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  1. ADLIB-1, a SHIP of a different kind.

    You do some very interesting stuff, Peter. Looking forward to seeing how it will turn out. Steven
  2. Name the Ship Game

    No, those look like square sails (seen side on) on both fore and main masts (with a furled topsail on the main), which would make it a brig. I'd expect there to be a gaff sail on the main, but I can't see one (or even the spars) on the drawing. Unless the sail isn't set and that somewhat curved angled line near the top of the main course is the gaff, and the sail is loose footed, so doesn't have a boom? Steven
  3. The "forgotten fleet"

    While at Ballina Maritime Museum I came across some information I'd never known before. From November 1944 onward, there was a large British (Commonwealth) naval presence in the Pacific, which played a significant role in the war against Japan. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Pacific_Fleet I'd thought after the sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse, the fall of Singapore and the destruction of the ABDA fleet, the naval war in the Pacific had been a purely US affair. Apparently not. Makes interesting reading. Steven
  4. Power versus Hand Tools?

    I've been building my (scratch) dromon model using almost no power tools except an electric drill. However, the sheeting for my planks was kindly cut for me by another member of MSW, otherwise I would have been lost. So I'd say a good bench saw is a must - at least from my own experience. I've used a drop saw to cut some wood from large pieces of timber, but that's because I've been very lucky in getting timber from local trees rather than buying it. An electric drill can double as a lathe with a bit of tweaking (though I carved all 100 oars for the dromon by hand - I don't think they were thick enough for a lathe). My main tools have been a coping saw, Stanley knife and scalpel. Using a power sander to trim down the plug around which I built my model was a real mistake - I took too much wood off and had to build it back up again with builder's bog. I can't see that it's necessary to have a large range of power tools to produce an excellent model. It's more about the individual builder's skill than the sophistication of his/her tools. Steven
  5. I've just returned from a holiday to the northern coast of New South Wales and to Brisbane in Queensland. First stop Ballina. They have a really good maritime museum, stuffed with models, maritime bits and pieces, and a balsa raft which was one of three which sailed (each with a crew of four) from South America to Australia in the 1970's - right across the Pacific Ocean. I'd never heard of it, and it's a shame it seems to have been forgotten. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vital_Alsar_Pacific_raft_expeditions ). Some photos: The First World War battlecruiser HMAS Australia, the only capital ship Australia ever possessed. Its presence was a formidable threat to German operations in the Pacific. It and its sister ship New Zealand missed out on the battle of Jutland because they were under repair after having collided shortly before. Perhaps a good thing, given the casualty rate among battlecruisers in the battle. There were at least three models of the Australia in the museum. The Las Balsas balsa raft. Note the frailty of the living quarters (mostly of bamboo). The keel and the logs to either side are made from enormous balsa logs. They travelled more than double the distance that Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki reached, but sadly are largely forgotten. And a model of HMAS Waterhen, one of the Scrap Iron Flotilla. Sorry about the picture quality - my mobile phone must have moved. And the bell-rope of HMAS Rushcutter. Lovely work, isn't it? To anybody here in Oz, or overseas visitors, I can recommend this museum. Run totally by (very knowledgeable) volunteers, and only $10 admission. Steven
  6. Australia would have its own sources of red, as well. There's a book I've read about restoring Historic houses, which I believe is in Ballarat library, which has quite a bit on the paint colours available before chemical hues came on the market. But I'd be surprised if lead wasn't the basis of the reds used. The colour is still called red lead. But I don't know if Oz paddlesteamers had red paddles. Steven
  7. Ship in a Bottle

    Nice. Steven
  8. Nice job, Steve. The characters look very convincing and appropriate. Steven
  9. possible trip to Portsmouth

    I came over from Australia and travelled to Portsmouth by train (from Hastings). Simple and easy. Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior, plus the monitor HMS M33 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_M33 . A good experience. Steven
  10. The meeting of Matthew Flinders in the Investigator and Nicolas Baudin in the Geographe in Encounter Bay, South Australia 1802. Thousands of miles from home, one going east, the other going west along the southern coast of Australia. What a coincidence! Or possibly the Bremen cog - almost completed - in its dock in the sudden surge of water in about 1380 AD that sank and buried it under mud till it was retrieved in the 20th century. Steven
  11. I went down to Warrnambool on the weekend for the annual regatta and championships. Lots of fun. Rowing with fixed seats in traditional boats. I was particularly interested in the rowing action with fixed seats, so I can get the oarsmen in my dromon right. But a fascinating event. Muggins here didn't think to take footage, but there are videos at https://b-m.facebook.com/SouthWestRegatta/ It was bloody freezing and windy, though, so perhaps not as many there as would otherwise have been. I'd never noticed that a whaleboat's steering oar has a tiller. And as there are an uneven number of oars, the coxswain must have to continuously compensate, to keep the boat from veering off to larboard. I missed the skiffs on Saturday, but they have rudders, and my heart is given to the steering oar. Steven
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. What Goes Around Comes Around

    Well done, that man!
  15. 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

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