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  1. Saint Columba’s curragh

    Thanks, Nils!
  2. Saint Columba’s curragh

    Registered Member #4036 Joined: Wed Aug 08 2012, 01:04am Posts: 31 This is a model of the 36’ curragh in which Saint Columba (a.k.a., Colmcille) travele from northern Ireland to the island of Iona in What is now Scotland, in 563 A.D. The model was built from scratch using traditional curragh building methods. A wooden frame was constructed that consisted of a double gunwale, and a basket-like frame of ribs (“hoops”) and stringers tied together with simulated leather sinew. A hand-sewn leather covering was then stretched around this frame and lashed to the double gunwale. Sails, rigging, and oars completed the model. A figure of Saint Columba was made from epoxy clay and positioned at the bow, in the act of releasing a ceremonial dove prior to the voyage. Another figure at the stern depicts a fellow monk, patiently waiting for Columba to finish his little ceremony.
  3. Lewis & Clark barge

    Nice looking model! This one is on my to-do list. Do you have plans, either your own or someone else’s?
  4. I am planning a 1/24 scale diorama that will include part of a square-rigger mast and at least one spar, maybe two. Given my chosen scale, It is critical for the sizes of the rigging lines and pulleys to be as accurate as possible. Any suggestions about where to find information about the actual sizes of pulleys and the full-sized diameter of rigging lines on fully-rigged ship would be appreciated. Thanks.
  5. Starboard bow

    Actually I intended the captain to be the fellow at the tiller. The white-haired guy at the bow is the avatar of my late father, who was himself a wonderful ship modeler and armchair nautical adventurer. I began doing ship models when I inherited his set of ship modeling tools and supplies, so I put a figure of him on all my models. So far, he has been in the Bounty's launch with Bligh, sailed in an Irish curragh with Saint brendan, crewed a 1930's Pitcairn Island wooden longboat, and now has journeyed from Cornwall to Australia on a fishing lugger. He gets around.
  6. Starboard side

    I am in the US. I made the model for a long-time friend whose mother is a distant relative of the captain. I learned so much about Cornwall and the Cornish fishing industry that Imwould like to visit the region someday.
  7. Mount's Bay lugger "Mystery"

    The "Mystery" was a 33-foot Cornish lugger that sailed from Cornwall to Melbourne, Australia, in 1854-1855 with a seven-man crew. The voyage was without incident, and took 116 days. In preparation for the trip, the Mystery was fully decked over and sheathed with zinc, and that is how my model portrays her.
  8. Overhead view

    Thanks, Marc!

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