Bluenose - Robertd [COMPLETED BUILD]

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YQ kit may not include this but there was and should be a rod below the bottom ratline and just above the deadeyes which holds them in a straight line and parallel to the sheer or upper railing. You can see thin on the Stbd side of the main mast in Saga page 29 and several views on page 35.
That will help getting those in place if you want to glue and tie them in now. Just a thought. Rich (PT-2)
Thanks Rich , found it and have so far adjusted the shrouds and blackened the top dead eyes
 
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Working on the standing rigging , just a couple of hours a day , I have used the YQ supplied black rope for the shrouds etc and beeswaxed them b4 rigging also on the supports for the main boom , but had to use 1/16 inch drill bit to create access and get the rope through the block
 

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Working on the standing rigging , just a couple of hours a day , I have used the YQ supplied black rope for the shrouds etc and beeswaxed them b4 rigging also on the supports for the main boom , but had to use 1/16 inch drill bit to create access and get the rope through the block
You are progressing well. One thought as you rig is to think in the scale of the schooner and the size of the lines that your are adding for a good scale presentation and not following the size of the lines provided in the kit. for example how large in scale is a line requiring a 1/16 inch bit for the block? Some of those lines to my eye are too large in the diameter for what was on the schooner back then as the standing rigging was metal cables, served and wrapped to be sure, but possibly not as large as the kit provides. Use your own eye and judgement as to what looks best for what you want to present. As Dean and Peter follow their own Artistic License and make adjustments as they feel are needed. However, it is your build and your own judgements as your progress. You have a lot of very well done work on and in the hull so far. Rich (PT-2)
 
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You are progressing well. One thought as you rig is to think in the scale of the schooner and the size of the lines that your are adding for a good scale presentation and not following the size of the lines provided in the kit. for example how large in scale is a line requiring a 1/16 inch bit for the block? Some of those lines to my eye are too large in the diameter for what was on the schooner back then as the standing rigging was metal cables, served and wrapped to be sure, but possibly not as large as the kit provides. Use your own eye and judgement as to what looks best for what you want to present. As Dean and Peter follow their own Artistic License and make adjustments as they feel are needed. However, it is your build and your own judgements as your progress. You have a lot of very well done work on and in the hull so far. Rich (PT-2)
Thanks for your positive remarks Rich , that 1/16 was the only one , the rest of the gear my own choice , the running gear for instance
 
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Thanks for your positive remarks Rich , that 1/16 was the only one , the rest of the gear my own choice , the running gear for instance
I went into my American Fishing Schooners to find sizes of standing and running rigging. Those were given in circumference so I made a few calculations for diameter in the Thebaud schooner running rigging as noted. The only ones for standing stays/shrouds were from an earlier schoon with wire cables which I think would be similar to BN and Thebaud.
First the Thebaud running with my annotationsThebaud Running Rigging 1.jpgThebaud Running Rigging 2.jpg
and now the earlier standing wire rigging without conversion notesGrampus Standing Rigging.jpgGrampus Standing Rigging.jpg

It is easy to see that at scale, these diameters of line are not much more than single threads if we want to maintain scale which would likely default to a visual preference. I will drop these into the old stuff references thread for our group. Rich (PT-2)
 
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Slowly but slowly the Bluenose build is taking shape , painstaking work as far as the rigging is concerned , the running rigging is my choice of thread
Your rigging is looking very nice and taught. There are a lot of lines with everything that is present with the gaffs, top sails, down hauls, and dory hoists. It looks like you are setting the pace as the group builds progress and have an excellent example to present. Well done! Rich (PT-2)
 
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Your rigging is looking very nice and taught. There are a lot of lines with everything that is present with the gaffs, top sails, down hauls, and dory hoists. It looks like you are setting the pace as the group builds progress and have an excellent example to present. Well done! Rich (PT-2)
Thanks Rich, Yes true there are a lot of lines ! And working with my elephant paws LOL is not always easy , I just hold my breath so now and then in concentration.
 
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Greatly beautiful Robert, a beauty

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Thanks Henk , it gave me immense pleasure building this mighty schooner , it is not 100 % , but who cares ! Anyway if I have to build it again , properly a slightly different approach , however any faults are well hidden LOL , and at the end it is the builder who should be pleased with the result , it is not a competition by any means who’s BN is the best , but an inspiration to see the work of others .
 
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What a wonderful setting to be building and rigging your schooner above a bay with real sloops, maybe yawls and ketches to keep you in the nautical mindset. Looking very nice as you progress. Rich (PT-2)
It is a wonderful setting and great yacht clubs nearby the RPAYC ( I am a member) with famous members like James Spithill skipper of the America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA and others like Colin Beashel who was crew on Australia 2 when winning the A Cup in 1983 , so yes it is a great setting on the northern beaches of Sydney , this view towards the northern beaches peninsula with hundreds if not more yachts anchored , this setting also used for twilight races
 

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It is a wonderful setting and great yacht clubs nearby the RPAYC ( I am a member) with famous members like James Spithill skipper of the America’s Cup winner Oracle Team USA and others like Colin Beashel who was crew on Australia 2 when winning the A Cup in 1983 , so yes it is a great setting on the northern beaches of Sydney , this view towards the northern beaches peninsula with hundreds if not more yachts anchored , this setting also used for twilight races
I used to watch the Americas cup every event when it was in mono-hulls then began to skip some with the entry of cats. Now that it is hydroplaning machines which can only compete in very selective conditions and waters, like the old fragile J boats of long ago, I am only looking for a disaster happening with these dragsters which have little resemblance to ocean voyaging craft for my preferences. I wonder what the future evolutions will be???? Rich
 
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I used to watch the Americas cup every event when it was in mono-hulls then began to skip some with the entry of cats. Now that it is hydroplaning machines which can only compete in very selective conditions and waters, like the old fragile J boats of long ago, I am only looking for a disaster happening with these dragsters which have little resemblance to ocean voyaging craft for my preferences. I wonder what the future evolutions will be???? Rich
I am with you Rich , J class was worth watching , actually I have a half hull model of Endeavour on the wall , not built by me but by Scott Chambers , look him up a real craftsman .
 

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Aaaahhh Robert! When you say that the BN build has given and is giving you immense satisfaction, that makes me really happy and makes all the hours of grafting that went into the project, worthwhile. Thank you for that!

Each time you place a photograph of your spectacular backdrop, two things happen. I envy you and urge you to please be careful when you place the model on the balustrade! ROTF Please make sure it is a windstill day.

As to the America's Cup - I actually followed that this year. I appreciate the formula for what it is, but much prefer the Volvo Ocean or Ocean Race (as the next edition will be called). I sat nailed to my mobile phone (that was the only way that I could follow it) during the last edition when Chinese entrant Dongfeng (meaning East Wind), won the event in the very last stage - a most exciting ending to an epic event!
 
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Aaaahhh Robert! When you say that the BN build has given and is giving you immense satisfaction, that makes me really happy and makes all the hours of grafting that went into the project, worthwhile. Thank you for that!

Each time you place a photograph of your spectacular backdrop, two things happen. I envy you and urge you to please be careful when you place the model on the balustrade! ROTF Please make sure it is a windstill day.

As to the America's Cup - I actually followed that this year. I appreciate the formula for what it is, but much prefer the Volvo Ocean or Ocean Race (as the next edition will be called). I sat nailed to my mobile phone (that was the only way that I could follow it) during the last edition when Chinese entrant Dongfeng (meaning East Wind), won the event in the very last stage - a most exciting ending to an epic event!
Looks like the next ocean race is calling Shenzhen , you might be able to see the yachts first hand , in 2006 I had the opportunity to view them when calling Melbourne en route , the spectacular backdrop , yes I agree it is really fantastic , we had a Hunter38 and really had a great time exploring this part.
dropping the BN would be a national disaster after all the hours spent getting her into shape.
 
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I ordered a display case , just 2 days ago and this will the home for my Bluenose , the front plexiglass not fitted as I am still fitting her out so at this stage needs to be accessible , I will order an engraved brass plate with the schooner’s name , just didn’t like the YQ one and so more sophisticated , yes there are lots of personal touches and yes it can be quite an expensive hobby , tools you name it , I have scratch built a couple of RC models in the past , did I get pleasure out of it , of course otherwise I wouldn’t have done it , the display case as shown costs more than the kit , and that says it all.

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