Uwe,Your work is good looking and the yards will fit very well.
I have only one small remark about your blocks, and I have the feeling, that you installed the small blocks by accident with the wrong direction.
I am looking usually at this detail, because I made it once on one of my models also completely wrong.
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I think, that the holes for the rope should be were the red dotts are. Blue would be later the rope (sorry, but I am not the specialist for "paint")
Take also a look at the detail from Peterssons book (just used one photo from Book Review)
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Please take a look and check
Good to hear that it is easy to fix....Uwe,
Thank you for the information. I have Peterson’s book and it never occurred to me which direction the blocks hole should face. The build drawings aren’t much help, you need a magnifying glass to see that there is a orientation (upper/lower end) of the hole in the block.
It’s an easy fix at this point in the build.
I'm too late to be of help for your mast taper, but I have improvised a very simple, effective collet for similar use. I made it for turning cribbage pegs, using a drill chuck in the head stock of my lathe. It will work as well in a drill press or a portable drill. The collet is made from a piece of small metal tubing. I used 1/4" OD copper tube which has an ID of about 3/16", exactly what I needed for turning over 100 pegs in walnut & maple. Besides finding tubing with the right ID for your needs, the only critical dimension is the overall length. I found the most convenient length was to have little or no protrusion past the chuck jaws when the tube is fully inserted into the chuck. The other thing to watch is to rotate the tube as you are tightening the chuck so that each of the three jaws are nearly centered on the three cut strips of tube.