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  1. Has anybody else seen this? https://www.livescience.com/53744-photos-medieval-dutch-shipwreck.html It was discovered in 2012 and (I think) raised in 2016, but I never saw it. How did I manage to miss it? So, we have another cog to study and learn from. Very exciting. Steven
  2. Don't Mention The Cricket

    Nice . . . until they beat us again! (I've seen it happen far too often in my cricket-following career ) Then the jokes will be travelling the other way. Steven
  3. What Goes Around Comes Around

    Well done, that man!
  4. After a few months in the water it would probably be supporting a fine growth of underwater weed - particularly if (as I suppose) it's the Golden Hind sailing into tropical waters. But I don't think that would be very pleasant to look at - I agree with Druxey - do what you want to do. Steven
  5. Perhaps to make them easier to find in dark/overcast/mist? Steven
  6. My dromon now has all its oarports cut out and internal stiffening from stringers. And the Emperor (whose ship it is), some courtiers and a Varangian bodyguard.
  7. What Goes Around Comes Around

    A very nice story. Sometimes things were just meant to be. It's good when an old, well-loved model is brought back to its former glory. You've rendered a great service and made someone very happy. Well done, sir. Steven
  8. Mary Rose

    Never got to see the Mary Rose when we went to the UK in 2009 - they'd just started building the new home for her and all we got to see where the artefacts recovered. They were pretty amazing, though - especially the surgeon's huge syringe! I hope to see her next time we go, but it's a long way to travel . . . Steven
  9. Flying Cloud Voyage of 1851

    Another thought - perhaps the line they followed is a "Great Circle" - a curve joining the ends of a diameter of the Earth - that is the shortest route over the surface f a sphere. I don't have the math to work this out, but it may be a possibility.
  10. Flying Cloud Voyage of 1851

    Two thoughts occur - Both ships may have been staying well clear the coast until they reached the right latitude and then sailed east along the parallel until they reached the coast. Unless I was totally certain of the accuracy of my chronometer I'd be treating the longitudinal calculations not as totally reliable but "more of a set of goideloines". I wouldn't risk the safety of the ship on them unless I had to. The other thing is the prevailing winds. If they are westerly, the coast becomes a lee shore - much to be avoided. Even if they only got occasional westerlies, I'd be staying well away from the coast if possible until it was time to go into port. Steven
  11. Flag protocol

    The cross of St George relates specifically to England - a red cross on a white background. The "Union Jack" - the flag of Great Britain - is a combination of the Cross of St George (England), with Scotland's cross of St Andrew - white saltire (diagonal cross) on a dark blue background and Ireland's Cross of St Patrick (red saltire on a white background) Steven
  12. On further consideration I should also say that there'll be no permanent harm done by loosening off the clamps - you'll just have the sides spring outwards, which can be remedied as above. But before you do, make the temporary clamps so you can push the hull back into shape when it's time to glue in the stringer and the beam shelf. It's best to make them while the hull is still being held "shipshape" so you have a shape to return to. Do as many as you need to, probably at fairly close intervals, and ensure the hull and the clamps are marked to show where each one goes, as the distance apart of the bits of bamboo skewer varies depending on the shape of the hull. Good luck with it. Steven
  13. I would advise against taking off all the reinforcements and hoping it will sort itself out. It won't. I had a similar problem - my dromon had bentwood frames which spread outward when I took it off the plug. My idea was to use crossbeams to hold the sides in, but I also had a lot of work to do inside the hull before I could glue the crossbeams in place. So I made some temporary "clamps" out of popsicle sticks and bamboo skewers, rather like your braces, to hold the hull shape while I worked on the rest (see page 9 of my build log - posts from Aug 27 to Sept 7 of 2017). Each clamp was sized to sit in one particular place on the hull (and marked accordingly). The beauty of these things is they are so easy to put on and take off. Your problem is more difficult but I believe putting in more temporary clamps would help a lot. You can take off one clamp at a time to work inside the hull without the hull deforming too much (particularly if you work fairly fast!). And adding the stringer and especially the beam shelf should solve the problem permanently. Steven
  14. Maritime figures are a bit thin on the ground in Oz, but it might be possible to "bash" wargaming or model railway figures to look right for your purpose. It would also depend on the period you're portraying. Your 22mm figures would be about 1:83 scale. Railway figures in HO scale (3.5mm=1 foot=1:87) would be just over 21mm tall for a person 6-feet tall, though as I recall, most figures are what they call OO/HO, which is 4mm to the foot (=1:76) so a 6-footer would be be 24mm high. Then there are military figures at 1:72 scale (about 24mm high). But I did find this link https://www.1001modelkits.com/small-scale-soldiers/16329-hat-industrie-hat8098-british-sailors-and-marines-x-80-figures-and-8-naval-cannons-0696957080983.html?iPage=1 and I'm sure there are others out there if you're prepared to look overseas. Steven
  15. That's beautiful work. What kind of wood was used? Steven

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