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  1. I received a beautifully crafted set of miniature carving tools from Mihail Kirsanov on Friday. There are graduated small bevel-edged chisels in seven sizes, left and right skews in two sizes, U-gouges in ten sizes, a V-gouge and a large(r) skew. The are in a fitted box that includes honing blocks and fine-grit paper. I had the opportunity to give these tools a test-run and they perform beautifully. I can highly recommend these tools for advanced carvers. They are not inexpensive at USD290, but as these are hand-made to order only, this is not excessive. Be aware that Mr. Kirsanov can only communicate in Russian.
  2. Just remember when using alginate that mix time is typically 30 seconds to 60 seconds only, and set time (depending on the variety) less than one to two minutes. You have to move fast. If you plan to do a large are in sections, you need a special chemical: new 'pour' won't stick to set alginate otherwise. And, of course, you need to pour a plaster support over the alginate before removing the mold. Oh, and did I mention that powder to water ratio is critical? Have fun!
  3. Funny, I thought about mentioning alginate, but decided against it. First, being water based, it might affect the finish on the original - particularly if it was French polished. The plus is it 'takes' amazing surface texture, but the minuses are extremely fast set time and the rapid shrinkage due to dehydration, unless kept covered with a damp cloth. Even then....
  4. Thanks for the additional info. It appears that the hawseholes lead at a fairly steep angle up and inboard to emerge at deck level. Of course, we have no idea how accurate the reconstructional drawings are.
  5. I agree with Mark's assessment of the book (and the model). It certainly is inspirational!
  6. Can you give more information, please? What is the date of this vessel, and is there a profile view (showing the deck levels, etc.)
  7. It depends whether the boat was rowed 'single banked' or 'double banked'. If a rower had an oar in each hand, the rowlocks were opposite each other, but if each rower pulled one oar, the oarlocks alternated port and starboard, as in the photo above.
  8. I only just caught this, Mark. My very best wishes for your full recovery and better health.
  9. Thank you, Duff, for taking my comments in the spirit that they were intended. One of the joys of this forum is the courteous manner in which we usually exchange ideas. I still have not run down my reference for this tapering, but a distance of 8' 0" to 10' 0" sticks in my mind. Still hunting! I agree with you that there would be geographical, temporal and national variations in construction. Oh, for that time machine!
  10. Wayne: The profile appears to show the deck beams and deck plank at the centerline: the dashed line is the top of the beams at the side, unlike later convention. You may be able to confirm this by measuring the vertical distance from the lower port sills to the dashed line: this should be the same along the range of deck.
  11. Possible explanations: At A the beam takes a dog-leg aft amidships to clear the mast. Are there examples of other deck plans that show such an arrangement? At B the partition does not extend across the midline but may be only be on the port and starboard sides. Is there a deck plan that might clarify this possibility? At this date the mizen was not stepped on the lower deck, so that possibility is out. At C is it possible that there were no gratings? There is a scuttle/light vent through the side in this cabin area to compensate. Are there other contemporary models that show or do not show gratings in this area? Maybe the above doesn't help you at all!
  12. This has been an interesting discussion, gentlemen. There is still a considerable debate of push-and-pull in conservation circles. However, conservation is just that; retaining as much of the original object or artifact as possible. This, to me, is distinct from restoration, where original or missing material is replaced by new. It should be clear to a practised eye what is original and what is not. Also, any treatment should be fully reversible without damage to the original. All work should be fully documented as well. Full disclosure: my own views are consonant with Maturin's.
  13. Sorry, Duff, but I beg to differ. Under that planking was an incredibly strong set of bow timbers and cant frames, backed by the inner planking. Compound curved surfaces are much stronger than relatively flat sides (think of an eggshell). And now Pat (Banyan) has provided a contemporary example of this taper.
  14. Steel (Naval Architecture, Directions for the actual building, p.379) says: "Harpins are sawed to the moulds' (italics mine). I cannot locate my reference for the plank tapering at the bow at present, but examination of contemporary models show these planks hooding into the bow rabbet in a smooth line continuous with the bottom planking. There is no change in thickness at the rabbet.
  15. As I understand it, the thicker planks, such as the wales, were tapered in thickness as they bent around to the bow rabbet. This would have assisted in any steam bending required. It would be unlikely that the pieces were sawn to shape for a number of reasons. First, reduction in strength with cross-grained areas. Second, exposed end grain that would be more susceptible to rot. Third, wastage of valuable wood in processing.
  16. The harpin is simply the curved foremost part of the ribband. And the old-fashioned 's' is referred to as the 'long s'. It was used exactly as Pete describes.
  17. Thanks, Maturin. Books and paper? That is a specialty indeed.
  18. I was shocked when I read this. Joel has been a valued and valuable contributor on this forum. His postings have always been much appreciated by me. He will be missed indeed. My sincere condolences go to his family and close friends.
  19. So this is what you've been up to, Michael. I've only just stumbled across your log on the restoration. Must be a nice change working in full size! Looks lovely, BTW.
  20. Interesting: I wish I could read the small print! What was the conference, Maturin?
  21. I believe WOP is the acronym for 'Wipe-On Poly(urethane)', Wefalck.
  22. Frolick: you have a good memory! Dorsetshire 1757. RMG plans ZAZ 1371 (profile), ZAZ 1372 and 1373 (deck beams, knees, platforms and palletting) are particularly detailed. She was designed as a 70 gun ship, but was officially a 64.
  23. It's interesting to note the variations in direction of keelson scarphs. On my present model the pieces were installed starting aft.