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  1. Hello Ed and Sailor, I can´t imagine any other solution to the question of the interfering booms, jackstays and head bolt-ropes but to change their respective positions on the yards : booms to move a bit back and up to the forward-1 o´clock position and jackstay forward and down to about 3 o´clock, i.e. out of the way of boom irons ; to avoid visual confusion : all seen from the starboard yard-arm across the yard to the port yard-arm. No sail could have been bent on or furled with the irons in the way of the head bolt-rope. For bending on, reefing and furling sails the booms had to be triced up out of the sailors´ way. I think this arrangement was in praxi the only manageable way to handle the sails on these yards. Greetings to you all Germanus
  2. Hello Ed. Right ! And that´s why we were given the famous "flounders" aboard "Gorch Fock" , a belaying-plan of this ship where each line had it´s place on wooden and/or brass pins. We learned very quickly; after two days the NCO´s started their time-honoured "rope-race" around the deck, and you better had learned your ropes. Back then there were neither illumination at night nor mercy allowed: if you hadn´t grasped the plan or, be it night or day, laid your hand atop of the wrong pin and thus missed these tests, you were not allowed to go aloft; shame on you, landlubber . I was lucky having built the "Pamir" in 1:150 shortly before, rope by rope, ratline by ratline, buntlines, clewlines, stays´l halyards and all. So I could rattle them ropes off by heart like nothing. A wonderful time that was, and Hans Freiherr von Stackelberg, First Mate then and her Captain for the following six years, was a genius, someone whom I hold in the highest esteem as a prime sailor, a first-class naval officer and, descendant from the old baltic aristocracy : a professional horseman. I remember him well to this very day. Greetings to you all Germanus
  3. Hallo NIls, Colonel Pickering to Prof. Higgins in "My fair Lady": " Youuuu DID it ! And you did it within two years ! Alter Falter ! Herzlichen Glückwunsch ´rauf nach Glinde !! Germanus
  4. Hi Daves, when I saw Ed´s inside-strapping of the 1/72 YA, I felt a bit confused :the revolutionary idea behind the installing of an iron "net" to the frames of composite clippers has been to strengthen the wooden hull by double-diagonal iron straps against warping and hogging and any other deformation by wind and sea. At least to my limited and more or less intuitive understanding of mechanical forces, this could only be achieved by bolting a net of these straps all around the outside of the hull like a string bag, thus absorbing and counteracting the flexing and compressing forces on the ship´s body by transforming them into tractive forces induced into the straps at the outside. The strapping installed at the inside of the frames would mainly pull and sheer at the fastening bolts and thus loosen them after a while, but in my opinion it can not keep the hull straight. My example of a string-bag keeping your shoppings together is maybe not so bad a picture. As I wasn´t 100% sure about that, and because Ed is of course by far deeper in this business than me, I didn´t want to be precocious and kept this thought to myself. But to me it still seems to be the logical way of reinforcing a wooden - and of course - an iron hull. Greetings to all. Germanus
  5. Hello Ed. Let praises be to you, Warlock of the Scantlings, :-)) and may your book shine down on me from my christmas tree ( has to be a sturdy one, of course ). That will hopefully become reality, if (!) Sea Watch Books can manage to ship it over to me in time, as the demand will surely be keen. Though I´ll never be able to work to your standards, I will have a ball reading your book and comprehending how this ship has been build on the ways. Ed, my congratulations and appreciation for your 1st class work on both of your models and on this book. Chapeau ! Germanus
  6. Hello Mark, what a wonderful idea this is ! I hope they will be able to realize it. I´m really fed up with that "Cutty" in aspic, as displayed now in Greenwich: the little bit of life that I still could feel standing on her deck before the big fire in 2007 is now gone with the wind. The most important issue - after fundraising the money for the build - will be the financial sustainability of the project. I´m talking from my own sad experience with the "Passat"- and the "Passatwind"-projects, which both went to the land of Nod because of this crucial point. The dutch manage to keep their gorgious vessel "Stad Amsterdam" afloat and kicking. I hope sincerely that this new "Cutty" will see the oceans. Let this eagle fly once more; we need every bit of beauty in this kaput world. Good luck, and thanks heavens for people with visions like this. Germanus
  7. Hi Patrick, to put it short and sweet : no copyright issues anymore. Btw : to hold and prolongate a copyright means you have to pay after the expiration. And who would be foolish enough to throw his money down the drain for another icy desaster on that ill-fated ship? Asking for trouble that would be. Even the said billionaire dropped the idea of a replica after having come to his wits again. Have a good weekend, ye´all. Germanus
  8. Hello Robin & Jeff. There are no copyrights to be respected anymore. It´s been 105 years now, that "Preussen" has been run over by the that goof "Bristol"; her master-mind Georg W. Claussen, who constructed her, died in 1919, and the famous "Tecklenborg"-shipyard in Geestemünde went belly up in 1928. Copyrights expire after their statuary periods, and their objects become free for common use afterwards. So, as I mentioned far earlier : if you could manage to get the men, the money and the enthusiasm, you may go ahead right away and build a 1:1 replica without any legal problems to fear. I´ll sign on bosun as soon as she´ll glide down the slade. We´ll give credit, where credit is due, and in their time these smart men at Tecklenborg´s have certainly had their fair share. But there´s no legal compulsion for something like copyright anymore. And, Jeff : your log has a place of honour on my screen. Well done. Best regards Germanus
  9. Hello Jeff, she will be a beauty in a bottle, and her fine lines start to show. Well done, man. As for cows coming home and dancing: our small lot never came home dancing, they just went step by step at their leisurely trot, no matter how hard we danced around them - and tried to yell them into a slightly faster pace. They didn´t even take notice of us children. I suggest you do as the cows : take your leisurely pace, go on step by step and have your fun. All the best Germanus
  10. Thirds are charmes, but all good things come in fours, don´t they ?? ;-)) My best wishes for a good and lasting recovery to Judy. Spring is around the corner, and all things are going to be "bright and beautiful". Good luck to both of you P.S. : the Most Honourable and Noble Swiss Watchmakers´ Society at Geneva would be pleased to send you their application form. They are constantly looking for new masters of their trade and will surely and with the greatest pleasure accept you as their new fellow. I neither saw any really working spark-plugs of 2 cm length, nor did I ever hear of such things. Mein Gott, Michael, where is this going to end ?? Germanus
  11. Hallo Robbyn, I know I´m rather late for this thread, and I hope of course you are well again meanwhile, but I may throw in some remarks yet: 1. did your doctors carry out a research for borrelia-antibodies or even antigens? You´d find symptoms like yours with a borreliosis, aka lyme disease 2. a small dislocation of one or two cervical disks would cause similar problems . After your cold, wet and scorching trip through the tick-ridden south both possibilities would be in line for your symptoms. All the best for you Germanus
  12. Hello Ed, there are some tips by billq1947 in the "wooden tips and tricks"-departement here in MSW. He suggests the use of 10% hydrogen peroxide for bending strips. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/1515-best-way-to-bend-strips-laterally/?hl=%20hydrogen%20%20peroxide. Whenever I turn my pc on, I visit THE SHIP, sometimes even trice/day. Your craftmanship matches the beauty of her lines perfectly; it´s a delight to watch her grow under your hands. My respect. Germanus
  13. Hi Jeff, about time, too. I imagined a flock of tense looking squash-heads with the usual poser-shades of their trade, brooding about these drawings and what they would mean to the national security of Canada, USA and the rest of the world. Seems they haven´t found anything threatening at last. Well then, may your mini-Preussen grow and mature in your bottle. I´ll drop in now and then and try a dram. GX Germanus
  14. Hello Jeff, ok, I´ll copy the Heller instructions though they are not the best quality prints available. But they might give you some useful hints about where to place the deck furniture. Their belaying scedule of the running/standing rigging is crap and of no avail. These details should be taken from books like Underhill´s "Masting and rigging" or Böttcher´s "Viermastbark Passat". The rigging of the Laeisz four-posters is exactly the same as that of the five-masters. Just one more mast to rig. I will copy the useful pages, translation of the german maritime terminology into english should not be too difficult thanks to www.dict.leo.org or www.dict.cc. or - best of all - THE book about maritime terminology : Paasch: From keel to truck in all 3 tongues: french/engl./ german. Well then, off we row to another adventure, and if there are some more maniacs like us, who are fond of copies of your plans, feel free to do so. Have a snug time up there in your high latitudes just south of the north pole, and don´t get stuck into The Curse of the Detail. Tschüs Germanus
  15. Hi Jeff, why not save a lot of your nerves and money, find a good (!) copy-shop and let the experts there reduce the plans to your requested scale? Of course you will have to check up the copies until you finally have the correct dimensions for your BIG BOTTLE; but that will still be a cheaper, more accurate and certainly much less cumbersome procedure than trying the pantograph with its inherent inaccuracies. If a copy of Heller´s building manual of their excellent plastic release of "Preussen" in 1: 150 would come in handy for your project, just drop me a note. With a build like this one simply can´t have enough information. Unfortunatly I forgot to mention this earlier. Btw.: if anyone else would be interested in more copies of "Preussen" from the book "Königin der See", I could contact the publisher company and ask for their permission. I don´t think that 45 years after editing the book they would dismiss that reqest, of course on condition of strictly private (modelling) use. But in case anyone should be crazy and rich enough and take a fancy to build a 1:1 sailing "Preussen"-replica, some more research will be necessary. And some 5000 tons of 1st-class Siemens-Martin-steel would fit in nicely, too. Good luck , Jeff, with that Gentle Giant. Germanus

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