Santa Ana 1784 AL by PaulV

paulv1958

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Long time between updates. Hot Aussie summer, & work gets in the way.
Lower masts now complete. No rigging added yet.

Mid & top masts underway.

Once again AL make the building a lot more difficult than it is. They mix Main & Foremast ( called smaller main by them) parts & numbering. Luckily the 1:1 mast portions are accurate. ( But labeled Main & small Main). At least doing one makes the others easy to follow as they downscaled versions. ( Of good note wood quality is excellent.). The masts are not glued in full position in the hull yet
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Great work,I have this kit and I am surprised we don't see more builds as it is a really nice product.I personally think she makes a nicer model than their Victory.

Kind Regards

Nigel
 

paulv1958

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slowly but surely.
Masts now mostly complete
Lower shrouds commenced. Look like AL did not supply enough 5mm deadeyes. More on order.
Shaping the lower masts. Tapered on proxxon db250 & hand squared with rasp. ( To lazy to use mill, and prefer hand tools for quick jobs.)
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Upper masts in various stages or assembly
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lower shrouds started for fore mast
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and nearly completed
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doing the old way with no template & hemostats.
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I'll be back when the lower shrouds are done.
 

paulv1958

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Another quick update:
After 4 weeks, the lower shrouds are now installed and work had commenced on Level 2 foundations
The mid mast portions are completed and have been added to the lower.
The mid lower dead eyes are being rigged at present ( 4 down 36 to go). ( The another 44 mid shrouds to be added.)
I suspect another month to complete that. With the cooler months arriving, rigging is now a relaxing pastime.
The riggers table is set
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Tying the smaller dead eyes ( 4 down 40 to go)
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Mid mast rigging completed & Stays added

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Mid deadeye strop supports added
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On to stage 2
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See you in a few weeks with the next stage.
 

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Really nice progress, Paul! ...and a nice stash of coffee, this will surely keep you productive for a while... :p
 

paulv1958

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Jeeez you lot are busy, I'm back on page 7 of the active forum. ( 2 months since the last post)

I will update with photos, but as its just a rinse & repeat of the shrouds upwards.I wll only show the final work
All the masts are now done to the top. Final mast bock rigging has commenced.

The kit suggests completing the ratlines & stays at this point, but I i will go on to the ships boats ( 6 of them) first to clear my head and second to complete the last of the planking.

Then I will do the Yards & sail work,and add any decorative rope coils before its gets to messy.
Then but not least, Bowsprit & gun port lids etc.
That will leave me the final standing & running rigging to do and the prettying up . I think a least another 12 /18 months or more.

Unless of course the Alert becomes available. .... That will blow a hole in the timing and my status with the Admiralty.

2 years down nearly and 1.5 to go ?? Not bad for a $800 AL kit.

See you soon
 

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Hello Paul, happy to see you again with the progress of your Santa Ana, your rigging looks beautiful
Greetings
willy (dj56)
 
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