Constellation, the sloop of war c.1856 in 1:36 scale for R/C sailing

JerryTodd

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Got three new trucks today!

The truck's a ballish thing at the mast head with sheaves for flag halyards in it, not what my uzzy friends call a "ute."

These were made from slices of a mahogany dowel, and I only made holes for one flag halyard in each.

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That done, I finnished installing the hooks on the halyards and clews of the mizzen t'gallant and royal that make those sails easy to strike or set.
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Cleaned off a lot of shop dust from over the winter with a brush and the vacuum. Set sails and fixed a couple of things. I have a blocked fairlead and put some acetone in it to try and clear it, but no luck as yet.
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"Foot rods" in the courses that act as yards at the bottom of the sail.
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Gun circles and spar deck outdoors
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I've been trying to figure out controlling the tacks of the courses. I ran a line from the tack of the main course to it's block on deck, back to the main brace block and up to the main yard. In theory when the yard is braced, it pulls the line pulling the tack of the sail as well - it's just a simple loop - but it's not working and I'm still trying to figure out why which is ticking me off because it would look like the main brace and operate the tack all at once. If it will work, I won't need rods in the bottoms of the courses either.
 

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May 18th the models went to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Model Boat Expo.
I rented a UHaul trailer to transport them with the lest amount of break-down required.
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First and last time I did this event in 2014, we got LOTS of visitors, but this year we didn't get many at all, despite it being a beautiful day.
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Access to the creek was by three ramps all between to piers full of boats. The wind was blowing straight back on shore, making getting out difficult. In the afternoon it lightened and became variable, so I chanced putting Constellation in. I brought a camer and tripod to get pics and video, but my camera kept telling me the batteries were dead even after putting 4 sets of new batteries in, so this is all I managed.
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It was difficult getting her out in the open, and even more difficult getting her back with the wind blowing off the docked boats and going every-which-way.
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Sunday was spent at Baltimore's Port Expo for National Maritime Day at the N.S.Savannah dock.
Again, hardly any visitors and the wind was blowing all day, funneled between the Savannah and the Liberty ship John Brown.
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Some folks took pictures and said they'd send them to me, but none have come in yet.
 
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