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About Sailor1234567890

  • Birthday 05/05/1977

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    Shubenacadie NS, Canada
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    Sailing ships, boating, sailing, canoeing, boatbuilding in 1:1 and various other scales.

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  1. The colour scheme reminds me of HMCS Sackville, the only remaining Flower class corvette in the world. She's at the jetty down town here in Halifax if you care to Google her. Plenty of colour images to give you an idea of her colour. And she can be visited, she's a memorial.
  2. On the Woodenboat Forum we use what we call the 'Standard reference for scale". A beer bottle. Most projects involve larger pieces than on this site so it's easy to use as a good scale reference.
  3. Jingyang, Your work is beautiful. Could you put up some close ups of the main jeers forward of the mast? I'm curious about what that part looks like. Maybe like the image from inside the great cabin like you put up for Gaetan? I'm trying to visualize what that part will look like once complete. Thanks, Daniel
  4. Great information here. Anyone have more to add? The imagery takes this thread over the top.
  5. Great information here. Anyone have more to add? The imagery takes this thread over the top.
  6. It would be my first wooden kit and my Cutty Sark done as a teenager 25 years ago or more was certainly over simplified in the rigging department as well. I think this one will be my first kit when I come to building my first kit. Sooner rather than later I hope.
  7. Would this kit be acceptable for a first go? It's no Vanguard and certainly more involved than a ship's boat. Rigging that's not too complex (I've rigged a Cutty Sark but that was years ago) and not so simple as to be boring either. I would build her as Witch of Endor that Hornblower uses to escape the French in Flying Colours. I think this kit is about as close as one can get to the vessel described in the book. 10 gun cutter, sweeps. Leave out the swivel guns, maybe change the companionway hatch, move the holes for the sweeps forward a bit as the work described seems to be forward as described in the book. All easy changes to make to this kit. One could even build her with Bush at the tiller, Brown yelling at the freed galley slaves pulling on the oars and Hornblower and the French pilot manning the port side aft 6 pounder. Any thoughts on it?
  8. She truly is a beautiful craft. If only she could be put back to sea.
  9. I see you're in Ontario, Canada. I grew up in Cornwall, a few hours down the river from you. You can access ALL of the books through Inter Library loan. Decide what series, (start with Hornblower I'd suggest) and order each book in turn as you need it. The Hornblowers will read quickly, 150-200 pages of pretty easy reading per book. By the time you reach POB, they're 3-400 pages each and the reading is not beginner reading. Still well worth reading all of them. I have them all on my shelves and read through each series in turn from time to time.
  10. I've read all the books of each series you mention in your original post with the exception of the last. I've read one or two books by Nelson but not any entire series. I started with Hornblower as a young kid of 12 or so. I started POB later in life. I would place him far and away the best of the genre. His character development and storylines are incredible. He puts you in the era. Hornblower and Bolitho are easier to read and also excellent stories. In fact, I would say my favourite story is of Hornblower drifting down the river Loir to escape Napoleon's soldiers. Excellent reading. It's a bit later in the series though. If you want my suggestion, read them all. Start at book one of the Kydd series perhaps. Or the Hornblower or Bolitho series. Don't start with POB or you'll be disappointed when you move on to the others. Enjoy them all then join the Aubrey Maturine appreciation society group on Facebook. There truly is a cult following of POB.
  11. I picked up 3 volumes in English of the 74 gun ship when I was at the maritime museum in Brest. They didn't have all 4 volumes in English so I held off on one. I read all four when I was in university. My school had the two best nautical libraries I've ever seen. There were several monographs and books in the museum gift shop as well. I could have spent a lot more there if it wasn't for the Canadian dollar's value to the euro.
  12. She looks small enough that she could be someone's somewhat large private yacht. Any takers?
  13. Peterson designed Hermphrodite Brig Fritha in 3/8"=1' in POF would suit me just fine. Plans are available from Peterson's son Bill for a price and she's an absolutely stunning vessel. At that scale she's big enough for detail but not so big she won't fit in the house.
  14. I'm a diesel boat submariner. There's an eerie sense being deep below the surface. Looking up through the escape hatch sight glass toward darkness from the deep is humbling. These guys deserve as much respect as our beloved Nelsonian sailors. Dolphin 38.
  15. In your case, you're looking to simply "brace the fore yard to stbd" or "brace the cro'jack to port"