davyboy

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  • Birthday 12/03/1940

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

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  1. It's currently 31°c just now (7,45pm). The past week has been pretty hot and it's to remain so next week albeit a bit cooler from Tuesday. Crazy weather,April started warm then wham,snow,sleet,hard frosts and mucho rain. I feel sorry for the fruit farmers here,they'll have no crop this year as the frosts killed all the blossoms. No local wines from this year either as the grapevines were frosted too Never mind,at least we don't get Tornadoes Dave
  2. Mike. Middling means if 50ft of brail rope is req'd on one side you use a 100ft rope fold it in two and sieze it to the cringle at the fold. Yes there is a block on each side of the yard and both sides would be hauled on simultaneously. Methinks the eyelets are a kit invention,nothing about eyelets for brails in any of the books I have. Boltropes and cringles are much stronger than sail canvas. Dave
  3. Eddie,I've heard there are millions of sheep in Aussie. You could borrow a few from a local farmer,they'd have it looking like a bowling green in a couple of hours Dave
  4. Hi Jeremy, If you're looking for wood you could try the following German wood suppliers :- www.massiv-holz-werkstatt.de www.arkowood.de I've bought wood from the top one,excellent range,quality wood and service. A bit closer than the U.S. to Cape Town. No connection to that business BTW. Regards, Dave P.S. forgot to mention both supply strips and planks
  5. Still wear my Omega Seamaster de Ville every day. Bought it in Aden in 1967,it cost me 16 Dinars. It now loses about a minute a day but I can live with that,just adjust it when I wind it up each morning. Dave
  6. Derek,it is "beefier" as are the blades. I mostly use in mine #26 blades,a larger version of the #11 and not so easy to break. Also sometimes use #21's and #25's. BTW,it's much cheaper to buy them in boxes of 100 than packs of 5. Dave
  7. Amazing where these tiny bits disappear to isn't it. A few years ago I was filing grooves for the strop into a 1/8" block when ping !!! it flew out of my tweezers into limbo. The year after we were moving house and I pulled a 2 metre tall wardrobe away from the wall and there was the block lying in the dust. How it managed to fly around 12 feet across the room and hit a gap of probably no more than 1" wide remains a mystery. Dave
  8. Thanks for posting this,great video and great music. The band sound a bit like Iron Maiden in their earlier days. Dave
  9. Hello KAT, Ulises Victoria a Mexican member lives in Monterey. Perhaps if you contact him by PM he could help you with information on suitable wood available in Mexico. He has a build log of the Royal Louis on page 7 of the Kit Build section of the forum. Kind regards, Dave
  10. I hope that all your snow soon goes Jack. Today here was again for the 7th consecutive day sunny and a warm 16°C Spring has finally sprung. Dave
  11. Eddie, Go to the model tips and tricks and making jigs Forum. 3rd article down should be of help. Dave
  12. Hi Folded Frog, Jackstays would not have been in use on the HMS Agamemnon 1781. They were not introduced on English warships until post 1810 according to Lees' Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War. You'll have to bend the sails to the yards. Dave
  13. Pete, I agree with both John and JCF's posts. Additionally to Lees,R.C. Anderson in both his books also gives a Parrel as having 2 rows of trucks. What is shown in your photo looks like a bit of modellers "inaccurate fancy work"to me. BTW,the HMS Royal William was a 1692 rebuild of the HMS Prince of 1670. There were only 2 ships given this name,the second being launched in 1833. Regards, Dave
  14. Hi Terry,I'm pretty sure there is not a model kit of this ship. She was a Leda class 38 gun Frigate launched in Bombay in 1817. I would imagine her plans are available from the N.M.M / Royal Museum Greenwich. I guess you were watching "Flog it" on BBC 2 earlier today Dave
  15. Sounds great Kishmul but tell me what would be the pleasure for a modeller in using computer controlled mills etc to do all the work OK for industry but it seems to me it would be similar to the modeller assembling a plastic model. For me,the enjoyment is making the parts with my own hands. You mention accuracy to .001",I learned to work to that dimension in steel with hand tools as an apprentice 60 years ago Sorry,if I come across as just an old Luddite Dave P.S. Apologies to any plastic modellers reading this.