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I've actually been working on this a couple of weeks now but just started the build log today after I had joined model ship world yesterday. Painted the masts, yards, crows nests and plan on touch ups when I cut them loose to install them. The kit comes with formed plastic sails but I think I won't use them. Either no sails or stored sails made from sheer curtains

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What a fantastic site. Spent the morning looking around to see if this model had any logs to reference. Did find a review of the kit that seemed positive and that JFK had a sea witch model in the oval office. There were quite a few references to " bright" work on the masts and yards. Am I correct in assuming this to mean light colors in the topside and masting?

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Welcome to MSW... your Sea Witch is looking nice so far. I think it would be awesome if you did most of the remaining build using wooden parts. I built a USS Constitution several years ago (Revell- plastic) and wish I would have done the masts and deck things in wood. Just an idea.

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Thanks Hoss 

Have seen that mentioned a few times in my research. Was there a specific reason you would use wood? Looks or over coming plastic's non stiffness and creating rigging problems? Some say if rigged correctly no problem with plastic. Thanks again for your input

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Ya, I just think the wooden  masts etc. are something that cannot be captured in plastic. Just my opinion. I'll be watching your progress.

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Had to drill 50 some odd 1/32 holes for the masts assemblies and their caps. Assembled the foremast, main mast and the mizzen mast. They look pretty good.   Painted one coat of flat tan so that the darker brown showed through and brushed them with small brass brush.  kind of looks like wood I think. 

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On 12/5/2020 at 2:06 AM, Sea Hoss said:

Ya, I just think the wooden  masts etc. are something that cannot be captured in plastic. Just my opinion. I'll be watching your progress.

I think I can get another kit and that one will use wood on the decks, buildings, fifes masts ect since this one is fairly close to being done. When I got this I was thinking it would give me experience in rigging a multiple mast ship. Thanks Hoss

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Started rigging the shrouds and stay lines and the bowsprit. Heavy black .070 stay lines nylon that came with the kit. Light .40 black shrouds core. Is there any quick reference guide on the types and characteristics of the commonly used products in modeling?

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Work continues on the standing rigging. Running one line at a time on each side and clipping a heavy duty paper clip on it to create tension and then gluing them in place. And when I put the four stay lines on the tighten up and stiffen the masts. I then glue the false Deadeye assemblies over the top of the backstay lines as you see in the aft of the ship in the picture

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I apparently followed the illustration too good. Did the standing rigging stay taut or did they release them in port? Will only 20 sails most. And maybe try. Main mast unfurl !!! 

Plastic tougher to rig because of bending. Than wood

 

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Finished standing rigging and started running rigging. Still experimenting wth the sails. Didn't like the 1st set of sails. Second set so so. Will now try silk span. I don't really like that the sails will cover most of the rigging. Might just put furled sails on 16090916092351686750321303244680.thumb.jpg.d9cd4169a9e40be2a552a9ffa20927d8.jpg

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On 12/27/2020 at 1:07 PM, Moltinmark said:

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Didn't like the first set of sails so I cut shape of sails with appox 1/4" excess overlap of the thermal formed sails that came with the kit. I soaked the sail in very hot water to soften the the linen to hug the forms of the thermal sails by brushing them and  then Painted them fully with a 50/50 water fabric glue solution being careful to brush the " sides " flat against the forms and down onto the flat area beyond the shape of the sail and let dry. I then cut out the sails with scissors. The jib and stay sails were cut at the extreme edge of the form of the sail. The square sails were cut at the extreme point of the sail top and bottom with the sides cut just beyond the corner of the flat plane of the sail. This gives strength to the shape of the sail. I now have a very lightweight sail that I can hang from the masts without deforming the plastic masts or existing rigging that appear fully wind filled and have vague outlines of panels within them. I wasn't concerned with any hems as I am at 1/96th scale and think that they wouldn't be visible

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