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Dobbs
04-23-2016, 09:20
My current project is to convert Thorn to a Baltimore Clipper. These are the new masts under construction. I must still cut them down and add topmasts and the foretopsail.

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Hjl
04-23-2016, 10:16
Can't wait to see it finished.

Clipper1701
04-23-2016, 10:33
Oooo! Did someone say a clipper?

Nightmoss
04-23-2016, 10:45
Nice! I expect it will look quite nice on the game table. Can't wait to see how she turns out! :thumbsup:

David Manley
04-23-2016, 11:19
They look like they are coming on very nicely!

KDz
04-23-2016, 13:12
Waiting for more pic... :question::wink:

Capn Duff
04-23-2016, 17:44
Hmm I too look forward to seeing the finished boat

Dobbs
04-23-2016, 19:51
Hopefully I can post a progress picture or two tomorrow. For now, I am focusing on the masts. Thorn remains intact until the masts are deemed a success. It's getting close. I used the mizzen topsail from a previous Thorn for the Foretopsail on the schooner, and it looks great. I am painting the masts and sails now.

Dobbs
04-24-2016, 21:10
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Not a great picture, but it shows the direction I'm headed, and my almost finished brig! The foremast will come off and be replaced with the foremast in the background. For now it remains so that I have a straight mast to square the main up with.

Clipper1701
04-25-2016, 00:30
Very nice! I will be following in your foot steps. Just googled the Balimore Clipper and found this site, New to me, likely not to you pros. Ageofsail.net wonderful photos of the model of the ship and its history. Always something new . . .

KDz
04-25-2016, 01:59
It looks very promising, waiting for the next stages pic. :thumbsup::clap:


Ageofsail.net wonderful photos of the model of the ship and its history. Always something new . . .
Good find David :thumbsup:

Clipper1701
04-25-2016, 10:27
I just found a spare Thorn in my boxes of ships! Sea Elves to the quarterdeck!

Nightmoss
04-25-2016, 10:37
Looks great! Keep the photos coming! :hatsoff:

Clipper1701
04-27-2016, 15:55
I have stripped my Thorn and awaiting further instructions! May carve some hulls to match and make a "Clipper's fleet of clippers" - is that allowed?

Dobbs
04-27-2016, 21:00
Work has been getting in the way. More progress reports soon...

I am painting the masts prior to installation, and need to get to a hobby shop for more black! Hobby shops are in short supply in northeastern Maryland.

Dobbs
04-27-2016, 21:06
I made my masts out of carbon fiber rod, which I got from an RC hobby shop. The topmasts are a slightly smaller diameter than the courses, which are slightly smaller than the stock Thorn masts. The sails are styrene sheet. I added the twist by pulling them over a table edge. I moved the headsails aft to make the jib into a staysail, and am planning on adding a flying jib in front of the two, made from a leftover headsail from my Proserpine that was sacrificed for my brig.

Clipper1701
04-27-2016, 22:09
Ah yes, "sacrifices must be made". I have a dismembered bits box, lavishly added to by finding a great deal on broken ships a while back, some stores were clearing them out at $3 each! Lots of bits . . . lots of possibilities!

Bligh
04-28-2016, 05:18
With the dearth of smaller craft, I can see many more conversions in the pipeline.
The carbon fibre mast idea is great.
How well does it glue?
Rob.

Dobbs
04-28-2016, 06:01
With the dearth of smaller craft, I can see many more conversions in the pipeline.
The carbon fibre mast idea is great.
How well does it glue?
Rob.

I use CA, and it glues very well.

Bligh
04-28-2016, 07:55
Thanks Dobbs.
I will certainly look into getting some carbon fibre then.
Rob.

Dobbs
04-28-2016, 20:36
I will certainly look into getting some carbon fibre then.
Rob.

I think you will be very satisfied. It beats the heck out of aluminum rod.

Have you had the chance to experiment with the gun blacking on the shrouds? I have one set, and have not gotten to that project yet.

Incidently, On the Thorn hulls, I cut the platforms that the mizzen shrouds attach to off, as a schooner wouldn't have them. What are they called? I used to know, and for the life of me cannot remember.

Bligh
04-29-2016, 01:56
I have gone through all my cupboards in the workshop and can't seem to find either my gun blacking or my Brass dulling chemicals. I think I may have lent them out, but will get some at the next Trader's Fair or event this Summer.
The platforms of which you speak are the mizzen channels supported below by the chains.
Rob.

Nightmoss
04-29-2016, 10:55
I just came across this older YouTube video on the Pride of Baltimore and Pride II. It's fairly long so you may wish to skip through portions, but it is interesting and I certainly found it informative. Cheers!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baz9Xwg2AOU

Bligh
04-30-2016, 13:02
Certainly historically interesting, plus the ship building process, and shots of the handling, sails settings in different conditions, etc.
Thanks for digging this out Jim.
Rob.

Dobbs
04-30-2016, 14:58
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At long last, the schooner Enterprise and her as yet un-named semi-sister brig. A ship rigged sloop loiters in the background for comparison.

Bligh
04-30-2016, 15:06
May I be the first to congratulate you on a very fine pair of vessels Dobbs.
I may well emulate your fine modelling skills in order to add more ships to my HEIC Squadron.
Rob.

Clipper1701
04-30-2016, 20:20
And let me be the second! I will begin "operation clipper rigging" on Tuesday, as soon as I come to land again! Thanks for the inspiration, I have two in the dry docks awaiting my attention - the sea elves are rather pre-occupied with Yorktown and Enterprise . . .

Bligh
05-02-2016, 03:23
Just ordered a Thorn for conversion.
Just hope it won't prove to be a thorn in my side.
Rob.

surfimp
05-10-2016, 17:55
Wow, these are so cool! I'm so very tempted to try my hand as well. Congrats on a job very well done.

Hjl
05-10-2016, 18:28
Really nice job. I'd rep you but I'm all out!

Naharaht
05-10-2016, 23:58
Well done, Dobbs! That was great modelling. :thumbsup:

TexaS
05-11-2016, 10:31
I'm guessing that brig used a 40 gun Hébé-class spanker? It looks better than mine that use a 74 gun ship's spanker. Mine also have to be a snau.

I will have to do a schooner or a Bermuda clipper sooner or later. They are beautiful.

Dobbs
05-14-2016, 09:01
I'm guessing that brig used a 40 gun Hébé-class spanker? It looks better than mine that use a 74 gun ship's spanker. Mine also have to be a snau.

I will have to do a schooner or a Bermuda clipper sooner or later. They are beautiful.

You are correct, Jonas, I had an extra Proserpine. Now, the remains look more like Guerriere after meeting the Constitution!