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About jack.aubrey

  • Birthday 07/11/1949

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  1. Thursday, January 10, 2019 Gentlemen, From now on the shipyard will be closed for a while. I believe to resume works next June, when I'll be back from Tuscany. Here below some new photo in daylight. Kind regards, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/29122018/IMG_20181229_141016.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/29122018/IMG_20181229_141023.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/29122018/IMG_20181229_141008_1.jpg
  2. Thursday 20 December 2018 Last updates: I finished the two hatchways by applying the missing rings, followed by a browning process, and then the permanent fixing in their position. The photo below shows these details. 01 Ragusian Carrack/20122018/IMG_20181220_143658.jpg Then I applied the gunwales in the area of the quarterdeck plus its related external border. 02 Ragusian Carrack/20122018/IMG_20181220_182825.jpg But the most important part were the works around the external vertical reinforcements, fosused now on the extreme poop area. But I am absolutely unsatisfied with the result, for two reasons: 1) The timber released for this purpose in the kit is in walnut and the chromatic effect does not satisfy me at all, too dark. A lighter wood would be better, such as beech. Unfortunately, now I have to continue with the walnut and it does not excite me, I hope that once all these elements are finished the overall situation will be better. We'll see. 2) I have mistaken the shape of these elements. But in this case I can still fix it. If I had checked the images of the finished model I probably would have avoided this error but I forgot the smartphone at home and so I could not check them before and I was wrong. We will see to remedy. 03 Ragusian Carrack/20122018/IMG_20181220_182920.jpg Complete images of the model, the negative feeling towards vertical reinforcements is confirmed: at least in these photos the walnut too dark color hides these very spectacular details. 04 Ragusian Carrack/20122018/IMG_20181220_182757.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/20122018/IMG_20181220_182807.jpg I take this opportunity to greet all the people who follow this diary and I wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019. Optimism is extremely necessary given the times. . Jack.Aubrey.
  3. Yes Yves, you are right! I'm planning to stay in Tuscany for 3/4 months and I don't think to continue modelling there. But there is a reason: me and my wife are in the process to sell a house, located in the Milan neighborough and we cannot plan when it will be really sold. In this climate of uncertainty may be I will be back most before 3/4 months. But my workshop is located in that house and will be obviously lost. And I'll need to look for another solution. So, as you can imagine, the future is not clear and I'll have a lot of other issues to follow; this is a complex matter and I don't want to bother all of you with my personal problems and plans. Surely I will try to find solutions that allow me to continue, in the meantime, with this hobby. Regards, Jack.
  4. Friday, December 14th 2018 More details have now been built and added to the decks, although some of them are not yet been fixed, as they would only bother for now. I have today reached a point of relative stability in the execution of the tasks: it is no longer necessary to insist on working on the decks but start now to finish the outer part of the hull, where many horizontal (wales) and vertical reinforcements must be installed, typical of the ships of the time. But time when I will leave Milan for Tuscany is approaching fast and, as I anticipated, this time I will close the shipyard. 01 Ragusian Carrack/14122018/IMG_20181214_173347.jpg The ladder leading from the main deck to the quarterdeck . . Same technique used for the first ladder. 02 Ragusian Carrack/14122018/IMG_20181214_173416.jpg The hatch to reach the hold, not yet completely finished but already at a good point of completeness . . 03 Ragusian Carrack/14122018/IMG_20181214_173402.jpg And the same to access the forecastle, at the apex of an imaginary internal staircase . . 04 Ragusian Carrack/14122018/IMG_20181214_173352.jpg
  5. Thursday 13 December 2018 And this new deck is finished too: I applied the second planking and finished the whole with a fine sanding. The result is equivalent to the other three decks. 01 Ragusian Carrack/13122018/IMG_20181213_105343.jpg I tried to build the ladders: in this model only two of them are visible, but the usual pre-worked elements were not included in the kit to set them up. Perhaps because the scale of the pieces on the marketplace was not suitable for this model. The fact is that I have achieved the result in complete scratch building mode. Yesterday I was able to prepare the pre-worked material needed for the assembly of the two ladders but I managed to finish only one ladder, that I show you in this post. I'll build the next one tomorrow, contingencies permitting. Apart from some thoughs that allowed me to succeed in the enterprise, it was an interesting experience, further improvable. 02 Ragusian Carrack/13122018/IMG_20181213_174023.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/13122018/IMG_20181213_174034.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/13122018/IMG_20181213_174040.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/13122018/IMG_20181213_174323.jpg
  6. Monday 10 December 2018 Update: the deck has taken its definitive appearance, still missing only some details that will follow in the coming days (horizontal planking in tanganika veneer, as for the other decks, waterways, a central column, a ladder and little else). 01 Ragusian Carrack/10122018/IMG_20181210_121453.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/10122018/IMG_20181210_121535.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/10122018/IMG_20181210_121546.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/10122018/IMG_20181210_121501.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/10122018/IMG_20181210_121509.jpg
  7. Friday 7 December 2018 The build of the quarterdeck is in progress. This is the first 4x1.5mm wooden planking. Then the one in Tanganika will follow. The second layer will cover everything, including flaws, like the other decks already completed. 01 Ragusian Carrack/07122018/IMG_20181207_180703.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/07122018/IMG_20181207_180720.jpg
  8. Thursday 6 December 2018 Latest updates: the work done may seem a small thing, but in terms of time the installation of the two guns has taken quite a bit. In short, I decided to proceed with the building of the quarterdeck, over the main deck at poop, and, in order to build it, I had to set up two guns under it. This because they will still be visible. To avoid that subsequent activities on the outer hull can detach these two guns, I have set in place a series of defensive measures, including that of not protruding outside the barrel of the gun. That's why the two guns are presented in the fully retracted position. Subsequently I proceeded to complete the installation of the beams above and now remains the application of the planks of the deck to complete the task. I'm thinking to close the deck matter within a week. See you next time, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/06122018/IMG_20181206_161036.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/06122018/IMG_20181206_161044.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/06122018/IMG_20181206_161120.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/06122018/IMG_20181206_161124.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/06122018/IMG_20181206_161133.jpg
  9. Friday 23 November 2018 Having finished the second planking, I propose you a nice feast of images. 01 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180740.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180750.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180755.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180803.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180811.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180817.jpg 07 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180822.jpg 08 Ragusian Carrack/23112018/IMG_20181123_180831.jpg Now the problem arises of what to do next. There are several possibilities but I will have to choose the one that I can reasonably complete by December 15th, when I should leave Milan, move to Tuscany and stay there until next spring. Unlike other times, I'm not going to continue working there, for reasons that are too long to explain here. So I will be forced to suspend work on this model for a few months. For this reason I have to find an activity that can be completed in a couple of weeks or so. I have to think about it. We'll see. Greetings, Jack.
  10. Thursday 22 November 2018 Finally I finished to apply the second planking . . 😁😁😁 See you soon, Jack.
  11. Friday 9 November 2018 The activities around the second planking are still ongoing, even if a bit slowly. I had an incredible sequence of boring setbacks that didn't allow me to spend more time on this model. However, the work seems to proceed very well. See you soon. Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/09112018/IMG_20181109_151651.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/09112018/IMG_20181109_151727.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/09112018/IMG_20181109_151657.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/09112018/IMG_20181109_151735.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/09112018/IMG_20181109_151712.jpg
  12. Friday 26 October 2018 - the second planking, continued I'm adding some other images of the carrack model, nothing new with respect to my yesterday's post. Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173133.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173138.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173546.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173530.jpg
  13. Friday 26 October 2018 - the second planking Having finished all preliminary works, finally, about ten days ago I started to apply the second planking to the hull. Today the situation of the works is well highlighted in the following images: the whole part of the hull above the main wale are now covered with veneer strips of cherry wood. There are two areas of joint of the planks, well highlighted in the part of the hull still to be covered. 01 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173115.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173423.jpg On the right side of the hull I began to finish the gun openings for the four guns onboard. In this case it is only necessary to trim the part covered by the veneer and finish with a pre-cut laser frame included in the kit. In the next photo are visible three of these pieces already installed. 03 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173123.jpg All the borders have already been finished, as evidenced by these stern details. 04 Ragusian Carrack/26/10/2018/IMG_20181026_173447.jpg Cheers, Jack.
  14. Thursday 17 October 2018 At this point it's mandatory to finish to install the second planking on the external hull and, after, go further with new activities. But, before this, I should finish to refine the ground with a final and accurate sanding of the external hull. Unfortunately I do not want to dust everything and this leads me to delay. So I invented alternative tasks waiting for this will manifests itself. Building of the ordnance trucks: job of complete rest even if each truck is composed of 9 individual pieces that must be assembled to resemble the finished piece. All the pieces, including the wheels, are obtained from a 2mm walnut board, laser cut. Very well done, it didn't cause any problems. For the moment, I have prepared all the guns planned for the main deck, although I will need only two in a short time. 01 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181016_170402.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181016_170300.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181016_170251.jpg Then I started to prepare the beams for the next deck, immediately above the main deck. I installed the first two, not disturbing any future activity to see the result. Under this deck there will be two guns. They must be installed before building the deck itself. Plus a ladder and a supporting column between the first two beams. The idea is to have all the pieces ready for when it will be time to install the deck. 04 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181013_174404.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181015_165535.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/16102018/IMG_20181013_174503.jpg But now there are no more excuses: the next session will be dedicated to finishing the surface of the outer hull and then apply the second planking. Only at the end I will be able to resume work on the new deck. See you soon, Jack.
  15. Steven, your answer seems pretty reasonnable. The artillery of that period was still rather primitive and it is possible that the builders were conservative in sizing these elements so as not to weaken the structure of the ship too much. Excellent contribution. Thanks, Jack.

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