Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

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Very nice Brian!!We need more kits like this ,actually Zhl upgrading most of their kits every year ,they are not sitting on the same kit for 30 years with some crapy decorations. :angry-banghead:
 

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Been working on the ships oars this week for a change of pace.

As per usual with this kit, everything is laser cut from solid cherry. The accuracy of the laser cutting is first rate, with no scorch marks and minimal laser char to clean up.

Second photo is oars cleaned up and assembled, varnished and bundled together. IMG_2337.JPG IMG_2343.JPG
 

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I have just been over to Brian's place and saw the ZHL Le Requin Xebec. There is one thing better than seeing photos and that is in person.

Yes I did invite myself but there was an invitation coming up soon.

Whilst I was there we also had a very enjoyable webcam meeting with Donnie.

Cheers
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Hi Brian,

Was the windlass included in your kit or did you add it on your own. My kit didn't come with a windlass.

I've started the masting and rigging but that's going rather slow. The blocks in the kit are terrible - laser cut. I have to sand all sides with a sanding stick to remove the char and then I have to cut grooves in them for the ropes that seize them as well as the ropes that pass through the holes. It takes a lot of time to do that.

Bob
 

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Hi Bob,
I have put this model on hold for awhile as I personally don't enjoy rigging. Its my least favorite part of the build and I assumed the Xebec would be easy to rig. But once you get into it, its really a complicated affair.
Anyway agree with you, I tossed away all the kit supplied ropes and tackle blocks and purchased better ones and made my own ropes.

As for the windlass, I scratch built mine.