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Javier Baron

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   As your ships are quite unusual, where do you find all the basic drawings of the ship and all of the deck and rigging details?

    For years, I have tried to find  basic hull drawings of the current great lakes schooner Denis Sullivan, but even the architects can't come up with the body lines for the hull. (All of the other drawings, but not those.)  I don't know if it is some copy-write thing or what. 

    Since I had intended to construct a 3/16" scale model of it, I am at somewhat of a loss of how to even begin.  The ship is currently still in use, but I doubt that I could measure up the under water portion from my wheel chair.:rolleyes:

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 Thank you for your comments.

The plans that I use for the boats in my collection have very different origins. In the best and least frequent of cases I use complete and detailed plans of commercial kits. More often I use plans of forms with the water lines and sections that I obtain in different books (for example, those of Howard I. Chapelle, those of Sergio Bellabarba and eduardo Guerreri or those of Basil Greenhill or many others ...) and also, in some cases, through the internet. For the details of roofing and rigging, in case they do not appear on the plans, I document in additional sources, such as photographs or drawings, other existing models of both private collectors and naval museums, etc ... I do not know how you could solve the theme of the schooner that you want to do without having the basic plane of forms. In some cases, but for small boats, I used pictures to deduce the shapes of the hull, also applying the analogy with other similar boats.

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