French cutter Le Cerf from Ancre drawings, scale 1/48

Moxis

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Thanks Jim, stoney71 and Janet for your encouraging words, and all "likes" as well.

Janet, I was afraid to start carving too, but then I realized that it is not so difficult at all. So please go for it! You'll love it. You only need very small burrs and high rpm.
 

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The last update of this log I was thinking to issue about sails. There are many materials and ways to make sails for model ships. After thinking which material would suit me best, I decided to use old, worn cotton bed sheet ready to be thrown away. This is soft, you can almost see through it, and no more used for it's original purpose. And there is lot of it (if the Admiral has not yet thrown it away).
Sails of old ships were seldom white, so I prepared a liquid by adding acrylic colours of brown, green, yellow and black to water, to get a mud colored liquid. I added there also a bit of white PVA glue to get certain stiffness to the fabric.
When fully colored the fabric was spread on old newspapers to dry, and after dried completely the sails were cut with scissors according to sail plan. After that I drew the seam lines with a pencil, and then they were sewn with a sewing machine using the shortest stich.
The last procedure was to spray a haze of matte black paint into the edges of the sails, and finally they were ready to be rigged.
For some of the sails reef lines were glued according to sail plan, and rigging could be started.

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So that was it for this log guys. I hope you liked it, and got at least one or two hints for your modelling. At least for me the building of the model and also writing this log was a great pleasure, and I really like this forum because here people are friendly and active and give feedback to your writings, which is not the case at some other forums.

It might be that I will be encouraged enough to continue and issue build log for my present project, we will see....
 

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Hello Moxis,
The explanation on how you've made the sails is quite detailed. In regards to the actual sewing of the sails, did you do it yourself or did you have help from your Admiral? If she did help, she should become your official, "Sail Seamstress". I also love the way you have added the reef lines and the extra strengthening lining at the corners of your sails. Well done Brother.
Raymond
 

Moxis

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Thanks Raymond. I have to confess that the Admiral made the sewing. So now I have to tell her the new nomination. I am a bit jealous of that...
 

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Hello Moxis
Just found your great log build on the Le Cerf. You sure have done a great job of building her, I just love all of that detail that you have added and also Give your Admiral a Well Done on that great job she has done on your set of sails, ENJOY.
Regards Lawrence
 
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