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    Eighteenth Century Naval History, ship modelling, wandering the Lakeland Fells, cocker spaniels, Golf, and too keen an interest in red wine.

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  1. Hi Chris, The new cutter looks a big improvement on the original, I like the inclusion of the Pearwood keel, and thinner planking, also the inclusion of the wooden oars. Fitting the wash strake as part of the normal planking before the Rowlocks are cut is a much better approach. The text at Instruction 28 needs amending from anchor to Rowlock. I look forward to making your Yawl mini kit which should be arriving today. Cheers, B.E.
  2. Post Eight Sheer strakes, Gunwales and Washboards. These terms can be a little confusing in relation to cutters. David White- The Frigate Diana describes the upper strake as the Wash Strake and below this the Upper Strake. The Gun wale is shown as running inside the framing. Peter Goodwin – The Cutter Alert describes the upper strake as the Gunwale (wash strake) and below this the sheer strake. Brian Lavery – Arming and Fitting describes the upper strake as a thicker piece of timber known as the Gunwale, fitted with thole pi
  3. Yards looking good Tim, 👍 Re:- I'm also pondering how to do the topsail brace. There is a block setup in the AotS book and the instructions, but its a little unclear where the tie off on the bowsprit would be (and a closeup of the bowsprit in the AotS book doesn't show the tie-off point, but that isn't the only inconsistency in the book unfortunately). I'll keep thinking about it, but if anyone has any thoughts I'd love to hear them. I belayed mine at the pin rail above the windlass. B.E.
  4. Hi Richard, I can’t for the life of me remember where I got the non Proxxon vice. It opens to 65mm and jaws are 75mm wide. A quick online check shows a few that look like it. The Proxxon has the same jaw dimensions but has the advantage of extra height and the angle swivel, very useful when working on small projects such as this cutter. The Proxxon is quite heavy and I’ve never felt the need to fasten it down. The Proxxon 24260 Bench Vice you mention last I do have, it is much smaller and designed to fit on the MF70 Mill where I use it exclusively. For han
  5. Hi Richard, The boat looks ok from about six-inch viewing, even better from 12”; 😉 the macro lens is brutal, but it will allow me to clean up some of the rougher spots. I’ve yet to finish the rudder which I have left long for final fitting. I think Chris was right to withdraw this mini kit, it is not up to the standard of his newly released boat sets, presumably he will eventually add a new cutter to the set. B.E.
  6. Post Seven A question of rudders I am not too keen on the rudder arrangement whereby a formed Pearwood carcase is faced by brass etch which albeit contains the details of the rudder straps. 9788(3) I replaced this with rudder cut from a 1.3mm Boxwood sheet offcut. 9800(2) The rudders of Cutters and other small boats had a different arrangement to the usual gudgeon and pintles set up. Rudder fitting on one of the Victory’s cutters. Note also the tiller fitting. The lower pintle was fitted to the sternpost, it was lon
  7. You're making good progress Eric , this is not an easy build, but there is a deal of satisfaction to be had from its completion. The Pinnace kit makes a great looking model and I think you will be pleased with the end result. Regards, B.E.
  8. Thank you, Eric. It can be a little disheartening for the less experienced to see nothing but perfectly planked and finished work so I think it is important to show that what hopefully turns out to be a nice looking model has its less than perfect stages along the way. I’ve always adhered to the adage that a model is more than the sum of its parts, and what we perceive as imperfections don’t necessarily detract from the overall effect. That doesn’t mean I don’t aspire to do better on my next build, and learn from those whose work I admire, and there’s m
  9. Post Six Internal fittings The kit provides brass etched gratings and bottom boards which are beautifully reproduced and of a finer scale than I could possibly produce using timber strip. 9777 Having thoroughly cleaned the brass using soap, acid, and fine wire wool the parts were chemically blackened to provide some bite for the finish. 9778 The next job is to apply the internal ribs to the hull which run down from the gunwale to meet the bottom boards and gratings. My view is that there are too few ribs indicated in the kit so
  10. Post Five A problem area arose at the transom relating to the fact that the Lapstrake planking refused to make a good fit to the kit part. 9753 This necessitated the kit part being removed and replaced by a Boxwood version. 9754 A fair bit of trial and error to get it to fit anywhere near right but got there in the end. The next job is to remove the internal frames, but I felt very chary about using the suggested twist approach. 9756 However, having cut the central bar and tentatively tested the twist I found that they
  11. Thanks Erik, a great find, I hadn’t seen it. Some great detail shots of equipment and how it was used, and of the scale. The warp rollers along the rail slotted into sockets are something I pondered about, altho’ I did fit the sockets. I note the relative sizes of the Cran baskets and net floats to the crew. 👍 B.E.
  12. Post Four The planking is completed, it’s Lapstrake Jim, but not as we know it. Pictured here in its rough finish once fettled I hope it will at least look the part from normal viewing distance. 9732(2) 9736 Before removal from the building board. 9746 The boat is released by inverting the base board in a vice and gently tapping the lugs. 9750 9751 Before I remove the frames, I will attend to getting the outer hull as ship shape as I can. B.E. 09/01/21
  13. Thank you Guys for your supportive comments.👍 Postscript to the build Those familiar with my logs know that I use my build photo’s to produce a hard copy photo book recording the model build. I have now received my latest edition covering both Fifie and Zulu models. 9723(2) 9718(2) 9719(3) 9720(3) 9723(2) Once again I used Vistaprint to produce the book, and a superb job they have made. Regards, B.E. 08/01/21
  14. Thank you dunnock, I’m pleased you found it of use, and best wishes for your new project HMS Diana, she is a fine frigate. A build log log is the way to go to gain information and assistance with your build. Regards, B.E.
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