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  1. R.I.P. Captain Bob

    He was a very nice man. Engaging and kind. Rest in peace Captain Bob. John
  2. Italian Boats of the Adriatic Sea

    Wow, that looks like so much fun! I love the rig, and imagine they go like a rocket on a broad reach in a blow. I especially like the "Comizo Lisbona" going wing-on-wing on the previous page. Beautiful boats. Simply beautiful. Ciao. John
  3. Ok wood. This is exciting. Keel, keelson, bow assembly, stern post assembly, deadwood, and disposition of square frames, completed. What's left to do is loft the bow and bollard timbers, loft the fashion frame and filling transoms, and cut their mounting steps in the fore and aft deadwood. Positioning the square frames determined the placement of their steps on the keelson, so that's done. Things look very nice from VII forward to VIII aft. Quick word on the bow construction pieces. Vial du Clairbois shows individual pieces comprising the bow on 4 separate large Plates. Each Plate shows a very different arrangement and orientation of the timbers. All I can conclude is that these elements (or many of them, at any rate) constitute fiddly-bits. He makes certain position recommendations in the text (which I follow) but the central, generally triangular, area seems to be a terra permisio, where just about anything goes depending on what's in the woodpile at the time. All the pieces are about where they are in at least one of the drawings. It's getting really close to sawdust time. I can forsee starting a scratch build log in the not too distant future.
  4. Hello, Capt and thank you. I’m looking forward to it myself. All I originally had was just a few sentences of description in a general catalog listing. It was enough, barely, to suggest an approach for the figurehead. All it said was the figure ‘holding a vessel with the flamme sacrée’. So Hestia came immediately to mind and Cornelia, after all, was the epitome of family virtue and righteous Roman motherhood. David took the idea and ran with it. He even has ‘her hair bound in Roman fashion’. It’s gorgeous. The description has the stern carving as Cornelia with both arms extended, one refusing the riches of Ptolemy, the other embracing her children (the Gracchi). Who knows what is shown on the carving detail, or what was done in actuality. Cynically, but realistically, it was probably something like what the Virginie ended up with, crossed flags and cannon, with a prominent phyrgian cap hanging off a spear or crossed fasces. Boring. The Directory was a bit too liberté, égalité, conformité for my taste. Things likely had a bit more flair in the Empire. But then again, who’s to say, really? Even if the carving plan shows the usual Republican ‘stuff’, there is that listing in the catalog. I will take that as a historical grant of poetic license. Big grin! Ciao. John
  5. Ok, here she is. Boy, oh boy, those plan corrections sure made the afterbody look lovely. Obviously, going to have to do the John magic again and design in the last full frame IX and do the adaptation of the estain from faired buttocks. Fiddly bits. Current state is just right for the profile plan of the keel assembly, bow and stern assembly, and fore and aft massifs. That leads directly into the disposition of frame. Wonderful progress.
  6. One of the main problems with getting older is that when parts break they are not only out-of-warranty, but also discontinued/out-of-stock. Have been under the weather for a time, but am able to get about a bit better and can’t imagine a more therapeutic exercise than rescuing my darling Cornélie from the bitter dust of neglect. Things were looking good for her a year or so ago, but I was constantly troubled by teensy, tiny, niggling little inconsistencies that didn’t quite reconcile in all three orthogonal views. I ended up doing quite a bit of ‘reconstruction’ a la Chapelle and Merrit Edson. Getting back into the flow, I decided to refresh myself by going back to the basics, so I reexamined all the devis to make sure I didn’t do something stupid somewhere. Needless to say, that is just what I had done. Rechecking the contents, in the miscellaneous pile, I found a set of pages with off-set tables stuck in with the tables of scantlings, iron work, and sparring. The pages were titled ‘Errors’ and had lovely columns comparing off-set values from a devis with values from a master design plan. Wouldn’t you know it, an out of order page begins with “Erreurs du Devis et du Plan de la frigate la Justice, envoyé le 14 Mars par M. Sané” and includes all the column descriptions and explanations for the different measurement methods. Lovely things like “le devis donne … le plan donne ….”. It puts a descriptive name to the 7th lisse (diagonal ribband), rentrée, relating to tumble home, something that was part of the old heartburn. Playing with it, in this context, I found that it represented the region where the frame outline running batten has an inflection point, going from convex to concave. Combining this epiphany with the corrected off-set values resulted in curves that were not only more correctly implemented, but also exquisitely elegant. The tumble home now looks like ‘la taille élégante incurvée d'une jeune fille’ as it should. In another development, Gérard Delacroix let me know of a ‘design of the stern decoration of Cornélie’ available from Service Historique de la Marine. As soon as it arrives, I will have a plan of the stern to go along with the beautiful figurehead that David designed for her. Everything seems to be falling into place. It’s almost scary … I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. Here is a pic of the revised lines of the body plan. The corrected stuff is way more svelte and, yes, elegant. The left (aft) side is as it originally was and one can see the difference between the grace of the 1795 curves compared to the straighter, more utilitarian, shapes of the later classes (i.e., Pallas) formalized in the 1810 regulation. The corrected aft master is on the body plan (in green), so if one looks closely, one can see just what a better understanding of measurement point meaning gets you. Working on design of the master couple, disposition of frame, and framing the bow, stern, keel, apron, deadwood, and bears, oh my! More to come; slowly, but it will come. John
  7. Golly, Chuck. Although quite beautiful, they are all so terribly British Could you find a nice French one, too? Something to break up the monopoly
  8. MSW Sick Bay.

    I am glad things are settling down for you too, Mark. It seems I also got whacked in the last few months of 2016. Catastrophic kidney failure put the lights out for a couple months. Then, I spent a few more in the repair shop and recovery (torture) chamber. Like you, I'm back on the bicycle and the training wheels should come off in a bit. Losing an entire ski season was a pain, but at least I managed to sleep through the election. Looking forward to getting back to work. Also looking forward to seeing la fin de la Licorn. John
  9. Apologies for my prolonged absence. Health issues presented an unexpected and unwanted intrusion. It seriously disturbed my Wa. Easing back into the harness so should be able to, once again, make a pest of myself in the near future. John
  10. Speaking of yard dogs, I've been a yard dog with the Cornelie design. I have been doing a complete reconstruction of the lines plans according to the paradigm set out by Howard Chapelle and Merritt Edson, and it has been an astonishing experience. I have found that much of the original French tablature is quite relevant and accurate (most of it, actually). But there were some significant grey areas in the regions from Station VII-a to the stern, particularly in the region of the 'malicieux et capricieux' estain. She has been an absolute witch for over a year, but I think I got her attention, now. Plotting the new lines has been fun. Overlaying the old lines shows just how closely the old and new coincide in pertinent part. Those areas that differ, do so by a matter of a pouce (1:1 scale French feet). Amazing what one pouce here, one pouce there, actually does. Most of the tweaks were in terms of lignes (1/12 of a pouce), on a full scale drawing - Woof !!! So have a serious set of offsets and plotted the diagonals Only minimal tweaking required to the body plan, that did not disturb waterlines. Looked really good, so decided to have some fun and plot the diagonals on the profile plan. These are the French 'lisses' which are the batten positions according to the documentation of the design "devis". These look very good as well. Mr Mark-1 eyeball is pleased. Everything from VIII-a to VII-f is smooth and uniform. From VII-a, VIII-a to the fashion, things diverge, but I look at the lines between VII-a and l'estain, and I can see the curve velocity and convexity change such that I can visualize the complex curvature of the stern, just from the lines on the profile. Howard Chapelle, Merritt Edson, Jr. The yard dogs vade mecum. Woof !! Woof, woof, woof !! John
  11. Lighthouse Help

    Bozhe Moi, Igor. That's exactly what I'm looking for, spasebo. And Peggy's Cove in winter dissolving into Peggy's cove at sunset, Holy shimoly. Jack, this is personal use only. I just like historical lighthouses and powerful images of them. Carl, I'm non-denominational. Peggy's Cove pictures are exquisite. Wayne, sailed the Manan Island race in my youth. Know East Quoddy/Head Harbor light. Situated on a bleak rock. Oh yeah, she's on the list. Keep them cards and letters coming. Thank you. John
  12. Lighthouse Help

    Making a slideshow of lighthouse pictures for the desktop and screen saver. Have pics of Pemaquid Point, Cape Neddick, Matinicus Rock and Monhegan, in Maine. Looking for others equally picturesque, with some historical significance, and whose pictures show some of the bleak and forbidding nature of the coast that caused them to be built. Suggestions? My use will be personal and 'Fair Use' in the copyright sense, but please don't post images, unless you "Know" they are royalty-free, or open Creative Commons. A name, location, or description will let me find it. Thanks beforehand. John
  13. Mark, That is really cool and doesn't surprise me. My copy is still lurking in the bowels of the Customs Service, but I'll make sure to check that out and get my chuckle when it finally arrives. I see that a lot in the wreck archaeology reports from TAMU and from the Canadians working on provincial marine wrecks. There's always a couple pages, if not a chapter, describing the differences between the wreck timbers and what's shown on plans. T'is exciting stuff for a model builder or plan designer. It pretty much says that one is not straight-jacketed by strict conformance to scantling or dimensionality. It's good to do good plans and faithfully follow them, but sometimes, departures must be made. We are yard dogs in scale. Nice to know the big dogs did the same thing. One day someone will do a monograph on yards and yard dogs that focuses on their knowledge, professionalism, and that je ne sais quoi that lets them get away with it. I'll be all over that one. Thanks, Mark. John
  14. Thank you Nils. French lines sure were elegant. Bava, is your Cybele the Nymphe class frigate by P.A. Lamothe? I can't seem to find another Cybele in the lists anywhere. Just fyi, if she is the Lamothe frigate, Thetis was another Nymphe and much of a muchness with Cybele. The British captured Thetis in 1808 and NMM has plans of her as HMS Brune. Might be good for comparison purposes. Just sayin'. Put some thoughts on the Lamothe Cybele on the research sub-forum. I think she is worth considering. Ciao. John
  15. Plotted deck lines on the half breadth plan and they are looking shiny. Right off the off-set tables. Either I'm living right or I have a bit too much El Jimador in my margarita and am fooling myself that I'm seeing clearly. Bava might appreciate the conjugation, since deck lines were a problem when he put the old files into blender. Gosh, I love the people here. They push and poke and prod and make one do it right. Anyway ... John