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  1. Hi, I'm sure other members will reply but being in this position 40 odd or so years ago I found Underhill's Plank on Frame Models Vol 1, and Longridge's The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships to be the most useful books to really appreciate initially how frames can be lifted from drawings. Both books are really towards the end of the spectrum of wooden shipbuilding and the actual differences in period is insignificant when appreciating how ships three dimensional shape is represented in the 2 dimensions. Both books give the introduction to start to understand Steel and other similar writings that look at other complex ways of describing the hull form. I think Bob's comments are very to the point and very well explained. Regards, Nick
  2. Hi Tom, this is all from memory, but there is a very useful book by David Lyons, who was the curator of the draft section at the Maritime museum. I think it is called The First Destroyers and was a rather interesting book with a lot of drawings and photo's of the first Torpedo deploying Destroyers. I have a vague idea I may have the book somewhere and I will advise if the book turns up. I am also pretty sure there was a detailed plan of an early destroyer from about 1906 in the flyleaf. I hope somebody will be able to provide more detail. Regards, Nick
  3. Hi Spyglass, yes so when you have cleared some of your problems, do feel free to contact me. I am not really interested in supplying wood 'wholesale' but I think you are 'just down the road' and I know that getting decent wood to the sizes you want is difficult. I so wish your wife and yourself the best for the future, king regards, Nick
  4. Hi Spyglass, I have today been reading you log and the problems with sourcing good reliable wood for a good build. I am not in trade or looking to make any money but I do have a quantity of appropriate model shipbuilding woods - Cherry, Box, Pear, Apple. This is the result of collecting timber over the last 35 years, and really it now will exceed expected usage for my planned models. I would be happy to mill (as they say) some Cherry or whatever to you size that may help you get going a bit easier, I mean chipped edge Box is just not on. I have been in a similar situation you yourself and do appreciate, the problems involved. I have only re-started hobby work after what has been over 3 years. If you are interested perhaps you could PM me with some idea of the dimensions of the wood you are after and the quantity. I need perhaps a couple of weeks to get going, but I do have a decent saw and can dimension to a reasonable accuracy using the drum thicknesser. I would be happy to post you a small sample of the woods I have, I mean there is a difference between the mellow colour of the heartwood and the light colour of the sapwood. This is particularly true of Cherry. Regards, Nick Regards, Nick
  5. Hi Adrie, you will find the 'instructions' refer to the non-laser cut frames, they are correct at 1mm. A really nice start, regards, Nick
  6. Hi Doug, I have just looked at you build log of the Leon, really very nice work. Years ago I discovered Underhill's work and was impressed that here was an amazing resource when such resources were non- existent apart from odd sources such as Davis. I eventually started re-drafting from poorly reproduced drafts and were what I felt was in places deviations from full size practice in order to produce and acceptable build in those days. the horn timbers were a case in point. That is not to say many lovely models have been produced. A member of this forum Jack Nastyface produced an excellent model before the MSB crash, and may be contactable. However my source is purely from the book Plank on Frame Models Vol 1. My interpretation may be incorrect. On page 80 diag. 58 is a small drawing of the deck beams and the chocks. There is a diag. 57 showing fabrication of lodging knees. A following couple of diags. on page 108 indicating normal practice, not used in the Leon. The last para on page 109 is appropriate to read in conjunction. NOW does this mean hanging knees were omitted, or have I as said before gotten it wrong? A model in a museum in Dartmouth, up the coast from here shows no hanging knees, though it is fully planked and coppered and difficult to ascertain, it is obvious the model was build following Underhill to the letter. I have no rememberance of Jack Nastyface's model having hanging knees either. As I may have stirred up a hornet's nest, I apologise if this is all in vain. However by my reckoning it would be iron if hanging knees were fitted. Regards, Nick
  7. Hi Doug, I may be very very wrong but I recall that Leon had a beam shelf with chocks, rather than hanging knees. Cheers, Nick.
  8. Ben, thank you for this information. I have just ordered the sled, answers a real requirement for the Byrnes saw. Nick
  9. Hi All, I thought I had better bring this log a bit up to date. Well I am nearly, but not quite ready to resume the build log. Having followed the other builds on this forum, I do realise I will have to improve my build standards! So I have started again!! I will post as soon as I have something worth showing, as really it is just a repeat of my prior posts. So just to re-assure that I am not deserting the post! Regards, Nick.
  10. Dan, I really had to say what a wonderful model you are making and, and as such makes me want to get going on my Batory. Thank you for all the hints and tips you have given. Very inspirational, kind regards, Nick.
  11. Hi Danny, sorry I didn't notice your query very quickly. Yes I will be continuing the Batory - I won't put a date on it but should be over the next month. Life has a habit of throwing a few curved balls, and I seem to have had my share over the last 2 years or so. I have purely by chance met a card modeller from Poland, but unfortunately my Polish is about as good as his English. However it seems that the Polish forums consider the Batory difficult and some of the smaller parts virtually impossible to construct. We will see! I am finding the three card models builds of Catopower, Capt. Slog, and yourself very useful, and I can see myself redoing some of my build in the light of that information. Kind regards, Nick
  12. Hi everybody, it's been rather longer than I expected to make another entry in this build log due an unexpected problem with double vision. Fortunately nothing serious, caused in all probability by wearing old and bent glasses for certain activities. Has all been sorted by wearing a corrective lens for a couple of months. So I do hope to resume this log in the next couple of weeks, regards, Nick.
  13. Hi Slog, I am following your build as a template of methods and ideas, very crisp work indeed. I am using the Roket glue you mentioned and find it very fast to grab, strong but as yet untested on large areas. Another product from the same company is Glue n' Gaze, originally for use as a glue on clear plastics. However it is also used to make clear windows up to about 6mm and works very well. The method used is to slowly pull the glaze across an opening, translucent at first dries to clear in about 2 minutes or so. The portholes are very impressive, and I intend to use a similar method, so thanks for all the methodology. Regards, Nick.
  14. Hi to all, This is a rather brief update of the modification of the frames by incorporating four extra cardboard 'decks'. This is only a dry assembly in order to work out the areas where some more attention may be required. I am a little further on from here, but have yet to take any photos, but have remade 3 of the bulkheads that were a bit out. I am also fairing both the new decks and incorporating balsa filling at the stern and stem prior to final assembly. The photo etch has arrived and initially felt I was cheating, but have changed my mind considerably as it really will add to the build in areas that would just be impossible. On this post I have left any detail as I think it is obvious what I have done to strengthen the hull. I plan to use balsa stringers to reinforce the mounts. I'm sorry about the quality of the photos quickly taken and hand held. Regards, Nick
  15. Hello all, Many thanks to Slog for putting me on the right track for posting photos and description. I have to admit it was causing me extreme frustration, and I'm not too sure whether I would have sorted that one. Thank you for Tadheus and NJQUACK for your likes. I'm resting up from the build to get the garden ready for winter, it's supposed to be Autumn in the UK but we have been enjoying Spring like temps. I will also attempt to finish the hull in skeletal form before posting. Regards, Nick.

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