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David Lewandowski by Ferrus Manus - Pyro - 1/96 - PLASTIC - Polish racing yacht from modified American Cup racer kit

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Hey folks! Me again. Today i am starting my first true build log on this forum. This log will concern a project i am doing for a friend, a modified version of Pyro's American Cup Racer (G. L. Thebaud) from 1958. This project will not be a total bash, not even close. However, i am heavily modifying the rigging and including parts from other kits to facilitate that. I will end up ordering high-quality cloth sails for this ship from HiSmodel in the Czech Republic.


Anyway, wish me luck! obviously, i will be asking many questions. 



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On Friday and Saturday i got started on the painting and general hull assembly. First, i ended up using soft-grit sandpaper to rough up the smooth hull for better paint adhesion. For the most part, i was happy with the result. However it took several coats to smooth out the paint job, with mixed results. The hull plastic was white, which ended up highlighting inconsistencies in the paint.

(We'll just cover it up with shade, they'll never know


As you can see, i started on the bowsprit assembly:


Apologies for the grainy image quality, my phone is 5 years old. The instructions were not clear on how the bowsprit was to be attached to the hull. As the box art shows, the bowsprit extends well into the hull and sits attached to the deck and anchor winch. There was no hole in the front, but instead an indentation. I erroneously thought the bowsprit was to sit in that position in the bow indentation, which took considerable sanding to achieve. I guess this is a fictitious vessel and not a true copy of the G. L. Thebaud, so i will let it slide. Mostly because i do not have the means to un-sand the base of my bowsprit. I drilled the proper holes for the bobstay/collar chains, whose holes were non-existent and whose eyebolts did not come with the kit. I ended up stealing some from my old HMS Victory kit (which i will unceremoniously rob of more rigging elements for this project) and inserting them into the holes. 


The next step of this project will be to finish the bowsprit tackle, drill holes for necessary eyebolts in the deck, and paint the deck as well as hatches, mast housings, and other deck furniture. 

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On this week's episode of Me Making Mediocre Models:


I installed the remainder of the (extremely simple) headgear tackle, using spare lengths of chain from my complete Cutty Sark kit:


Once again, i apologize for the warzone that is my workspace, as well as the horrendous image quality. This will be a continuing theme throughout this build log. 


Afterwards, i continued working on the deck (now complete)



I ended up having to drill nine holes for eyebolts, all of which are visible in the images. There were also two preexisting circular holes in the deck sections on the port side. Apparently, they were for two blocks on the port side. These were completely useless, mind you. I thought that was stupid, so i covered up the holes with a spare pile of blocks and a rope coil. I put another smaller coil on the starboard side for effect. 


My next task will be to install the masts and standing rigging, as well as the u-shaped mast pinrails once my brass belaying pins arrive. 


Thank you for putting up with my antics for this week. Be back soon!! 



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This will be the fourth installation in this series. I put the main rails on, after fixing their fittings in place. After that, i installed the kit-supplied deadeyes, which could probably use some paint touch-up. 


Then, i got started on the running rigging. The stays were simple enough to install. I ended up using thin line for the upper forestays and thick line for the rest:


Don't you like my doors?


After i finished the forestays, it was time to install the shrouds. I did this using the two-shrouds-on-the-same-side layout, like most ships of the time: 

Model Build - Bluenose II: 23 - Rigging

I used a variation of this, where a single line, tied at the mast top, makes shrouds 1&2, 3&4, etc... You know what i'm talking about. 


After this was done, it was time for the most fun part of all... ratlines!!!

To make the ratlines, first i ripped a blank piece of paper out of one of my college-ruled notebooks and cut it to size. Then, i used clear tape to affix the paper to the top and bottom of the #1 and #4 shrouds on each side, threading the piece (sticky side facing inward) outboard of the #1 and #4 shrouds, and inboard of the #2 and #3 shrouds. Then, i simply super-glued lengths of thin tan thread to the shrouds, following the pattern of the lines of the paper. 


I am assuming all who read this already know how to do this, as most of you are more experienced than i am. This is my very first attempt at scratch ratlines, and so far, it has been a resounding success. 


I am proud of my work today, and will likely have the standing rigging done by the end of the week. 

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  • 3 weeks later...

I ended up pausing this project in favor of completing my 1/96 USS United States model. Now that she's proudly on my shelf, i am getting back to the David Lewandowski. I ended up choosing not to spend 75 bucks on sails for a (relatively small) ship. For some reason, HiSmodel prices them unusually high and i couldn't find them on eBay. 


That being said, i am employing the help of my wonderful Grandmother, whose sewing skills FAR exceed my own, to help me with making custom sails for the vessel. 


My plan is to cut out the plastic sails from the sheet and mark the corners, trace the outside lines, and then measure and draw the lines on the sail for reef points and stitch lines in the sail. Then i will have them stitched and after that is complete, i will cut the sails out and likely add some form of bolt ropes, where applicable. 

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hey there!  glad to see your posting your projects.........is the United States in progress as well?   Pyro is an old kit.........for how long I've been building models,  I don't recall ever trying one.  is there to be a forestay at the first step of the main mast?  the shrouds and back stays counter the tension of the fore stays.  super job so far :) 

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Where have you been!?!? The USS United States is proudly on my shelf, finished, as you have seen. There will not be a forestay at the main mast top, as the G. L. Thebaud did not have one, as far as i know. I am about halfway through putting the blocks on the yards. The plastic quality is surprisingly, VERY good. Easy to work, hardy, and nimble. However, they have zero clue how ships go together, and expect you to put this together in a weekend, with mediocre at best results. I have not gotten to Joann Fabrics yet. I might continue working on the kit tomorrow. I will use my newfound freedom to extend the foot of the mainsail, as the kit supplied sail only reaches about 4/5 of the way to the end of the main boom. 

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