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About jack.aubrey

  • Birthday 07/11/1949

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Thursday 22 November 2018 Finally I finished to apply the second planking . . 😁😁😁 See you soon, Jack.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Tuesday, October 9th 2018 Another short update . . Opening the gunports . . thank goodness they are few because it is a pretty boring activity. I strictly followed the dimensions of the drawing and they are 7mm. per side. Translated in full scale we are talking about openings of about 45 cm per side. Do not you feel them a little small? 01 Ragusian Carrack/09102018/IMG_20181009_175612.jpg The same ports seen from the inside. Here the work has been longer because the stays and stanchions had to be applied before. I applied a tiny coat of wood oil to see the chromatic effect of the various wood essences. 02 Ragusian Carrack/09102018/IMG_20181009_175551.jpg Even here I could not resist and I gave a coat of oil . . the wood color immediately appeared. 03 Ragusian Carrack/09102018/IMG_20181009_175559.jpg See you next time, Jack.
  12. Friday 5 October 2018 With this new post in practice I've finished working on the foredeck . . . at least until I'll finish the second planking on the whole hull. Only then I will be able to resume works in this area and complete it. Below are some pictures of the work done. 01 Ragusian Carrack/05102018/IMG_20181005_113703.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/05102018/IMG_20181005_113727.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/05102018/IMG_20181005_113733.jpg Small columns made entirely by hand, and they are all of different height, although very little. 04 Ragusian Carrack/05102018/IMG_20181005_113740.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/05102018/IMG_20181005_113746.jpg Now other tasks await me . . I'm spoiled for choice. Need a planning weekend and then I'll restart again next week. Greetings, Jack.Aubrey
  13. Friday 28 September 2018 After the sadness for the great fire in Calci, luckily without any physical consequences for me (in this period I do not live there) and even for my house (apart from 1cm. of ash deposited on the terrace and shutters) I resumed work on the Carrack. A first attempt of the second planking, in the area of the forecastle . . 01 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180927_181334.jpg The lower supports of the foredeck . . 02 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180927_181342.jpg Next activities will still be focused on the foredeck, where there is much to do and helps me to get familiar with the model . . 03 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180928_123951.jpg Below three images of how the model looks like now . . including one of my four feline assistants. 04 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180928_124046.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180928_124054.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/28092018/IMG_20180928_124105.jpg See you next time, Jack.
  14. In fact, two days later, the damages seem huge: a thousand hectares of forest, vineyards and olive groves went up in smoke. Yesterday another fire broke out about twenty kilometers from Calci, still in the Monti Pisani area. It seems that it will take at least 5 years to restore the destroyed olive groves and vineyards and even 15 for the wooded area. Not to forget homes, animals and flora and fauna biodiversity that will disappear. When I'll come back there in early December it will be a sad day.
  15. Tuesday 25 September 2018 Last night, around 10:00 pm a fire broke out, most probably of malicious origin, on Monte Serra, north-east of Pisa, near the small town of Calci. The damages are huge and incalculable, it seems there are 700 people evacuated and the fire is still ongoing, thanks to a strong wind that hinders the operations of firefighters and firefighting aircrafts. Calci is the country in Tuscany where I spent 9 months, before returning to Cinisello (Milan) at the end of June and where I plan to return the month of December to spend there winter and spring. It is the place where I started to build the Ragusian Carrack, the subject of this topic. What a mess . . I have no words 01 IncendioDiCalci/incendio-monte-serra-4-1-640x564.jpg 02 IncendioDiCalci/incendio-monte-serra-27-640x480.jpg 03 IncendioDiCalci/2060_8f76e9f43f7733733dcef7e67e4997c0.JPG 04 IncendioDiCalci/IMG-20180925-WA0030.jpg 05 IncendioDiCalci/5b69b1be20c11.jpeg

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