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    Ship modelling, history and maritime history, reading, gentle walking and cycling for exercise (my ME/CFS permitting!), our four cats.

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  1. Stockholm tar

    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Hi Popeye, Sorry, for not replying before now. I have an appointment to see the eye surgeon on the 17th May and then the op. will be after that, so hopefully not too long. I have also to see my doctor at the heart clinic at the end of the month for the dreaded cycle test, so fingers crossed for that too! However, there has been some lighter moments and we have just returned from a short break in Kotor, Montenegro, which was absolutely brilliant. Very beautiful. I have named my book 'Perilous Beginnings', but it may be a little while before it is out! All the best,
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    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Hi Geoff, Well, it's on the way – I hope! As for the sunshine, it's returned here fairly recently now that spring appears to be here! Don't worry, I have been out in it, although I my eyes can't stand strong sunlight for too long. My ME makes them sensative to glare and unfortunately, at the moment I am without my glasses (the ones in my avatar and which had photochromatic lenses – ie. they darkened according to the light) one arm of the frame having broken off a couple of weeks ago. On going to the optician to see about a new pair, he then told me that I had a cataract in the left eye! So, I now have to have an operation, which seems relatively straight forward, before I can get a new pair. I shall have to buy a pair of sunlgasses. Ho hum. All the best,
  3. Stockholm tar

    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Hi Popeye, Good to hear from you. Well, wonder no more, I'm still here! The book is coming on and I am getting near to the end now – should be approx. 360 pages. The writing is the comparatively easy bit, now I just have to get it published! I thought I'd try Amazon, as they say it's easy (well, of course, they would say that!) As for the 'Sherbourne' I want to get back to her as well, when time permits. All the best.
  4. Stockholm tar

    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Hi again, Mark, Dr Per, Eamonn, The book will be in English and perhaps I might get it published with Amazon, when the time comes. I'll tell you a bit about it. The story concerns the activities of a revenue cutter (a cutter huh? Fancy that!) and her crew and is set in 1797. Well, I did say it was just a 'bit'.
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    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Bill, Jack, Tony, Thanks and I will certainly keep in touch. Tony, sound like you may know someone who has ME/CFS. If so, all my sympathies. I think I have it moderately, but many are housebound and some are even bedbound, so I count myself lucky.
  6. Stockholm tar

    Anyone know whereabouts of Stockholm Tar?

    Hi guys, I was alerted to this by Ulises e-mail. To allay any fears, I am still here and have even looked in on the site on the odd occasion, although not posted! So, not to worry. I haven't been active for a number of reasons. Besides the usual that we all have, I am also in the middle of writing a sea novel, write the occasional magazine article and, not least, have to deal daily with the ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that I have now had for a number of years and which gets worse in the winter months. Lastly, I think I ought to admit to a bout of 'ship modeller's block', ie, I lost interest for a while! Anyway, those excuses apart, I am ok, and hope to get back to modelling soon. Everyday I pass the 'Sherbourne' in her case and seem to hear her say, 'Ok, so when do I get finished?" Hope you are all well.
  7. Captain Al, I'm not sure about this, but the gaff on the mizzen mast may have been left more or less permanently hoisted. Most of the illustrations I have seen of 18th/19th cent. men of war have them aloft when at anchor and the gaff sail was brailed into the mast, it being loose-footed along the boom. Since the Bounty was rerigged when she was purchased, I imagine she would have followed naval practice in this too. The gaff probably had throat and peak halliards, but there may have been an extra span from the spar to the mast to take it's weight. The vangs would have secured the gaff from movement at its outer end. In passing, there would have been a topping lift to take the weight of the boom when the sail was not set, even though it is not shown on your plans. The peak halliard and vangs would only be of use when the gaff was in the hoisted position and would not have had any control of the boom, not being connected to it. I would think there was a crutch to hold the boom end, when the sail was not set. Hope this helps, but I am sure someone else may have the definitive answer.
  8. Endless, I agree, they are not and this is sometimes how such models are displayed – although there are many other such models with the rigging belayed to pins. In reality even in port with the sails furled, the rigging would normally still be belayed to its pin.
  9. Ropes on deck at sea are not usually feasible. To begin with, in any rough weather and has been mentioned, lines adjacent to each other would get tangled together, which is not a good idea, and there is the fact that they could potentially cause accidents, tripping etc. Then there is the damp problem. A wet rope on deck hold moisture far longer than one hung up and even modern ropes will disintegrate eventually through rot. The only real place for running rigging is for it to be belayed on its designated pin. From my own experience, the only time I have seen a large part of the 'spagetti' on deck is when the ship is tacking, wearing, or carrying out some other sail evolution. At most other times, the lines are coiled and tidily hung from their pins out of the way and ready for use Regarding the coils themselves, they are normally coiled on deck in an oval shape to begin with, and even hemp ones will sag under their own weight. Chuck, the coil in your first photo seems very small and not the normal size for most running rigging. Perhaps it was for some special purpose? To me, the coils shown on the models seem not to reflect the way things were done at sea, where all the above would apply, but rather perhaps a modelmakers convention. At that scale, perhaps they couldn't all be belayed in their proper places.
  10. Tony, I've just spotted your post re. the horse, where you mention my effort! As you say, I had some difficulty in placing it. I seem to remember that I had to put it far enough forward so as not to impede the foremost guns, far enough aft to make it possible for the hatch to be lifted, and high enough for it to clear the anchor cable. Something of a tall order, but I think I made a reasonable compromise! Your height of 15" would seem about right. I also made it what I considered a suitable length, about 4cm, although I guess it could have been a little more. My reasoning was that the deck is cramped enough as it is and the sail could, within reason, be let out further with the sheet running through the blocks attached to the horse. Chuck's drawings were interesting, I had not seen those before. Here's the photo of my horse:
  11. Hi Nils, No, it was always going to be a half model. I had thought of a full hull model, but at the rate I work, I thought that a half model wouldn't take so long! It would also be rather interesting. One day perhaps. Hope your not too disappointed?
  12. Nils, You're Pegasus is looking superb – but then I expected nothing less – and love your 'maritime museum' with all those lovely models.
  13. Stockholm tar

    need opinions on furled sails

    Re. the furled sails of Columbia and Cuauhtemoc, posted by Tadeusz, some foreign training ships tend to display their sails like this at Tall Ships events. The skipper of a vessel I was on asked one of their captains, at one of these events, why they left them like this and he said that it was because it looked 'artistic'. Our skipper thought it looked untidy and unseamanlike and believed that the sails should have been given a proper 'harbour stow.' I have to say that I agree – there's nothing more pleasing than a well stowed sail. Frankie is quite right about their actual stowing, although I would point out that the wind is also a factor in the way they are furled. I have stowed a few sails in my time and the mate, or whoever is in charge, was usually at pains to furl the sail properly, especially at sea where the wind can get into the sail and open it all out. Sometimes the crew would have to do it all over again, if he wasn't satisfied, and many of them had bruised knuckles afterwards!
  14. Stockholm tar

    Corel's SM23 HMS Victory kit question...

    Teal 2, The bowsprit angle is 30° from the horizontal, according to the book 'Anatomy of Nelson's Ships' by Nepean Longridge. This is quite an old book now, but still a valuable source of information about the Victory, since it was written from his scratch build of the ship for the Science Museum in London. (I have seen it several times and it is superb, although I'm not sure it is on display now.) The book would be useful for the rest of your build and you should be able to get it fairly cheaply, if you look around.
  15. Joel, You're right, she had. Robin, You make some valid points, especially with regard to the spritsail. I wonder if Stanfield had perhaps seen the Victory when the davits weren't fitted, eg. in a refit, since they would likely be removed at such a time – or did he just overlook them? I'm sure you understand very well the artistic mind.

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