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  1. Hi All, Does anyone happen to know where I can lay my hands on construction plans for British lighthouses? I've found a reference to Stevenson collection that apparently has some Scottish lighthouse drawings, here: https://www.nls.uk/collections/maps/collections/special-collections#stevenson But I can't find an index, nor any info on how to get access. I've emailed them, but haven't heard back yet. Physically going to London or Edinburgh isn't a problem. I'm just considering building a scale model... Not sure which one, but probably Rubha nan Gall (I love it out there on Mull) or similar. Thanks!
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    British lighthouse plans

    Thanks chaps!
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    British lighthouse plans

    Found it. Looks like the records of Northern Lighthouse Board are available for £8.25 each on canmore.org.uk. The only problem is that there's no preview, descriptions are often missing, and there are too many documents to buy them all :)
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    British lighthouse plans

    Missed that one, thanks, although I've been to that website. Still, no plans, only history.
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    British lighthouse plans

    Hi Anthony, I did, but strange thing, lighthouses listed on their website are all in the south, far from all of those in England and Wales, although supposedly they are the overall general authority. And they don't cover Scotland at all, as far as I understand. Greenwich might have something, or the British Library, but so far I haven't found anything. Thanks anyway, Pavel
  6. Hi Folks, I am itching to buy a rotary tool, most probably Dremel. So the question is, which one? Money isn't that much of an object; the question is more about the power and the bulkiness. I played with a few of those in the shop, and the more powerful ones are a fair bit chunkier, although not totally unwieldy. Any experience with them, any impressions? The primary application I can think of would be sanding; I've lived without one for everything else so far. Feedback about them in general (including usefulness) is also more than welcome. Reviews on Amazon are a bit mixed - most are very positive, but there's 5-10% that say they're complete rubbish that fails after 5 nanoseconds of use. Thanks, Pavel
  7. I use one from IKEA - ten pounds or so. A bit of a narrow beam, but does the job real' nice.
  8. Hi All, Apologies in advance if it's the wrong forum, but it is about the hull (sort of). So, Cutty Sark's stern decoration (in BB's case, a gold-and-black sticker); I've realised I've got two problems with it. One is that it wouldn't fit between the two rubbing strakes - OK, it's probably my fault in terms of the distance between the strakes, but having checked with the plans, I am pretty on the money.... and the decoration wouldn't fit into what he plan says the distance should be, anyway - and not by just a millimeter or two, we're talking 1/4" or so, if you trim the sticker by the dotted line on it. Trimming it close to the artwork makes it a wee bit better, but still doesn't solve it. The other problem is that the sticker is, well, a sticker. Flat, and very glossy, which looks off as a whole, but especially so in places where there's supposed to be empty space. So, even if I could fit it in, I would think about alternatives. But what? I took a look around, and it seems that thy used to have a moulded one, like by the bow (see the pic - just bear in mind, this is NOT my model; just a picture of a random BB Cutty Sark off t'Internet, and has something that's clearly not a sticker). So what are my options? There's only three I can think about at this point: a) not use a decoration at all. Given how prominent the decoration is, this option, frankly, sucks; b) try to source a decoration from a smaller scale model of a different make (say, AL's is 1:85, compared BB's 1:75, although it looks only vaguely similar to the original in terms of the artwork; besides, where will I get one from? Contact the dealers?); c) try to engrave or etch a replacement; this one is not massively realistic, given that I don't have the tools or skills for it, and there's a lot of intricate detail which has to look nice, otherwise there's no point. As you can see, none of the options are particularly great. Has anyone else dealt with it? Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Thanks, Pavel
  9. Thanks Frankie, that's a good idea. I'll make a few copies of the sticker, and play with them, to see if I can solve it that way. Take a look at the pics, maybe something else will cross your mind? As you can see, the quality of the graphics isn't great, though. I am tempted now to take it as an excuse to buy a Dremel and try making a replacement - there's a separate thread here where a guy did it out of 1mm aluminium.
  10. Hi All, I'm working on BB Cutty Sark, and the kit has a couple of lifebelts (rings) hung from monkey poop rails. So, the question is, how were they hung, precisely? Some sort of metal hooks? Or tied by lengths of rope? Something else? Thanks in advance, Pavel
  11. BRASS WIRE OFF RIOJA BOTTLES Not sure if it's available globally, but a lot of Spanish red wine comes in bottles with brass wire netting (to use the word in a broad sense). The wire can be easily untangled, straightened, and used for things like rigging blocks etc., or anywhere else where very thin wire is needed. The only problem is, there's literally yards of it on each bottle, so it's not really an excuse to buy a bottle a day 'for the rigging'...
  12. Hi All, I've made a start on BB Cutty Sark, and am close to fitting the deck in place. The plans/instructions don't mention deck planking, and there's no wood for it in the kit. I am assuming it's implied that one just draws caulking lines on the deck as is? Generally not a problem, but it's plain ply, so I'm thinking - would it look realistic enough? My preferred way would be to get some wood strip in, something like lime or maple, and plank it. Then caulking etc. It probably won't take me much longer to do it than it would to do a good job with drawing lines; the expense is likely to be tolerable too. So are there any reasons I might not want to do it? And another question is about a part I've highlighted on the second picture. What is it? It looks like some sort of grating for the helmsman to stand on - it's right in front of the wheel on the quarterdeck. There's no part number or any mention of it in the instructions; am I right in assuming I should just draw it on the deck? Or is there a better way of doing it? Thanks in advance, Pavel
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    OcCre Dos Amigos - foresail

    Rigging actually ain't too bad... Instructions are reasonably clear (compared to others), and the issues I've had were more with the design, fundamentally... If you need any pics/tales of how I've done it, give me a shout. Pavel
  14. Hi All, I'm continuing my battle with OcCre's instructions for Dos Amigos, this time with the foresail. I've got a few questions; one 'how to', and a couple of 'what for', or 'why'. The 'how to' is about the foresail sheets. Basically, the clew is quite far aft, and it goes beyond the mainmast (first picture), but by the instructions, the sheets are supposed to be tied off to the first (fore) peg on the stern side pin rack (it's no. 273 on the second picture). This would effectively mean that the sheet is going fore from the clew - the peg is about an inch fore from it. Is it me, or does it really not make sense? Photos aren't much help, although on the best one available (third picture) it does seem that whatever is tied off at the first peg is not the foresail sheet - it's something that goes straight up, and the sheet is somewhere further aft. So what do I do with it? I could try to change the sequence of what is tied off to which peg - most of them are still available - and find a peg for the foresail sheet further aft, but I suspect it might mess up other rigging. Oh, and even when I figure out... If, let's say, the sail is on the port side, what do I do with the starboard sheet? It will have to go around the main mast, to the fore, and then what, tied off loosely to the corresponding peg? The 'whys'... As you can see on the third picture, the foresail goes between two stays (it's the same on pictures and instructions, so I am assuming this is the way it's intended, not my mistake). How's that supposed to work? The stays would restrict the sail's movement a lot, flatten the camber, and possibly take some additional sideways load. Is this how it's been done it real life? I can't claim I have any experience sailing gaff-rigged boats, but you wouldn't want either of that on a Bermudan rig. Another one is about the sheets and pegs again, but this time - why pegs? The sheet just going straight there, no pulleys or anything. Sorry if it sounds stupid, but even on a 40 ft. Bermudan yacht you wouldn't be working jib sheets by hand, although the jib would be what, half the area? And the last question is, since the foresail protrudes so far aft, it would get in the way of the mainsail if both are fully out, so it's either-or. Forgive me my ignorance, but does it mean they were not supposed to be used at the same time? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, RPaul
  15. Cool, thanks. I saw it somewhere - can't remember where from the top of my head - that Fair Rosamond replaced Black Joke eventually. So, assuming that it means the same squadron, white ensign it is then. As an aside, it turns out there's much more info, including drawings, Admiralty records, historic accounts, older models, and other bits and bobs, for Fair Rosamond than there's for Dos Amigos. Makes me wonder why OcCre decided to use the latter name/flag. Pavel
  16. Hi All, It's a bit of a long story, but having just completed OcCre's Dos Amigos, I've realised that she's been a slaver until captured by the Brits in 1830, then put to service in the British Anti-Slavery Squadron. I mean, I knew that to begin with, but it took me a while to put two and two together and to figure out that if I fly the American flag out of the kit, it kind of means the model represents the time before the capture, i.e., when she was a slaver. Not being particularly keen on slavery, and given that it's a quick fix, I'd rather fly the British one, or appropriate multitude thereof. But what would it be? And where? Not sure a disclaimer is needed here, but just in case, to avoid causing any offence: I have no problems whatsoever flying an American flag; it's only the fact that it attributes the model to the darker period of the ship's history, which is easily avoidable. Many thanks in advance, Pavel
  17. Thanks Essayons. As far as I understand, she was patrolling the seas around Cuba. Do you know which squadron would it put her In? Pavel
  18. Sorry if I'm being a bit daft, but I thought red ensign was a civil one, and the naval one was white? Thanks again, Pavel
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    Hi from the north

    Hi Torstein, Hi from across the North Sea, and welcome to MSW I'm sure you'll like it here as much as I do - there are very few forums out there as friendly and helpful as this one. Pavel

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