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About testazyk

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    16th - 18th century sailing ships

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  1. Hi EJ--That makes a lot of sense. I know that they had movable screens in the stern cabins to open up the gun decks. But it seems like a lot of unnecessary bother to have one under the focsle--and why did they put trap doors in it? Anyway, it's an interesting feature. Thanks!
  2. Hi EJ--I agree with you about the rewards of ship modelling and learning about ship history and design. Which raises an interesting (at least to me) question about the Soleil Royal. I've been wondering why they had that wall with the small doors on the upper deck under the focsle deck. It effectively limits movement on the upper deck. All other ships I've seen have the entire upper deck (and all gun decks) unobstructed (except for pillars, capstans, etc.) and I always thought that was so the crew could move to any guns during battle. I haven't looked very hard but haven't been able to find any explanation and wondered if anyone might know.
  3. Thanks! Just what I was looking for and some good ideas too!
  4. Really looking good and you're way ahead of me. What technique did you use when you carved the bitts? Did you use a template to keep them uniform? Tom
  5. An amazing achievement--looking better all the time.
  6. That comparison really shows you made the right decision! And I like the way you've been able to make modifications to make your build even more unique. Well done.
  7. That comparison really shows you made the right decision! And I like the way you've been able to make modifications to make your build even more unique. Well done.
  8. Nice work on the forecastle--great planking work and the stringers look just right.
  9. Hi EJ--Looking good! I had a next steps question for you. When you did the upper quarter gallery it looks like you planked over the vertical frames to create the raised surface for the carving. I'm just getting to that step and I'm wondering, based on your experience, would you do it that way again, or would you carve a piece of wood to create the shape instead? And what are you planning to do for the lower section which also requires a raised section? Just wondering thanks! Thanks! Tom
  10. I agree with Henry--they needed to be readily accessible.
  11. I agree with Popeye--it's the old debate about historical accuracy vs. artistry. You've hit exactly the right balance. Anything else would take attention away from your amazing stern work.
  12. Funny you should mention health and safety--a very common comment from people who look at my ships is that they wouldn't want to lean against the stern rails for fear of taking a dive. It's absolutely no proof, but I've seen a lot of paintings of old ships that make it look as if they floated slightly lower at the bow which made the stern railings more perpendicular to the waterline. But that would also have made the poop and gallery decks steeper so I'm not sure if that theory has any validity.
  13. Hi EJ--Your build continues to look great and I know you have your hands full with the stern, but I wanted to get your (and anyone else's) thoughts on the installation of the head rails. The kit comes with these clunky brass castings which can be made to look fairly good I think but clearly require some degree of bending (so that the aft end is flat against the front of the forecastle by the cat davits and the forward end is flat against the bowsprit. I'm at the point where I'm putting in the small deck under the bowsprit where the heads are and I've been test fitting the headrails to make sure everything is straight and has clearance, etc. I have visions of breaking the brass headrails when I try to bend them (which will force me to make my own which I should probably do anyway) and I'm wondering if you've given any thought to how to bend those things without coming to grief. My only thought is making a jig, heating them on the stove and molding them to the jig. I'd be interested in your thoughts. Thanks!!

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