mikiek

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  1. Moderator - if you don't think this is appropriate I have no problems with removing this. I have been missing one of our MSW members for almost 2 months now. Joel Sanborn - jbshan - has been a stalwart supporter of our hobby and this site. Almost a mentor to me as I cut my teeth in model shipbuilding. I have not seen any recent posts from Joel and he has not responded to a PM - totally unlike him. Then today I came across this. I realize it is very crass to assume the worst about someone, much less post about it. However, the facts seem more than coincidental. I can't help but feel the need to say something. Joel has been a virtual friend to me. I hope I am wrong about this. If anyone knows anything to the contrary, please speak up.
  2. Hi Mike - Thank you. I had the case made at a local plastics shop in Houston. The top box is pretty standard but the pedestal is kind of an add on. They consider it a second box so it almost doubles the cost. It does add something to the look. As I mentioned in my build thread, it was nice being able to walk in and order exactly the size and details I wanted. If you're considering a case, Google or check the Yellow Pages for a place in your area.
  3. My dad is 90 and spends a great deal of time reading these days. I gave him one of the Jack Aubrey series and he loved it so I have been feeding the rest of the series to him. He's got about 4 left in the series. He raves about them a lot - really likes them. So I'm trying to think ahead. What's next when he's finished the last book? I'm asking for suggestions for anything similar. A nautical theme preferably a series - the more the better. Ideas?
  4. Hey - thanks you guys. I'm looking these up and they appear to be just what I was hoping for. I may have to read them too.
  5. That was the quintessential Sanborn
  6. I'm still hoping somebody will tell me I'm wrong. An odd thing - I had noticed Joel has been MIA here at MSW for quite a few weeks. This afternoon I had this strange desire to find out what was up with him. I thought I could probably track him down via Google. That's when I came across the obit. Turns out it was the same time they were having the reception for him in NH.
  7. Oohhh. Touchy subject One thing almost for sure. It wasn't painted the colors of the MS kit - fire engine red and French's yellow. Several paintings show both either all black or black and gray or buff at the gunwales.
  8. You'll get no argument from me on that. Sadly, there were not that many of these galleys, and as was typical of a lot of U.S. builds in that era, there seems to be no record of plans. They did resurrect one in an archaeological effort. Quite a bit was learned about the hull structure, but almost nil when it comes to rigging. I've done my best to stay with the plans on this build. No redesign or bashing.
  9. I'm working on rigging for Arrow. This is a 2 masted lateen rig. Instructions are difficult as they just show one side of the fore/aft rigging. I'm assuming all rigging to be symmetrical? If there's something on one side a similar something should be on the other? The ropes that come from the yard to eyelets on the leech, do those terminate at the eyelets? Maybe a big granny knot on the other side? Or do they go thru the eyelet and back up to the yard on the other side?
  10. I guess we are the mercy of the kit designers interpretation. Both Arrow and a larger Xebec kit show shrouds over the yards. I'm sure there are countless variations of the fore/aft setup.
  11. A pretty scary venture. Nice drawing. Brails are one thing. The shrouds another. Not sure how they would manage to let a yard(s) out to head downwind. Shrouds are completely in the way.
  12. JCF - What you're saying makes sense. I am curious though, would these brails just dangle and flap around when not in use? Seems like trying to keep them taught might end up doing bad things to the sail shape. I came across similar situations several times on the fore/aft sails. The shrouds on the leeward side are one example. Depending on how much the sail is let out and/or how far around the yard has rotated the shrouds could really be in the way.
  13. Well these were American - but Arrow was not an actual boat. This kit is just a representation of the galleys used in the period. The problem they had is no one wanted to be on one. A lot of rowing, not much protection from musket fire. From what I know they tended to fill these boats with crew they DID NOT want on the big boats. Usually captained by a lieutenant or acting officer. However, since I am in charge, I will make a few executive decisions. Sadly, they will be based mostly on looks rather than functionality.
  14. Right your are wefalck. Shoulda had that in my OP. The build is the row galley Arrow circa 1813. It is supposed to be a rendering of the boats used on Lake Champlain.
  15. Thanks Dave, I got it. And I agree, after the explanations here, Amati kinda went in their own direction. Nah, that never happens. Henry, you go right on being nautical. Just bare with me if I have to ask you for clarification. I want to learn the proper terms for things. This kit was no help for that. None of the rigging shown has any sort of name or description. Heck, I had to go look up brail and cringles
  16. Henry - There is a bolt rope (albeit glued) on the sail. No cringles. I'm not familiar with the term "middled" nor can I find the appropriate definition. The pic of the plans that I posted show 3 blocks that the brails pass thru before going to the leech. Are you saying there would be 3 blocks on the back side as well? So a brail starts at one side of the deck, goes up thru a block, back to the eyehole (cringle), up to a block on the back side and down to the deck? Just curious, if the sail is to be brailed, is that done on one side or the other? Both sides simultaneously?
  17. Maybe a good tavern across the street? I'm just glad they seemed to cooperate with each other. There had to be some egos floating around.
  18. I couldn't agree more. No frills. Only what was needed to sail the boat or fire the guns. I still chuckle when I remember Joel's comment regarding the skylight at the stern. He felt that was never built and "Commodore Perry would have to read by candle light".
  19. This sorta goes along with this other post. Regarding a lateen rig, instructions for Arrow say to get some ribbon, fold it in half lengthwise and glue around the edges of the sails. It sounds reasonable, would add some strength and would eliminate the need to hem the sail. However this is the first time I've heard of this technique. Does anyone have experience with this?
  20. All good ideas JCF. I will experiment. The ribbon is called for in the instructions. Why? I don't know. I will be poking a lot of holes in the upper edge of the sail to lace it up to the yard. So strength might have something to do with it. How would you apply paper to a sail edge and keep it so the sail is workable?
  21. Thanasis - how do you cut your cloth? It looks so neat. I always end up with frayed edges and threads sticking out. Perhaps the better question is what kind of cloth do you use? Keith - What color do you use for the tape? I like the idea but those are some pretty gaudy colors in the video
  22. Very cool Tom!! What a great display.