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  1. I received for Christmas (and just finished reading), “Erebus” by Michael Palin (yes THAT Michael Palin!). A fascinating account of the history of that enigmatic ship. While the author is not the first person you would think of when it comes to naval historians, he nonetheless manages to weave a brilliant nautical narrative. He covers, in some detail, as much of the human stories surrounding the various voyages of the Erebus, culled from various journals and letters written by the various participants. Starting with some details of her initial construction and her early deployment in the Mediterranean, to her conversion for polar service, and her two polar operations. The first being the successful voyage to the Antarctic, led by Sir James Clark Ross, and her final fateful journey. A recommended read for anyone interested in polar exploration, Sir John Franklin, and maritime history. Andy
  2. For something that has the serious potential to come out (looking) like a total rat’s nest, I am utterly amazed at how neat and tidy your work is. Andy
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    Push hammer?

    If you’re talking about the little brass pin nails, these: https://www.micromark.com/Spike-Insertion-Plier are far more accurate and versatile for driving them in (and pulling them back out too). They were originally designed specifically for spiking model railway track, I have a set, and use them extensively for shipbuilding. I’ve had no trouble with nailing plywood, mdf and other woods. Andy
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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    With all the sudden and unexpected interest, I'll throw you good folks a bit of a bone (not one of Freyja's chew bones though). I'm out of the shipyard for the near future, but I'll share a few pics of how far I managed to get with the planking. Not really too many more strakes left to go, I can't remember if it's eight or nine by my last count. The wales are done, but not fully painted, just the top and bottom edges. And popeye, it's not so much the pitter patter of little feet.... more like the thundering footfalls of a herd of galumphing baby elephants! Andy
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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    Hey everyone, Thanks for the positive comments. My current distraction is a little more demanding of my attention (and rightly so). Her name is Freyja, she’s four months old, and she doesn’t really allow me to turn my back for a second. Andy
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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    Hi! I had been picking away at it a little bit over the winter, so there has been some progress. I tended to stall every time Jason (Beef Wellington) posted an update on his build. And also a few other distractions keep getting in the way. I may get back to it when the distractions abate, and the weather turns cooler. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Relatively speaking, the derrick goosenecks are fairly small. The opening also wouldn't appear faired, it would have a hard edge. Mooring bitts, despite their appearance are, in fact, hollow. Also, if the casting in question was part of the derrick base, there would be more remnants of the rest of the crosspiece on one side, and not a clean edge all the way around. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Yeah, I've seen those. In the first photo, if you look carefully by the break of the house, on the starboard side just aft of the ladder, there's a bitt. And you can just make out its Port side counterpart.
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Typically bitts are secured to the deck (never through it). The deck is generally made of thicker plating in the areas where things like bitts, and winches are located. In the era of this ship, likely bolts, or even rivets would be used (modern versions are welded). It's a pretty substantial casting, and it doesn't look too dissimilar to the bases of the intact bits. I've only managed to find a few low res images online of the ship in question, so lacking decent reference photos (pre wreck), it's a best guess. I have my doubts it's anything mechanical. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    That could be the underside of the base of a mooring bitt casting. Either the bitts were cut off, or embedded into the sea floor. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Looks to me like a fairlead, for passing mooring ropes. If you google "panama fairlead" you'll get a plethora of images of more modern versions, but the design hasn't really changed very much. Andy
  12. I wouldn't be surprised if it was black. I'm not sure when coal-tar epoxy paint came into general use, but I recall slathering it around the ballast tank of my first ship twenty years ago. More modern ships use more of an off-white colour in the ballast tanks to improve lighting (better passive reflection from portable light sources), and defect detection. Bunker tanks are generally uncoated. Andy
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    Kit Manufacturer Links

    If I may offer a suggestion, it may be an idea to combine this great list, with the current list of banned manufacturers (no links for those ones, obviously), along with the reasons why those manufacturers have been banned (I want to call it Chuck's manifesto, but he's dead right, and we should all follow his sage advice!). And perhaps also, it should be considered that every so many weeks, any extraneous conversation is deleted from this particular thread (ie when a suggestion for an addition, or perhaps a deletion, has been verified and added). These lists should be pinned and available for immediate reference by anyone. Having to wade through pages of conversations (forwards of backwards) dulls the message. Not saying there shouldn't be discussion, but there should be a separate arena for it. Andy
  14. For most of us ratlines are a mind numbing chore..... with the level of detail you put in to yours, if you don't mind me asking, how do you avoid ending up in the corner curled up in the foetal position ranting gibberish? All kidding aside, congrats on page 100 and well done! Andy

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