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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. Patrick,you are making a very good model,very nice indeed. I watched a programme yesterday on English television about this ship and Drake. There were many parts of the programme taken on board the replica in London. Not a lot of headroom below decks and extremely cramped living conditions. Hard to believe that the original ship circumnavigated the world. BTW,the pivot point for the Whipstaff is called the Rowle. Dave
  2. Very nice job on the ordnance B.E. There are a lot of parts for each gun assembly aren't there. I've moved both my long guns to the #2 gunports and have made up 4 swivels to place in the #1 gunport areas,my choice. The rigging is nearly finished,just the lower yard braces to do then make the cat blocks and anchor buoys etc etc. BTW,if you can find a use for a couple of 1mm sq x 80mm long jewellers files #4 or 5 cut plus some .7 and 1mm drills drop me a PM with your address and I'll post them to you. All are unused courtesy of the Basel fleamarket,cost me next to nothing Regards, Dave
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    Tops angle

    Matrim, The tops should not be at right angles to their respective masts but tilted down at their fronts at the same angle as the mast is raked aft. As the tops are fitted to the trestle and cross trees Steele says :- "the foremost ends (trestle trees) are to drop as much below a square with the middle line on the mast as the mast is to rake aft in the length. That they may be level when the mast is in its place". Sorry about the somewhat archaic English. Hope this is of help. Dave
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    How did you find MSW?

    Back in '07 I tried to join Drydock Models and was told in no uncertain terms that my .com email address was unacceptable. Not surprised it became defunct as I'm sure I wasn't the only one. A couple of weeks later an online search revealed MSW which I promptly joined in October that year. Been here ever since Dave
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    Footropes on Spritsail Yard

    I would say yes. The Spritsail yard would certainly have at least standing lifts and was also used as a lead (via thimbles or eyebolts) for the Jibboom and flying Jibboom guys. Has to be safe access for any repair/maintenance req'd on those whether or not a sail is bent. Just my opinion of course. Dave
  6. Well done with the Boom Crutches B.E. I did say they were a bit of a pain to make I like your addition of bolts in the Transom Knees,I may crib your idea and do mine,have to remove the Flag Halliard cleats first though. C'est la vie. I bit the bullet and made 4 swivels and posts for the bow area,I'm the Captain so it's my choice They also will not be added until the build end. Incidentally,I'll bet you will catch those Crutches sometime,they are a bit vulnerable there,even when pinned. Mine have been off a couple of times already,I'll glue them finally at the end of my build. regards, Dave
  7. An excellent start to the New Year B.E. I just carefully cut down the transom frames 'til the knees were a snug fit,those Boom crutches are a bit of a pain to shape right. I had two attempts before I was happy. I'm currently in the process of rigging the Yards which I fully dressed before hanging them,makes life a bit easier. I wish you a happy,healthy and prosperous New Year. Dave
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    What have you received today?

    Received my belated Christmas presents today from the UK. Navy Board Ship Models by Ball and Stephens and Wooden Warship Construction by Lavery. I have only had a quick look through both books,wow !! Superb colour pictures and text in the first and definitely a worthwhile buy for anyone interested in these Models. I'll now give the latest book on the US Naval Academy Models a miss due to the extortionate $30 postage cost. Laverys' book is also very good,my only complaint being it's too small I'd have happily paid more for a larger format book. Looking forward to some long reading sessions Dave
  9. Andante,I use Pritt glue sticks. Available throughout Europe I believe as they have the name (glue stick) in 15 different languages on the container. Dave
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    Now I Feel Old

    Around 17 years ago I visited the RAF museum at Hendon and there it was on display. One of my old (8 squadron RAF) Hunters which I'd worked on in the 1960's in the middle east. That certainly made me think migod. Cathead,I've still not got one and I'm twice your age. Can't think of any reason to have one either. Dave
  11. Very nice BE, may I suggest not hanging the rudder until later in your build. It is quite vulnerable,don't ask me how I know. I've made my "waste product pipes" and their location holes in the planking. Drilled a small hole then filed them out as I didn't wish to risk any splintering. Best wishes for the festive season, Dave
  12. Good evening BE, One interesting point re the "facilities" comes to mind. There are no discharge pipes/chutes for them shown on the plan as I'm sure there must have been. I missed this earlier so I will now run a small drill down the "hole" and through the lower counter planking. Can then open it out to a suitable size for a piece of tubing. I would imagine that the area below each "facility" compartment must have been lead lined to prevent rotting of the lower counter planks. Not that we need to bother about that though. On the other hand,maybe only buckets were there and "naughty" sailors were given "latrine detail" instead of the cat Sorry,couldn't resist saying that. Regards,and keep up your excellent work. Dave
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    when sails not used

    Good evening Scott, The following sail rigging shown on period ship models is normally left on with the upper yards lowered to the caps. Sheets and Clewlines,they help to hold the yards down. Buntlines,Leechlines and Reefing tackles if fitted,an overhand knot is tied at the rope ends and the lines pulled up to their respective leading blocks on the yard. Bowlines are not always shown but if so,they are hitched to their respective yards. Hope this is of some help. Dave
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    Spyglasses in the early 18th century

    Good evening timboat, Telescopes/spyglasses first appeared in the early 17th century. I would think that at least a ships captain Naval or Merchant would possess one in the early 18th century. Dave
  15. Hi BE,that's an excellent job you have made of your deck planking. Very nice indeed Dave

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