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Mark P

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  • Birthday 09/08/1960

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    Rutland, England
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    Sailing ship models, scratch built. History, art, architecture, cultural.

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  1. Thanks Meriadoc; That's an interesting model, and looks well made and colourful, however dubious its historical value might be. Thanks for posting this. By the way, something tells me that you are an admirer of Tolkien; can't think what! All the best, Mark P
  2. Good Morning gentlemen; Thank you to both to Lieste and Harvey for your contributions. The main point here is that we will never know for sure. Personal opinions, based on what we know ourselves, and shaped by knowledge of much more recent times (even two hundred years ago is much more recent than the period when sea-borne artillery tactics were being shaped: that extends back to the 1400s, over five hundred years ago) can have no real weight in any discussion. We can only rely on what can be learned from contemporary sources. These make it clear that early tactics, gunnery, and fi
  3. Good Afternoon John; That is a nicely atmospheric model. The crewmen are a great finishing touch. Congratulations and well done to you, Sir! All the best, Mark P
  4. Good Afternoon Gentlemen; 'Fully square-rigged', whilst it may, or may not, have ever found a place in the seaman's lexicon, is what I would regard as a simple way of categorising a mast as carrying only square yards, at all levels, with near-rectangular sails routinely set on all of them. An example would be the main and fore masts of any 18th century three-masted warship. No gaffs or booms. This then makes a clear differentiation between these and the mizen mast, which was partially square-rigged. It goes by default that if one can legitimately speak of a 'partially square-rigged
  5. Happy New Year to Everyone! Greetings to Bob especially; speaking from my room 😁, I have to query the truth of the brigantine ID for the second vessel. A brigantine has a fully square-rigged foremast, and the after, or main mast, is taller than the foremast, which this one is not. I agree that there does seem to be a foresail furled tight in the centre of the lower yard, which would make it not a topsail schooner; but only two square sails on a whole mast is rather too few to constitute a full set of square sails, I would say. This could be a cut-down version of a larger rig, force
  6. Good Evening Thanasis; I am far from being an expert on small ships of this type, but I would say that no. 1 is a two-masted schooner, with a large main-topmast staysail; no. 2 is a two-masted topsail schooner (fond memories here: the second model I ever made, forty years ago now, was one of these) The third I am not sure about, although as she appears to be at anchor she is probably drying her sails, in which case it is just possible that the triangular mainsail is not actually triangular. It does appear to be some kind of triangular lug-sail, though. The fourth is also a two-mast
  7. Thanks for showing us this, goemon. Nice work, and a lovely model. Congratulations! All the best, Mark P
  8. Good Evening Clare; Many thanks for the explanation; that works perfectly, and will be a lot easier to use.🙂 All the best, Mark P
  9. Hello to whoever might be able to help; When modellers put their pictures in the gallery, and this is then shown at the top of the homepage, if I click on one picture that is all I can see. I have to close this one before I can move to the next. Is there a way of moving directly from picture to picture without having to shut the present one every time? All the best, Mark P
  10. Good Evening Matrim; I am glad to see that you are making progress; it all looks very good. I will pray that your fears are not realised! All the best, Mark P
  11. Good Morning Gentlemen; Red lead paint was widely available from an early period: Mary Harrison's contract for painting ships, made with the officers of Portsmouth Yard in 1676, specifically states that she undertakes to paint the inside of the ports with one coat of red lead. Prussian blue was accidentally discovered (whilst attempting to make a red pigment!) around 1706. This was the first stable, chemically produced pigment, and became widely available. All the best, Mark P
  12. Good Morning Remco; I wish you all success in your hunt for work, and a speedy return to your workshop. All the best, Mark P
  13. Good Afternoon Helge; If you have a completed drawing on paper, I assume of a large size, the usual course would be to have the drawing scanned at a printer's works or by someone with a large-format scanner. The output will then be in a digital format, ideally png file, which can then be sent anywhere in the World by email, and loaded into a CAD drawing as an underlay. This underlay will have to be traced over using AutoCAD generated lines, arcs or curves, though, before it can be 'seen' by the CAD software. I am not aware of any software which will reliably convert a
  14. Good Morning Mark/Gary; One thing which I think it is important to keep in mind is that the rule about lodging knees being fitted to the fore side of the beams in the aft half of the ship, and vice versa, was not based at all on structural considerations; it was due to the angle formed on the fore side of the aft beams being obtuse. Whereas by the alternative scenario, placing a lodging knee on the aft side of the aft beams, the angle would be acute, requiring timber which was more difficult and expensive to obtain. For this reason, I suspect that where a situation called for an in
  15. Good Evening Druxey; It would seem that suddenly half the World's population have been forced into taking early (and hopefully temporary) retirement. In that event, a fair number will, it must be hoped, turn to building model ships as a great way to fill the time that work no longer takes up. I just hope, though, that the bill for all the 'temporary pensions' does not land on my doormat with too much of a bang! All the best, Mark
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