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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 J.C.F, how true. Methinks it's a case of a "look what I've got competition",some people have more money than common sense. Dave
  2. Is Crown Timberyard still open for business?

    Hi Ron, If you decide to order wood from Deutschland check out www.massiv-holtz-werkstatt.de also. Frank Horschig has no problem with orders in English. He has a very good selection of timber and is not expensive. I do all my ordering by email and pay by bank transfer. No connection with him,just a very satisfied customer. Dave
  3. Hi Cal, The Caldercraft Victory is 1/72 scale and they also manufacture Cannon in that scale and probably also gun carriages. I've just looked at Cornwall Model Boats website and they list Caldercraft Cannon at this scale. Dave
  4. Boomkin Question

    Hi Chris, Here is what Lees writes verbatim "usually the boomkins butted against the beakhead though sometimes they butted or were bolted against knightheads on either side of the bowsprit,this latter method being used mainly after 1800". He does not mention anything as to how high they would have been mounted. Unless some other forum member can give you better info,I guess "its up to you *. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Dave
  5. Micro mill and planer

    Hi Haliburton, Sorry but I don't have any pics. So far I've made the gratings,gun carriages,pump bodies and milled mast/yard sheave slots for my Cheerful build. I intend to make all my own blocks and will fit sheaves in all but the smallest. I also made my mast coat using the mill. I've really enjoyed doing this plus it saves one money. My next buy (when I can afford it) will be a lathe. I could kick myself for selling my Unimat SL back in the 80's when I stopped modelling. Regards, Dave
  6. Micro mill and planer

    Hi there Haliburton,you should definitely buy the MF 70 mill. I bought one earlier this year and wouldn't be without it. There are only 2 extra accessories made for this tool AFAIK,a rotary table #24264 and a machinists vice #24260 and they're not very expensive. Dave
  7. Hi Gregory, Thank you for posting that drawing. My plans were bought from Chuck back in 2015 and do not have the amendment you show which is of course a revision. I could not understand why no means of applying tension to the Topmast stay was shown on my plans. My problem is solved. Once again thank you. Kind regards, Dave
  8. Hi Gregory, Thank you for your reply. My Plan #2 (for the standing rigging) distinctly shows the topmast stay fitted to the Topmast as would be normal,no block nor tackle is shown. Yes,this plan shows the Topmast Backstays are attached to a tackle,perhaps you could be mixing the two up or you have a different plan to me. Plan #3 (for the running rigging) only shows 2 blocks on the Topmast ,these are for the Topsail yard lifts. The list on this plan also quotes only the rope size for the Topmast stay,no mention of blocks nor rope for a tackle for this stay. Kind regards, Dave
  9. Hi all, I am currently building Chucks' Cheerful and have a question about the rigging of this stay. The plans show it directly attached to the Bowsprit. It's well known that hemp rope was prone to stretching so it is my intention to run it through the centre sheave of a treble block (the other sheaves are for the Topsail braces) either to a tackle or thimbles and a lanyard. Also,the Bowsprit has 3 fid holes which tells me that it could/would be set at different lengths according to sailing requirements. I'm sure that the Bosun and Captain would not be happy with a Topmast stay flapping about in the breeze when the Bowsprit was "run in" so to speak. Just doesn't sound right to me. I've never seen a rigging plan that does not show some means of tensioning stays whether it's with hearts,deadeyes,a tackle or thimbles/lanyard. I did mention this to Chuck but he just said that's how it's shown on the original model. It's possible of course that the builder of the original model got it wrong but that's just my thought on it. Any comments will be gratefully received Dave
  10. Carronades at least initially were not as I have read somewhere classified in the R.N. ratings "system" as guns. Only Cannon were counted. Dave
  11. Hi RussR, Just a thought,but why not buy a couple of feet of 4mm x 4mm walnut from your local model shop and cut off the lengths you require,I'm sure you will be able to find a use for the remainder. Dave
  12. Hi Steve, after 1743 a Royal Navy 3pdr cannon had a length of 4'6" according to Lavery in his Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War book. Can't help with your other questions but I suspect Carronades would have been more likely. Regards, Dave
  13. Hi Mark P, Thank you for that info,much obliged. It means I don't have to blacken the brass set I've made for my current build. Kind regards, Dave
  14. What metal were pintles and gudgeons manufactured from in English 17th and 18th century warships. Bronze or Iron ? Lavery does not mention which in his Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War. I would assume Bronze as Iron and Saltwater don't mix too well Thanks, Dave
  15. Hi Christos, That is called a knight. It was used for raising or lowering the lower fore,main and mizzen lateen yards in conjunction with a rams head block. The tie started near the yard centre went over a groove or sometimes a sheave in the cap down through a hole in the rams head block then back up through the sheave or over the groove on the other side of the cap and down to the yard on that side. This should be shown on your rigging plans of which I assume is of a French ship. That is how they did it. Can't see from your pic but I'm pretty sure there will be one abaft your main and mizzen masts also. Hope this helps. Dave