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  1. Would she have had goring belts? I have not seen a definitive date/locale where these started to be used. I have used The Introduction and Use of Copper Sheathing - A History as my main reference for my cutter (which at ~1815 is a little earlier than the Kate Cory). "Both the 1858 Portsmouth Navy Yard and the 1875 Philadelphia Navy Yard photos clearly show the “no belt” pattern to Constitution‘s copper." see https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/2016/11/18/new-copper-sheathing-2/. Not sure if this helps any. Richard.
  2. RichardG

    Introduction from Canada

    Welcome Philip. I would definitely recommend your own build log. Each build log is unique. All the best, Richard.
  3. Doris, Thanks for showing us your wonderful work. Whenever I need cheering up, I come to your build logs - they lift my heart. All the best for 2019, Richard.
  4. Starboard side is complete. I promised myself to get at least this far over my Christmas break. I'm back to work tomorrow so I'm good. The jig for the port side plates is already made, so I'm starting that today. Now I've got the hang of it, it should go fairly quickly. New Year's Resolutions: Get more done - this is taking forever! Post more often (see 1.) All the best, Richard.
  5. Coppering the hull I decided a while ago to see if I could add copper to the hull. The original planking was not great. I had 2 concerns, the most important was if I could get it looking reasonably realistic and also, given that I don't like the bright copper, could I get an aged brown color without waiting forever. This is how she looks with the port side about 60% done: This is a close-up Each plate is 1/4" x 1". For the nailing pattern I created a jig. This was very tedious given that there are 29 nails in the top edge and 71 in total. In the close-up they are a little too obvious but from the final viewing distance I think they'll look fine. This is a picture of the coppering from the USS Constitution done in 2017: The other question was color. The rest of the ship is not weathered but even so I don't want the copper bright and shiny. Just to be inconsistent, I also don't want the patina it would actually take when it's been exposed to salt water. I want that "old penny" look. I know this should happen naturally even under the coating that copper tape generally has. I wasn't sure how long this would take and I want to clean and put on a coat of lacquer to protect it prior to starting masts and rigging. I purchased a Birchwood Casey Antique Brown gel patina, and tried it out: It work very well. Was easily washed off with water and didn't effect either wood or paint. However, the natural patina already seems to be occurring within a couple of weeks, so I may not need it. I hope everyone has a great 2019! Richard.
  6. It sounds like you need a rope making subcontractor! I am a complete novice at rigging but will be buying rope from you in the next 3-6 months, so I have some questions/comments. If the polyester is a little stretchy I assume that makes it easier to use? Does the polyester maintain its tautness during summer/winter environment changes? Would using both types help for different things (say polyester for shrouds and cotton/linen for ratlines) I would definitely have to "heat treat" it, suddenly unravelling on me would be a nightmare. Does it take CA to hold knots or would pva do? I do like your current rope (although I've only used about 12" of it so far!). I had decided not to use the tan and black I already have - I prefer the newer colors but knowing that a color change was coming would be good. Which brings me to another question, how much would people suggest I over-order to allow for wastage (20%, 50%, 100%, ...)? I don't mind have left over rope but I'd hate to be 2 feet short at the very end. Although know one likes spending more, a small price increase would not stop me buying your rope. Eventually I'd like to make my own but for my current build no (a man has to know his limitations). I hope you have a great Christmas! Thanks, Richard
  7. Wow. That's remarkable. Words kind of fail me but I am definitely impressed. Richard.
  8. In my case, working on the Artesania Latina "Dallas", I'm planning on adding bulwarks! This is partly because I think the arrangement of the rigging as shown on the kits plans is too simplified and adding the required lines is much easier if there are pinrails. I am also adding some extra cannon (maybe 2 or 4), I have read that the single pivot gun was often supplemented. Again this is much simpler if there are bulwarks. Richard.
  9. Phil, I have to say this is source of frustration, the lack of clear information available. Still, unless I do something totally outrageous, nobody can tell me I'm wrong! The Track I'm assuming the pivot and ropes provided most of resistance to the gun carriage coming off the tracks during firing. The track was mostly there to stop damage to the deck and to help stop sideways movement when turning the gun. In early railroads the track was sometimes flanged and used non-flanged wheels. I'm embarrassed to say I'd not even realized there was a diagram in Chappelle's book 😧. This picture looks like the track may be a U-shape. While in this one, it is clearly "flat". Both of these are later the 1815 of course. I'm going with the "early" U-shape. The Aft Companionway The hinged arrangement is as shown on the kit plans. I have also seen the sliding arrangement (for example on the cutter Alert). I have not seen the hinged arrangement elsewhere that I can remember. On the French schooner La Jacinthe (1825) which is almost exactly the same size, the picture of the model shows: I.e. open with just a ladder. The plans show: Which is described as "Sliding hatch giving access to the ladderway leading down to the wardroom". Where it's going to slide to with the skylight in the way I don't know. The Binnicle Now there's something else I'd completely forgotten about! I'm assuming this would have been on a small column or table to the side of the companion way. I'll have to do some research. This will be nice additional item to make - so thank you. I look forward to seeing your build progress - I'm copper plating at the moment. All the best, Richard
  10. Those are amazing. I can't afford them but just looking at them being made makes me happy 😊. Thanks for posting, Richard
  11. Wonderful, remarkable, beautiful,... I need a thesaurus, I'm running out of superlatives! We do too. I hope the other areas of your life get better. All the best, Richard.
  12. "Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years. The 23-metre (75ft) vessel, thought to be ancient Greek, was discovered with its mast, rudders and rowing benches all present and correct just over a mile below the surface. A lack of oxygen at that depth preserved it, the researchers said." World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea Hopefully we'll see more information in the future Richard.
  13. Excellent! I did see it in person a couple of years ago. Hopefully I'll get to see the finished model in the future (but not in Las Vegas unfortunately). All the best, Richard.
  14. RichardG

    Oscillating Wonder Cutter

    And I wonder how fast it'll cut your finger off. Ouch indeed.
  15. RichardG

    HMS Victory - TV programme

    It's the 1st of 2. The next is the Mary Rose. http://www.channel5.com/show/great-british-ships/. There is a link there to view the program online but it is broken and probably won't work outside the UK anyway ☹️.

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