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  1. As Frolic says the Leander body plan is missing, however at page 53 of the Gardiner book there is a re-produced body plan derived from the other plans and profiles. I think there is enough material available to have a shot at the Leander, it would make an excellent subject.
  2. Joe, Newcastle and Leander weren't sister ships, but they were ordered at the same time as the Admiralty had called for a design from the Surveyors and one from the French emigre designer Barrallier - Robert Gardener's book Frigates of the Naploleonic Wars covers this off. Also, if you have to order prints from NMM the UK domestic service has been fast, I've had a number of prints this year and received them in under a week from ordering, not sure what the US delivery times will be but I'd still expect it to be within 2/3 weeks. Gary
  3. Living in the town as well I echo David's comments. Hartlepool may seem a bit of a backwater, but the Trincomalee and what is now the Royal Navy Museum of the North is well worth a visit - it is now run by the same museum group as Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory, so hopefully we will see deeper connections over the coming years and a greater exchange of exhibits as part of the maritime experience. In terms of the Trincomalee Chris Watton was considering a Leda kit, so fingers crossed, given there were 46 in the class that opens a lot of options. Too late for me I'm scratching a POB Trincomalee (I'll have to start a build log). I had the drawings for the Leda class a few years ago when visiting the Unicorn, they were £5.00 per sheet then, considerably less than the NMM, so worth enquiring if you visit Trincomalee's sister. Gary
  4. Hi Chris, Looks like the Bismarck or Tirpitz, if you google you will find images. Gary
  5. Can anyone help in identifying the following features shown on JMW Turners sketches and paintings, their use, and what the rigging arrangements may be? They look to be some form of fairlead arrangement at the break of the poop, with horizontal sheaves. There are 4 of them, also shown are a number of sheaves independent of these features. Turner visited the Victory in December 1805 and January 1806, prior to any refit after Trafalgar, so the provenance is fairly good. He also shows these in 2 separate views / pictures, looking both fore and aft, these images are taken from the Tate online material – The Battle of Trafalgar as seen from the Mizzen Starboard shrouds of the Victory – the colour painting looking from aft, and The ‘Victory’ from Quarterdeck to Poop. Thanks Gary
  6. Erik, I recall having read somewhere that officers did use stern ladders, often when visiting other ships and the like, so that if they returned a little worse for wear they were not observed by the crew, thus maintaining their dignity. Not sure if this is the case here, but certainly looks like they could serve such a purpose. Gary
  7. Kurt, If you look at the website for the Royal Armouries here in the U.K. you can search the collections by date and type (artillery), they have one of the best collections, look for the 16/17th century, you will get a good idea of what you are seeking and can use these as a comparison for commercially available offerings. Regards Gary
  8. That's great news Daniel, it can only be good for promoting ship modelling, support for conservation of historic ships, and an excellent marketing approach. Well done. Gary
  9. Mark, As promised below is a better photograph, this is from the Wyn Davies book I mentioned earlier. The text associated with the picture reads "One of Warriors many compasses. In the main picture (not included but your photo shows the position) ...., but can be seen in the middle of th bridge. Iron ships caused immense problems for magnetic compasses and the Admiralty invested a great deal of time and effort in understanding and devising a solution to the problem". If you look at the Narcissus picture you can see in the background the high bulwarks of the ship, hence the need to elevate some of the compasses to be able to take a bearing. Gary
  10. Jud has a point. They obviously came in different sizes, here is one from HMS Narcissus which has its own platform, this is from Andrew Lambert's book Warrior - Restoring the Worlds First Ironclad. Gary
  11. Mark, Have found a photo, not great, but it should help. You will have to rotate it I'm afraid and it is distorted / elongated which distorts it, but I'm working off an iPad and can't manipulate the image, I'll try to upload a better version later when I get to my PC. Gary
  12. Mark, It is identical to the compasses on HMS Warrior, it may not be as tall as it seems, it may be a matter of perspective in the photo that makes it look so tall. Warrior has many compasses, but this type are found on the flying bridge. I can't find a photo to post, but you can find an image on page 61 of the Wynn Davies & Geoff Dennison book HMS Warrior Iornclad Frigate 1860. Gary
  13. There has been a lot of debate on this forum of recent regarding the practicalities of developing kits and consequent costs, sufficient to say you take your choices based on affordability for each member and what you want out of it. I for one see this Victory as a premium level once in a lifetime kit, and accept it may well be the most expensive kit in the market, but also accept it will be a compromise between cost and quality, given that I will purchase a kit but fully expect to pay more to enhance the kit. Each to their own, let's just welcome and applaud the opportunity and aspiration it offers. I'll get off my high horse now, I feel a touch of vertigo coming on! Gary
  14. Hi Chris, Good to see you back, many of us here have missed you teasing us with your fantastic forthcoming developments, and look forward to more details on Victory, Prince, and whatever the future holds. All in your own good time of course. Gary