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About testazyk

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    16th - 18th century sailing ships

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  1. Thanks for reminding me of that amazing build. I could say that the room belongs to a junior officer who just has to deal with people using his room!
  2. Thanks very much guys--great discussion. The challenge I've got (and I think EJ too) is that we've installed the windows and doors in the bulkhead so ladders and threads aren't the best option--you need to be a chess player and think 12 steps ahead with this kit instead of the usual six or so. I know it will be totally incorrect, but I'm thinking of a hatch in the poop royal behind the port door with a ladder going down to the poop. I have no idea what would have been housed in that room (officer's dining? probably no one's sleeping quarters) but it would be a logical solution from a building perspective if not from a ship layout perspective.
  3. Hi EJ--I think some decorations under the channels would look good--maybe some little fleur de lis? Also, I have my question of the week. Do you know how crew would have accessed the poop deck so they could work with flags, lanterns, etc.? I would have expected there to be ladders up from the deck below, but the plans don't indicate any and I've never seen any ladders in any of the photos of other builds I've seen. With the doors and windows all across the bulkhead below the poop deck I can understand why the kit doesn't include a ladder, and there certainly wouldn't have been a hatch into the cabins below. Looks like you are not including a ladder but I'd be interested in your thoughts. Thanks! Tom
  4. Hi EJ--That makes a lot of sense. I know that they had movable screens in the stern cabins to open up the gun decks. But it seems like a lot of unnecessary bother to have one under the focsle--and why did they put trap doors in it? Anyway, it's an interesting feature. Thanks!
  5. Hi EJ--I agree with you about the rewards of ship modelling and learning about ship history and design. Which raises an interesting (at least to me) question about the Soleil Royal. I've been wondering why they had that wall with the small doors on the upper deck under the focsle deck. It effectively limits movement on the upper deck. All other ships I've seen have the entire upper deck (and all gun decks) unobstructed (except for pillars, capstans, etc.) and I always thought that was so the crew could move to any guns during battle. I haven't looked very hard but haven't been able to find any explanation and wondered if anyone might know.
  6. Thanks! Just what I was looking for and some good ideas too!
  7. Really looking good and you're way ahead of me. What technique did you use when you carved the bitts? Did you use a template to keep them uniform? Tom
  8. That comparison really shows you made the right decision! And I like the way you've been able to make modifications to make your build even more unique. Well done.
  9. That comparison really shows you made the right decision! And I like the way you've been able to make modifications to make your build even more unique. Well done.
  10. Nice work on the forecastle--great planking work and the stringers look just right.
  11. Hi EJ--Looking good! I had a next steps question for you. When you did the upper quarter gallery it looks like you planked over the vertical frames to create the raised surface for the carving. I'm just getting to that step and I'm wondering, based on your experience, would you do it that way again, or would you carve a piece of wood to create the shape instead? And what are you planning to do for the lower section which also requires a raised section? Just wondering thanks! Thanks! Tom
  12. I agree with Henry--they needed to be readily accessible.

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