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Mark Pearse

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  1. Very interesting, the weight isn't massive but the 2.2m length would help. The text claims the rectangular hole is for the rope - that doesn't make sense because of the precise rectangularity of the hole looks to be for a specific fitting such as the anchor flukes part. The small square hole just above the rectangular one, & perpendicular, could then be the cross piece (name?) that makes sure the fluke is pointing down.
  2. Hi Pete I've just come across you build, well done she looks great. The woodwork is nice & sharp. On the sails - why not try unshaped sails first? They will certainly work, & with that very soft fabric you're using there would be something like camber under wind pressure, & the leech will also open as the boom is so light it will lift. Doing panels to achieve camber is probably not going to be a faster sail unless the resulting shape is nice & smooth. I might not be following 100%, but if you do give it a go, the camber shouldn't be located at the leech (unless you're talking about roach) - if you are looking straight down from above there should be a gentle curve with the shape fairly even front to back, no emphasis on the front (luff) or back (leech). You can always adjust the emphasis of the camber by changing the tension in different parts of the sail. Is there dacron available in a weight suitable for model making ?
  3. It doesn't have to be a stringer, & you already seem to have one in that area so it's hard to see a second one in the same close vicinity that doesn't really have a structural purpose. If we the assume the builders were careful with their prized long lengths of clear gained structural timber - & if the aim is just to cover a gap - it could be done with shorter & lower quality pieces of timber as an extension of the deck itself, either infilled & so flush with the deck, or overlapped & sitting on the deck.
  4. Hi Michael, Bravo. I've never seen a square rose with an oval handle but the square looks good with the panelled door. I also admit to preferring unaligned screws, as you've done.
  5. that's remarkably substantial piece of metalwork, & it's a pleasure to see the steps you took to reproduce it
  6. Hi Steve the rudder metalwork is beautiful to scale. The rope does look different but also it just looks like a cheaper rope, & all boats have them somewhere - so it's kind of authentic also.
  7. Hi Keith the decks are looking superb, & in good scale as well. A question: do you think that glueing the rods in is stronger than solder, or is there another reason? thanks
  8. Hi Michael that's very clever work with the table saw, thanks - and and very nice result. I don't know the timber, but it does look lovely. For the thicknesser, do you replace the aluminium guides on the sides to adjust the thickness? all the best
  9. Nice job on the anchors, & amazing how similar it is to the typical modern fisherman's anchor. Just to add to the anchor chain discussion: there is an alternative way of getting an actor to bite, by using a decent sized weight with an eye on the top. The anchor line goes through the eye & a second lighter line is tied off to the eye, & you lower it down along the anchor line. Even if you have a chain, in difficult conditions it will dramatically increase the holding power of an anchor. I wonder if they kept one on board? If you had no chain then you would require something like this or the anchor just won't work. One advantage is its simplicity, & chain was probably a relatively expensive commodity.
  10. Hi Vaddoc Nice to see the project back. My eyes are not good for close up work, but an optivisor has been great.
  11. Hi John Great to see that the gears of industry are turning again. All the best,
  12. Hi Keith Your machinery skills are a pleasure to follow. On the repair using paint question, wouldn't the deck darken over time but the paint stay the same?
  13. HI Steve the work is very delicate. The way you've used two contrasting colours of the timber also looks superb. I like the idea of the stand, but have you tried it upside down? To me it needs a solid base & delicacy where it meets the hull - I like the concept but I think that design unfortunately obscures too much of the hull. The idea of making look like a 1:8 cradle is clever, & I encourage you to not discard the entire concept.
  14. Hi Steve, lovely work, & it's great how a model is every bit as fascinating as a full sized boat. I'll be following along with great interest for the rest of the ride. PS If you are interested, the Balmain Regatta Sunday week has a waterman's boat event, I'm entering & launching across the bay at Woolwich....be in touch if you are interested, we could meet & row across together all the best, Mark
  15. Hi John it's really nice to watch how the feel of the boat increases with each addition.

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