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  • Birthday 02/28/1959

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  1. Sounds very familiar. G.L.
  2. Tony, Beautiful cross section! I like also the base. Thank you very much for sharing your building experiences in such a clear way. I hope your next build will be the Brixham trawler Valerian because one of my future projects , when my Triton cross section will be completed, will probably be a cross section of a Lowestoft smack. Geert
  3. The lower deck after being tree nailed. In the front there is a small widening of the planking where the ladder to the gun deck has to come.
  4. The midship plank will not be pine, but oak because she will have to bear the gun deck stanchions.
  5. To make it easier to determine where I will have to drill for the tree nails afterwards, I mark the locations of the deck beams with a pencil after laying each plank.
  6. The after end of the cross section is not bound by a deck beam. To assure that the deck planks will have the correct length, I clamp a wooden lath on the after frame.
  7. I use pine planks for the decks. I searched for the planks with the finest grains that I dispose of. To imitate the caulking between the planks, I glue strips of 220 gram black paper on the edge of each plank.
  8. Now I lay the planks of the lower deck. For this I use the deck pattern as described in the book 'Historic ship models' by zu Montfeld.
  9. Pete and Christian, Thanks for the comments.
  10. Hey Tony, Maybe the book: 'From tree to sea' could be a help for you. It is written by late Ted Frost, a former wooden ship builder from Lowestoft. He discribes the building of a wooden steam trawler. It is a book with plenty of detailed images. (ISBN 0 86138 033 9) Geert
  11. I make now the main topsail sheet bitts. I think that the pictures are self explaining. I made the bitts sheaves in the same way as Tony (Tkay11) explained in his post 50 with the big difference that I made them of wood (I have no metal lathe). My pictures of the production process of the seaves are to unsharp to post them. I will wait to fix the bitts until a later stage.
  12. Once the glue is dry, I can sand down the lower deck.
  13. When all ledges are made, it is time to glue the knees in place. Therefore I remove the ledges again in different stages. To find my way in the puzzle I lay them out in same pattern as they are placed on the carlings. Then I put tree nails in the carling ends.
  14. Now I make the ledges. I place a wooden stick below the middle hanging carling to support it as long the deck is not yet planked. The open spaces in the lower deck are slowly filling up. As you can see I made also carling notches in the outside of the outer deck beam although they are not needed for the cross section, but I judge that the ship was not ending at the edge of the cross section.
  15. Meanwhile the limber boards are divided in lengths of ± 3 feet, following the advice of Pete38. Thanks again Pete for the information.