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  1. Hi Lin, Lookin good, I’ll tag along, I’m also building the Trincomalee on and off for 10 years now, at 1:64 scale. Someday I’ll get around to posting som pics. Good luck at your rate of progress she will be in the water decades ahead of mine 🙂 If you need any help with plans or photographs let me know I’ve got most things covered, and if I get stuck I’m only 10 minutes walk from the ship herself. Gart
  2. Hi Christian, Looking good. The chequered floor was usually a painted canvas, however the ‘Great Cabin’ was often decorated according to the Captains own taste. Gary
  3. Morgan

    possible trip to Portsmouth

    Boyd, I don’t live in the area, but have travelled to / from / around Portsmouth extensively and yes you can get serious delay around the M27, especially on a Bank Holiday, I’ve spent too many hours parked on that Motorway and surrounding roads, I’d play it safe and get the train. Gary
  4. Morgan

    Animal photos

    Spring brought out the UK’s only Polar Bear cub and mum
  5. Caldercraft offer them here for download: http://www.jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024768/Manuals_Victory.htm Gary
  6. I’ve had a kit of HMS Snake barely started for several years, during which time I’ve struggled to get back in to building, what has caught my imagination is a conversion using the Snake kit as a starting point. My plan is to convert the Snake kit into a Cruizer class ship sloop of 1828, also named HMS Cruizer, which may seem odd at first sight as there already is a Caldercraft kit of HMS Cruizer of 1797. Confused? Stay with it a moment and I’ll just put things in to context. HMS Cruizer (name class) of 1797 was a two masted brig sloop, which spawned over 100 ships predicated on the same basic design. HMS Snake was a 3 masted ship sloop based on the Cruizer design also of 1797, only 2 ship sloops were initially completed, although several of the brig sloops were later converted to ship sloops as the lessons of war, particularly those of 1812 showed the ship sloop rig to be more resilient to battle damage. In 1826 5 more of the Cruizer class were ordered, 2 of which were to be ship rigged, but the changes weren’t merely in the rig, the ship sloops were to be lengthened, as demonstrated on the plans still held by the National Maritime Museum (http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/83740.html): Plan ZAZ3949 (attached) “Scale: 1:48. Plan showing the body plans, sheer lines and longitudinal half-breadth for building Childers (1827), Cruizer (1828), Favorite (1829), Hyacinth (1829), Racehorse (1830) and Hazard (1837), all 18-gun flush-decked Ship Sloops similar to the Cruizer (1797) brig. The plan was cut in two along the midship section and a new piece inserted for the proposed (and approved) lengthening for the last four ships and the alterations to the mast positions as a result. Signed by Robert Seppings [Surveyor of the Navy, 1813-1832]” So, all I need to do is to cut the model in two and slap a bit in the middle! Or there may be more to it than that, not only lengthen it, but also re-position the gun ports, and add raised forward and aft platforms (similar to those flush platforms found on some of the earlier Cruizer models). Then there is the raising of the hawse holes, fashioning a new rudder, raise and re-model the stem, add 2 more Elm Tree pumps (4 shown on the inboard profile), and fabricate a bowsprit bed. After which there is the fitting out, I’ll be going with Stud anchor chain which will mean adding chain stoppers, and for the rig adding Trysail masts which are evident on HMS Pelorus - converted in 1826 from a brig sloop to a ship sloop so the rigging and masts are contemporary with the 1828 Cruizer. As to her career, Wikipedia states: “HMS Cruizer was a Snake-class ship sloop launched in 1828 for the British Royal Navy. The ship was built as a revival of the retired Snake-class ship-sloops. The Navy converted her to a brig in 1831, back to a ship in 1840, and sold her at Bombay in 1849. In 1839 Cruizer participated in the Aden Expedition along with the frigate HMS Volage and the two British East India Company (EIC) vessels, the sloop HCS Coote and the schooner HCS Mahi. Cruizer saw extensive service during the First Opium War. She participated in the Battle of Whampoa, the Second Battle of Chuenpi, the Battle of Canton, the Battle of Amoy, and the Battle of First Bar. During the Battle of Whampoa, Maj. General Hugh Gough, commander of the British army during the First Opium War, personally directed the land assault on Whampoa island from Cruzier's deck. In January 1841, Cruizer recaptured the whaling brig Pilot. The local inhabitants in the Nicobar Islands had captured her in December 1840 and murdered most of her crew. Pilot was taken into Singapore.” I’m going to swap-out a lot of the kit supplied wood and use Swiss Pear, Box and Ebony, I won’t be double planking, but will infill between the bulkheads with balsa. Painted components will be kept to a minimum. Fittings are from Cladercraft, Syren and RB Models. For reference, as well as the basic Snake instructions, and the excellent Snake and Cruizer logs elsewhere on the forum, I’m using the NMM plans and profiles, as well as the book by EW Petrejus - Modelling the Brig-of-War Irene: A Handbook for the Building of Historical Ship-Models. There are then a number of models and paintings available at the NMM and elsewhere to tap into. So the first job – strip off the few planks I’ve got in place and cut the carcass in half. But that’s for the next log instalment. All welcome to follow along, just don't expect a fast pace, I've taken early retirement and am starting the travel bucket list. Gary
  7. Ah well, my other guesses would have been Tupelo Gum or Hickory, but I respect your decision to keep that to yourself for now. I do like the look of it, whatever it is, and interested to see how the model develops, for me if the aesthetics, workability, and cost hold up then no problem with the timber selection. Gary
  8. Lemonwood by any chance? - the new mystery wood that is!
  9. Chuck, Is that the char then providing the joint definition, if so I like it. Gary
  10. Morgan

    20 Gun Sixth Rate Sloop of War

    The fact that the model has trysail masts probably dates it to around 1820, it also has no quarterdeck or forecastle armament which also suggests a post war era ship. I agree with Bob the Surprise is nearest in date and size, and could be modified. Gary
  11. Morgan


    Your not alone, there is a definite sharp movement upwards, particularly on their own website, if you shop around there is some stock available at at last years prices, but it won't last long. I was contemplating buying the Agamemnon and my gut feel is that it has jumped around £100 in the last year. Gary
  12. Morgan

    New member HMS Pandora

    Zach, John McKay sells large scale copies of the drawings for Pandora (and all his ships in the Anatomy of the Ship series), he offers them at various scales and if you contact him he will provide a drawing / pricing list and shipping cost. As Richard suggests I'd buy the book first this will help with deciding which drawings you want. His email address is in the public domain so no breach of confidence in telling you it is johnwmckay@telus.net. His response is first class, I ordered a set of 1:64 Victory plans last year and had them in a week (Canada to U.K.). Gary
  13. Morgan

    Social history of the Royal Navy

    Steve, also so take a look at the book 'The Wooden World' - 'An Anatomy of the Georgian Navy' by N.A.M. Rodger which is look at the eighteenth century navy, how it worked , and how it fitted in within society. Gary

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