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  • Birthday 10/30/1956

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  1. Thanks Bruce and Svein Erik. And for the likes. Richard.
  2. I don't think you need to apologize. I like this site because it is friendly and generous. It's good to share your troubles sometimes. If others don't want to share then they shouldn't. And yes, there's always someone who has more troubles than life throws at each of us, but we shouldn't ignore them just because it's not the worse thing ever. All the best, Richard.
  3. I have created a website that provides an app for converting measurements between different scales and units. https://scale.programtheweb.com/ You can convert in either direction. Supported units are Meters, Millimeters, Inches, English Feet/Inches, and French Pied/Pouces/Lignes. There are standard scales built in but you can also enter your own. The site is free and does not require any sign-up. The software has been tested on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers. It will also work on Android Chrome and the iPhone browser (although testing on that last one has been limited; my youngest daughter doesn't like me stealing her phone!). Any suggestions for improvements or bug reports are welcome. Hopefully people will find it useful. Richard
  4. There's a video of the machine they use to punch holes in the copper for the Constitution. Some one needs to build one of these but a bit smaller (say 1/48th). For the coppering on my cutter, I've pretended that it's just been done and hasn't been in the water yet 😀. This also matches the "new" look of the rest of the ship. Richard.
  5. Some footage of the interior of HMS Terror. https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-49490400/franklin-expedition-new-footage-of-wreck-of-hms-terror The state of preservation is amazing - Richard
  6. Now that is a GOOD friend! I wonder if the router would be better than a laser? More waste but no char or angles. Since I have neither, I have no idea. Richard.
  7. Very neat and elegant - as we've come to expect from you 😊. All the best, Richard.
  8. Following one of the related links on that ebay page, there are several very small lathes in the $40-50 range. I'm wondering if one of these might work for small spars. If When I get to the masts on my cutter, I'm planning to use hand tools. While I wouldn't want to try turning brass cannon on a cheap lathe, for small wood items it might work. I'd love a Sherline but can't really justify the cost. I am saving up for the Byrnes table saw and sanders because I'd get a lot more use out of them.
  9. For below the waterline, various types of "anti-fouling" treatments go back a long way. See The History of the Prevention of Fouling. None of the treatments would be visible and "grungy" would probably be an accurate description. I would agree that merchant vessels probably weren't very colorful because of cost. Would tar have been used as a general preservative? Looking some older contemporary pictures, even the warships are mostly dark brown or black: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_art#/media/File:Accademia_-_Arrivo_a_Colonia_Cat.579_-_Vittore_Carpaccio.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_art#/media/File:Retour_d_Isabelle_de_France_en_Angleterre.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_art#/media/File:Gentile_da_Fabriano_064.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_art#/media/File:Pieter_Bruegel_d._Ä._031.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_art#/media/File:Bruegel,_Pieter_de_Oude_-_De_val_van_icarus_-_hi_res.jpg Somebody needs to invent a time machine so we can get photos! Richard.
  10. It is! I'm curious - the scale marked on the anchor drawing, what are the units? Thanks, Richard.
  11. I got my first copy a few weeks ago. Definitely worth it for the journal and supporting MSW.
  12. Is the copper fairly hard then and so a bit springy? I don't have any brilliant ideas. Would contact adhesive work? Richard.
  13. I'll create a setup package and instructions for it and make it available. Sorry for diverting this thread Richard.
  14. Back in the period (18th century). Numbers were taken from here: https://sites.google.com/site/shipwrightsfaq/smf-researchnotes/smf-RN-Cross-CulturalHistoricMeasurementUnits

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