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Prince de Neufchatel by rafine - Model Shipways - 1:64

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As your Florida neighbor asks "do you ever sleep". You are a prolific and masterful modeler that makes kit modeling come alive. I am amazed at your and others productivity that seem to produce at "warp speed". In that light we have one group member that starts at about 10:00 at night when the house is quiet. If I started at that time I would likely nod off and hurt myself. Wished I lived closer so I could look over your shoulder to understand your work process.

Joe

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Happy New Year to all.

 

For reasons that are not clear even to me, I began work on the yards with the main boom and gaff.Each was made from dowel, appropriately tapered. The gaff has strip wood jaws and a parrel made from very small beads. the boom is mounted with a gooseneck made from two eyebolts. Boom rigging consists  of topping lifts and sheets. The gaff rigging has peak and throat halyards and vangs.  I have chosen to omit much of the sail rigging, although I will probably do some limited amount on the square yards.

 

Bob

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A small update. I made, mounted and rigged the main topsail and topgallant yards. The yards were made from dowel, tapered and shaped. Cleats were added, as required and jackstay eyebolts and rods  were also added. Footropes were added to the topsail yard only. The only rigging to the topgallant yard is the halyard and parrel rope. The topsail yard has the parrel rope, the tie and halyard and lifts. I'm leaving the topsail braces for later.

 

I'm now in the middle of making up the yards for the fore mast.

 

Bob

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Work on yards and rigging continues. I have now made and added the fore royal and topgallant yards and the gaff. The rigging is comparable to the same yards previously done  on the mainmast. I have added the braces from both of the topgallant yards. All of the lines have been temporarily tied off, pending the completion of the fore mast yards and rigging.

 

Next, and last, will be the  fore lower and topsail yards.

 

Bob

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With this update, I can report that PdN is now finished. I completed the masting and rigging by making,  mounting and rigging the fore topsail and fore lower yards.  I added all of the remaining braces and, lastly, added the anchors.

 

If I seem to be abbreviating my description of this work, it is because I am just glad to be done with this model for a couple of reasons. The first, and less important reason is that this is a poor kit with bad plans and instructions. The more significant reason is that this was a very difficult year for me health wise and this impacted both my ability to perform the work and my enjoyment of it. I cut too many corners and failed to do too many things that I should have, leaving me unsatisfied with the result. It is my least favorite build of the last number of years.

 

The attached photos are of the most recent work. I will post some final photos of the completed model shortly.

 

Bob

 

 

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