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  • Birthday 07/21/1944

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  1. What have you received today?

    Perhaps I should fit a webcam on my balcony !!
  2. What have you received today?

    Nope the docks bit is around the point - all I have obstructing the view at the moment is HMS OCEAN. And the train line to the bridge runs past just at the right distance and a bit below eyeline for spotting without intrusion sitting on the second balcony. AND I have just realised that I will have a ring side view of the national firework chamionships later in the year. And I also forgot to mention there is a sailing club about 400 yards away - though I will also renew my membership of the Royal Western YC.
  3. What have you received today?

    Today received two things. Fixed offer for our present house and an acceptance offer for our new apartment. Little gloat - we will overlook the junction of the Tamar and the Hamoaze with a view down Plymouth Sound one way tall ships, warships, yachts, Drakes Island, the Hoe, Pilgrim Fathers...... and the wonderful 1824 Brunel Railway bridge in the other - still carrying the main line trains.
  4. I tried this game for an entirely diferent reason - i was trying to make some intermediate connections for some " physics stuff for the grandson. Proved impossible without huge effort - so I went out and bought a reel of the suff uncoated wasnt too expensive I used "Artistic Wire" which I think is available in Canada - lots of gauges
  5. The wall above my work tableis the main place. BUT more important i find is a computer record. I pin each sheet to the wall and photograph it with a decent camera and also scan or photo each page of the manual and parts list. Then put them in a folder on my pc I am lucky to have a large screen pc in my work area but a laptop would serve. Then no more scrabbling among the plans to find something - of course you still need the full plan for measuring etc but it is surprising how rarely you need the whole plan That assumes a kit build of course if you are doing a "fancier" build then you can get large cutting mats which could be "dual purpose"
  6. This is a very small vessel - a hawse hole for working the anchor would seem redundant - no room below decks for a start. Light gear and anchor etc ect The plans rather strike me as like a small fishing boat sized vessel trying to pretend its a man of war Not saying there would not be an aperture there BUT if i were sailing this vessel in quite a light sea with a bit of heel I would be unhappy ! Not same period but I have sailed and skippered a couple of vessels about this size - both had deck fitting hawse pipes similar size and position as illustrated
  7. I have some black strip coloured right through in my wood box - always wondered what it was -its not ebony. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/8650-hm-schooner-pickle-by-spyglass-caldercraft-164-scale/&do=findComment&comment=441220 I thought I had it from my Unicorn build many years ago. Do they not include black strip any more - or have I got the kit I got it from wrong ?
  8. Point ends of lines

    POINTING. Tapering the end of a rope, or splice, and working over the reduced part a small close netting, with an even number of knittles twisted from the same, to prevent the end untwisting, and to go more easily through a block or hole. Courtesy Historic Naval Ships Assoc Refer to The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor: Or similar books for precise details !
  9. In your case - smoooth is correct -. But some vessels did/do have a step but it is a souce of weakness and was usually avoided
  10. I regret to say - I just had a quick look at this (Kindle version) and Frankie is right
  11. I reveal to you - "Spyglass construction secret 12" - the garboard is underneath - nobody can see it on the finished model. Or the wimps way out - copper the bottom. ( actually I take that back - coppering well is far harder than getting the Garboard right) More seriously the big beginners mistake is to let the garboard strake and the next few planks rise at the stem. And it helps immensely if your have at least some sort of rabbet no matter how simple. Additionally if you can find some wider stock for the garboard strake it often goes together better - real life practice too ! There are many guides to planking in various tutorials and books but can i give two pointers. One I have found really useful is Chucks Cheerful build - he uses a light wood with the edges delineated so if you view his build you get an excellent visual guide https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/8131-hm-cutter-cheerful-1806-148-scale-by-chuck/&do=findComment&comment=270650 and though I hate to mention myself in a post along with Chuck here is a pic as I practiced a garboard fit which I think shows the bit you are asking about. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/8650-hm-schooner-pickle-by-spyglass-caldercraft-164-scale/&do=findComment&comment=286793 Of course purists and real build would not allow the sharp end - it should be squared off and fitted into the stem - but that is one step too far for me ! Help to know what you are building and to what scale of coirse
  12. Rather than "aft shrouds" I worked a 60 ft cutter some years ago (actually just noticed its the one i am steering in my profie pic) which had "running backstays" taken to ring bolts on deck aft. B***y nuisance because on a tack you had to cast off or at least heavily ease one while making up the other. In a fair wind one always felt likely to lose the mast while doing it. Anyway my point is that mast supports of that kind may be relevant to you. I may have a pic somewhere
  13. REALLY ???????? Well it takes all sorts then ! But anyway now its sorted its all fine - thanks Kurt
  14. Thanks Kurt - its just a fraction more complicated on my version One clicks on it the little "i" , then the right point arrow,and then go to more information at the bottom and you get a whole menu with tabs go to permissions tab and halfway down the list you find the tickbox which covers notifications and that gets it !!!!!! But why is this only this site seems to give me problems - could the webmaster turn the "feature" off ??
  15. I may be being thick - BUT - why am I being bombarded - ONLY from this site - with "web push notifications". How does one get rid of these unwanted intrusions which pop up every couple of mouse clicks - I am using latest Firefox browser . No setting - Mozilla or site - seems to make the slightest difference - guidance ?