Mr Pucko - much appreciated.  Now,if we can just figure out what those 2 cleats are for.............

 

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Looks to me like they mis-marked 411. page E shows it for both the mizzen & fore or main masts. I think 411 is only for the mizzen. The "other" 411 should have a different number - maybe one of the numbers that are missing from the belaying plan.  Just wish I knew Spanish - the lines are described at the bottom of the page in Spanish only. I`m pretty sure 411 is the lifting rope for the mizzen topmast.

 

Now I am thinking that with 2 sheaves in the topmast,there should be 2 lifting ropes???

 

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I worked on the "Gotheborg" and lowered all the top masts but was up in the masts and not on deck so I missed where the belaying points where...

Can't remember if there was one or two lines on the lift, but since there are two sheaves it seems logic that there would be two ropes as well...

Could 411 be for the foremast and 413 be for the main mast? 410 and 416 for fore and main yard? 416 is described as "Driza verga mayor". Spanish "Driza" is Halliard so it would go to the yard...  "main yard halliard"

 

Found this pic that shows the blocks for the lift. 

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Yes,I was in a bad mood when I was looking through the rigging diagrams(my power was off for several hours). Slowly figuring it out. It`s just that the diagrams are really small & hard to pick out the details.  That seems a little odd since the plans for the hull & masts are full size:wacko:.  They could have made them larger for no more cost than larger sheets of paper.

 

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Working on the masts - the dowels were tapered & stained with walnut stain. Square sections were filed where the tops fit - not too difficult as the dowels are a wood called koto,which is fairly soft. The tops are laser cut ,so all I needed to do was add the border strip & battens. The border strip was supposed to be 1x4mm sapelli,but I couldn`t bend them to fit the curve of the tops without snapping - even after soaking & using my plank bender- so I used a piece of 1x4 walnut. The cheeks for the lower top are provided as laser cut parts,but none were provided for the topmast crosstrees so I made some from scrap wood.  The topmast crosstrees are made of metal,which is ok because they are painted black along with the tops of the mast sections. Some bolsters were also added to the crosstrees for the shrouds to sit on - not shown on the plans,but they must surely would have had them. Railings will go across the back edge of the tops,but will not be installed until later - too easy to knock them loose.  Rope wooldings were added & "iron"bands were made from black cartridge paper.  There are also 2 cleats on the foremast near the deck. Not sure what they are for,as I could not find them in the rigging diagrams:huh:.  The lower mast caps are a little different - they are metal with a groove molded on the outside edge & a laser cut piece of wood is glued to the side,making a groove for a rigging rope. Once it is all painted black it doesn`t look too bad.  That completes the foremast - 2 more to go.

 

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Hi - all masts are now done except for attaching all the blocks. Construction was basically the same for all of them other than different sizes. They are really tall,so I set them in their respective holes in the deck to take pictures.  Please pardon the dust in the close-ups.

 

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Thanks Richmond - I appreciate your thoughts:D. I`m  not that crazy about the light blue,but that`s what the kit shows to be used.  I did find one small painting of this ship during an internet search & it appears the blue is pretty close to the correct color as depicted in the painting.

 

I`ll be watching your paper model come together  - very interesting build.

 

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Hi everyone

A little more progress - all the yards are now done. Using the kit supplied dowels,they were tapered with a small plane,a little filing & LOTS of sanding. They were then painted black & rubbed down with some 1500 grit sandpaper to knock down the sheen.  Next will be putting all the blocks on the masts & yards. I am going to use the kit blocks,which are not too bad.  The only real issue is they only supply blocks in 2 sizes:(,so I will add some different sizes from my stash.  I would use Chuck`s blocks,but I don`t think this model is worthy of them:unsure:.

 

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Thanks OC - I found a method to make them in someone`s log(can`t remember who at the moment,but many thanks to him).  The illustration shows to use 12 turns of rope,but I thought that was too many for my application,so I used 8 turns of .5mm black thread. I also used thinned white glue instead of super glue to keep the ropes from loosening or sliding down.  This method is the best I have found & really works well. You may be able to find this by typing "wooldings" into the search box.

 

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Hi all - a small update .  The masts are now permanently in place with all the appropriate blocks(I hope). The bowsprit will not be installed until the shrouds are done due to having to turn the ship around numerous times. The masts are so tall it`s hard to get them all in the picture. The foremast leans back very slightly - actually less than what it looks like in the picture due to the camera angle. Should be able to correct it with the stays.

 

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