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  1. I wouldn't recommend it for a number of reasons. Once glued, then soaked, the planks may come off as the water dissolves the glue (true of steaming also). Also, wood needs to compress or expand as it is bent in one direction or the other. You will have differing rates of compression on the outer and inner sides. Best to place the bulwarks first I think. cheers Pat
  2. Thanks Rob, getting to know this I have already doubled the number of pin racks - may even need more. cheers Pat
  3. You are making some great progress there mate; looking good. Sorry I cannot offer technical comment as I simply do not have the experience, but I am closely following to learn what I can for when I have the same exercise to do for my build. cheers Pat
  4. Welcome aboard Richard; as you have already experienced this is a great forum for learning and getting great advice. cheers Pat
  5. Hi Dubz, I don't know if this is too late but I had the same issue under Subway - also still can't get it to hold the settings between sessions (Win10 - Chrome) cheers Pat
  6. Further to this discussion I am now determining the actual rigging plan and belay points using the excellent plans provided by Andrew Bowcock in his book CSS Alabama: Anatomy of a confederate Raider. As this section seems to attract a wider visit I am linking back to my log to seek comments and suggestions on my current interpretation of contemporary lithographs/photos and try to match to the book to determine a LIKELY rigging and belaying plan for Victoria. All comments, suggestions etc most welcomed. cheers Pat
  7. Fraser, I don't know if this helps or not as I not familiar with Baltimore Clippers. I am building a vessel (English built in 1855) which had very similar lines to a clipper but was Barque rigged. The bowsprit/boom guys for this vessels were almost parallel with roughtree rail (cap rail) and difficult to see in many illustrations. the guys went aft via a set of iron "whiskers" mounted to the after side ide if the catheads, then aft and led through a fairlead just forward of the fore channel. cheers Pat
  8. Of late I have taken to a new author in this genre by the name of Sean Thomas Russell. For my tastes in reading, I find it a very refreshing take with the main character having to fight off not only the French (Napoleonic era) but also people within the RN, as his wife was French and his loyalty is often challenged. The first book in the series is "Under Enemy Colours". cheers Pat
  9. Very nice work; if I did not know this was 3D I could swear this was a wood framed model. That takes some talent! cheers Pat
  10. Many thanks again all. I am now confident the author was referring to fairleads on the shrouds rather than a lead for the shrouds. I have yet to determine which running rigging would have been led through these but should be able to do so using the belaying /pin plan cheers Pat
  11. Hi Thanasis and Frank, Many thanks for your contributions to the discussion and building a much clearer understanding of rigging practices. cheers Pat
  12. Hi all and thanks for looking in and the comments. Mark T, thanks for that pointer - I will try through them. Mark P - thanks and I agree, that is why I thought it so strange. I think your interpretation may be exactly that. I will have a look at the legend to see which 'running ends' of ropes might have need of a 'fair' lead to secure them properly at the pins without fouling other ropes. That should prove a good pointer to the likely candidates. HMCS Victoria had steel wire shrouds which alone would make fairleads unlikely, so the idea of a shroud fairlead truck (see John's earlier comment and my response below) to create a 'fair' lead for running rigging to belay points is most likely what the author was inferring. John, thanks again; I actually used a couple of those on the Endeavour and should have clicked - Marquardt calls them shroud fairlead trucks. I think you may be right and it is these trucks using a slightly different terminology. Now to to determine their correct positioning which will be governed by where the 'running end' of the rope is to be lead from S.Coleman - many thanks mate, these are shroud cleats but I very much appreciate the input. cheers Pat
  13. Hi folks, finally received my copy of the CSS Alabama: Anatomy of a Confederate Raider by Andrew Bowcock. A great book and provides me with some very useful info Thanks Roger However, it also needs some further clarification for specific items etc. I am trying to contact the author with no luck - if anyone knows him could you please put me in touch with Andrew, or provide contact details? I have tried the publisher but they have either changed contact details or shut-up shop cheers Pat
  14. Further to my last, I am also trying to contact the author "Andrew Bowcock" but have had no luck trying - I have tried Chatham Publishing but they either do not exist anymore, or changed emails. If anyone can provide contact details, or put the author in touch with me it would be greatly appreciated. cheers Pat
  15. Thanks John, As you can see from the extract, I am not sure whether he refers to leads for other ropes fitted to the shroud, or to lead the shroud itself? In other parts of the drawings, he usually references whether a rope passes through a lead etc, and he does not reference these other than on this drawing. I have checked Lees, Marquardt and Falconer with no luck so far. An internet search brings up all sorts of things but nothing for a fairlead on the shrouds??? cheers Pat