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#21 Posted : 22 October 2013 15:57:54

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A really stunning build and loads of great detail. Keep up the great work.

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#22 Posted : 22 October 2013 21:40:49

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John

What a stunning build.

Your paintwork is excellent.

Thanks for sharing and best wishes for the rest of your build.

Kind regards

Tony
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#23 Posted : 02 November 2013 23:24:53

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Here's an updated pic with the masts installed. (Just crappy cell phone pics). They are just about perfectly straight. It was a lot to get them that way, but if you don't start out good, it won't end up good. Since this pic I installed the blocks on the fore topmast and permanently installed that. I'll post some more pictures once I get the shrouds rolling.

The "reversed" backstays you see in the picture are actually steel 3/64" aircraft cables that I used as power lines for the LED's in the lanterns. Then the LED and power wiring were soldered directly to them. After which I painted flat black. They look exactly like ropes.

BTW, I ran 6-32 hardened all thread rods through the bottom of the hull and drilled out the mounting posts so they can slip over the rods. The front post is now used for +12 volts and the back post is ground. Inside the hull are individual resistors mounted on a hand made P C Board for running power to each individual LED. There are 15 LED's in all they each have built in flickering circuitry so they flicker independently. Very realistic looking in a darkened room. No visible wiring and the threaded rod makes the mounting of the ship to the base incredibly strong and secure. No worries about that breaking loose. The threaded rods are actually wood glued into the drilled holes. The bottom nuts are just there so I don't lose them. The tricky part was drilling the 1/8" holes in the 6mm wood keel. There's only a 1/32" of an inch left on either side. No room for error there.

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#24 Posted : 02 November 2013 23:53:32

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Beautiful work John. Absolutely stunning Drool

Spence
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#25 Posted : 02 November 2013 23:53:55

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Quality work there John, very well done she really is looking fab....Drool Drool

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Alan
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#26 Posted : 09 November 2013 21:05:10

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Just a little bit of an update. Got these finished today. They are modeled after the movie version (of course).




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#27 Posted : 09 November 2013 22:51:00

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Loving this build, it does look fantastic.
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#28 Posted : 09 November 2013 22:52:03

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BigGrin Top work there sirCool
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#29 Posted : 27 November 2013 03:05:04

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Just a small update on the shrouds, etc. I just have to finish lashing the stiffeners in the other 5 locations. Making your own rope is definitely the ticket.







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#30 Posted : 27 November 2013 07:41:43

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Looks absolutely bang on, good job Cool

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#31 Posted : 27 November 2013 08:44:49

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Hello Johncal,
Excellent work keep sending in pictures love the detail great job.
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#32 Posted : 27 November 2013 12:07:02

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Excellent build as usual Johncal, attention to detail is great, you must have watched he film 20 times now LOL .
Keep up the great work.

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#33 Posted : 27 November 2013 14:29:40

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#34 Posted : 27 November 2013 18:20:45

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I use an outdoor polyester thread which has a sheen to it. Other that winding it on the rope walk there is nothing else that needs to be done. It is a bit touchy to work with because its slippery, but theres no fuzz so no waxing necessary. Its just that every knot MUST have a drop of C A glue or it will unknot.

Onthe plus side it is instantly ready to use once wound and it is virtually unbreakabke. It is massively strong. I touch up all the glued knots with flat black paint to give it that tarred look.
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#35 Posted : 27 November 2013 18:26:09

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petpole wrote:
Excellent build as usual Johncal, attention to detail is great, you must have watched he film 20 times now LOL .
Keep up the great work.

Peter.



I would say thats actually about right. Also tons of internet photos and tons of research books.
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#36 Posted : 27 November 2013 19:22:21

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Nice work John Cool
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#37 Posted : 17 January 2014 00:42:22

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Time for a little bit of an update. I've got just about all of the lower standing rigging complete. All shrouds, ratlines, stays. backstays and some of the bowsprit, etc. I will be finishing the futtock shrouds as soon as I get the hooks in that I ordered all of the futtock staves are already in there just waiting.... Next up will be all of the topmast standing rigging. just carefully working my way up. So far everything is aligned about as perfectly as possible. It's actually a lot of fun to do since you get to learn and do exactly what was done on a Tall Ship!

Sorry for the crappy phone pics.














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#39 Posted : 17 January 2014 23:49:12

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stevie_o wrote:
Looks absolutely perfect, I love the droop in the ratlines too, very realistic.
Steve


That's the advantage to winding your own rope, especially if you use the right kind of thread. It responds much more naturally and realistically!

Thanks so much for your kind words.
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#40 Posted : 17 January 2014 23:52:32

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Beautiful work and have to say am very impressed with the rope work... Will be giving that some thought for my builds.... Love Love all credit to you...

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