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  1. Greetings ladies and gents. This is a venetian carrack of 1445 lovingly reconstructed with hanks of hair and old bones and presently in the rigging phase. Dick
  2. Caravel spotted in Geelong, Australia!

    Great reconstruction. Its a pity its a continent away or I would be clamouring for a tour. Note how high it sits in the water and the prominent futtock riders. It seems to be portuguese in design which would fit with the (ahem!) "Mahogany Ship" Dick
  3. Thanks Jud and Crackers. I would still love to know more. This would be a great Ph.D thesis for some aspiring nautical archaeologist Dick
  4. On reflection and having reviewed my books, I think that there is no evidence for routine or common usage of bells in mediaeval ships. Most large ships had trumpeters as seen in contemporary illustrations. Zorzi da Modone whose illustration I am using for my model was also called Trombetta (trumpeter). Presumably, the ships trumpeter could be used for signalling much as would a bell. Dick
  5. I am constructing a scratch-built venetian carrack of 1445 http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/4915-venetian-carrack-or-nave-tonda-by-woodrat/ and I can find no evidence that ships bells were in use in this period. My feeling is that they were. Certainly the Grace dieu had a bell. Does anyone have any proof that mediaeval ships had bells? Cheers Dick
  6. Antic Warships

    This may be of assistance The trireme shown in trippwj's post is the reconstruction of 1861 suggested by Auguste Jal on the orders of Napoleon III. It was designed by Dupuy de Lome. It was an epic failure by all accounts. Dick
  7. Hello everyone

    Wilkommen, Hartmut. Please start a build log of your pinco. It is a very interesting vessel Dick
  8. Buck, the basic shape of the hull of this kit is ok. I like the round tuck stern. Does it have a transom timber below the rudder port? However, the sterncastle is way overbuilt.It would probably drag the carrack down by the stern. The rigging is rather wrong and represents a nineteenth century idea of mediaeval rigging and masting. I would recommend bashing the kit. However, as it is it is still a nice decorative model. Happy to help where I can. Perhaps the model could be modified along these lines? It is rather like the Kraeck of Master W A which is a well regarded contemporary illustration of a carrack Dick
  9. Plywood, it ain't what it used to be!

    MDF board also has health risks due to formaldehyde glues and wood fibre. Good ventilation is required as well as face mask and eye protection if sanding or using power tools on it. A good shop vacuum is a wise investment. Here is a relevant link: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-health-risks-of-mdf.htm Dick
  10. DSCN0676a

    Thanks, Zeptrader. Yes I do, but I understand that they do not allow construction logs on this gallery. I could repost in the scratch build forum if needed.
  11. dscn0686a

    Thanks, foremast. I may due a full hull model at a later date. Cheers Dick
  12. This is a reconstruction of the venetian carrack of circa 1445 from the contemporary manuscript of Zorzi Trombetta da Modone. The reconstruction was as much as possible done using available contemporary evidence for ship design.