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Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« on: October 26, 2012, 07:41:40 PM »

Dear Folks,

Well, winter has arrived in the great Pacific Northwest in the US and I have once again opened my indoor shop to continue the build from a kit of the "Ajax".  I am choosing to build a general 1765 version of an English Frigate.  As some of you may recall last winter, I finished building up the hull and am now ready to start Masting and Rigging.  To me, this is when a ship begins to come to life and is a stage of the build that I really enjoy and I think I'm ok at pulling off, as long as these old fingers and eyes can still do it.  So, I'll be posting with pictures as things progress and will be starting with the lower foremast.

Its nice to be back. (Oh, I managed to build a 12ft rowing skiff for a friend and have started the build of a 15ft sailing skiff for my personal use.  Will resume in the spring of next year).

Cheers,

Dennis Lancaster
Bellingham, Wa. USA
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 08:05:06 PM »

Ok, here a hopefully a first picture to show where I am at his point in the build.
Regards,
Dennis
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 10:02:12 PM »

very nice  :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2012, 09:01:06 AM »

Welcome back Dennis, you have been missed. I will follow this keenly. :-)) :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2012, 05:30:09 PM »

Thank you sir.  I can't say this is my favorite time of the year.  I call it the "dark months".  Sure am glad I have rediscovered this hobby and do get a ton of enjoyment out of it.  Installed the crosstrees on the lower foremast and some upper banding, am now working on the "cheeks". (no... its not those kind of cheeks... gotta love those old nautical terms)


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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2012, 12:24:54 AM »

Ok, lower foremast is coming along.  Banding is copper.
Dennis
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 03:07:30 PM »

Status of the lower foremast: Trestletree and bolsters in, Tops in, installed stanchions for the top rail, gunwale, battens, top rim and holes for crows feet.  Mast will be stepped today and begin rigging lower shrouds... the fun begins!
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2012, 03:09:58 PM »

nuther pic....
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2012, 03:36:40 PM »

Beautiful work.. :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2012, 09:06:02 PM »

Lower Foremast is now stepped.  Have started sizing or "whipping" the first set of lower shrouds.. this is done on section that goes over the hounds.  I may or may not do the ends that go around the deadeyes.  Lots of effort that might not be seen..... errrr whot?  There are details on this model that nobody will see.. that only I will know about.... isn't that what all the fun is about!
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2012, 09:06:38 PM »

Sizing shroud.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2012, 10:03:07 PM »

Ok folks, we are on a roll.  Just had to show the method I use to install deadeye lanyard.  I made a spacer to achieve the correct distance.  It appears sizing on the shroud at the deadeye was not used on this period vessel, so I will leave that off and only size as required to secure.  Two shrouds per side, started on the starboard side and then alternating, moving aft till done.  What fun!
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2012, 07:53:47 AM »

Great fun at the beginning, but by the time you reach the top shrouds on the rear mast.......it is beginning to really test your patience!!!
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2012, 05:33:30 PM »

Yea, it does not seem to matter which direction you start the rigging.  I have always done it bow to stern and as things begin to close in, I had to make rigging tools that reach in where these fat fingers cannot get..oh the joy of it all.
Dennis :-)
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2012, 05:34:11 PM »

deadeyes forever....
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2012, 06:18:59 PM »

A beautiful job.


Quick tip.......For any rigging, run your cord through a block of bees wax. It flattens the fluff.... :-)) :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2012, 06:56:19 PM »

thank you sir!  Always do run line through wax block... coordage in kit is a bit rough.  Its the cat hair that I am bothered with.


Cheers! ;)
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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2012, 07:30:54 PM »

really coming tho  :-))
cat hairs lol tell me about it they everywhere  :o
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2012, 11:39:55 PM »

Ratline time, up the mast we go, one clove hitch after another... catching an occasional cat hair or two! :o
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2012, 02:51:40 AM »

Starboard ratlines are in and the jib boom installed.
A side note: I broke my left artificial knee and will be going in for surgery around the end of next week to have the joint replaced.  I'll be down for a few weeks before I can do model work...maybe sooner.  But, I will be back.. can't keep an old guy down.
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2012, 07:24:36 AM »

Dennis,


Wonderful work. I do hope all goes well next week. Let us know when you get back home at least... :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2012, 06:55:55 PM »

Lower forestay is in served with thimble and open/closed heart lashed.  Plans call for a double lower forestay.. it was done either single or double.. I'll have to think about that.
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2012, 06:57:48 PM »

Black makes it difficult to show detail in pictures.  Forestay is served and moused.
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2012, 09:00:09 PM »

hope all goes well with the op and your back posting about this cracking build soon  :-))
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Re: Building a static 1765 English Frigate
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2012, 09:43:09 PM »

Black makes it difficult to show detail in pictures.  Forestay is served and moused.
D.
Try adding some extra light fairly close to the subject (not a flash) - a desk lamp or similar is fine. This will create some bright parts and some shadowing and improve detail quite a bit.
 
Don't understand being "served and moused" - sounds uncomfortable (grin)
 
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