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  1. Dam Dam! Plan "A" didn't go to as planned! Just have to sort out a few threads, and figure out Plan "B"!! Cheers, Mick Just a quick update, I've almost sorted them all out, and at least no damage was done, inserting or un-inserting!! Mick
  2. Thank you Onni, She is only 75ft? long, and had quite tall masts, being a barque, they could be. Cheers Mick
  3. She's Launched!!!! It's been a while since I've been here, but slowly bits have come together. There is a photo of the ship, rigged, (almost), sitting on the table, one of my launching tool,(launch ramp??),which is modelled after the Amarti tool I used for Hannah, and one of her in the bottle, with the air pump going to get rid of any fumes from the glue. I have the mast handling tool sorted out, it seems to work on the dummy runs, and a few suitable Swann Morton blades in the post, due very soon, which clip onto an extended handle. Now I just have to rig her! Cheers
  4. Hi All. Things are happening, progress is being made. The masts are sitting where they live, just have to now start attaching the sheets etc to the sails, and arrange them so that they can run out of the neck and stay untangled! Also photos of the quarter deck with the ships wheel, which I've made 5 or 6 of, and a hatch, one of the main deck with cannons all loaded, the ships boat actually lives between the cannons, and a shot of the anchors, which also took more than one attempt to make! So there is more to be done, just have to figure out how! Cheers, Mick
  5. Looking good! Are you going to cut the hull horizontally, or vertically? Cheers Mick
  6. Well done, Rob! That's an interesting bottle you have. It seems to have a very thick base, or is that just the way the photos show it? Cheers Mick
  7. Hi All. I hope everyone is well, and getting over this Covid thing. I've been playing with the ratlines. With no success! I tried several jigs, copied or adapted from others on this forum, but I couldn't get the ratlines to cut flat with the shrouds, using nail trimmers, knives ....., and they looked terrible. So I have decided to go without them. Sometimes, less is more! I've also changed my gluing technique. I use thin CA to initially fix things in place, a bit like tack welding, then use ZAP thick CA to hold it all permanently in place. The thick might take a whi
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    Hi All, I'll be needing some pad-eyes for my Endeavour. Pad-Eyes on a full size boat are small(ish) loop of steel, often mounted on the deck, and strengthened under the deck with a pad of steel or wood. to give it strength. Hence the name. I made them using a standard mast loop, then twisted the two ends together, taped them separately to the mat with tape, and applied CA glue to the twisted section, and left them to dry. After it is dry, the twisted tail it cut about 5 or 6mm long. Photos will explain the system much better! The first photo is the clamp I use, w
  9. Hi Lubber, The detail on your ship is incredible, I love it! And, at the end of the day, it's your ship, and if it differs from the original, just say that it went in for a re-fit when you became Captain! Cheers Mick
  10. Hi All. A bit more progress! The Main and Mizzen are now on deck, at the moment just sitting there. I think I'll do the lower shrouds at a later date, mainly so they don't get damaged, and more importantly, they don't get tangled! I've put the sheets on the gaff sail, and they are becoming a nightmare, so those bits and pieces of thread which will end up hanging out of the bottle come launching time will be sorted out later. Still a bit more to do! Cheers, and stay safe. Mick
  11. Hi All, I've not done a lot of SIB'ing, but I thought that waxed thread and glue, CA or otherwise, would be incompatible. At the moment I'm using un-waxed Uni thread, (fly tying thread), but as Jeff commented, waxed thread would run through holes and blocks easier. So can waxed thread be glued successfully? Thanks Mick.
  12. That's awesome! By the way, what is Kraken? Cheers Mick
  13. Hi All, I'm down-under, and it's happening here as well. There seem to be "pockets" of contagion around Sydney, and most of them seem to have been instigated by people that had traveled into Aust from overseas. Now, like everywhere, there are travel bans in place, much tighter screening at airports, no large gatherings of people, most of our major sporting events either behind closed doors, or cancelled for the foreseeable future. The 3 deaths, so far, have been the elderly, living in nursing homes. My particular "self-isolation" is because I don't have much of a socia
  14. Hi All. I've done the hand-rails,(Gunnels?, Capping rails?, Bannisters?, Not sure of the correct terminology.) Made from polyester thread, wiped with super-glue (CA), then wiped with a rag. Makes the thread quite rigid. Then glued with CA. The canons aren't loaded yet, but they are made from styrene. Cheers Mick
  15. Thanks James, The deck is planked with Light Ash veneer, left over from another project, with a couple of coats of clear, satin stain. The hull is planked with paper, given a mottley stain, and glued on with PVA. And the bulwarks are styrene. It only took 5 or 6 attempt to get them to fit, what with the sheer-line and the chain plates, (chains, channels??). Cheers Mick
  16. Hi, That's looking really good. Cheers, Mick
  17. Hi All. Above the water-line is planked, the bulwarks are on, I wanted to plank below the water line, but it wouldn't happen! So it's painted, with "white stuff". The gunwales (capping rails?)are next, followed by the transom, and then the deck furniture, cannons, wheel, capstan, jolly-boat,anchors,other stuff. And masts etc. The list goes on and on.... Cheers Mick
  18. Hi Bruce, It's looking good! Have you also thought of using thick copper wire, or thin copper or brass rod for the oars? It's a bit more malleable than steel. Just a thought. Cheers. Mick
  19. Hi all. Deck planking is done! More to come. Cheers Mick
  20. This should be fun!! Personally, I have my limits! But I'll keep watching. Mick
  21. Thanks tazam, It was the only way I could figure out how to make them robust, and also follow the sheer- line of the ship! Mick
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