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About dvm27

  • Birthday 04/05/1954

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    17th and 18th century naval architecture

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  1. Bravo, Toni! I wouldn't know how to display her...unplanked side out, planked side out? They're equally exquisite. Greg
  2. It's a nice little book with beautiful color photographs but hardly comprehensive. Those wishing a more complete treatise on the subject would could do no better than Englishman of War 1600-1850 by Peter Goodwin or Arming and Fitting the English Ships of War 1600-1815 by Brian Lavery
  3. Either you have very small hands or that's a very large model, Michael. Exquisite work!
  4. Congratulations on landing this contract, Dan. Lucky you're a lawyer because that contract would be rather daunting for a lay person!
  5. Nicely done. Gentlemen! And after just two days of our workshop it will look exactly like the photo below (well...somewhat).
  6. Just curious Ed. Have you ever tried working with silk? There are Navy Board models in Annapolis with original silk rigging. Surgical silk can be had in very small diameters (ex. 6-0 silk = 0.1 mm diameter). I've used it for ratlines and it worked very well.
  7. Welcome back Dave. Lovely work as ever. Congrats on the new home (and workshop)!
  8. dvm27

    HMS Swan (1775)

    Congratulations on a beautiful Swan model!
  9. Look forward to your build, Kurt. Peter's Newsboy was a work of art and an excellent model to emulate. Y.T. - the hull may be pre-shaped but from my experience it doesn't save all that much work by the time you've refined it to spec.
  10. Congratulations on the completion of an extraordinary Swan class model, Toni! You've done TFFM chapter and verse and my hats off to you.
  11. Unless your model has an unusually bluff bow the planks will fit into the rabbet at an angle. Thus the fore end of the plank needs to be angled to match. If it still does not fit flush perhaps your rabbet is too shallow or not wide enough. The plank needs to be pre-shaped to fit the curve of the bow without a lot of pressure or the fore end (hooding) may lift up a bit. Sometimes it is helpful to glue just the very end of the plank into place first. Once set it will be easier to glue the rest of the plank down without the end lifting from the rabbet.
  12. Last call for our October Admiralty Models workshop! We'll be sending out the workshop homework next week. Chuck has done an amazing job producing the workshop kits designed by David. It will be a terrific platform to build upon (and display). We can accommodate one or two more participants if anyone wishes to attend (details at beginning of topic). We also have a special Saturday evening speaker, Don Preul, Curator of the Naval Academy Museum collection so it should be a fun weekend!
  13. That is a very lovely model Chuck. Tell me your not tempted to float it in the sink!
  14. Chuck's incredible modeling skills aside, his wood choice does have a very pleasing scale appearance when viewed close up. Looks a lot like full scale pine to me. Certainly more realistic than boxwood in my opinion. I've been working on a project using the yellow cedar for the first time and had trouble achieving a finish similar to Chucks. He recommended using much finer sandpaper 280 - 400 grit and the results are much better.

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