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  1. Hi guys! This is my first post and While I'd like to build my first wood ship to be of the Cutty Sark, I'd like to make the second thethermopylae. I know Mantura makes a thermopylae ship but it on the smaller side for me, which is odd cause I love building 1/700 scale ships. But I was thinking of going big with the 1/78 scale Cutty and then get another for my thermopylae. Can this be done? What sites and books for research do you guys recommend? Also could the 1/78 Cutty sark be used to make any other famous clippers? Ariel? Teaping? Sir Lancalot? Firey Cross? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. Hello! I am new here, for the record. And I am looking for plans of this ship, named Santísima Trinidad y Nuestra Señora del Buen Fin. She was built in the Bagagtao Shipyard in the Philippines and was one of the largest manila galeons made. What I need is that if you have photos, plans, blueprints or other stuffs, I would gladly appreciate it thanks!
  3. Hello, I am a retired civil (water resources) engineer with a life-long interest in naval history and ships. Early in college, my two NROTC courses in Naval Ships Systems turned my career interest from computer science to engineering. Since then, I have always hankered to build model ships -- but never could find the time to start. Several years ago, upon retirement, I attempted a kit model I'd hauled around for 30 years: the USS Essex (32). But I soon realized my woodworking was too limited to meet my own standards, and my patience is too short for the hobby. Lately my son, a mechanical engineer, has been tutoring me on using SolidWorks CAD to gin up hull models from full-body plans. This is much more up my line. Our first effort was the USS Wampanoag (1866). We used the digitally-modeled hull to try our hand at 3D printing. We produced a tiny 3-inch hull, and learned a great deal about what doesn't work. Eventually I want to learn how to render the ships in 3D color drawings. Meanwhile I will hone my CAD skills, and enjoy working in the digital medium while pursuing my ship research. My only current project in wood is a 20-inch-long (1:48 scale) built-up wood and aluminium model of a Mississippi River mortar raft. I found some good plans from other modeler's past efforts, but also (thanks to on-line content of an Ohio library) came across a construction sketch that I'm sure is new to the modeling knowledge base. The model is on hold due to other projects, though. I am a passionate collector, collator, and distributor of data on various naval and engineering topics. Last year, I used an overhead frame and a 24-megapixel Nikon to digitally photograph Mare Island Museum's copies of The Modern System of Naval Architecture, in Three Folios. by J. Scott Russell (1865). As a complete novice in very-large-format book photography, I learned a lot about lighting requirements and distortion-correction, but eventually obtained some decent grey-scale page images. I have put the folios on a DVD as an HTML web. Two of the three folios are entirely ship plans, now available as 400-dpi JPEGs. In a few days, I will post in the "commercial" area of this site how to purchase the DVD -- the profits from its sale go to the Mare Island Museum. This year, I scanned an unbound set of the two folios of William H. Webb: Plans of Wooden Vessels, selected as types from one hundred and fifty of various kinds and descriptions, from a fishing smack to the largest clipper ships and vessels of war, both sail and steam, built by Wm. H. Webb, in the city of New York, from the year 1840 to 1869. I just offered to donate that set of 400 dpi TIFFs to the NRG, if they want to sell them on their site as downloads for $1 apiece -- maybe make some revenues for the Guild! My present research and article-writing passion began in late 2012, and involves obtaining the lines of the R. B. Forbes steam clipper Meteor (1864) from a 8-foot half-hull model held by the Smithsonian Institution. Last month, SI at last located the model in a warehouse, and I have my fingers crossed that we'll have a 3D scan done before the New Year. I'll open a forum topic on the peculiar design and history of this fast steamer, which was built to run-down and sink Rebel "Alabamas". The Meteor features prominently in an alternative-history "naval novel" that I am attempting to write. The premise is that Fenians would have had much better luck by taking to the high seas as commerce raiders after the US Civil War, rather than attempting to invade Canada in 1866 and 1867. I hope to produce a plausible and readable first novel after a few more years of researching and writing. Expected readership: about ten. I look forward to browsing the forums and admiring the work of real modelers! Craig
  4. For those modelers and marine historians interested in American Merchant Sail of the mid 1800’s, the following are three fine reference books by William L. Crothers: The American-Built Clipper Ship 1850-1856 This well researched book describes the characteristics, design, construction, and details of American built clipper ships from the mid 1800’s. The book is well illustrated and gives a unique insight into the design and construction of these beautiful ships. The book describes in detail the design, arrangements, hull framing and fastening, and outfitting of these great American ships. Tables summarize the arrangements and details of most American clipper ships of the subject period. Masting and rigging are not covered in detail but they are addressed in The Masting of American Merchant Sail in the 1850’s by William L. Crothers. American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850’s This well researched book describes the characteristics, design, construction, and details of American built packet and freight ships from the mid 1800’s. The book is well illustrated and gives a unique insight into the design and construction of these important ships. The book describes in detail the design, arrangements, hull framing and fastening, and outfitting of these fine American ships. Tables summarize the arrangements and details of many American merchant sail from the subject period. Masting and rigging are not covered in detail but they are addressed in The Masting of American Merchant Sail in the 1850’s by William L. Crothers. The Masting of American Merchant Sail in the 1850’s This well researched book describes the masting, yards, and rigging of American built clipper, packet, and freight ships from the mid 1800’s. The book is well illustrated and gives a unique insight into the design and construction of these beautiful ships. The book describes in detail the masting and rigging design, arrangements, and fabrication of these beautiful ships. Tables summarize the arrangements and details of many American merchant sail from the subject period. Hull construction and hull outfitting of these ships are addressed in The American-Built Clipper Ships 1850-1856 and American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850’s by William L. Crothers. Regards, Pete
  5. Ahoy; Brief descriptions about 2 well researched books I am reading. First: The True Story of the Mutiny of the Bounty. By Caroline Alexander 2003, ISBN-978-0-14-200469-2 This book is extremely detailed and very well researched. All of the events are well described. Before the voyage. The voyage out to the South Pacific. The mutiny, The Pandora. The return of Bligh to Coupang (Dutch Colony) and the trail of the mutineers. The author takes all this information and creates a seamless narrative. Many of the sources are letters from the sailors to family and diaries that the men kept. In the back of the book it has all the sources for each chapter and select biographies. Best book I have read about the HMS Bounty. Second: The Slave Ship - A Human History. By Marcus Rideker (professor of History) 2007 ISBN-978-0-14-311425-3 Another book that is well researched. The book discusses in detail the life, death and terror of the slave trade. The evolution of it. The so called "Middle Passage" From Africa to either the West Indies or the USA. Insurrections, the lives of sailors, death and diseases on particular slave ships. This book is not just about what happens to the slaves but everything that has to do with it. The people involved and then several last chapters of the abolition of slavery. You read about accounts that are quoted from actual court proceedings. Again well researched with lots of sources quoted for each chapter in the book. Thank you for reading my brief review. Marc
  6. You will notice a new Gallery category that was created below the "ship plans and research forum" This new gallery category is for Contemporary ship models only. This gallery will soon prove to be a valuable resource for our members. If you have any photos of a contemporary model please feel free to add them. The more that are added by all of you, the more valuable a resource this will become. I will be adding what I have collected over the years very soon. The only rules are as follows... 1. must be a contemporary model 2. name your album appropriately - ship name - country - where it is located 3. If an album already exists for the subject model in question, do NOT create another one. Send me a private message and we can make arrangements to add your photos to that existing album. This will make it easier for our members to find the research and content they seek. 4. Any questions please let me know...NO COPYRIGHT PROTECTED IMAGES. 5. Do not place images from the NMM site directly into an album. The NMM site already exists for that and its easy enough to get them directly. Only place new images of those models or any other contemporary models in this gallery. You know...the ones you took when visiting the museums yourself. Chuck
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