Constructo 1799 Enterprise help

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About 5 years ago I went on a hunt to find as many pictures of rigging as I could find I stuffed them in separate files based on what the rigging was I got mast section, cannons, sail rigging and such. I can always go look at that stuff for reference. I collected from actual ships and Models that were build as a piece of artwork as most times if a builder is gonna put in a lot of time to make a beautiful model he will also ensure that the rigging is accurate so its all worth grabbing up. I still gather the info as I find it.
 

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Carronade Rigging examples:

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A couple of photos I found on line.

I think Constructo needs to edit their build instructions.
Agree I have built a few ships from Constructo for the most part the kits were decent, but like many kit makers they lack in the information department. You pretty much need to know as much as possible before you embark on the building journey, even with some of the beginner solid hull mini ship kits. One thing that aggravates me to no end is to talk about something and reference a photo in the rambling that's not on the same page its 2 pages after the explanation. by the time I get to the drawing I forgot WTH I read about it, lol. Your doing a great job on the build Brother cant wait to see more Progress
 

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Another rigging example from the book “Ship Modeling Simplified” by Frank Mastini.

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This excerpt is from “Historic Ship Models” by Wolfram zu Monfeld.

I have to confess that is all the information I have available in my vast ( four book) ship modeling library.
 
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I have a large library of books on ships, but I always seem to find something I don't have. I'm not really into the stories of sailors on the ships, but I do like the History and especially information on Building them. Amazon has the Kindle app for computer and Phone I have that app on both devices so I have a lot of books on the kindle apps if I really like the Book I buy the actual book for my Library hoping my grandkids will find interest in them. Now here is the good thing about amazon if you go into the kindle section or even Books and type Free ship building or History and such you can usually find a few books that are free. I buy them Used on amazon a lot and have never gotten a bad book doing that some books that sell for $30-60 normally I have gotten for $3-5 used and occasionally as low as $1.00 I have a massive hunting and fishing library from doing this. Some Books I have found things inside of a few love letters, grocery lists, Pictures, and even $60 pressed in a book I paid less then $5 for. You just never know what you may find.
 

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Rain,Rain,Rain.

Great opportunity to work in the boatyard

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Eyebolt Comparison.


The eye bolts supplied with the kit seemed to me to be somewhat oversized and the process for attaching the blocks was awkward.Trying to fix the block to attach it to the cannon carriage was a fumbling disaster. My final try was to use CA to glue a piece of yarn on one side of the block, form a loop in the yarn and then use CA to glue the yarn to the other side of the block. I tried using the wire supplied in the kit to attach the blocks to the eyebolts, after many tries I didn't have any blocks I was satisfied with.

The cannon on the left has the "new" eyebolts installed and the block is attached with an eyebolt glued to its top.The middle cannon shows the "my attempt" to not use the wire wrapping technique for fastening the block and has the bigger eyebolts installed.

The looks may not be to "scale" but the method is something I can work with.
 

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Regarding the gun stowage, I would imagine that the tampion was used only on guns on the weather deck, and not on guns on the protected gun deck below (with a deck above and gun port lids.)

Nice job on this build, by the way!! ;)
 

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Great opportunity to work in the boatyard

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Eyebolt Comparison.


The eye bolts supplied with the kit seemed to me to be somewhat oversized and the process for attaching the blocks was awkward.Trying to fix the block to attach it to the cannon carriage was a fumbling disaster. My final try was to use CA to glue a piece of yarn on one side of the block, form a loop in the yarn and then use CA to glue the yarn to the other side of the block. I tried using the wire supplied in the kit to attach the blocks to the eyebolts, after many tries I didn't have any blocks I was satisfied with.

The cannon on the left has the "new" eyebolts installed and the block is attached with an eyebolt glued to its top.The middle cannon shows the "my attempt" to not use the wire wrapping technique for fastening the block and has the bigger eyebolts installed.

The looks may not be to "scale" but the method is something I can work with.
I usually make tiny wire eye bolts because they all usually seem to be oversized I was able to find some thin wire ones but its not difficult to make them so for now that's how I'll do it. the wire supplied in that kit was an issue for me also just never seemed to look right that is when it wasn't breaking. I bought some craft wire and used that. Cannons look good Brother
 

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Regarding the gun stowage, I would imagine that the tampion was used only on guns on the weather deck, and not on guns on the protected gun deck below (with a deck above and gun port lids.)

Nice job on this build, by the way!! ;)
G'day Dave, I'm not so sure if you look at photos of HMS Victory all the guns are fitted with them,

best regards John,
 
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The rains have finally stopped by turning into six inches of wet, wet, wet snow, which promptly froze.
After snowplowing and cleaning up outside, the reward was a couple of hours in the shipyard.


Still working on the block and tackle for the caronnades. The great thing about being a novice builder is that I don't know if I'm doing things correctly until I run into a problem. My dexterity leaves a lot to be desired. I tried modifying the single blocks that Constructo supplies with their kit. I found that the wood was very soft and trying to drill a hole in the top of the block to hold an eyebolts was at best problematic. So I looked for an alternative. I ordered some walnut blocks from Model Shipways. I found the harder wood much easier work with.

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The blocks in the circles have been drilled and are ready for the addition of eyebolts. Circle one contains blocks that will have one eyebolt, circle two contains blocks that will have two eyebolts. I found the Model Shipways block very easy to work with. I like this method of adding the eyebolts much better that Constructo's thin wire twisting. I spend several frustrating hours using their method to get a result, only to find that twisting the wire one too many times wound up breaking it. Trying to do a loop on each end of the blocks using the wire was even more frustrating.
 
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Side tracked temporarily:

Made a little trip up the coast to Searsport, Maine. Went to visit the Maritime Museum hoping to get some photos of Sailing ships. One the way out of town I stopped in at Bluejacket Shipcrafters. I was fascinated by the models they had on display. I had a great time talking to their staff.

I left the store after I ordered this http://www.bluejacketinc.com/kits/lobsterboat.htm



As Uwe says “I didn’t need it but it’s good to have”. I’m looking forward to the build. I see these boats every
day in our local harbor.


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Side tracked temporarily:

Made a little trip up the coast to Searsport, Maine. Went to visit the Maritime Museum hoping to get some photos of Sailing ships. One the way out of town I stopped ......
As Uwe says “I didn’t need it but it’s good to have”. I’m looking forward to the build. I see these boats every
day in our local harbor.


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Oh yes - I fully understand it
 

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lobster boats rock. Why you ask? Well they Bring us those tasty Lobsters, no other reason needed. Here is one of the first Wood boat builds I ever made. it had a ton of dust from sitting on a shelf in my brothers Man cave so I took it home cleaned and returned it to him
this is a poor mans lobster rig but a rig none the less. this was a Midwest kit I built the Indian girl Canoe at the same time 20180821_182418.jpg
 
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