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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. I am doing research so that I can draft a set of plans for an American Privateer Schooner (1812 era), the Snap-Dragon. I have reviewed 7 schooner designs, using plans obtained from the Smithsonian and Greenwich Maritime Museum and others printed in Chapelle's books. These ships are all about 100 feet in length with 25 wide at the mid-section. For most of the scantlings, I can make a credible determination using similarity or other means. However, one item, a rule to set height of the futtock heads is elusive. I have been unable to decipher a consistent rule, formula or standard. My observations, so far, 0 the length of the floor timber may be related to the moulded half breadth dimension. But my measurements range from 50 to 67%. Maybe, there is a better figure of merit? 0 My structural engineering background suggests that the overlapping futtock joints should align with deck intersections and the locations of the thick stuff where the punch loads from the decks into the timbers are best resisted. However, this does not seem to be an absolute rule. Other considerations are influencing the designer. 0 Is there a standard length for the overlap? Any thoughts? Take care, Snapdragon
  3. The MSW Forum is a rich tapestry of so many things related to shipbuilding although it can be a little difficult to find what you want if not prepared to bounce back and forth between one posting and another. So, I decided to teach myself some background material/ history relating to all the things I was building whether it be a binnacle, a particular style block, an anchor, a stove, capstan, plank bending .... and the list goes on and on. As I started this project, I thought why not write all this down in a simplistic alphabetical way but peppered with many photos ? To this end, I have received permission so far from 45 different MSW members to use their material with the clear understanding that this would only be posted on the MSW/NRG website for all to read. Now, I am not looking for any accolades but just posting this so that maybe if you receive a request from me, then you are more likely to know what I am raving on about. Not one person has refused by request and that says heaps about the sort of people on this forum. If you are not reading this (??), then you are likely to receive one of my generic requests ! Not a day goes by, when I do not find something new and that is what makes it exciting. I failed to appreciate how little I really knew about all those things that go into producing a ship. A few days ago, I was speaking to a member about binnacles and he suggested I should include something about 'traverse boards', something I knew nothing about. That then led me to expanding into navigation and so it goes on and on. So, here is a general request - I am currently looking for photos that I am free to use without infringing copyright for ... SEXTANT WATCH GLASS/ 'HOUR GLASS'/ SAND GLASS LEAD LINE WITH THE LEAD WEIGHT CHRONOMETER Regards, Pete
  4. I am currently finishing fairing the hull on my Confederacy. I am satisfied with the fairing but I still have some charing on some frames. How important is it to remove all the charing as is specified in the manual? I built the Syren with an acurate color scheme. I am considering doing the same on this project rather than just staining it but have had little success in finding color sceme information. Any info on the proper scheme would be appreciated. Was the Confederacy hull coppered below the waterline? If so, what is reason this model is not so covered? Thank you all for your patience and help. Now if I can only get the pictures sized correctly. Cheers, Harley
  5. Hello, I am new to this forum, but a long time NRG member. For a number of years I have been building 1:32 scale models of warship's boats. For my next model, I would like to build Vasa's longboat. Can any one tell me where to find a copy of the drawing for this boat from the Vasa Museum, or can any one provide contact info for someone at the museum who could help me? I can find nothing useful on the museum's website. It doesn't even include an inventory of their publications. I would appreciate any help. Roger Pellett
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Hi All, Since I am in non-building mode, I am trying to find a few of those is photos, drawings, plans, etc., of cannons and other arms aboard.... Specifically I would like to find detailed plans or drawings for French, British, American, Dutch or any other nations cannons and carronades, mortars and the like. I have lots of pictures or illustrations, but what I really need is good scale drawings. Does anyone know of any good books on the subject or am I going to have to collect piecemeal information a little at a time ? Thanks, Joe
  12. I have1 copy available of the French Naval Gabare le Gros Ventre, by Gérard Delacroix for offer (the ship was designed by Jean-Joseph Ginoux and built in Bayonne by Leon Michel Guignace 1766-1779). This copy is still in its original shrink-wrap and is a 2003 Ancre / Pier Books first English edition. The work was translated from the French original by Marie-France Saconie, Gilles Korent, and Pierre de Granvillier. The monograph is 135 pages, and includes 2 black and white and 3 color illustrations, along with 4 charts, 7 drawings, 34 plans, and 29 color photos. The 34 folded plans are 1:48 scale. The monograph and plans are contained in a hard cover folder. Since the copy is still in its original shrink-wrap, I’m unwilling to open it to take additional photos (therefore, I also didn’t open it to inspect and verify its contents). However, you can check out Ancre’s web site at to see pictures of the ship (click on the ship’s wheel icon; the photos are of Frölich’s model) and etc. My asking price is $94, without postage. Sorry I can’t go below that amount without taking a loss. Ancre is currently selling this English version for 128 € (~$177 USD). Although the ship doesn’t appeal to me, I thought others here on MSW might be interested in this work, so I grabbed 3 copies and now have just 1 left. I’m not a book dealer or etc., I just saw a decent deal and thought I’d pass it along. This is a heavy book, and is weighing in at about 6 lbs. 9oz (~3 kg). If you’re in the US, the USPS media rate with insurance is the way to go (after some recent poor experiences with the USPS, I HIGHLY recommend paying a couple of bucks for insurance). While I’m glad to ship abroad, the USPS’ postal rates are now outrageously expensive and their shipping options are very narrow. The USPS also now generally does not offer insurance on its international parcels, and they have limited their liability amounts. To give you an idea of the prices, sending a book to Canada will cost about $46 USD (insurance is available) and to the UK will cost about $65 (liability limited to ~$83). Those prices don’t include any possible customs/VAT fees. Anyway, if you want to get an idea of what postage will run to your location, here’s a link the USPS postage calculator: (for those in the US, my zip is 80206). I have a PayPal account; if you’d like to know more, please feel free to contact me by PM. Thanks, Jay