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  1. The History of Navigation written by Dag Pike traces the history of navigation from pre-history to the present. Mr. Pike is a lifelong mariner, having first gone to sea at age 16, has written many books and is a contributor to various marine magazines. Instead of dividing his chapters by historical time frames, he divides them by technique, starting with line of sight navigation and moving on through direction, speed, position, etc. He finishes with a discussion of the human element in navigation. Although there is no new information presented, this is a well-written, easy-to-read summary of naval navigation throughout the ages. There are many charts and photographs reproduced throughout the book but sources are only cited for a few of them. In the same way, none of the information is referenced, making it difficult for the reader to obtain further information without additional research. The book was published in 2018 by Pen & Sword Maritime. It is available in both hardbound and digital editions at www.pen-and-sword.co.uk.
  2. Bob is correct in his comments. Yes, there are many of us who insist on individual copper plates treenails everywhere, etc. Are we goofy? To a certain extent we are. Remember that you are building a 3/16 scale ship. These things would be barely evident. What would look really jazzy, in my opinion, would be to make the copper paint look like the real thing by subtly weathering it rather than having it all the same color.
  3. What made it worse was that the builder removed the evidence (the rags) but forgot to cut out the subflooring they burned through. Oops!
  4. When my house was under construction 30-ish years ago, the painters used tung oil as the finish on my windows. The rags were left in a pile and spontaneously combusted, burning a large hole in my bedroom floor. I was lucky the whole place didn't go up in smoke.
  5. tlevine

    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I feel like a computer neophyte compared with some of you guys. (PC XT with a 10Mb hard drive . I splurged on a color monitor.) But going back to 1972, I remember my physics teacher going nuts over his new purchase: the original HP scientific calculator for a measly $750. Considering he probably made no more than 10-15k annually, that was quite a chunk of change.
  6. May I recommend either of the links below. The first link is to purchase CD's and flash drives of the Nautical Research Journal going back all the way to the beginning. The second link provides access to purchasing individual articles from the Journal for the last 10 years. Prior to that the Journal was not digitized, making purchase of individual articles difficult to provide. Roger Coles' articles predate this. https://www.thenrg.org/the-nrg-store.php#!/The-Nautical-Research-Journal-in-Digital-Format/c/2719574/offset=0&sort=normal https://www.thenrg.org/the-nrg-store.php#!/Buy-and-download-articles-from-past-issues-of-the-Nautical-Research-Journal/c/8560300/offset=0&sort=normal
  7. Frank, could you add a link to you build log to you signature?
  8. At this scale (3/16) the seams between the planks would naturally be almost invisible. It is the rare builder who is entirely happy with their first true planking attempt. Although uneducated observers (aka friends and family) will probably barely notice the problem, it will stare at you like a black eye forever. I would recommend getting a perfect finish on that hull with the use of filler and sanding sealer and then paint the hull, either with an airbrush or conventionally. You will end up happier in the long run and observers will be impressed by the painted hull, probably even more so than if you simply left it natural.
  9. I doubt it. It is in pre-production. However, simply visualize what a live center looks like. Now instead of a point sticking out, there is a tapering concavity pointing into the tool which freely turns.
  10. Not true Chuck. I am no machinist but my understanding is that it will fit any #0 Morse taper spindle.
  11. Pam from Sherline had a great mast and spar turning demonstration. Take a peek at the photos above and you will see a soon-to-be-available accessory for the lathe: an internal live center. Put a bevel on the wood blank, insert that end into the live center, secure it to the headstock by whatever means is appropriate (she is showing the use of a lathe dog for a tapered cut in the photo) and away you go. Very nice. Thank you, Pam.
  12. I had the pleasure of drooling over the book at the NRG Conference. My order has been placed. I will simply have to call it an early birthday present. At least I will get something I want!
  13. If you ever make it to Chicago I would be honored to have you visit her.  It was the encouragement you gave me at your cutter class in Buffalo that instilled in me the confidence to proceed on this journey.  I can never thank you enough.

    1. druxey


      Dear Toni,


      I apologize for the delay in responding. We are a tad disorganized: we moved this past week and weekend. Thank you so much for your kind note. I'm delighted that you decided to embark on the multi-year journey to build your Swan. And I'm even more delighted that you were successful in completing her! It's amazing how many varied skills one needs in order to complete such a complex model. I'm sure you are very proud of your achievement, and rightly so.


      Were we to be in Chicago, I'd love to have the opportunity of seeing Atalanta in person.  Models always give such a different impression than in photographs. Thank you so much for the invitation. 


      So, the big question: what is next?


      Cheers and thanks,




    2. tlevine


      I am working on a project for the the Guild which will take most of my time for the next several months.  When I attended the lofting program I brought RMG plans for a clinker-built cutter named Swallow.  I am trying to teach myself some rudimentary CAD and will be developing plans for her.  Because the planking is the beauty of the model, I will build her POB.  That should same me about 2 years.

    3. druxey


      Ha! Swallow of 1745, 1795, or 1812? BTW, were you to fully frame her, I found that my second and subsequent models went much faster than the first one. Experience counts! 

      Please feel free to use my regular e-address to communicate.




  14. Thank you everyone. She made the trip to Las Vegas without any damage. The meeting is over and hopefully she will make it back home safely.

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