Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:03 am

Zoly,
I would buy his deluxe planetary ropewalk if I had my time over again. Its a third the price of the Byrnes ropewalk and much easier to use. A mate of mine has the Byrnes ropewalk and regrets buying it.

I think my basic ropewalk is discontinued now, but you can email Alexey and ask him.

And for you question of what material Alexey uses for his ropes, its Gutterman polyester thread I believe.
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by zoly99sask » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:11 am

Is that Gunther thread are fine for the ropes ?

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Post by neptune » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:16 am

Thanks for the info Brian.

best regards John.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:24 am

Zoly,
you can use linen thread or polyester. They both have their pluses and minuses. Alexey Domanoff uses polyester as do most of the Russian ship modellers. But it unravels when you cut it so you need to dab the end with super glue. The advantage of polyester is theres no fuzz on the rope and it has a slight sheen and looks like its been waxed.

The linen thread sold has some fuzz on the rope and you need to remove it. Also I have found the colours are limited compared to polyester if you are sourcing it yourself. Otherwise you need to dye it.
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Post by janos » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:13 am

Another aspect to thread making. Polyesther material is fine and has its advantages / disadvantages - as everything. For my liking it is a bit too stiff. It is also a bit flexible. After my misfortune with my self-built ropewalk (see in another thread) I also bought the Prosak from Domanoff although I did not use it yet as I did not need any rope for SoS at this stage. My intention is to use it with my bobbin, swivel and counterweight.
Brian if you would need longer than 2-3 m ropes the device can obviously be installed in a stairway if you live in a multi-level house. But the shorter length is usually enough for our purposes.
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:46 pm

Been working away on the main mast rigging the last few days and got the large tackle block assembly together.

Heres a few photos of the latest progress up to now.

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Post by neptune » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:18 pm

Just beautiful Brian, that is some tackle block, the details in these kits are amazing, I'm really enjoying mine,

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Post by Brian077 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:54 pm

thanks guys.
Basically building it straight from the box apart from my own boxwood planking material and ropes.
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Aussie048 » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:20 pm

Well Brian

I hope I get an invite to check out the build personally again

I have seen Brian's build many times now.

It is a great build of a superb kit.

Excellent work Brian
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by janos » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:51 pm

Looks great, Brian!
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