probablynot Posted December 2, 2013 Share #1 Posted December 2, 2013 I received the mostly-built kit model of the Endeavour from Dave on 29th November 2013. He told me it was his first-ever venture into wooden POB building. He started it in the early 1990s, but stopped work on the model when his sight began to fail. For a long time it was consigned to his attic, so when he passed it on to me there was a lot of dust and dirt on the model.That might not have been a problem if Dave had only got as far as the hull, plus perhaps a few of the deck adornments. But no - he had done all that, and he was already well into the rigging before calling it a day.I don't want to criticise Dave's work. Frankly I think his planking is better than I've managed in my Enterprise build (although he's left nail holes that I would have wanted to fill in, and I shall probably have a go at them!). Some elements will need to be improved, such as the mounting of the little cannons (name?) along the railings.First task, though, will be a lot of cleaning.Before I took the photos here, I did have a serious 'go' at the model with a fine paintbrush and a 'puffer' borrowed from my photography box. But there's still a lot of dirt, some of which seems to have been wetted on.The rigging is about two-thirds done, but Dave's approach to ratlines was 'twist-and-liberally-superglue' rather than 'get-it-right'. That would have been because of the failing eyesight, I'm sure. If I just finished his rigging in my own style it would look a bit of a hotch-potch, so my inclination is to strip off all the ropework and start it all over again.And that would let me make a more precise job of the brasswork beneath the deadeyes (where Dave seemed to avoid trying to solder the ends together).Some of the spars are misaligned. Some are broken - perhaps repairable, perhaps not. I don't want to go too far back in the original build, so I'll probably aim to make repairs where I can, instead of getting too deeply into a rebuild.I'm short of original (Mantua) rope. I may have a problem assessing exactly what dimensions of rope I'll be needing. All you other Endeavour builders, with logs here, will have to expect some elementary questions from me over the next few months!I want to do justice to Dave's nicely-built model. Any help that anyone can give me will be very much appreciated. Photos to follow shortlyt. I need to cut the sizes down first. PopJack 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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