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  1. Color of ratlines

    Also for what it is worth, colors do not behave on small models the same way as on full size ships. Here we are getting into the area of scale colors. I would observe that a very light colored ratline on a black (maybe) shroud will pop out to the eye on the model. An even worse mistake that I have committed is to use a line that is too large. The scale size of the ratline should not be exceeded, but may be lessened if anything. When I look at photos of full rigged ships, the ratlines are barely visible unless one makes the effort to see them. I don't think the ratline should call attention to itself. As always, the usual disclaimer. Wayne
  2. I presume you are building the Model Shipways kit. If so, I found the manual at http://modelexpo-online.com/assets/images/documents/MS2018-Flying_Fish-Instructions-Complete.pdf . On page 24 Figure 36B there is a good illustration. The knightheads are the two timbers on either side of the opening for the bowsprit and each one receives an eyebolt. The Figure gives a profile and top view of the piece you are asked to make. The exact shape will be determined by your own model so the process is to cut and fit, sand, fit, shape again, fit, etc. until the timbers are in place. I do not have the plans, but the manual points you in the right direction. On the actual vessel, the knightheads extend from the rail level down along the side of the stem to a place well below the water line. On your model they are represented with only the visible portion above the deck. When you install them make sure they are secure as they will have quite a bit of strain on them from the fore stay that attaches to the eyebolts. It is unclear to me what your exact question might be, but maybe the above helps. Wayne
  3. Very nice. Getting the right entry and run can be quite a challenge. Wayne
  4. This is new to me as well. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary the term "staircase" appears in the 1620's in reference to the enclosure of the stairs. I know we are looking at a contracts 150 years later, but it seems to me the nautical "staircase" or "stair case" or "stair-case" might refer to iron railings, hand rails, etc. that might surround (encase) the ladders. So my vote goes to staircase=handrails. In support I note that this section of the contract comes far distant from where the storage rooms would be described, lying between the office cabins and the pantries. Thus, the use of iron for casing the ladders would be of a more ornamental nature. This is pure speculation. Wayne
  5. Dropping perpendiculars from the half breadth plan to the sheer plan identifies the darkest lines as the rail line, as you surmised. A few waterlines run outside this line because of the slight tumblehome. The diagonals generally run wider. The confusion at the bow seems (to me) to be the result of careless drawing. I'm not sure about the confusion at the stern. At least, this is my less than expert take on things. Wayne

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