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The building of La Pinta

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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, January 15, 2023 6:37 PM

Coming along very well Joe!

Looking at your work so far, if I did not know that this was your first build, I would find it hard to believe that it is indeed your first. Very nice work. Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%    1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Monday, January 23, 2023 2:50 PM

fox

Coming along very well Joe!

Looking at your work so far, if I did not know that this was your first build, I would find it hard to believe that it is indeed your first. Very nice work. Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 

Thanks for you kind words. Actually this is my second wood model, before this one I also built several plastic sail ships, including the Solei Royal, that took me 6 1/2 months to build. See the build log I made on this ship.

 

Here is an update for La Pinta:

 

I added the masts and the shroud lines, next I will be starting the actual rigging. Up to this point, every one of the blocks were hand made, they did not came with the model, I hope that the subsequent blocks will be the ones that came with the ship, making them by hand is not an easy task.

 

Well, until next update

 

Joe

 

Done with shrouds

 

  • Member since
    March 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 9:22 PM

She is looking really nice indeed.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Monday, January 30, 2023 1:18 PM

 

Back again!

 

I have completed the installation of the forward sail. I had some problems doing the ringing of this sail due to the poor instructions that came with the model, together with the poor quality photos that come with the instructions made the proper installation of the rigging more difficult than necessary. I had to get the diagrams from other models so I could get a sense of were the ropes were to be attached.

 

Due to this, I am sure that some of the ropes are not were they should be, but, when we take into consideration that the makers of this kit also took liberties, I think I can get away with it.

 

The attached photo is of the front sail. Next stop the middle sail.

 

Joe

Front sail

 

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 3:40 PM

Pawel

Hello!
Good ole' Professor Tilley, when he was here with us and had a good humour sometimes referred to the supplier of your kit as "Artist in the Latrine" - and after completeing their "1805 Pilot Boat" I can say not withous good reasons.

So please watch out - their instructions tend to be BS, their drawings take a lot of liberties with reality and their parts are sometimes crappy. But that's not stopping a good modeller from building a nice model - if you read some books, do some research and replace some of the parts I'm sure you will end up with a fine looking model.

Good luck with your build and have a nice day!

PaweĊ‚

PS. Here's how my baby turned out:

1:50 Virginia Pilot Schooner by Pawel

 

 

Pawel, you model came out really nice, good job!

 

I am almost done with La Pinta, I just finish installing the small sail in the back, what is left is adding the flags, building the stand and general cleanup and boo boo fixing.

 

That leave me with a question: It is my intent to build the other two Columbus ships: La Nina, and the Santa Maria. I was going to order then from Artesania Latina, but I share the problems that you had while building your model.

 

What other manufacture would you recommend to buy the 2 other Columbus ship from? Any recommendation would be appreciated because, I am not looking forward to another Artesania Latina model.

 

Thanks in advance

 

Joe

 

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 9:05 PM

Well, it is completed! I have finished the building of "La Pinta", next stop will be one of the other 2 Columbus boats: either La Nina or the Santa Maria.( or at least that is the plan)

Attached are 3 photos of the completed ship, I hope the good readers of this blog will like it.

Joe

Ship side

Other side

Front

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by JoeSMG on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:19 PM

Beautiful ship, great job.

- Joe the SMG

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, February 2, 2023 8:58 AM

Very nice Yes

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, February 2, 2023 10:02 PM

Excellent work Joe! She looks awsome! Toast Toast Toast

Stay Safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%    1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, February 3, 2023 12:56 PM

Having-fun
good readers of this blog will like it.

It's a good build, and of a complicated subject.

I do find it hilarious that AL modeled the anchor windlass off of a modern commercial trawler or the like.

Natural fiber line, especialy in those days before industrial standarization, does not want to bend much.  Typically, no more than 3 times radius (or around 1 circumference, e.g., pi).  Going tighter risks breaking the fibers and eventually leading to a parting.

This is compounded in cables and hawsers, as they are laid up of ropes for strands.

So, anchor lines would not be wound around the windlass drum like on a winch. 

Further, the windlass was wanted for other heavy heaving tasks, like hoisting the yards, or lifting cargo or supplies.

Cables and hawsers are also uite heavy, too.  So,. you want to lead them down to the bottom of the hold and laid near the center of the ship. 

In all probablity, the anchor rodes were laid acros the deck and led below near the main mast.

To raise the anchor, you lay out a smaller messenger line (one that can be taken around the windlas drum) and that's led to a temporarily set block fore and aft.  That anchor ine is then tied to the messenger with smaller lines, known as "nips" or "whips" (from the action of flicking the lines around the rode).

In later days, when capstans replaced windlasses,* ship's boys would scamper along the anchor rode applying the removing the nips along the length, as the larger sailors manned the capstan bars.  We get the term "nipper" from that. 

Sailors were a rough-and-tumble lot at the best of times, and the nippers would take advantage of the sailors straining on the bars and would "accidentally" whips the nips around on the legs of the straining crew.  We get "whippersnapper" from those antics.

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*Windlass could only be worked by perhaps 4 men, and they were limited to only about a uarter-turn per "heave."  Not very efficient.

A capstan could use six or eight bars, and the length of the bars defined how many men could be applied.  And the motion, even while removing and adding bars to clear obstructions, was more continuous, smoother, faster.  On Naval vessels, it was common to have two-deck capstans that could be manned by more men.

  • Member since
    March 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Saturday, February 4, 2023 5:33 PM

The detail and build of her is beautiful. Wonderful job so far.....Cheers Mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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