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Old 10-30-2009, 11:53 AM
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I just put some pictures in the gallery of the latest project I am working on, the Model Shipways Dapper Tom. I really liked the look of this ship (despite the name) when I was looking to get into this hobby a few years ago. Luckily, I decided to start with the Phantom and Sultana kits first, since I really needed Chuck's practicums. This is my first project just going by the plans and instructions, but I am incorporating some of the additions from the first two projects. I am planking the hull above the waterline and inside the bulwarks, and adding copper plates below the waterline. I have just completed the outside of the hull (for now) and starting on the bulwarks and decks. I will add more pictures as I make more progress.

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I added a few more progress pictures to the gallery. The deck is almost done except for the gun port lids and bow spirit bitts. I will be adding the channels and lower deadeyes, then start the bow spirit rigging.

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Great job on a beautiful ship Tom. Fine job on the cannon's - they look really nice on the deck.

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A couple of new pictures in the gallery. I have the masts stepped and the ratlines completed on the lower shrouds, and am finishing up the ratlines on the upper shrouds. I had real trouble with the ratlines, as I could not get the shrouds to not pull in towards each other. When I did concentrate on keeping them straight, the inside shroud was all over the place instead of staying a straight line. I did a few things that helped a lot. First, I practiced on the port shrouds a few times. I cut off the all the ratlines I had done (twice) and redid them, thinking that I would have to replace the shrouds later when I was done anyway, so why not use them for practice. But, I found that I could cut the knots off the shrouds very close to them and I did not have to replace them. Second, I used much thinner thread to make the ratlines. I was using .008" diameter, which was thick enough to pull and push the shrouds around. I found some #15 thread, which is around .003" diameter that I found was better to use and is probably more in scale. It also seemed to hold the knots better than the thicker thread. Third, I used a template behind the shrouds as I was tying them. I could not believe how much this helped keep things in alignment. Without it, I was not seeing the shrouds being pulled together until they were very much out of line. With the template, I could see it as it was happening and correct much sooner. Fourth, I tied and glued every fifth ratline, so that I was working on the whole length of shrouds instead of a small section at a time. I would then go back and fill in one of the middle ratlines between the previous lines, repeating until all the ratlines were tied. Fifth, I found that the order of tightening the knots and gluing them seemed to make a difference. I had the most trouble when I tightened and glued the center knot before the two outside knots, as the glue would stiffen a portion of the ratlines before the outside knots were tight, which would move the shrouds around as I tried to get them straight. I tightened the center knot then the outside knots and glued them all at the same time.

Thanks for reading this long winded description, but it helps me to write this stuff down. I don't remember having this much trouble with my previous model, but that's what happens when you only do this once a year or so. It felt good to be able to work out a solution, though.

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Well, after about 56 weeks, I have finally finished the Dapper Tom model. I put some pictures in the Gallery of the completed model. I really enjoyed building this one, although it was much more work than my previous models. The rigging especially was a bit sporting. I will be building a case for it before starting the next one. Let me know what you think, especially what I can do better next time. Thanks.

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