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    All things Nautical but my primary interest is Sail between 1750 and 1815. Previous builds include Sloop of War Wasp, Screw Sloop USS Hartford, Training Ship Empire State (all scratch Built) as well as Destroyer Escort USS Camp (scratch built excepting the hull from an old Revell kit - Long Story). Current Build in HMF Liverpool built 1757 at 1:96.

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  1. Elijah, It has been awhile since I posted here, but I just have to tell you that you are doing a great job. Your workmanship and fidelity to scale is top notch. Congratulations. Tom
  2. The anchor looks fine in the pictures. Very nice. Tom
  3. Very well done Toni. I note that there is a skylight on the quarter deck. You might have answered this already, earlier on, but can you tell me if the skylight was on your plans? I am doing a 6th rate as well. I'm thinking of putting on a skylight but it isn't shown on any of the plans that I have. I'm building it as it was after two rebuilds, so a skylight could have been added. I'm wondering if that was a typical practice. Tom
  4. Very well done Mike. Extremely clean workmanship. Tom
  5. Well done Toni. The whole presentation looks terrific. Tom
  6. Looking Great! It's amazing how a very slight change makes such a difference. Tom
  7. Thank you Ryland! This will be a great Conference. There will be 70 models there, with a few more sure to show up! There are several vendors as well as door prizes and a special raffle for three top end prizes. The weather is looking good as well, and maybe we will see a submarine leaving on patrol. We will take registrations at the Door. Tom Ruggiero
  8. Greetings, Beware the Ides of March! That's because after March 15 the registration goes up from $35 to $40. It's shaping up to be a great conference. Hope to see you there. Tom
  9. Good evening All, Preparations are under way for a great conference. Registrations are coming in. The cost is $35 until March 15. After that it is $40. Come and have a great time with vendors, models, roundtables, raffles and a great speaker. Tom
  10. TomShipModel

    Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good evening Dave, That's where I saw it. Why this is mentioned in the rigging and/or yardarm discussion is bewildering. In any case, thanks to you, I'm going to be able to set it right with a sound factual basis. Be well, Tom
  11. TomShipModel

    Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good morning, and thanks! I knew that I saw that somewhere, but I couldn't find it. Where is that passage in Lees? I went back and forth in my first edition. You can imagine how it gets when you know it's there but you can't find it. I agree, a sixth rate would definitely qualify as a small ship. So, time to stop with my completed mizzen yard, and move on to the gaff that I started but stopped. Maybe I can salvage the aft end of it. A loose fitted sail it is. Frankly, I out smarted myself. I appreciate all the help. Thanks, Tom
  12. TomShipModel

    Rigging the Mizzen Yard

    Good evening all, Thank you for your answers. No thinking of it logically, it makes sense to have the jeer block hanging from the mast head abaft the mast. Mark, I'd be very interested to know about the contracts. I seem to recall, although I can't place where, that the gaff did show up prior to 1790, but on small craft. A sixth rate would fill that bill, and frankly, even though I made the yard and installed all of the blocks and such, a loose footed gaff would safe me a lot of tribulations. As Dave points out, and as discussed in Harland's Seamanship in the Age of Sail, moving the mizzen yard simply to change tack was complicated and problematic. It is that the period that I am modeling is basically right at the point of different establishments. Regards to all, Tom
  13. Good morning all, I am at the point of rigging my model of HMS Liverpool. Liverpool is a 28 gun, Coventry class, 6th rate, frigate. She was built in 1758. My model is as she would be about 1775, 1776. By that time, she had two rebuilds. Modelshipwright published Modelers Plans in one of their editions. Sadly, after doing much research, and consulting the Admiralty drafts, I found several inaccuracies. For example, it shows the pumps, capstains and such in their original position as designed. The admiralty drafts clearly show that they were relocated one deck higher, and this is noted in the book, The First Frigates. The Modelshipwright plan also has spars and rigging plans. These are in different scales (not noted) and clearly show a gaff and boom on the Mizzen. All of my sources (lee's, Steel, Lever Harland) note that the boom did not show up until 1790. It also appears that the ship still carried a mizzen yard. Would that be correct because some books show a gaff with a loose footed mizzen course? Now to the problem. Both Lees and Lever show the mizzen yard suspended by a jeer block. On the fore and Main masts, the jeer blocks hand from sling around the mast head above all of the other rigging (shrouds, stays etc). In lever, the jeer for the mizzen yard hangs from a sling around the mizzen masthead. Where does it hang and reave to the block on the mizzen yard? The crojack yard, for the period, had a truss. Below the crojack is where the mizzen lard lies against the mast. If the mizzen jeer block is slung from the mast head, and goes down the starboard side of the mast, how does it not interfere with the shrouds? In Lees, there are two pictures of the mizzen top for HMS Medway. The pictures don't show the detail very clearly, but it appears that the jeer block hangs abaft the mast. Am I interpreting that correctly? I suppose that I could make this easy and use a gaff instead of the yard, but I don't think that it is correct. All opinions welcomed. Regards, Tom
  14. TomShipModel

    Color of ratlines

    Very god point Wayne.
  15. Thank you for the information. I am attempting sails for my 1:96 HMS Liverpool. It has been around for, literally, decades. My sails are laminated silk span (three plies). I've done the mizzen sail, but I've not put on the reef points as of yet. We'll see how it goes. Your workmanship is first rate, the result is wonderful. Tom

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