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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I was at the Eye Hospital in Basel this afternoon. Had the final checks and a talk on the procedure for a Cataract op on my right eye,very straightforward 20 minute job. I get the left eye done in early March. It sure will be nice to see properly again although I'll still possibly need to wear spec's for reading and modelling. Dave
  7. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Hi Derek,count yourself lucky. If you lived in the UK you would not have been allowed to remove or disturb your Bats under pain of prosecution. They are classed as a protected species there along with many other creatures. Dave
  8. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    Doug,that is how it was done. Stbd 1&2,Port 1&2 then Stbd 3&4,Port 3&4 and so on. A good dodge for single shrouds is,if the ship had 2 Burton pendants (masthead tackles) to incorporate these with the single forward shroud. Alternatively a false cut splice can be made joining the 2 single shrouds,the serving will hide this. Just for info,the forward shroud on square rigged RN ships was always wormed and served for it's full length. Prevented the sails chafing on the fwd shrouds when close hauled Think this was standard in all navies. I believe on fore and aft rig the rearmost shroud has this done. Dave
  9. Model Shipway Ratline tool

    An interesting idea but...What are the chances of not pulling the ratlines out of line when,after turning in the deadeyes reeving the lanyards then tensioning the shrouds? It's almost a guarantee you will pull them out of line,thread/rope can/will stretch after all. Could end up looking dreadful if you've glued the clove hitches. Just a thought Also,I can't imagine the hastle of getting 4 or 5 pairs of shrouds linked together by ratlines over the masthead in sequence stbd 1&2 then port 1&2 etc. Dave
  10. Hi all, I found this website when searching for something else. www.modellbau-takelgarn.de They supply RH lay rope 0.3 - 2.9mm diameter in cotton or polyester,beige or dark brown. Also,Cable lay rope 0.9 - 3.00mm diameter in cotton or polyester,beige or dark brown. Served rope 0.9 - 1.4mm diameter is also offered. It all looks to be of good quality. I wish a happy,healthy and prosperous New Year to everyone. Dave ** Mods,if this is in the wrong area please move to the appropriate place.
  11. Cloudy with rain showers here today,with a pleasant local temperature of +11°C at 2pm. I can live with that Spoke with my sister in Hamilton Ontario this afternoon,she said it was -23°C where she lives It's probably warmer at the north pole. Dave
  12. Video on the tea clippers

    Thanks for posting this video. Very interesting indeed. Dave
  13. What have you received today?

    Well,to paraphrase John Wayne. A cats gotta do what a cats gotta do Dave
  14. Same here,but now logged in after a few tries. Dave.
  15. Hi Seren,can't help you with drawings but if you google HMS Victory the second item is 100's of photographs of her. You should be able to get a good idea of where the wale positions are from them. Surprised there's no info on the plan,nor any material provided for them. Hope this may be of some help to you. Dave

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