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    Naval Architecture. I am an illustrator & painter

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  1. Every example I have of a single wheel is for a vessel either much smaller or about 20 years earlier than the US 44 gun frigates. I would double check my sources.
  2. Pretty much like the double but there would only be a wheel at the foreward end of the barrel. Here is the wheel on the inboard works of the Seaford class sloop HMS Rose of 1757. Think similar but larger
  3. Rattlesnake Rigging Question

    Aft... if it were in front of the yard it would chafe the mizzen topsail. Almost oall of the rigging being led down to the decks, pinrails and such is aft of the sails.
  4. I emailed them and they emailed back a color sample but who knows if my monitor displays it accurately looks much browner to me than Seren's picture above.
  5. HMS Victory

    Can't beat the Anatomy of the Ships volume on this vessel
  6. finished01.jpg

    Very clean look. The detail is so consistant that it is hard to judge the scale. Great work on the sails
  7. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    With regard to the rigging... I use Steel, Edye, Kipping, Fincham, and Lee to calculate the size and then my Leroy/Rapidograph drafting pens come in sizes 4x0 to 5. Manny, many years ago (think decades) the late genius Donald McNarry cautioned me to always round down to the next lower appropriate pen size to avoid it getting too heavy. He said that in my case the ink creeps and wicks just a little and in his case as he was making rigging from twisted, painted wire allowances had to be allowed for the additional thickness provided by the paint. And in this as in so many other matters he was absolutely right. Hilariously though on the first drawing after that, I failed to realize that the pen specs were widths (think diameter) and the figures on all of my primary sources was circumference. So my rigging was 3.14159265359... (Pi) times as thick as they should have been. I saw that something was wrong and sent Mr McNarry a picture. Now remember this was in the 1970's so the whole conversation was proceeding between the southern United States and, I believe somewhere in Cornwales via snail mail. It took not days or weeks but months. In due course I rec'd one of those light blue air mail enclosures made of tissue paper which could be folded up into it's own envelope. How many people still can recall those! Anyway all it said was "My goodness. Something has certainly gone off. You might recheck your numbers." Bright and early the following Tuesday, the trash guy picked up that drawing along with all of the other household rubbish of the week. The tragedy was that it was a commission with a hard and fast deadline.
  8. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    USS Wasp 1806 just beginning to take shape
  9. Latest pieces off my drawing board

    I do sell them. Some i paint and sell and sometimes people will ask for a specific ship.The Ingomar is a commission.
  10. Just though I's post some pic's to show what it is i really do when no one is watching me
  11. There are plenty of reasons to like this model. Not just the stern carvings. Very clean work! The lanterns are a nice bit
  12. The latest in the series by Rif Winfield and company has just been published. If you liked the others (and I did) you will like this one too. No need for a review because it's just like the others. A quality volume filled with plans and illustrations. I like all of these books because if the particular plan I am working with is missing some detail I can look at others and at least see what was common at the time. So... if you want the best reference for the French navy short of living across the street from the Musee de la Marine this is it. US Naval Institute has it for cheaper than anywhere else that I could find if that's an issue.
  13. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    The model shown above has split gun-port lids. The lower half hinged, the upper removable. They seem to be without the muzzle rests cut out of them. Is this generally believed to be correct? And thanks for the boat all of the boat info. First Frolic lists a whaleboat for the 1806 wasp I assume one of the smaller boats would have been hung on the stern davits. The double ended whaleboat maybe or the smaller cutter. What kept this boat from banging against the sternboard? I have seen how it was managed on quarter davits but it looks like an issue at the stern. You could keep it from swinging outward but not inwards. A following sea could be fatal for the boat and quite inconvenient for whoever was unfortunate enough to be occupying the great cabin when the remains of the boat came crashing through the stern lights.
  14. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    Last question today I promise...... I am comparing the drawings of her masts and yards as found in the library of congress and reproduced in the Naval Documents relating to United State Wars with the Barbary Powers, to the numerical dimensions listed in that same work. Chapelle reprints those sam dimensions. Although the drawings are obviously distorted I have attempted to take measurement oof of the drawing to see if they match the numerical table.. The lenght of the topmasts as given in the tables does not seem to include the block below the square portion of the topmast containing the fid hole. This would make the "Stick length" about 18 " longer. Is this correct. Also thelength for the lower masts does not seem to include the tenon.
  15. American sailing warships with no plans or records

    So one on the stern davits and two probably nested in the waist. Did the US Navy tow the when in combat as some British commanders were wont to do?
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