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  1. Happy Birthday Pat. Hope you have a great day.





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      Thanks Vossy, appreciate the thoughts - a couple of 'frothies' suitably enjoyed :)





  2. No problem Casper; glad the book helped. The bowers were definitely in the 'bows'; some ships had two different sizes with the larger or 'best' bower to the stbd side I think. In Endeavour though, I think they were both the same size. cheers Pat
  3. I use a metal wall strip purchased from my local office wares supplier (OfficeWorks here in Australia) that has a mechanism that allows several sheets/plans etc to be held. It is only about an inch (25mm) in height and only protrudes out about 10mm out from the wall - it attaches to the wall with screws or 2-sided tape. Works a treat for me with minimal impact on roomspace etc. but still handy to view. Only problem I have experienced is that sometimes when removing one sheet, others may come out with it also; but, they are very easy to put back into the holder - just slide the top edge of the sheet/plan/ picture up and it grips, swing the sheet/plan out to about 75 degrees from the wall and it comes out easily. You can make it out hanging on the wall to the left in the photo. Cannot recall what it is actually called - sorry. May come up under paper display strip or the like? cheers Pat
  4. Hi Caz, drawings/sketches of their locations may exist but I have not seen them; someone like Shipaholic may be able to better inform you with the research he has done. That sid, I believe the general practice, of the time, was to stow (lash down) the 'stream' anchor on the starboard main channel and the kedge on the port mizzen channel. I cannot provide a reference at this stage but have read it somewhere and I stand ready to be corrected cheers Pat
  5. A great find for you and a very interesting maritime connection for your family. cheers Pat
  6. Angle of ship masts

    Interesting discussion folks. I am currently researching, drawing up and building a 1:72 model of HMCSS Victoria - built 1855 at Limehouse Docks in London - she was based on contemporary RN Gun Despatch vessel lines but modified for a more sleeker (longer and less-wide) by her designer Oliver Lang. Her masts were extremely raked with the Fore - 5 degrees aft, Main -10 degrees aft and Mizzen - 15 degrees aft - and yes I have 'triple' checked these even superimposing a photograph of her over the profile plan. She was also known as a fast ship easily attaining 13+ knots at sea (in the right conditions) and having achieved 14.5 knots over the measured mile during her sea trials (under sail alone). She was a Barque rigged vessel to Royals only and standard topsails - not the 'split' (upper and lower topsails) used in the clippers etc. Just for interest. cheers Pat
  7. Glad to hear you have a solution Bill, good luck with the build. Thanks Mark, I was unsure of who/where I got it - now that you mention Jerry, I agree it was his build of Constellation. So0rrt Jerry, and I hope you don't mind us re-sharing it? That is a nice model Mark, i hadn't seen this build of yours before. Bill, if you will permit me hijacking your thread, I would like to try and get some clarifications on the 'fold down' bulwark panels. I had considered these but could not find any definitive info that these were used and would appreciate any info on the hinginging and support mechanisms. My initial thoughts were that these panels were very heavy being thick (outer and inner planked large sections) that would have placed a lot of strain on the hinging and there appear to be no topping lift type (hanging) supports in the form of wire guys etc also. Must have been hell raising them again. That said, if used there must have been some info / data available about these? I am seeking this info to offer in my 'considerations' for the selection of various fittings, equipment and build methods in an associated build log text I am putting together. At this point I am assuming this was a US build practice? I haven't seen evidence of it used elsewhere (well in my limited searches to date) cheers Pat
  8. I ran into the same question researching for HMCSS Victoria (1855) which was pierced for a pivot gun for and aft. There are several options including that which Mark points out (hinged, drop down sections of bukwark), but also some ships appear to have had lift out sections - either way, as Mark points out the hammock rails (in your case) would need to be struck. The first image below shows a 68pdr gun in action ib HMS Sidon off Balaclava in Crimea (1855) which while not definitive, suggests a lift out panel. The second image shows HMS Immortalite (1860) with what appears to be lift out panels in the port fore section of the bulwarks (just behind the cascable of the gun). The third image is a section of the plan for HMS Vigilant (1856). While these drawings and lithographs support what appears to be lift out panels, there is a picture of Uss Constitution which was kindly posted by a MSW member whom I regret to say I have misplaced the information for (apologies to the provider), that shows the hinged arrangements which may have been more specific to US practice of the day? That said, I have a piccy, again I cannot remember the source, that shows a US ship with a lift out panel. it could also be argued that the braces shown in the first US piccy (Constitution) that they were simply support braces nd that they and the panel lifted out rather than being hinged? I hope this provides some useful info for you to determine your fit? With Victoria (last picture) I went with lift out panels. cheers Pat
  9. Pavel, they would of been on a hook of some sort; lashing them in any form would defeat the purpose of being able to quickly deploy them. cheers Pat
  10. variable height desks

    I have a fully height adjustable desk I use as a model making table - not one of those adjustable computer things that sit on top of a desk. I have found it invaluable when working on different parts of the ship as I can adjust the height for better access and closeness of the work; especially for rigging. One word of caution - make sure you have a little room at the back (and/or sides) as when you adjust it up it may snag on anything on the wall etc (learned the hard way ) . Oh, and if you have an overhead hanging light .... If you can walk right around it (if you have the space) it is an even greater asset. One member even built a purpose designed (self-designed) height adjustable desk with a top that also tilted - can't remember the build log though. cheers Pat
  11. Hi Nathan. I used TurboCAD 2016 Pro to develop the plans for my HMCSS Victoria build (ongoing). TC 2016 allowed me to import either a PDF (PDF/Underlay manger) or raster image files (BMP, JPG etc), which if put on their own layer, aligned and scaled then locked, allow you to trace what you need - note they are separate tools in TC. The TC 2018 blurb states that the image manager has been improved in 2018 but my reading to date suggests that this is only to allow multiple image file import rather than interaction between the image and drawing layers (that is selection of parts of the image to convert/use in the CAD drawing). I would really like to know more about the TC 2018 image manager if anyone has any experience with it? In my drawings I have imported some large photographs and lithographs, and have had up to as many as 10 underlying images - visibility turned on and off as required - as background reference images (once scaled). However, I have experienced some issues with the images disappearing occasionally (the image holder remains) requiring reloading of the image. That said, I think that this is a problem of my own making by deleting or moving the parent file (as they are linked) by default. This could be overcome by embedding the image (an option in TC Image manger) but your drawing/TC file will become very large - or do not rename. move or delete your parent image files :). I have drawn up my plans with the wrong techniques with literally thousands of elements/entities as I am a self-taught absolute amateur - this resulted in me drawing every item individually (including each treenail head) instead of using blocks and symbols etc - lesson learned for next time . So the files could have been much smaller allowing some image embedding if required. Overall I have found that the image import, alignment and scaling for using as a background to trace in TC, is a relatively straight forward process once you get to grips with it. cheers Pat
  12. Needed a knife so I made one

    Hi Antonio, that looks like a good design for modelling purposes. I have putting making a couple off for some time but this may motivate me Did you anneal the metal at all? cheers Pat
  13. Excellent adaption of those figures Steve - the paint work is excellent especially noting the size of the figures. cheers Pat
  14. G'Day From Australia

    Another warm welcome from downunder Greg; interesting genealogy and one you can be justifiably proud of. cheers Pat

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