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James w rogers

La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).

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Just started this, it is going to be a gift for someone that has done a lot for an elderly family member, Loved doing the lateen rigged la nina so much that I'm going to do it again. Only problem seems to be, at the moment, is a lack of info on this ship apart from this postage stamp, but that could give me a bit of artistic licence, so might be a good thing as far as detail goes! 😂 La-Madonna-del-Rosario-tartane-1740.jpg.16ff303e9a1888795ab77c1b9f22fb73.jpgDSC_0038.thumb.JPG.b553c22d3680fa15ff8701983784cf48.JPGDSC_0037.thumb.JPG.b25bbbe3c37acff1011ddc6394eec45a.JPG

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Trying to fathom out what to put on deck as I can't find any info or pictures of this ship,  it appears to be a merchantship so it's artistic licence time. Started with a hatch, from a thin piece of walnut ply left over from a ship kit I've been doing. Drilled some 0.5mm holes and just trying to square them out. 

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Getting there ! Slow progress as spent more time trying to trace this ship. It is definitely documented as a merchant ship but can’t find any surviving plans or pictures, so apart from this stamp the rest of the decks fittings are a total guess. Here’s the story so far, needs a bit more shaping and sanding prior to paint, so have started on the masts and yards.DC7A8038-4814-4841-BA51-5AE8D75865E9.thumb.jpeg.d12fac94cae269211e74ebe9342ae2e0.jpeg

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This is is how I bend planks and other wood items, I soak the wood and then strap to the bottle with an elastic band, then fill bottle with boiling water and just leave over night, usually works quite well as long as the grain of the wood allows. If you need a bigger or smaller bend you can just use different diameter bottles!

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Started rigging the shrouds on the masts, these strips will be cut to short lengths and glued inside bulwarks when inside the bottle. Trying to get a suitable green paint to match the picture is proving troublesome, mixed some yellow in 3 times now to lighten it but every time it dries to dark, so I’ve given up, that’s the colour now, take it or leave it!😂

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Slow going but getting there! How long have I got til Christmas? 😲😲

Making sails from some old creamish coloured pillow case painted with a watered down pva mix, but only on one side, then placed wet side up on radiator to curl it, voila 20mins later its dry and ready to use! 

 

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So a major roof leak put build on hold, and Christmas came and went! Luckily nobody told the person I was making it for so nobody was disappointed on Christmas morning 😂, apart from me as its still on my bench! So today I am resuming the build. DSC_0050.thumb.JPG.d4f959ad483f4fe06c89a742575e92f5.JPG

Hi Bruce foxworthy, This is how my sail cloth looks after it has dried, so I cut a sail out of it to suit depending on how much curve I want. 😁 I don't dry it flat, but let it curl up naturally, That way it retains its shape better. 

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Ship is ready, so started the sea in the bottle. First coat of acrylic paint is now in, and when dry will be covered in acrylic caulking for the sea. The black line is just marker pen on outside of glass used as a guide. Silica gel packets really speed up the drying process by soaking up the moisture in the bottle. 😁 

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The bottle as a really thick base so I will hide this with a rim of wood that will be part of the base. 

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James:

Well I think I'm going to give your sail making technique another try on my next build. I just think that the synthetic stuff I had on hand when I tried it was so thin that it couldn't help but get kinks in it when I folded it up.

Can you tell me what the material is that you are using? Is it a cotton or what?

Thanks Bruce

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21 hours ago, Bruce Foxworthy said:

James:

Well I think I'm going to give your sail making technique another try on my next build. I just think that the synthetic stuff I had on hand when I tried it was so thin that it couldn't help but get kinks in it when I folded it up.

Can you tell me what the material is that you are using? Is it a cotton or what?

Thanks Bruce

Hi Bruce, I think it's cotton, not 100% sure though, it was a very old pillow case. 😁 _20200103_093333.thumb.JPG.40cbd8df5fcd4458c2c982a12cf9794a.JPG

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