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Mark P

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  • Birthday 09/08/1960

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    Rutland, England
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    Sailing ship models, scratch built. History, art, architecture, cultural.

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  1. Hi Todd; Your drawing is correct, in my experience, although that doesn't cover everything. The sided dimension remained constant for the length of each futtock. the taper was between the inner and outer faces: the moulded dimension. One other point of interest: your drawing shows frame bends, the name for a frame made up of a two sets of futtocks fixed together. As to whether model makers repeat this, it depends upon their patience and how faithfully they wish to replicate full-size practice. As you say, it is a lot of work! All the best, Mark P
  2. Good evening Todd; I can't be sure of the Dunbrody in particular, but it was normal for futtocks and toptimbers to taper across their moulded dimensions (L/H side of your picture) and for them to reduce in thickness across the sided dimensions with each successive futtock. This was done to save weight and to enable a wider selection of timber to be used (most long sections of a tree taper naturally) All the best, Mark P
  3. Great Harry

    Good evening Steven; Thank you for the correct information about the murals. Hampton Court is one of the places which I mean to visit, but have never yet done so. All the best, Mark P
  4. Great Harry

    Evening Druxey (or morning!) Thanks for the reminder. I'll see if I can write a note on the record. All the best, Mark P
  5. Hi John & Moflea; John: that is exactly what I would have done, and thanks for the suggestion; but then I saw moflea's post, and it was an instant, and simple cure. All is back to normal. I'll know next time. Thank you moflea; much appreciated. All the best, Mark P
  6. Hi All; Panic over. I have just noticed that Google is doing the same thing. It must be my screen settings, although I have not altered them. All the best, Mark P
  7. Hi Backer; Thanks for your reply, but my pc is hard-wired, so it can't be problems relating to the wireless. I've closed and re-opened MSW, and that made no difference. All the best, Mark P
  8. Hi everyone; Don't know how it's happened, but the home page and all other pages have suddenly gone very large, and it's as though I'm viewing a slice down the centre of the page in large type. Is this a more accessible version for modellers whose eyesight is not as good as it used to be? I have spent a fair bit of time looking for a way to get back to the normal home page, but I seem to be stuck here. Can anyone give me some guidance on how to get back to where I used to be? All the best, Mark P
  9. Great Harry

    Hi Steven; Thank you for the post. I thought this was too good to be true. Shame, because it looks like a lovely picture, except that she seems to be riding a bit high. So she is probably a fanciful depiction of no particular real vessel. I have seen the Anthony roll illustrations before. I remember reading somewhere quite recently (perhaps here on MSW) some new evidence which showed that his depictions were much more accurate than many had thought previously. I think your other picture comes from a painting of a now-destroyed mural in Cowdray House, which showed Henry embarking on a voyage to France for the 'Field of the cloth of gold' meeting with Francis I, king of France. Hope you get back to your model one day, and finish it off. All the best, Mark P
  10. Great Harry

    Greetings everyone; Whilst browsing on the NMM website, I came across this picture. It shows the 'Great Harry', one of Henry VIII's favourite ships, and it looks quite impressive. The painting is listed as by Hans Holbein, who was court painter to Henry, so he should have known what he was painting. I have never seen this before, and I can't imagine that it would not have been shown in all the books I have read that cover this period. My question is: could this/is this really by Holbein? And if so, why has it been so overlooked? Or is it much later? If the latter, why would the NMM list it as by Holbein? Maybe this is a different Hans Holbein. There are no bonnets on the sails, for one thing. It is PY9170 on the NMM's inventory. Any thoughts very welcome. All the best, Mark P
  11. A quick clarification

    Hi Mike; Thanks for the picture and the discussion. I am sure you're right about it being someone's job to keep an eye on these coils. One other point that might be relevant is that in the Royal Navy, the sailors stationed in the tops were normally some of the most experienced members of the crew. They would undoubtedly make a good job of coiling a rope. The same was probably true in the US Navy. Happy modelling!! Mark P
  12. A quick clarification

    Greetings gentlemen; The term 'belays to itself' is only used here in connection with ropes which would not be needed urgently if the sails needed handling suddenly: specifically in this instance the halyards, which are only needed to raise or lower the yards, and the staysails. Concerning the coils of rope on the deck, the longer ropes were coiled on deck during use. For instance, the sheet or tack from opposite clews of the sail, when close-hauled, would mostly be inboard. I have a copy of the rigging warrant from HMS Monarch from 1765, which lists the lengths of rope and the blocks and fittings issued for all the rigging. For the main sheet, this is 100 fathoms, giving 50 fathoms (300 feet) per side. Some of this may have been spare, but the rigged sheet needed to be twice the width of the mainsail, and then some, which is still a lot of rope. So much rope would make big coils, whether on deck, or perhaps hanging from cleats or kevels or some other fitting. The picture below shows a view of the forecastle of the 'Royal Caroline'. It is not easy to see, but next to the sailors you should be able to make out a large, darker patch. This is a coil of rope laid out on the deck. There is another, smaller one just abaft the galley chimney. This would seem to show beyond any reasonable doubt that large coils of rope were laid out on deck during sailing. All the best, Mark P
  13. Hi everyone; My greatest regret with the 'Victory' is that just before the battle of Trafalgar, the beautiful stern galleries, and the wonderfully carved figurehead were all ripped out and replaced with such utilitarian substitutes. If only they had still been there, what a real delight she would be to look at now! All the best, Mark
  14. Thanks for the pictures Greg; For Richard, or anyone else who would like to see her, she is probably in the Science Museum's large object store, which is located near Swindon in England, and is a fair drive (by UK standards, anyway: no offence to our transatlantic brethren) from London. Access would have to be arranged in advance. All the best, Mark P
  15. Thanks Chuck; I understand now why it changed, and that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. All the best, Mark P