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  1. Hi Ed, many thanks for your encouragement and comments. Druxey; appreciate your earlier comment/question which made me go back and double check my work. These sort of question is much valued to ensure accuracy of the detail. The following is from the description provided by Rapson when he applied for his Patent. "... c,c is the tiller-rope or chain, which is affixed to the sliding frame and socket, d,d passes over the guide pulleys, f, f and is affixed to, or takes three or four turns around, the barrel carried by the axis of the steering wheel. ..." From this I have assumed three or four complete turns but I am not sure this means three full turns plus the entry/departure wraps or includes them? I am still to estable whether a rope or chain tiller rope would have been more likely in Victoria. Noting she is only a 'sloop' despite being termed a Gun Despatch Vessel, I am also 'currently' assuming that rope was adequate due to her size - but that is a BIG assumption - the relatively short iron tiller may have needed greater force and thereby a stronger 'rope' Any further guidance or suggestions would be most appreciated. The eagle eyed will also notice that I have slightly offset the bolts used for the various components of the wheel platform assembly - this was based on the principle of avoiding drilling anything in straight lines (per beam) to minimise any weakness in the timbers. I hope this is a correct assumption on my part? cheers Pat
  2. Sunning detail on the rigging Ed; I have to keep reminding myself this is 1:72. cheers Pat
  3. An extra rum issue for the dockyard lads Dave; the rigging looks great - very nice job. cheers Pat
  4. Looks great Steven, all starting to come together for you now. cheers Pat
  5. Nice work Greg; this build is particularly well detailed and weathered - love the realistic look of the ventilation intake stacks etc. A very nice addition to your miniature fleet (I know, still a bit to be done) cheers Pat
  6. Slow but high quality progress Ed; I very much enjoy seeing your masterful work - it continues to keep me enthused with my build (which at the moment is more like a chore than fun but i will work through it :)) cheers Pat
  7. Nice to see an update John, but not to hear of the health news. Best wishes for a full recovery and speedy return to the slipway. cheers Pat
  8. Very nice job on those davits Dan, they look terrific. cheers Pat
  9. Looks good UV; both the model and the workshop. Must be good to finally be able to work with everything 'to hand' again? cheers Pat
  10. Nice work mate - I hope you get over the infection soon. I had been wondering why we had not seen an update for a while. cheers Pat
  11. Very nice work Greg; super detailing! cheers Pat
  12. Thanks Dave; slowly but surely I am being a little distracted making toys for my granddaughter at the moment which has slowed progress . cheers Pat
  13. Love them boats, some really nice detail with that PE added. cheers Pat
  14. Carl, it is a relatively simple concept - if you know you will be involved in a battle you fit the spur before sailing; otherwise it could stay off/inboard to improve ship-handling? No need to run to a nearby shore as you suggest, as they would know beforehand if there was likelihood of battle imminent. One-on-one battles, or to 'chase' another ship, would really only be for anti-piracy patrols or the like, and probably would result in the spur being fitted throughout the patrol. This is purely conjecture only. There may be some evidence to veto or support such a concept? Purely from the 'practical point of view' man-handling such a large (and heavy) chunk of iron-clad timber at those heights would not have been easy on a beach but may have been possible while alongside in their 'port'? Anything mentioned in the information you have Steven? cheers Pat
  15. Looks very good Michael; great idea to prototype in card. cheers Pat

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