Rattlesnake by MS

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I hot-footed it to Hawaii for some business that just couldn't be put off, got my business done and I'm headed back to the mainland tomorrow early. My Rattlesnake build is here in the islands. I only managed to get one thing done before bed and I have not the faintest idea when I'll be back here. The governor has instituted a 2 week quarantine for everyone, residents included, for arrivals starting the day after tomorrow. Airlines have slashed flight schedules. So maybe I'll be back in two weeks....maybe 2 months, who knows. OK enough about the Wuhan virus.

All I did was drill out the holes for the four pin racks I installed contrary to the plans. I still believe that I'll be short belaying points based on three masts and up to three yards (on the main mast) so I'm happy I installed these racks. I will also install some pin racks below the rails on the main deck when I get up to that point. Anyway, one pic with the belaying pins installed.

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Been playing around with putting sails on (1st time scratch) still not sure
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The plans don't show it but that other larger scale Rattlesnake we've been talking about has ropes and pulleys attached to the tiller. They don't connect up to a ships wheel of course but they belay out to cleats so like there doesn't have to be a helmsman constantly holding the tiller. I've been thinking of adding this feature too.
 
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The plans don't show it but that other larger scale Rattlesnake we've been talking about has ropes and pulleys attached to the tiller. They don't connect up to a ships wheel of course but they belay out to cleats so like there doesn't have to be a helmsman constantly holding the tiller. I've been thinking of adding this feature too.
I plan on adding a wheel and tiller assembly to my Rattlesnake. Fantail looks kind of barren so want to add some more details.

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The plans don't show it but that other larger scale Rattlesnake we've been talking about has ropes and pulleys attached to the tiller. They don't connect up to a ships wheel of course but they belay out to cleats so like there doesn't have to be a helmsman constantly holding the tiller. I've been thinking of adding this feature too.
was thinking something like this, also no ships bell?
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Oh OK, that's an Enterprise sheet. Yeah, what about a ship's bell? Usually on top of or close to the binnacle isn't it?
My cross section of Constitution has a bell on the mast. Don't think it will work on Rattlesnakes Mizzen. Maybe on the Main?
 
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It seems like every smaller ship I have looked at has there bell in a belfry on the forcastle
One thought though: Military ships have the bell to signal time and shift changes. Rattlesnake is/was a privateer. Would they have a bell after all?
 
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One thought though: Military ships have the bell to signal time and shift changes. Rattlesnake is/was a privateer. Would they have a bell after all?
starting to think she didnt but who knows I did run across this though
Other uses for bell strikes
  • Ship's bells are also used for safety in foggy conditions,
  • On US naval vessels, bells additionally are rung as "boat gongs" for officers and dignitaries coming aboard or leaving the ship, in a number equivalent to the number of sideboys to which the visitor is entitled.
  • At midnight on New Year's Eve, 16 bells would be struck – eight bells for the old year and eight bells for the new.
  • When a sailor has died he or she can be honoured with the sounding of eight bells; meaning "end of the watch". The term "eight bells" can also be used in an obituary, as a nautical euphemism for finished.
 
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starting to think she didnt but who knows I did run across this though
Other uses for bell strikes
  • Ship's bells are also used for safety in foggy conditions,
  • On US naval vessels, bells additionally are rung as "boat gongs" for officers and dignitaries coming aboard or leaving the ship, in a number equivalent to the number of sideboys to which the visitor is entitled.
  • At midnight on New Year's Eve, 16 bells would be struck – eight bells for the old year and eight bells for the new.
  • When a sailor has died he or she can be honoured with the sounding of eight bells; meaning "end of the watch". The term "eight bells" can also be used in an obituary, as a nautical euphemism for finished.
WTH. If I have the feeling when the time comes I'll add a bell....somewhere. Anyway, Rattlesnake is quarantined for another month.
 
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Well I finally got back to Rattlesnake. I've been stuck on the mainland for past three months, good thing I put her under some plastic sheathing before I last left.

I got right to work on the gangways, but not before completing all the rigging on the cannon that go under the permanent gangs. I will not install the removable gangways.

The scale is such that the only blocks that look right are 2mm tiny little things. I'm using also .2mm tan rope for the haul in tackle so drilling out the block holes (nice job block-hole) is necessary. It's touchy and I had to trash one or two after splitting them while drilling.

The recoil rope I'm using .63mm Passaro rope.

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Permanent gangways. I fleshed out a pattern using paper then transferred that to sheet basswood. Then using the same teak deck planking I planked away including the sides to cover up the basswood.

The front of the gangway is supported by square stock stained with Minwax English Chestnut. The aft portion is supported by an unseen (and uninstalled) iron knee.

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