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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. For those of you curious about how an actual rudder was constructed, our resident 3D guru, Denis, has prepared these renderings for our Swan class model. These tabled joints would be very difficult to emulate on model (please give it a go Mark!) and virtually impossible to see unless you could actually visualize both sides of the rudder at the same time. When completed our 3D Swan class ship will offer a more complete (and historically accurate) treatise on contemporary ship building than the AOS series.
  2. Michael Mott mentions brazing vs soft soldering in a recent post. This begs the question how important is silver soldering at this scale? Do rigging stresses often cause soft soldered joints to fail? What other applications would favor brazing over soft soldering on our models? In my experience, I have found that soft soldering is easier and has a higher rate of success than brazing but perhaps because I do it so infrequently.
  3. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    As a "scratch" model builder I'd say it's really irrevelant these days to define one's style of building unless you work on commission or participate in competitions. That encompasses probably .01% of this group. Scratch building was more of a necessity in the 1900's and early 2000's due to the lack of quality fittings available as well as laser cutting options. On my current model, I shall be using blocks and rope from Chuck's product line as they are superior than those I have made in the past. So now, I am a semi-scratch ship model builder and proud of it!
  4. Wow, great job Michael! Some further refining and you'll be good to go. Pretty easy once you know the secret. As an exercise in futility, try making one just by eyeballing, trial and error without patterns.
  5. Maritime Nautical Art

    Surprised it made it as far as it did. Very few ships actually went to sea without planking below the wales. Must have been an experimental Admiralty design!
  6. Don't worry Dave. No grades for homework assignment unless you're an Ob/Gyn physician. And what are the odds of one of them being a ship model maker? Seriously, Doc, we're just happy you found time to attend the workshop!
  7. True that, Danny. Most of the features on the platforms and lower deck are not visible in our finished models. How cool would it be to show the photo below and say "this is what my magazine looks like"?
  8. Yes, Denis's work is amazing. You should see the high resolution photos. I honestly can't tell his work from mine (well, actually I can...his work is flawless). David and I will absolutely be releasing these photos, which follow our books chapter by chapter, when Denis is finished. The photos will be viewable on a PC in high resolution. Printing costs would be enormous so that's not an option. We wish to provide them, at a very reasonable price, to those who have purchased our Swan class plans over the years, sort of a parting gift from Admiralty Models for all your support over the years.
  9. Denis has been busy building our 3D Swan class ship. It's very exciting when it all comes together, for example the aft platform view below from the main deck (photo below). When paired with The Fully Framed Model series of books I don't believe there will be another more thoroughly researched and illustrated ship model reference available.
  10. On a Swan class ship, for example, the galley cowl could be rotated and the baffle closed in a downpour. I suspect it could also be removed and covered by a hatch or canvas in a heavy storm.
  11. A Modeler does a TED Talk on making miniatures

    Hi Bill. Many of us on this site work wonders with wood but struggle with metal or vice-versa. Your mastery of all facets of mechanisation truly elevate you from the rest of the pack. In your talk you give a shout out to Lloyd McCaffery. I wonder if you've ever included a ship model in any of your pieces? Would love to see your take on Shep Paine's Meeting of the Admiralty Board!
  12. just what is a "scratch built model"?

    From a professional ship modeler seller and appraisers website (www.shipmodel.com) these criteria are used: http://www.shipmodel.com/pdfs/ship-model-classification-guidelines-1980.pdf
  13. Nice job on your homework so far. Here's a photo of my finished headwork. I did a little extra since my basement was flooded and workshop closed