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Chuck Seiler

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  1. It sounds to me like he is describing carvel planked (flush) and clinker/lapstrake (overlap). The first three strakes (garboard, broad and #3) were carvel and the rest clinker. The sources I have read do indicate that in estuaries and such, the cog could/would settle onto the river bottom. The flush planking would facilitate that. 'The garboard strake lays flush to the keel and were not connected to it'. Might that mean 'not physically nailed or bolted to the keel, but fitted into a rabbet'? I know with viking longships and I believe with cogs, the floor frames were attached to the keel and the lower strakes attached to the floor. After that (in this case strake #4 and above) were attached to the strake below it clinker style and only after the shell was complete were the first and second futtocks added.
  2. I noticed the pink lipstick, but didn't mention anything about that either.
  3. Captain Gump, I suggest taking down that jackstaff while steaming around the North Atlantic in the winter. You are liable to lose it.
  4. Tony, Good question. My brain knows what I am talking about. My fingers apparently do not. The process I use is to take a 2 inch piece of bamboo BBQ skewer and quarter it so that I have 4 narrow pieces about 2 inches long. It would be more efficient to 1/6th it or 1/8th it, but I always screw that up. I chuck the bamboo into the Dremel and using fine sandpaper and Dremel on low, sand down the top 1/2 inch or so. Fine sandpaper=because course tends to grap the fibers. Dremel on slow or medium speed because it gets hot. I hold the sandpaper in my fingers and hold fingers around bamboo. I will take a picture and insert it. The result is NOT a nice 2" long treenail. That would snap off very easily. I keep it short and use part of it, then sand more.
  5. I disagree. Several years in a row, when I worked with our club at the county fair, one of our members was demonstrating how to make trunnel using the draw plate. Unless you can cut your original stock very fine, you need to draw it thru 2 or more every decreasing holes. By the time he completed 2, I completed 8. Maybe not perfect, but at 1/2 millimeter, close enough for government work. As I recall, bamboo doesn't work well with draw plate. I may be wrong.
  6. An alternative to a metal pin is a bamboo treenail. Using pieces of a good bamboo BBQ skewer, a Dremel and fine sand paper I can get a trunnel down to .5MM. That and an 80 micro drill bit will work with really small parts. You can go thicker with the larger parts. I like bamboo because you can get very fine, yet it maintains strength due to it's fiberousity.
  7. Salt water on a slick painted deck even under normal at-sea conditions could be hazardous. In rough conditions: very dangerous. Non skid paint was/is used on weather decks where people are likely to walk. It is too expensive to use on the whole deck. Similarly, ladder treads have either non-slip diamond tread or non-skid-like tread. I don't know if it will work on 144 scale, but black 400 or 600 grit sand paper words great on 1/96 scale.
  8. Jandrus, Welcome to Model Ship World and wooden models and a toast to your girlfriend for talking you over the line.
  9. Matthias, Welcome to MSW. I applaud your decision to stay with the hobby and go with a simpler model. Many are attracted to the hobby by the big fancy ships, only to be easily discouraged. I had a similar start as you. I wanted to build HMS VICTORY and USS CONSTITUTION but I eventually went smaller/simpler and worked on my skills. Now I am building ship types I have never heard of before and having much fun.
  10. Greetings, and welcome, from Southern California.
  11. The strakes or the planks in the strakes? Are you basing that on the above picture and other representations or of the wreck? I don't think the planks are small, I think the people are too big. The planking pattern on the above picture, and other representations I have seen, is similar to the Wunterhund model. I think they LOOK short because they are wide. The above station master is 5 scale feet (5 feet 1 inch). The plank 3 strakes above him is 14.5 feet long and about 2 feet wide. I believe the representations show the cog as they see it, but the people are much larger...artistic license. Whadya think?

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