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  • Birthday 10/20/1961

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  1. I have that type of pencil shown on deck, it really puts the scale of this build into perspective.
  2. Beautiful work as always, it's a great scale to work in.
  3. Bedford

    Twelve inch to the foot dinghy

    I have finished the rudder and tiller, the tiller has been given a brass rubbing strip in case buoyancy lifts it causing it to rub in the transom slot and the haul up/down lines have been replaced with a single closed loop system which will mean there are no hard to manage loose ends getting in the way.
  4. I love seeing updates on this build, you never fail to impress.
  5. Bedford

    Twelve inch to the foot dinghy

    AH! the weight of the chain drags her off. Interesting. She has quite good capacity, they say four adults while rowing but 2 while sailing. Even with that there would be plenty of room for camping gear etc. I am more confident with her now and when I had her out on Tuesday I tried standing up as well as getting in and out with all my weight outside the centre and she will rock put only to a point, I think I'd have to try really hard to tip her over. I even had a few tinnies go past me at various speeds, especially in the opposite direction but parallel so their wake hit me on the beam at an angle and to my surprise she didn't rock very much at all, most of the movement was fore and aft as if she was head on to the waves. One bloke in a tinny came up along side to compliment me on her and I got a few calls out from ashore to the same effect.
  6. Bedford

    Twelve inch to the foot dinghy

    Little bit of an update on the boat. Last time I took it out I tried rowing from the aft position and found that the oars were hitting the gunwhales as I lowered them into the water causing them to lift in the rowlocks and almost out the top at times. I had mounted the rowlocks flush on the whales because I like the uninterrupted sheer and they were high enough above the thwarts according to the designer (for rowing purposes) I made riser blocks which lifted them 19mm and today I took her out for another row. The height is really good now and sitting in the aft position she is rowing easily and faster, I went 3.3K's before I realised it! The trip back to the boat ramp was much harder because I had a head wind and the boat is all over the place due to the freeboard catching the wind so I have to move to the forward position to row into the wind so the bow stays down further into the water, much easier to control but slower. It was a good day. Before After A little more rope work, just because I enjoy it Some pics from today I realised that the previous pics of the boat show a temporary centre board case cover, I wanted to see where the centre board would sit when deployed before making the proper one, the pic is a bit ordinary but it's mahogany with a hoop pine centre strip.
  7. Agreed, the range involved was minimal as the guns were for use once ships had entered the harbour so the range would be in the order of 1000 to 1500mtr tops I'd say.
  8. No you're thinking far too modern. As the guy said, he checked the ordnance maps and confirmed the height in feet. No-one in the 1870's used decimal measurements and his inspection confirmed what I initially thought that there were no decimal points, it was just a trick of erosion. I can easily agree that they are at approx 106 feet above sea level, they are far more than 10.6mtr above sea level. I'm happy with his answer.
  9. You win the cookie! A retired artillery officer went and had a look for me and this is his response (I didn't think there were decimal points but my son who has younger eyes than me assured me they were there and in the attached pic you can see why) "I inspected the markings today at outer middle head. The markings varied from 106 to 108. There was no decimal point. The arrow is below a centre line which reminded me of a survey mark. Checking an ordnance map of the area it appears these markings are the height above sea level of the gun's trunnion in each of the pit. A couple of pits are at the same level and the others are slightly higher which explains the variation in numbers. Gun Height was, and still is, an important factor in calculating the gun's trajectory."
  10. Pioneer is just about the perfect looking sail boat!
  11. Even in WW2 we still used imperial measures and those emplacements weren't used in WW2, also that late in history they just stuck signs up, these marks are very nicely carved into the sandstone. We may have to wait until mid October to get an answer, we are doing a guided tour of the beehive casements in the base of the cliff below these gun emplacements and hopefully the guide will know.
  12. I've considered that, measured it out on google maps and there's nothing of interest in that range and I doubt the guns would have had a 10.6 mile range in those days.
  13. Yeah Mark I'd say they are of similar age
  14. No stupid answers, like you said we are throwing darts at this point, blindfolded! Exactly, I just hope I can get an answer from NPWS but I'm not holding my breath, if it ain't about native wildlife or vegetation it's not very high on the list of priorities for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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