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About davyboy

  • Birthday 12/03/1940

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    Binningen Switzerland
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    British naval warships 17th and 18th centuries. Travel in S.E Asia. Reading.

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  1. Hi Patrick, In Brian Laverys Book the Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War he writes this on page 37. According to Sir Walter Raleigh,the Capstan was first used for weighing anchor in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st in the second half of the 16th Century. Though there is evidence it was in use by 1546. No mention of double Capstans in English Ships until the latter part of the 17th Century. Hope this is of some help to you. Dave
  2. Thanks Mark and Paul. I managed to see the pictures eventually. The facebook pop up to log in,join up et al which blocked the page had a very small printed note at the bottom saying "not now". Clicked on that and got through,should have noticed that earlier . Many very very nice models indeed. Dave
  3. It would be nice to see the photographs but I can not . I don't do facebook or any other social media rubbish. Perhaps some of the photo's will be posted in the forum in the future so all can see them. One can only live in hope Dave
  4. What have you received today?

    My order of the armament for my HMS Cheerful was in my postbox this morning,very nice quality guns indeed. Ordered last Sunday evening,sterling service from Chuck Dave
  5. Hi shipman, Modern times I'm afraid and they have no shame,have to cater for the hands on button pushers with no interest in history . I believe that the models were replaced by a mobile phone exhibition or some such rubbish. I first visited there in 1974. When I was last there in 2007 the models had been moved to another area and there was a lot less to see then plus many were crammed in wall cabinets. Not a lot of use when you could only see one side of a model . Dave
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Brian,that was a good buy.As I recall the French Franc was around 10 to the Pound then. Four bob for a gross of fret-saw blades,can't be bad. Dave
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I was at the Basel fleamarket today and picked up a dozen 50 mm diameter saw blades still in their packing. 110 teeth and 10 mm bore which fits my proxxon saws. Down side is they're only 0,4 mm thick,however should be ok for cutting thinner timber and brass or copper sheet. Only cost one Franc each (about US $1) so I'm a happy bunny with that buy Dave
  8. Hi John,it's very easy to blacken copper with a liver of sulphur solution. Takes seconds to do after cleaning the part then just rinse off with water,you can also blacken copper items in situ then rinse it off. It doesn't do any damage to nor discolours the wood. Check out Ed Tostis' Young America build log,he uses it for all his copper work. Is that very nice Tearoom still open in Harrogate ? I was in there several times many years ago,very nice pastries were enjoyed to be sure. Dave
  9. Video on bending planks on a real ship

    Very interesting video Kevin,thanks for posting it. Dave
  10. Very strange John,I had a like from you 43 minutes ago for a post I never made. Methinks you've got a Gremlin lurking Dave
  11. Wonder what this is?

    One has to wonder what the builder was on when he thought this one up Definitely a different slant on shipmodelling Dave
  12. Hi bluenose2, I believe the original Endeavour didn't have bumpkins fitted. For certain the replica has the foretacks led to a block on top of the catheads. I'm sure that they would have got this right. I think that where boomkins would have been fitted the foretack fouled on the catheads due to their position. Google HMS Endeavour and you will find many pix,some showing this lead of the foretack. The ones shot from just aft of the windlass show this best. That I'm sure is why there is nothing on the plans about them. There was a short discussion about this a couple of years ago,in one of the build logs as I recall. Dave
  13. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Hi again Tom, Sailmaking section :- page 153,left hand column last sentence, page 154 left hand column first sentence. Regards, Dave
  14. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Hi Tom,here's two bits from Lees,hope they are of help. 1:- "After 1730 and up to 1745 on small ships and 1780 on large ships,the fore part of the sail was cut off and the luff laced to the mizzen mast". 2.- "When gaffs were fitted,which was from 1745 on small ships and 1780 on large ships the mizzen sail was cut exactly as just described". He also states that "the mizzen sail was always loose footed,that is,no boom was ever fitted; it was only when the permanent driver replaced the mizzen that the boom became a permanent feature". If it was my frigate model I'd fit the gaff. Dave
  15. Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Hi Tom,the mizzen jeer did hang abaft the mast. As I understand it this allowed the mizzen yard to be moved to the other side of the mast when changing tack to prevent the mizzen sail wearing on the mast. The parrel/truss was slackened off,the mizzen yard bowlines disconnected and the yard physically hauled aft then passed to the other side. Must have been a real PITA for the crew as the jeer,brails,sheet and likely the lift would also need some slackening off. Still,Navy ships had large crews so manpower wouldn't have been a problem. I would imagine the sail would have had to be furled to do this but I'm no sailor,a large kite comes to mind Dave

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