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Ok , here we are, as will be noted from my introduction post this is a very old model that has been resurrected so the model was started long before digital cameras, home computers and the internet came to being. Therefor this log will only comprise of the rigging, nets and finish. This is the first wooden ship model I have attempted so there will be mistakes. The hull and deckhouse were already built, although not joined, and since restarting it the lower hull has been painted, the masts built up most deck fittings positioned and presently I am doing the standing rigging ( how do you guys/gals keep your temper and not “launch” the damned thing out the window ?) Yes I am finding this challenging but being a stubborn SOB I will not give in ! I am finding doing the whipping round the rope ends of the standing lines tricky and will need to have a look for some tips as I’m not convinced there isn’t a neater easier way. Here are a couple of pics so far.


Cheers Paul








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Good to see you've started your build log, Paul. Mind if I pull up a chair? Looks like an interesting one.


On 8/17/2020 at 7:51 AM, Paul Carswell said:

how do you guys/gals keep your temper and not “launch” the damned thing out the window ?

I've come close . . . I  just - walk away . . . come back when I've calmed down . . .

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Here’s a couple of pics of a little progress;

I couldn’t figure out the third line down from mast top to bow, it is a shorter line ending in a block with two lines down to another block attached to a length of chain to the bow. So I have rigged it by fixing one end of the moving line to the upper block then down to the lower one, back up round upper block and down to the post and tied off. No idea whether this is correct or not. If anyone knows what this arrangement is for, I’d love to know. I have also done the radio wires between the two masts using bait elastic (for securing bait for anglers) which has helped tension the bow lines which were sagging a little.


Thanks for looking, cheers Paul





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Paul, it looks great! Years ago and I mean years ago the Krabbenkutter was the first wooden boat Model I attempted. I was naive! When I opened the box I freaked out because of all the planking. Needless to say I never completed the model. I have begun again, but this time with a beginner level kit. Still love that krabbenkuter. 

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I haven’t had much time lately but have managed to get the booms for the nets built, definitely a bit fiddly splitting and closing the chain links. The fabric supplied for the nets is a kind of plastic mesh which doesn’t sit right, too stiff so I’m going to try using midge net and a piece of “voile” net used for curtains and see which looks best. The nets are to be sewn together from two half’s, so am going to have to call in the ladies here as this west of Scotland guy is ashamed to admit this skill has never been learnt. Can fix the brakes on the car though, “horses for courses“ I suppose.


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