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Old Feb 22, 2015, 08:47 PM
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Jeff,
Sorry I forgot to mention how nice your Brig is looking. It does have a great looking shear with swift looking lines. I have been watching with great interest, keep the pictures coming!opcorn!
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Old Mar 31, 2015, 07:00 AM
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I've been tinkering - painting the bowsprit, gaff and spars. Pinrails in the works. I'll post some pictures.

For the next set of pictures, I may even take the brig out of the basement into the back yard to assemble the masts to their full height.
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Old Mar 31, 2015, 09:39 AM
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Yes, pictures are worth many words. Especially for someone to realize how BIG this ship is.
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Old Apr 01, 2015, 10:14 AM
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Hi Jeff,

Looking forward to seeing more pictures her! Always enjoy seeing them.

kind regards
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Old Apr 12, 2015, 05:00 PM
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Finally a nice sunny day to set the Fair American outside for some pictures.

With the help of my wife, we carried the ship out of the basement. Then with the help of string, tape, and rubber bands, here my Fair American Brig is showing her full length and height.

From the tip of the jib boom to the end of main boom she is 4 inches shy of 10 feet. (116 inches)

From the deck to the top of the main mast it is just 2 inches shy of 7 feet ( 82 inches)

The main lower yard is 43 1/2 inches long.

What was I thinking back in 1987 when I decided to build this BIG ?!!!
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Old Apr 12, 2015, 05:05 PM
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We want one with you in it, the picture, not the boat.
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Old Apr 12, 2015, 05:11 PM
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Yes--the captain needs to be in a photo along side.

We sold our RV trailer but I can tell you from experience, you'll need something more than your pickup to take this to the lake.

It looks great--extremely well done shipmate.
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Old Apr 12, 2015, 05:53 PM
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Yes, this one's destined for a trailer of it's own.
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Old Apr 15, 2015, 01:35 PM
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Very nice!
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 05:31 PM
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Thank you for the kind words.

The boat is almost big enough for me to be on it. I just may be too much ballast though.

Before considering rigging, I need to mount the rudder and build the external ballast system. I am following what Al L'heureux did for external ballast for his fine model of the Rattlesnake. For reference, I have Scale Ship Modeler from July 1985 (Vol. 8 No. 4) and Model Ship Builder No. 27 January/ February 1984 which have brief articles and pictures of the Rattlesnake.

I am enjoying following the other fantastic builds in the Scale Sailboats forum. Perhaps someday a fleet sail would be interesting to see happen. However, at the pace I build and get things done, someday is someday is someday...???
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 10:34 PM
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I have PDFs of the articles from all three issues on my site: http://todd.mainecav.org/model/constellation/notes.html for anyone that wants to see them. The same articles got me building Constellation.
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....... The same articles got me building Constellation.
The Rattlesnake sailing "BIT" me to have a ship of my own. Those articles were the one that began my quest.
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25 lbs. of lead ingots arrived the other day. Now need to order 50 lbs. of reclaimed lead shot to start fabricating the external keel. Once the lead is here, I'll determine the dimensions of the keel. Don't want to be too long nor too deep.
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