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NOTE: Santisima Trinidad Build Log Changes

All of the Santisima Trinidad's Fore and Main Yard Lift Halyards have been completely redone as an effort for best practices with Rigging methods.

Please refer to these pages Page 21 and Page 22 in my build log

Several inconsistences with drawings, Plates, Deck Blocks, and Eyebolts lended a lot of debate over the course of time of which I did not know how to resolve. Taking from a lot of research and resources, I have made my final change to the Yard Lift Halyards.

I apologize and regret this if you have followed some of this rigging pattern. However, it is not that much work to make these changes. It took about 2 to 3 hours to move the Halyards from the Bitts Belaying Pin Rack to the proper Pulleys near the Mast Bases.


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Higaki Kaisen Japanese Edo Period Coastal Transport by Clare Hess
Higaki Kaisen Japanese Edo Period Coastal Transport by Clare Hess
18th Century English Longboat
18th Century English Longboat by Clare Hess
Le Soleil Royal
Le Soleil Royal by Gary Maple
Victoria Class Battleship
The HMS Victoria (1887) by Gordon Brownell
Scratch Built at 1:192 Scale
USS Iowa
USS Iowa by Gordon Brownell
This Iowa was launched in 1897 and was scratch built at 1:192 scale
About This Site
Me I created this website in hopes that it would be an asset to other modelers like myself.

When I started building my first wooden ship back many years ago, I did not have the guidance, nor anyone to turn for help. The model was going to take a lot of patience and time to complete. Back then, I was anxious to get it built not knowing that building ships can be a process of time, dedication, patience, endurance.

Building ship models, especially the wooden kind, is an art, and requires learning a new talent and even a new language of the ships parts and components. The manuals, instruction, and plans are all written expecting the ship modeler to already have some foundation knowledge of nautical terms.

Again, be patient and willing to stay with your ship and complete it. The next one you build will bring even more satisfaction. Yes, there will be mistakes and problems along the way, but this is all part of being an artisan.

I put this site together for you, the new Ship Modeler to learn. This site will grow and develop as I add new content.

By the way, I want to hear from you. Send me your photos of your ships so that I can post them on the new Contributors Gallery.


Donnie Driskell

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