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  1. Very tasty build and presentation :-) XXXDAn
  2. I am quite confident that the port existed, from Sovereign of the Seas onwards to the 1760ies 1780ies. It is shown in many plans, models, drawings and paintings. Around the mentioned time it suddenly diappeared from ALL the before mentioned contemporary sources. That was the time of Seven Years' War and America´s war of independence, both to deal with major Navy activities. Possibly that service necessities beat protocol for once ;-) The ports reappear in the plans of around 1800, but sometimes one port more aback. Good point with the carvings Mark. Another mystery that is not solved yet, in the start it appears that there was only a port on the port side. When did the use of two entry ports start? This feature is only to be seen on models so far. XXXDAn
  3. That is more easy: over the waist using the side steps and the rope. As there are strong evidences of there not being side entrance ports on the first two rates from the 1760ies to the 1805ies, even Nelson must have been using those steps, or better, having his handicap, using the bosum´s chair. But my question was serious: Are there contemporary sources about the use of this port? All sources that I know indicating them as to be for senior officers only, are dated much later! Knowing the serious business of protocol in those days, there should be a clear statement somewhere in the regulations. But the use of this port is so out of documentation, only plans, models and painting showing it, but no details about the use, the door and other details. Heretical question: Or was it originally only a port to throw out garbage and potty-contents during trips, when ports were to be shut?!? XXXDAn
  4. Was it really? Are there any contemporairy sources of the 1760ties to 1810ties reporting the use? Still looking for that. Still a big puzzle for this prominent feature :-) XXXDAn
  5. The one with the plank on the bottom is the older version as far as I know. I do not know when the switch models was done, neither how long the older one was still in use. Perhaps contact Mr Delacroix. XXXDAn
  6. Great pictures, thank you! Nice traces of decay like the rudder, the broken knees and so on ... XXXDAn
  7. Be cautious with the drawings of the planking at McKay´s and McGowan´s books! Both of them show just simplified "mock-"planking, not respecting the beams underneath. One can see butts on the level of then middle of coamings or companion ways. That is NOT correct, those ends would hang in mid air. I marked all possible positions for butts with green lines. All butts in between are incorrect. Only on the green lines there are beams underneath to nail onto. Also note the different distances of the beams, leading to different lengths of the planks. And with the correct spacing of the beams underneath the planks become much longer than shown in this picture. XXXDAn
  8. Much longer than the 6 meter Mondfeld states :-) As the butts need to respect the deck beams underneath - see their position in AOTS - and with a 3 butt-shift system one gets over 12 meter long planks in the middle of the deck! Also as the deck beams do NOT have the same distances, the length of the planks varies quit a bit! See here the lower deck of my Vic. #68 And if you wnt to be brave, do NOT use straight parallel planks as I did, use the curved ones as this is most possibly more contemporary. XXXDAn
  9. Worked, thank you!!! XXXDAn
  10. As said before: White blanket on floor, table and lap. Use wax pencils or pointed pliers from the electronic department, no tweezers! The pliers do not build up the necessary "ejection energy" for a good muzzle velocity, as tweezers do as result from the material flexibility in their tips. I also did put parts on a lead, by knotting or glueing a length of thread onto it - off they go but back they bounce :-) XXXDAn
  11. Thank you, but sorry, still no luck ... ERROR: There is no document with the provided identification number. XXXDAn
  12. Thank you for the documents! Unfortunately it looks like the link is wrong: Source: McHenry, James. 1797. “Uniformity of Dress on Ships of War.” http://wardepartment...nt.php?id=22778 It redirects onto this page ... XXXDAn
  13. But sometimes one get´s a real gem. Here is incredible Willi Meischl on the restoration of a "dustpan"-finding, narrowly escaping it´s fate. It proved to be a historical model of a Austrian trading brig from the 1870ies. See the video of the restoration. Excuse the quality, it is from a VHS from 1988-1989 and we were lucky to still be able to transfer it :-) So better check twice :-) XXXDAn Allow some off topic: Also enjoy Willi´s build of the model of the arctic explorer vessel "Admiral Tegetthoff", displayed in the technical museum in Vienna. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Admiral_Tegetthoff_(Schiff) There is also a nice film from the ORF (official Austrian TV) that shows him building a 1:1 Model for a film of the expedition. Unfortunately not on Youtube as for Copyrights :-( XXXDAn
  14. er, that is not a fighting vessel, so not too much powder was possibly needed, only for salutes, ok, then you need a lot - but as it is the royal yacht, it is much more on the others to expense powder ;-) XXXDAn