Mayflower Build (1st time wooden model builder)

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May I suggest that masts are fixed and maybe wedged into appropriate position.Delay tying until most ,if not all rigging at any one stage, is ready. Maintain tension with pegs or heavier spring clamps, and fix knots with something reversible such as nail varnish/acetone or nitrocellulose/thinners or even dilute PVA glue/alcohol. Natural strings have a degree of elasticity and retightening is often necessary-overtightening must be avoided and certainly not used to alter mast or yard misalignment. Cut the surplus ropes as late as possible. Your idea about a marker to colour is good, I am running low on black thread.
Remember to remove watch and bracelets and roll up sleeves!!!
Thanks for the advice. Learning as I go. Hadn't thought about using clear nail polish to fix knots.
 
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8/31/2020

Late morning

De-rigging of foremast completed successfully. Snapped foremast off at deck level and drilled a 1.5 mm hole in the base of mast & in the deck to accept a small dowel (pretty nice what a cocktail toothpick can be used for). Foremast remounted and aligned with main mast.

De-rigging of mizzen mast also completed successfully. Mizzen realigned properly.

Will continue re-rigging later today. DSCN6892.JPGDSCN6893.JPGDSCN6894.JPGDSCN6895.JPGDSCN6897.JPGDSCN6898.JPG

Have to remember to be more like the tortoise and less like the hare. No need to have a deadline to finish. When it is done, and done right, it will be finished.

Enough with waxing philosophical. Time to get back to ‘tarring’ more line.
 
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Aso, if you don't might, I would suggest tapering the spars\masts close to their ends. Not just their ends. the taper must be a smooth transition: from the middle of the must\spar to their ends. :)
Thanks Jim; appreciate the advice. Managed to get a couple of the yards tapered fairly well. Broke one of the top yards along the way and had to start from a piece of small diameter dowel to make a replacement. Will do the tapering better on the next build.
 
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8/31/2020

Late afternoon & calling it quits for the day.

Foremast and mizzen corrected; all but a couple of lines of standing rigging complete (time to ‘tar’ some more line; next time I'll find a source of black ). Will start working on the shrouds and ratlines tomorrow.

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9/6/2020

Shrouds and ratlines done; all fixed rigging done. This coming week I’ll work on the running rigging. Last sheet of plans; end of the project in sight.

Had a minor scare earlier today. I attached the anchors to some cord and, using a clamp, had hung them up for the glue on the knots to dry. About an hour later I looked up where the anchors were hanging and one was missing. After searching the work table, floor area and even the waste paper basket (which is on the other side of the work table from where the anchors were) I had about given up and was planning a trip to my local modeling shop to see if I could get a replacement. As I was putting the ship back onto the work table from where I had put it during the search I looked down at the mizzen top – there was the anchor neat as could be. I apparently hit the clamp at some point while threading rigging and that was enough for the cord to slip out of the clamp’s jaws. Anchors are secured safe awaiting installation later this week.DSCN6924.JPGDSCN6925.JPG
 
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9/6/2020

Shrouds and ratlines done; all fixed rigging done. This coming week I’ll work on the running rigging. Last sheet of plans; end of the project in sight.

Had a minor scare earlier today. I attached the anchors to some cord and, using a clamp, had hung them up for the glue on the knots to dry. About an hour later I looked up where the anchors were hanging and one was missing. After searching the work table, floor area and even the waste paper basket (which is on the other side of the work table from where the anchors were) I had about given up and was planning a trip to my local modeling shop to see if I could get a replacement. As I was putting the ship back onto the work table from where I had put it during the search I looked down at the mizzen top – there was the anchor neat as could be. I apparently hit the clamp at some point while threading rigging and that was enough for the cord to slip out of the clamp’s jaws. Anchors are secured safe awaiting installation later this week.View attachment 177350View attachment 177351
What a lucky man to have a local modelling store!
 
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What a lucky man to have a local modelling store!
You'd think there'd be more than the two I've found so far in/near Stuttgart. One is about 20 km away and deals in plastic models; not really large but has a nice selection of models, tools and paint. The other is near the city center and deals mostly in RC planes, cars & ships. They have a few wooden ship kits (it's where I bought this one), some tools, paint, wood and assorted parts. Most of my tools I've picked up at the local home center or a local electronics store (which has a good assortment of tools of all sorts as well as paints for the RC models it also sells). I also look at the various craft stores that are around; never know what will be in one of them that will be useful.

I'm starting to search the on-line sites for kits.
 
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9/7/2020

Didn’t need a week; finished the remaining rigging today. (I forgot it was a US holiday - Labor Day – which meant, for me, no need to go into the office.) Took my time, took a break in early afternoon and took a walk, all finished by early evening.

It’s been fun & I’ve learned plenty. Now need to ponder a bit and think about what my next project will be.DSCN6927.JPGDSCN6928.JPGDSCN6929.JPG
 
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Next build is the Amati Chinese Pirate Junk (started the log yesterday). Into the world of planking - hull and decking; plus adding sails.
 
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