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JesseLee

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    JesseLee reacted to exwafoo in Procedure Alpha with a vengence   
    Long time ago, when I was in the RN, when entering or leaving a port on special occasions, the upper deck was manned by the ships company wearing best bib and tucker. It was called Procedure Alpha. The Norwegians have taken this to new heights.
    Mast Manning
    I'm glad we did did away with sails.
    Alan
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    JesseLee reacted to DSiemens in Our first Bottled Shipwright Journal   
    Really excellent work on the journal.  It felt like reading the old magazine.  You had some really great quality content.  I'm looking forward to the next one.  I'll have to see if I can't get an article together to contribute.
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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in Our first Bottled Shipwright Journal   
    Yes, well done, a great read and learnt a lot from it aswell! 👍 👍 Nice to put some names and faces to people, nice personal touch. Can't wait to see the next one now😃😃, great to see the little girl doing well. 
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    JesseLee reacted to exwafoo in Our first Bottled Shipwright Journal   
    Well done!
    Alan
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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Lateen sails made, to say it was a bit fiddly would be an understatement. 
    I ended up putting two flats on the yards to enable me to glue them together and stop them rolling apart, then put some cotton binding round with a little dab of superglue, then tacked the sails in place with glue and sewed them on. 


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    JesseLee reacted to DSiemens in How to Build a Bermuda Sloop (for beginners)   
    Time to get into the rigging.  First thing I start with is the back stays.  There's a lot of different methods for this.  Use what ever method works best for you.  This method has worked for me.  
    Typically I create a channel specifically for the backstays and glue it onto the channel where the stays connect to the ship.  Since I mismeasured a tad my ship is a little to wide for that.  So I drilled my holes through the existing channels.  When drilling these holes be careful not to make them to wide or to close together.  They need to be wide enough for the thread but not much more.  I'll explain why at the end. 

     The backstays will be created using a single piece of thread.  Pass the thread through through the channel and up through the gap in the two masts.  Then done to the holes in the channel on the other side.  

    The thread will pass down one hole and up the next.  Then it will run up to the gap in the mast and down to the first channel.  

    In this way the thread weaves back and for between the two channels and through the mast.  Once you go through the last hole tie a stopping not, put a dab of glue on it and pull it into the channel.  This is where the size of the holes and length between them matters.  You can easily pull the thread out between the two holes if they are to close or the wood isn't strong enough.  This is partially why I like having a separate glued on channel.  If it breaks it can be cut off and remade.  Its not so easy with the longer channel.  It also looks more accurate. 

    I tied two to make it thick enough and you can see I missed once.  No worries that piece will be cut off.  Once the stopper not is in place, pull on the other end of the string to tighten up the lines.  Keep in mind that with the folding method the tension on the backstays will set the rake or angle of the mast.  Tighten up the lines to get the right mast angle.  Then on the loose end I put a little glue on the thread and pull it through the channel.  This helps keep the tension right as I tie it off.  Once the glue sets I tie a knot around the channel, glue it down and cut off the excess. 

    This is the result.  My thread is more frayed than I like but hopefully a little more wax will cure that.  The forests thread is temporary for now.  One more set of backstays will go up to the top mast but after that we move on to the fore stays. 

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    JesseLee reacted to Chasseur in Bottled Ship Wright Journal   
    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    attached is our first edition!
    Enjoy...Jeff
    The Bottled Shipwright.pdf
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    JesseLee reacted to John Fox III in James Miller 3 masted schooner   
    Greetings All,
    In my attempt to get realism I have been working on some ideas for sails. Rather than printing seam lines on paper, my usual method for making sails, I tried out the idea of using thread sandwiched between layers of very thin paper. It took a number of attempts, using different threads and various papers, until I came up with something I think works quite well. The photos below show first one of the hulls with the stern bulwarks added, with the boat davits, and painted black along with the top of the cap rail. Then for the sails, there are several shots showing my sail jig, with bamboo pins spaced where I want my seam lines to be, then strung with 8/0 white fly tying thread. I kept the thread under some tension, while stringing the jig. Beneath the threads is first a small sheet of .003" thick clear acetate, then a folded sheet of .003" 100% cotton drafting paper, with half the paper under the threads. I found it easier to add threads to the jib after the layer of acetate and paper, rather than slipping them under the threads. I then thinned down PVA white glue with water, and using a soft paint brush I laid down a thin layer of glue over nearly the entire paper, leaving 1/4" unglued near the outside edges. The paper warped a bit, and I had to be careful as the wet threads stretched a little, too much brushing moved them around and out of place. I then folded the other half of the paper over the first half, pressed it down by hand, then added another acetate sheet and finally a couple of "C" clamps to hold it all together. Over several attempts I found that too much clamp pressure flattened it all to the point where the ever so slight height difference over the threads completely disappeared, which ruined the effect. I finally found just the right clamping pressure to get the desired results.
    The last few photos show some completed sails, not easy to detect the seam lines on those, but the later photos show some of the sails installed, and the running rigging added, and here the seam lines seem just right to me.
    Anchor's A Weigh!
    John Fox iII










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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Decided to paint it with acrylic so it wouldn't be too glossy and mask the grain of the wood too much. Had used gloss enamel on it previously but it didn't look right so stripped it off. Now I need to rig it! 



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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Slow progress, but still progress. Painting some base coat on some of the tiniest bits with a cocktail stick as can’t get a brush on them without hitting the adjacent parts, hopefully I’ve done myself a favour but we shall see!🤔


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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Time to make the deck fixtures and fittings. Turned a cocktail stick in my rotary tool to make the cargo barrels and deck hatch out of some thin cardboard. 


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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    A few more bits added to outside of Hull, not sure on correct terminology of the vertical bits? 😂 Just need a bit of fine shaping once dry. 


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    JesseLee reacted to Artur in Constitutionen   
    Continuation
    Artur




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    JesseLee reacted to Chasseur in Announcement   
    Hello all. Now hear this! I almost got our first edition of the Bottled ShipWright journal ready to go. A bit more editing and I’ll be ready to release it.
    Stay tuned and please check the clubs tab around the 15th of December...your editor in chief.
    😎 Christmas is coming!
     
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    JesseLee reacted to Jeff B in Jeff bs build #3.   
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    JesseLee reacted to IgorSky in Pilot cutter Jolie Brise in a bottle - Scale 1/240   
    And the next stage - I placed the underwater part of the hull in a bottle, poured silicone, formed a ripple and foam from acrylic gel and white paint.





     




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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Rails glued in place, just need a bit of shaping when dry. 

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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Been having a bit of trouble with small parts being so fiddly, so to make the bulwarks and rails I smeared some pritt stick glue, which is a child friendly water based product, onto some shiny card, then placed all the bulwarks onto it. This enabled me to be able to glue the rails onto them a lot easier. Wait until parts have dried then peel off of the card, voila! Just need a final trim before gluing to the Hull. 😁


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    JesseLee reacted to Jeff B in Jeff bs build #3.   
    Look familiar? 
    Why its a Bermuda sloop!

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    JesseLee reacted to Artur in Constitutionen   
    Continuation
    Artur





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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
    Found this emery sanding mesh, great for making ladders etc. My plumber uses it. I used a worn down piece and set it hard with glue. 

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    JesseLee reacted to Artur in Pilot cutter Jolie Brise in a bottle - Scale 1/240   
    It's nice that you came back.
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    JesseLee reacted to IgorSky in Pilot cutter Jolie Brise in a bottle - Scale 1/240   
    Hello to all!
    So ... The boat stood on the shipway during almost a year in anticipation of the process of placing in the bottle. About a month ago, I returned from vacation and, in the remaining few days before going to work, I, nevertheless, poured the sea, put the parts of the hull in a bottle and ... In general, as of sundays evening, everything looked like this -

    I'm going to tell about the process of moving the model into the bottle a little later.
     
    Best Regards!
    Igor.
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    JesseLee reacted to James w rogers in La nina, caravel.   
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    JesseLee reacted to John Fox III in James Miller 3 masted schooner   
    Greetings All,
    Finally got the hull air brushed, flat black upper hull and copper lower hull. The cap rail is still white as I have to add solid railings and boat davits before painting the rails black. Next we have the ship's boat for one model. There were two made, one for each model, using cigarette papers over a bone mold. The ribs and cap rail are plastic, the floor boards and thwarts are made from light and dark apple wood. The blocks have been added to hang the boat. Then we  have the spars with their blocks attached. I try to add all the blocks and tackle to the individual parts before installation as space is restricted once they are installed. Last, but not least, are the four anchors for the two models. They were made by cutting and sanding 0.02" thick brass sheet, then adding apple wood and black thread to finish them off.







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