Masts, bowsprits and spars placed on their respective hulls to dry. None of these are fixed in place and indeed, three of the hulls are only partially assembled. For the record there is 55” of bamboo skewer (nearly seven skewers at 8” long) and 87.5” of wooden cocktail stick (nearly thirty cocktail sticks at 3” long) involved in building the five ships above!
Yesterday was a good day on a number of counts. First of all some good things happened in respect of work which is shorthand for actually managing to get hold of people at the first attempt by phone! Secondly, and of more immediate interest, I was able to not only cut out the spars for the five ships I am building but also to assemble all fifteen masts and five bowsprits. They went together without a hitch and are now ready to seal and paint.
A close up of a foremast and bowsprit showing the building technique I use
Being as methodical as I was in the cutting stage certainly helped the building process along no end so today will be spent working on the hulls and then a grand sealing session will take place later today prior to undercoating and painting. Once these five models are completed the collection will stand at fifty strong leaving ten to go. From the material I have to hand I should be able to build a further four models with the final six waiting on Warbases. My deadline of the end of June for the completion of this build is looking very achievable- especially as the remaining ten models are pretty straightforward - no octagonal casemates or great forests of masts!