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It’s a point which weighs against us, and a fact to be deplored – 
That we chased the goodly merchant-men and laid their ships aboard.

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  1. My pet peeve is when model builders make ladders that are too steep. Many are near vertical. Often these are poopdeck ladders and people would have broken their necks on them with the ship pitching. I’m in favor of including the handrails on models simply because I can’t imahine the state of affairs on board without them. But this brings up an odd related point: jackstays on yards. I ALSO can’t imagine the state of affairs on the yard without THEM, but we are told that jackstays were in fact a later development. We’re told that hundreds of years of square rigged sailing elapsed before Jackstays became common. I’ve always had a very hard time swallowing this as I can’t imagine working on a yard without a jackstays always at hand.
  2. Scottish Maid rigging pt2 - spanker sheets.

    The lead foil from a wine bottle cork covering has the advantage of actually being metal and it’s super easy to work with. Of late you only get the lead foil on more expensive wine though.
  3. Scottish Maid rigging pt2 - spanker sheets.

    I was just flipping though an issue of Model ShipwrightMagazine, #94, and there is an artical about Scottish Maid with photos.
  4. USS Constitution sails

    Check out my build log I’m ALSO building Constitution and I’m currently at the same point in my build. You could also look at my HMS Victory build log for a slightly less complex method. Each involves stiffening the fabric and forcing it into the shape of a sail full of ind and bellied out.
  5. Unusual ship models

    I found the images when I was searching for photos of ship model kit box art on google. In another thread the topic of wood ship kit box art came up and I was wondering if more successful kits also had better box art. And vice versa. Then I found this.
  6. Unusual ship models

    Awwwww yahhhhhhh! Awww yisssssss!
  7. You menion box art. It would be interesting to see a side by side comparison of some of the most popular models from the most successful companies. Curb appeal is a dramatic factor in consumer decision making. By the same token I’d be curious to see the packaging of the ten LEAST successful kits. Does it suck? I’ve not seen a side by side comparison of box art for ships. which brings us to advertising. Which manufacturer spends the most on advertising? Surely this has to be a huge factor, and I’m guessing Artisana Latina must spend a LOT in order to account for their market share. Internet sales verses brick-and-mortar was also mentioned and I’m certain internet sales must be growing exponentially while B&M must be shrinking. These two metrics, are they constant or are they reaching equilibrium yet? It makes me wonder who was the first person to buy a ship model kit online? Who was he, when did he click his mouse and which kit was it?
  8. Sheet

    When furled, The Clew would draw that whole corner inboard and up against the Spritsail Yard, taking the Sheet with it. Now you have a lead along the Bowsprit, at least as far as it can go back to the deck, depending on where the Sheets belay. With the sail furled the only concern would be to have the Sheet out of the way and out of the water. I could imagine the crew hitching the Sheet onto the Bowsprit at one or two places to keep it out of their way as they go out on the headrig.
  9. Issues with rigging on Pannart Royal caroline

    The tackle you are calling “the bracers” is clearly going to run, meaning the lines can be hauled tighter or eased looser, they are not “seized at both ends” if by “seized” you mean that they are fixed and unmovable. I’m not impressed with the plan they gave you but this plan does show tackle, and the tackle will have a hauling end. i took a quick look at some references I have and all show the tackle at the forward end of the spar (R-11) but none show the unidentified line in your plan at the after end of the spar, which I doubt the veracity of. I think whoever drew the plan invented this line out of thin air, but I could be wrong. The square yards above the lateen yard look fine to me, they are not “seized” in any unusual way, they appear to have the usual Lifts Braces and hailyards but I will say the Halyard labeled 71 was drawn sloppily as it should be fixed to the center of the yard, not off to one side as shown. Get the R C Anderson book I linked to above, it will augment the poor drawing the manufacturer provided you with. The book is one of the very least expensive yet very worthwhile ship model books and it directly addresses your time frame.
  10. Issues with rigging on Pannart Royal caroline

    Everyone will tell you the same thing: buy this book https://www.amazon.com/Rigging-Ships-Spritsail-1600-1720-Maritime/dp/048627960X
  11. This is the Scientific Models Constitution. Molded sails are now complete but lack paint touches that will weather them and address the “all sails EXACTLY the same cream color”. Here they are dry fitted to the model. Check out my build log to see how I got the sail shape.
  12. Issues with rigging on Pannart Royal caroline

    Post a photo. I can’t picture the rigging situation. Not sure what you mean by “seized at both ends”.
  13. Scootish Maid rigging problems - gaff and boom

    Looks legit to me. I too was surprised to see single boom topping lifts on the famous Spray, Joshua Slocum’s circumnavigation vessel. I’d be much happier with two myself but the single Lift arrangement on Spray is visible in period photos of her. The location of the blocks on the Gaff is also correct, this is how it nearly always looks. Although larger or smaller vessels will be seen to have a different number of peak Halyard blocks making up their tackle. In my experience the two halyards on the Gaff always belay outboard on pins on or near the bulwarks, always on opposite sides from each other AND nearly always the Peak Halyard is to Starboard and the Throat Halyard is to Port. “The Port wine goes down your Throat” is the mnemonic device used to remember. Since it takes three men or more on each Halyard, and the two halyards are raised at the same time, they are belayed on either sideof the deck so the six men (or more) are not all tangled together in one place. On larger Fore and aft vessels, the halyards on the Main could go to a fiferail at the base of the mast, but the port and Starboard rule still applies. These halyards will be the thickest lines on the pinrails on this part of the vessel, all other lines on the nearby pins will be visibly smaller and thinner rope as these halyards are taking the most strain ( unless your vessel has a drop keel, then the centerboard pennant will be the thickest line). The only thicker lines on the whole vessel would be the sheets.
  14. When you consider how heavy the weapons are and then consider that the cambered deck rolls port and starboard and back all day every day while you are at sea, and your cannon are on wheels, you begin to appreciate that the training tackle alone would not be a safe method to secure a set of between six and 120 guns. I’ve found a bunch of photos like these of guns on the deck of the Le Hermione replica frigate. There are man6 other photos like these. She’s crossed the Atlantic twice with period correct equipment, her cannon are the proper size and weight. As you can see the crew have put a lot of effort into assuring the guns remain stationary.
  15. General guide to how rigging works.

    It may be easier if you name the lines that confuse you and then we can go through them one by one. I love talking about rigging so don’t worry about people not replying to your questions. I can’t think of any films that go into particulars of how rigging works but there are certainly youtube videos.