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  1. 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
  2. Hi Chris, Looks like the Bismarck or Tirpitz, if you google you will find images. Gary
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I think the idea of a Shannon expressed by several others has merit, as well as being a ship of note in its own right (and would also like to see a Chesapeake) it has some extension possibilities. The cost of development and manufacture has to be a consideration for Chuck as a developer. The Shannon was a Leda class frigate of which there were some 46 produced for the Royal Navy, including the Trincomalee (my current scratch build) and the Unicorn as mentioned by Beef Wellington. Therefore the ability to adapt the base research at say 1:64 scale and produce a multitude of variants may be worth considering as a means of leveraging the initial investment. We have seen this to some extent with the Victory Models Vanguard / Elephant / Bellerepharon or Caldercrafts Cruiser / Snake. I wouldn't advocate providing a multiplicity of options in a single kit as that would make it too expensive, but perhaps a common starting point with options to take up for different ships may work. With something of a large class like a Leda you can go from the classic early ship with open rails of the Revolutionary Wars through to the Unicorn with its built up barricades and austere black and white paint scheme of the early 19th century, all which rests with the builder, not the developer. POB to keep the costs down. Perhaps an option on materials - if your going to paint the hull then keep the materials simple, if you want the classic look then a premium for box, pear, or whatever. Price - for the kit I want to build I don't have an issue with circa £500 \ $700, but possibly variable as above as I realise this is too steep for many Just my views, but ultimately it must come down to a concencus on demand from all of us and that we buy in to that consensus, otherwise Chuck may as well take up painting elephants white! Gary
  14. Bring it back down to earth folks, one simple rule for an Englishman, you can measure length and weight in anything you are comfortable with, but beer must be by the pint Gary