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  • Birthday 10/24/1955

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    Canberra, Australia
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    Transitioning to scratch building, photography, travel, cycling

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  1. Gerald your website and this site continue to provide inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing. Thought you and your readers might enjoy the following story about the USS Agerholm model contained in Atlas Obscura. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/agerholm-model Some parallels to your current build Gerald. Those State side are probably very familiar with the story (my apologies if I am treading familiar ground). Alan
  2. I'm sorry Ben about your mishap. Can't get over the amount of movement through the humidity. Wish you every success with the next stages. Alan
  3. A Build for the Ages. A wonderful example of the fine art of model shipbuilding Druxey - undertaken by a master. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us. Alan
  4. MIke K I agree with Gaetan's take on this subject. You might also want to take a look at Gaetan's latest build. In respect of your query on metrics David Robert's in his translator notes of a number of the late Jean Boudriot's books observes "that all measures are given in French units of measure - feets inches pounds and so on, which are approximately 10% greater than their corresponding English measures. Where appropriate, the metric equivalents are given in square brackets." You might want to get an app that I and a number of others on this site have found useful called model scaler by Woodland Science. Happy modelling Alan
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    Canadian Forest Fires

    To our friends and colleagues in Canada, we trust that you are all safe and out of harms way. The TV footage of this week's fires is very distressing and we all hope that relief in the form of long overdue rain comes soon. Alan
  6. Druxey: In today's UK Times, a wonderful picture by Rob Powell of the Gloriana emerging from winter storage at Denton Wharf. See following link for more: http://onthethames.net/2016/04/05/gloriana-bound-st-katherine-docks-winter-storage/
  7. Gerald, like others following this thread I have been in awe of your body of work over many years both in the nautical and auto domains. Your rendition of Bucklers Hard as it looked in the 18th century is inspiring stuff. Your auto builds and accompanying books are also a font of knowledge and wonder. Have been following your present build on your own site but am grateful you are sharing it with a wider audience here. Alan
  8. Exquisite work Druxey. As always. In your research any sense what the original vessel would have been made of? Impressed too by your innovation with the base! Have you used that method before? Alan
  9. Greg I was there three years ago and yes all the models in vol 1 and vol 2 were residing there at that time. I understand that in 2014 and earlier this year there was a special exhibition of a number of the models at Versailles. The original La Collection Navale de Trianon but understand that exhibition has now finished. With luck the models will have been returned to their former places of honour. There is a clip on Youtube covering that exhibition. The highlights for me were: The Pic model of a 74 Gun ship (1755); Le Rivoli; Le Requin; and Bernard Frolich's rendition of L'Ambitieux. Enjoy your visit. Alan
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    Hello from Canada

    Welcome Niterdr This is certainly the forum to get your questions answered. Living in Canada is an added bonus where some of the best modellers in the world are located. Having the Thomson Collection on your doorstep as well! Hmmmm almost convinced myself to emigrate. If you could only fix your winters!!!! Alan
  11. Looks stunning Greg. Congratulations. The mahogany (?) base contrasts with it beautifully. Good to hear the fit out package has plenty spare for redo's!!!! Alan
  12. No problems Erik. I understand completely the problem of future build ideas! As a primer into building french vessels of the era you are looking at, you may want to invest in Bernard Frolich's The Art of Ship Modelling. It is available from ANCRE and is in english. Not cheap but the US$ is getting you plenty of bang for your buck these days. If nothing else it will motivate you to tackle L'Amarante and add to your wish list considerably. Good luck. Alan PS Gerard is a member of this site and will no doubt have plenty to contribute to this discussion.
  13. G'day Eric I don't have this particular publication but I do have others that Gerard has produced. The book is certainly intended for the scratch builder and there will be a comprehensive set of plans as well as a comprehensive background/history on the particular vessel/class of vessel. One wouldn't embark on this enterprise with just Gerard's book. Possibly doable if you have several builds under your belt but a v tough gig with just the book alone. I would encourage you to visit the ANCRE Editions web site where additional publications are also available. Several of these give you insights into French construction techniques of the period and are also of use/value. There are lots of differences in the construction build of french vs english vessels of the period. Having spotted his book you will have seen that Gerard also runs his own forum (in french). There are several construction builds of the vessel underway as I write this. Eleven at last count. Again these are worth studying/translating. Good luck on your journey. Will watch your build with interest. Alan
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    Rogers, Sergison, Pepys Collections

    Druxey/Jay/Wayne Many thanks for your respective contributions. I'll bit the bullet and join USNI. Alan
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    Rogers, Sergison, Pepys Collections

    Thanks Brian and Crackers Brian: particularly interested in obtaining a listing (preferably definitive) of the Sergison and Pepy's collections. Not sure that such a thing existed(s) but Baldridge's title sounded promising. Crackers: the Naval Academy catalog sounds interesting. Will chase this up. Thanks for your responses. Alan

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