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  2. Jaager, yes I have that but I'm really just interested in that one drawing #39. Very curious as to what it shows/changes Thx Dan
  3. Allan Yedlinsky - SCANTLINGS OF THE ROYAL NAVY 1719-1805 Seawatch Books is much easier to use and has much more data. I have a reprint of Steel by Sim Comfort but the Yedlinsky volume is easier to use -
  4. First I found a watchmaker's screw driver sharpener that was just the right size for the straight chisels, so I can sharpen those easily. Otherwise I am using waterstone slips, although I'm thinking of using sanding film stuck to a brass backing. In the long run I'm making myself a brass jig with wheels that can handle all of them, including the gouges where you have to turn the tool as you move forward and back. I've designed it and drawn it out and have the brass and other bits I need, just haven't sat down to do it yet.
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  6. Hi all, New to the forum. I have a copy of the 3rd edition of Steel's Elements and Practice of Naval Architecture dated 1822 that I borrowed and copied from a major library. They actually sent it thru the mail and it was so fragile and worn I was terrifed to even open it. Anyway it is almost identical to the 1805 version with the exception af an appendix on "Constructing the Royal and Mercantile Navies" by John Knowles. It is different from the 2nd edition dated 1812 in that it does not include a reference to the 39th draught on the "fitting of the stroreroom between the gun deck and Orlop". Does anyone have a copy of this 39th draught they'd be willing to share? I have been unable to find the 1812 edition on sale anywhere that also includes this 39th draught. Any help is appreciated. Dan Kosko
  7. Lords of the Ring! One of my alltime favorits! You got it! The show it several times on TV, I`m always watching. Regards Gerhard
  8. Over the last couple of days, I received several goodies! The first is a "newish" Kindle 8HD reader with 32GB of memory. This is an upgrade from my 6HD. The large size will help with viewing videos. I only have a photo of the box, the kindle is in another area charging. The next are two DVDs. One I bought and the other (cat one) my wife bought me for Father's Day, it came in the mail a little late. Yes I am a Cataholic. For those interested in cats, it is a two hour story of the evolution of cats. The LOrd Of The Rings, I bought, as it is Blue Ray, and has a much better picture quality than my Extended Version disks. I just wish they would put out the extended on Blue Ray. The next two are kits I got from Model Expo, during their last sale. This is the contents of the Rucker Wagon. And the Doctor's Buggy. The long tube contains a well protected piece of brass rod.
  9. I can understand where you're coming from. For full size carving tools, I had to purchase several different types of water stones and diamond sharpeners. How on earth do you sharpen these tiny tools? What do you use?
  10. It happens buddy, trust me, we all can't be Ed Tosti This is a free zone for all, free to contribute or not as you can or want. If you're not getting a response to your question, you'll have to seek it else where through other people's logs or other sources. A lot of my guidance comes from the library of SIS magazines I have as well as other modeler reference materials. Or.. you have to be your own resource and do the best you can, learn from your mistakes.
  11. I think the unfortunate reality is that this forum has far more questions and topics than everyone can keep up with, especially those with the knowledge to answer every question. Sometimes the person you need is busy; not everyone checks the forum every day or even every week, and it's easy to miss a given question or topic for a little while. There's a real tension between the immediate need of the modeller for an answer, and the delayed response time of other forum members who aren't necessarily on the same schedule. I certainly can't keep up with everything that's happening on here. I'm in central Missouri, a bit north of the river.
  12. Hi Joshua. I have made several posts in the various forums and haven't had much success with it.
  13. Puhhhh ... thx ... I really got a bad feelin .... damn Frank, go back to wood building and stay here again ... my heart ... Dirk
  14. This was a peoples's victory too. In 1811, before the war had been declared, the Frigate Guerriere, then under the command of a "Captain Skeen", made a really bad name for himself, and for the frigate, by repeatedly impressing American sailors off our coast. When Guerriere sailed brazenly into New York harbour and took Americans out of a merchant brig, to the horror of the citizens of the port, President Madison ordered Commodore John Rogers, in the Frigate President, to sea. Rogers had instructions to rescue all captive Americans from the Guerriere, by force, if necessary. Rogers instead caught up with a 22-gun British frigate-built corvette, a captured dutch prize called the 'Lil Belt' or 'Little Belt'. It was on a moonless night, and Commodore Rogers mistakenly thought that Lil Belt was the much larger Guerriere, and that she was much farther away. A brief one-sided battle ensued, resulting in the quick defeat of the smashed British corvette, in what historians today called the "President/Little Belt Affair." When Captain Skeen heard of this battle, he publicly mocked Commodore Rogers for his mistake, by calling him "haughty", and having the words "Not The Little Belt" painted on the Guerriere's foretop sail, inviting Rogers to come out and fight him. Commodore Rogers responded by putting back out to sea, and hoisting a large motto-flag from his mainmast head proclaiming, "Here is the Haughty President, How do you like her?" The two never met, but the public was thirsty specifically for Guerriere's blood. That the President was much more powerful than even the Constitution didn't impress Captain Skeen. The Guerriere also was in the four ship squadron that chased the Constitution for three days in 1812 off New Jersey. The then Captain Dacres repeatedly fired his broadsides at Hull's frigate during the "great chase". Dacres wasn't overly concerned with 'fairness' and 'equal force' at that time either ... not until, of course, Hull later caught him alone.
  15. Interesting topic - i utilize the "like" button pretty much as others describe it, when I really don't have anything useful to say but that I either agree or enjoyed their contribution. That said, my faith fades that others use it this way when I see some "blind" "liking" across every contribution in a particular thread. C'mon, you couldn't have liked them all!?. I have had some better luck with problems that I've experienced in my build of posting questions to a particular forum area. For example, I was having an issue with planking in the dead zone of the stern section, I posted outside of my build log and got some very useful advice. Where as I've asked similar questions on my build log, and the PdN gets no love :). Oh well, I'll build her in secret in plain sight then! :). Joshua
  16. Eric, I know how you feel. I would like to comment more on current builds other than the "looks nice" comments. I understand what you mean about being too critical in comments. I guess my frustration comes from the asking for criticism (help) and just getting a "like". This is my first build and though I've been researching to learn, sometimes I'm too green to know where to search. BTW, where in Missouri do you live? I'm right across the border in Kansas near Kansas City. Hi Steve, its ok, we are all shipaholics. lol. Thanks for the comment and yes you do have good taste. That's why we are here. I try to reach out to those who have the knowledge and experience so I can continue to get better at my work.
  17. Of course, when using such stats, one should also remember that such a large navy was also spread thin across the globe, performing myriad duties in service to Britain's worldwide empire. It's not like most of that huge navy was just sitting off the American seaboard waiting to pick on the little guys. Citing that without context is like comparing the entire US military to the Taliban or ISIS, rather than the actual ratios of forces and capabilities in-theatre.
  18. Hello Denis, I received a reply to my e-mail last night. Frank is doing ok. What a relief. He will be getting back to MSW shortly. Regards, Anja
  19. I now warn people away from Peterson as a source for accurate rigging info. Have not read his earlier book but the Fore and Aft book is so full of mistakes and blunders that in my mind the mans work should all be viewed with skepticism. anyway I came to opine on the Truss Pendants. You will notice they are made of very stout stuff: large tackle and heavy line-not much in the entire rig is more robust. Clearly they are designed to run, to be let out or drawn back into the mast. And as mentioned above, this is to facilitate the bracing of the yard. The Slings of the yard is the fixed and very heavy line coming down vertically from above the yard and this (and the lifts at the yardarms) is what supports the yards weight AND it's the point at which the yard will pivot on when Bracing. The vertical position of this pivot point is fixed by the Sling. But the Truss Pendants control the Fore-and-Aft disposition of this pivot point-they control how far out in front of the mast the yard can range-a little bit like how you can let a rambunctious dog out on a leash, or draw him back in when you need to. When bracing all the way over, if the midpoint (The Slings) of the yard is in tight with the mast, the yard can't be braced far before it will press up against the shrouds. But if you move that pivot point out farther from the mast, the yard can brace over much farther- like letting a dog on a longer leash get out in front of you and peek around a corner. later stage iron and steel ships dispensed with fiber line Trusses and went over to the robust metal Crane Iron, a giant fixed hinge set on a heavy bracket on the front of the mast that could not be adjusted in the Fore and Aft plane. But by then the shrouds were wire rope and fewer in number and not as bulky. I don't know if a yard on a fiber rope Truss Pendant could brace up sharper than an equivalent yard on a modern metal Crane Iron but I doubt naval architects would have given up any ability to brace yards as the entire efficiency of the voyage would depend on how far up into the wind a ship could point.
  20. Birchwood Casey, like most blackening liquids works best diluted. I typically use a 1:3 BC:water solution that I keep in a separate container (aka pill bottle). I reuse this but never contaminate the original bottle. Cleaning is the most important part. Many modelers use a heated Sparex solution. I typically start with soap and water, followed by a good soak in 90% isopropanol. Finally, for something large like a cannon, I apply a coat of clear matte finish to protect the blackening. Be careful with those wire brushes. Unlike painting, which fills in tiny imperfections, blackening will potentially highlight those wire brush marks. There are liquid CA adhesive removers but either soaking in acetone or iso. should take care of it.
  21. Interestingly, Teddy Roosevelt wrote his famous 'The Naval War of 1812' solely to refute James's Ameri-phobic history. But James's facts are mostly spot on, it's his opinions which need caution. Dr. David Long, in his biography of Captain David Porter of the Essex, noted that in 1812, Great Britain possessed more than twice as many warships in commission, as the US possessed naval cannon!
  22. Julie, Anything that gives you more build time is something to look at in my book. Looking at your work, whatever you do will look great. Sam
  23. William James had his own axe to grind having been caught and detained in the conflict of 1812, he set out to prove that no British ship had been captured by an American ship of similar force, as the extract provided by Frolic labours. James's stated intent was to provide an impartial view, based on the facts he could uncover, however given the objective of his work in recounting the 1812 conflict this in itself renders his impartiality suspect and his bias creeps in to his works. Given the prize money associated with rewarding successful captures many captains, of all nations, had a tendency to over-state the size, prowesss and head-count of the prize as this added to their personal glory and rewards. As Mark says war isn't fair, and neither are the Press who picked up on and propagated the exaggeration of the size of the Guerriere and other captures which is what initially motivated James whilst detained in the US. Nice to see in 200 years at least the Press have remained consistent (on both sides of the pond).
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  25. Hi Alex, Here's a link to a Spruance-specific topic on another ship modeling forum that might also be a good source: (I hope it's ok to post the link to another site, moderators please remove this post if not). Cheers, Keith
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