Louie da fly

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  1. I agree with CaptArmstrong. It is very reminiscent of the late Roman/early Byzantine armour, which itself harked back to ancient Greece. The 'muscled' breastplate and the pteruges on the upper sleeves etc, and even the buskins could have come straight from the Barberini ivory (below). And rather than an accurate portrayal, this would be an 18th century person's idea of what the ancient Greeks wore.
  2. A small clarification of the seal, in case anybody was wondering why the dexter (Latin for right-hand) figure is on the left and the sinister (Latin for left-hand) figure is on the right, instead of the other way around. Seal descriptions come from the mediaeval art of heraldry - the study, rules and blazoning (describing in heraldic technical terms) of a person's coat of arms. The blazon relates first and foremost to the design on the shield, and describes the figures and designs from the viewpoint of the person holding the shield, not the viewer. So from the viewer's point of view, sinister is on the right and dexter is on the left . . . It's confusing, but that's the way it's been ever since heraldry began, and there's nothing we can do about it but learn to live with it. (A bit like pushing the tiller to port when you want to go to starboard . . .). As it's a seal rather than a coat of arms, I doubt that colours would be specified. I've looked at google images, and they show the background (field in heraldic terminology) as either white (argent) or blue (azure). With this as a basis, and choosing a white background, the blazon would go something like this - "Argent, a windmill's sails in saltire [i.e. as a diagonal cross] proper [in its natural colours]. In chief and base [top and bottom] a beaver statant [standing] or possibly couchant [lying down, but with head raised - there's no heraldic term for crouching, which is what these beavers appear to be doing] proper . In dexter and sinister a barrel proper [note that if the barrels were lying on their sides they would be called tuns.] For a crest, an eagle displayed [standing facing the viewer with its wings spread and head turned to the right - if it was facing the other way I think it would be described as regardant (looking backwards), or perhaps just "facing sinister"]. For supporters, dexter a sailor holding a plummet in his dexter hand, sinister, a native American (or whatever the correct heraldic term may be) holding a bow in his sinister hand, both upon a laurel branch in fess [horizontal] above the date 1625. Motto "sigillum civitatis novi eboraci" The whole within a laurel wreath proper." I've probably committed all kinds of heraldic blunders in this blazon, but it's not too far from how it should be. As you can see, it's a very technical and precise subject. The blazon is supposed to be phrased in such a way that anybody should be able to produce a picture of the coat of arms (or achievement) just from reading it. Perhaps not too germane to the discussion, but it's a subject I find fascinating. Steven
  3. Messis, to answer your question about shellac, "Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand. It is processed and sold as dry flakes and dissolved in ethanol to make liquid shellac, which is used as a brush-on colorant, food glaze and wood finish." You probably know it by another name in your own language. Steven
  4. Thanks Martin. That looks fantastic. I'll have to get one when I can fit it in the budget. Tired of burning my fingers with the heat gun. Fortunately for my current build it's only the wales that need bending and I'm nearly finished. (The planks are only about 0.5mm thick, as it's a very lightly built craft). Steven
  5. This is a very useful and worthwhile tutorial. I'm eagerly looking forward to the one on two-piece moulds. I've got 50 oarsmen to make and I've never tried moulding with rubber and resin.
  6. This is a really brilliant video. Unfortunately my frames are so thin that I can't put pencil marks on them that are visible. Serves me right for trying to build a dromon with scale thickness frames. But it's very clear and easy to understand. I'll be sure to use this technique in subsequent builds
  7. What is that amazing tool? It seems to be an attachment for a soldering iron? If so what is it called and where can I get one?
  8. Thanks very much for the information, JCF. I had the same problem with "crows nests" when I tried to find a picture of the real thing. You've really cleared this up for me. Steven
  9. Yes, but what's that strange looking craft with all sails set, off to starboard?
  10. I asked a similar question a while ago and got a reply here. It seems that some at least were lashed to the side of the ship.
  11. Several times now I've come across references to (sail-powered) whaling ships being recognisable by having "crow's nests" on their masts - something other ships didn't have. But I can find no worthwhile information on just what they might have been. Obviously not what we are accustomed to calling tops. Anybody have any information? Steven
  12. Rob, I think this might be a case where the wrong nomenclature is being used as you mentioned above. The (almost) vertical ropes running from the masthead to the deadeyes are the shrouds, and yes, they are used to support the masts. However the shrouds also form the sides of the "rope ladders" for access aloft. The ratlines are the thinner ropes used as the "rungs" .
  13. For a landsman's view of a seaman's life in the 19th century, I'd recommend Two Years Before the Mast. Hard work, but by no means a horror. And he was told to go to sea for his health! Steven
  14. Mark Twain on his way to Australia crossed the date line and tells the story here - though how he gets the time difference between the two sides of the line TWO days apart, rather than one, I can't fathom. For the ship's history and the origin of her name, see here Warrimoo is a small village in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. I've been through it many a time. Steven
  15. I managed to track down the picture I asked Zoran about. It's at the bottom of a scene of the Annunciation painted by by Nikola Božidarević, known as Nicholas the Ragusian - the painting was produced in 1513. He also produced a triptych which contains a representation of Dubrovnik harbour with carracks at anchor (click on the middle dot under the painting to get a closer view). Unfortunately there don't seem to be any more detailed copies of either of these available on the Net.