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About stevenmh

  • Birthday 04/07/1954

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    Tall ships, history, astronomy, photography

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  1. What are the other demos in addition to yours Charlie and what time do they start?
  2. Thanks guys, I think I know where I'm heading. Have a great Thanksgiving.
  3. Thanks Bill. We may be talking about 2 different sets of diagonals, so I just want to make sure.I know there were diagonal knees and other diagonals below the water line against the hull. I am curious about the deck frames (see attached). Are the deck frames what you were talking about? p spar deck framing.pdf
  4. I am building the Constitution cross-section by Mamoli and figured, as long as it was a cross section I would also try to expose some of the guts, in particular I wanted to leave some of the deck planking off and show the structure of the framing. Most of the plans I have seen, including those in the Anatomy of the Ship volume, show the carlings (joists) perpendicular to the deck beams/parallel to the keel. However, drawings I've seen from 1926 before the refit show them running diagonally. There are also photos in the Boston Public Library's digital photo collection that show the same thing - I'm just not sure if these are before or after refit photos. My question is which is "correct." Are the diagonal or the perpendicular carlings as she should be or is one an artifact of a non-historic refit?
  5. I have looked at the various posts, references and videos about stropping and seizing a block and am left with a really really basic newbee question (which is magnified by the fact that I am trying to learn on a 3mm block...): after I wrap a thread around the block as the strop and leave a bit of a loop to seize for a becket, I am still left with the 2 dangling ends of the tread. I expect on the real thing those ends were spliced together to form a continuous loop, but how do I handle this on the model?
  6. Thanks to all for the links. Not to highlight my ignorance, but Jaxboat, what does "ME" stand for??
  7. I know I've seen this mentioned in some thread or another, but can't remember where. I need to find a dictionary (downloadable preferably) that I can use to translate the Italian terms on my model's instructions (soon to begin Mimoli Constitution cross section) into English. Thanks.
  8. Thanks to you all. It seems that most of the models I am interested in building are intermediate level (according to someone's criteria) - like Model Shipways Rattlesnake or Niagara, or several from Mamoli - Swift, Blue Shadow (really like this ship), La Glorie, or Vaiiant. Rattlesnake seems popular, and with Model Shipways saying they will replace parts - even if I break them - that might be a good first build. Is "intermediate" really intermediate, or are some suitable for someone with no wood experience, but some plastic model work? I notice Model Expo is auctioning off a bunch of Mamoli ships on ebay - is there something a newbie should know about Mamoli that might make them a good or not so good choice for a first build?? Thanks again.
  9. I am brand spanking new to the wooden ship modeling hobby. I have built plastic ship models (I know, shameful admission) such as Victory, Cutty Sark and Charles W. Morgan, so have some experience with rigging on square rigged ships but want to try my hand at wooden ships. I really want to learn how to plank a hull. So I am looking for suggestions for a plank on bulkhead square-rigged ship model that might be good for a real beginner, with not much woodworking experience, to start out on. Thanks.