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About alangr4

  • Birthday 10/24/1955

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    Canberra, Australia
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    Transitioning to scratch building, photography, travel, cycling

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  1. Gerald your website and this site continue to provide inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing. Thought you and your readers might enjoy the following story about the USS Agerholm model contained in Atlas Obscura. http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/agerholm-model Some parallels to your current build Gerald. Those State side are probably very familiar with the story (my apologies if I am treading familiar ground). Alan
  2. I'm sorry Ben about your mishap. Can't get over the amount of movement through the humidity. Wish you every success with the next stages. Alan
  3. A Build for the Ages. A wonderful example of the fine art of model shipbuilding Druxey - undertaken by a master. Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us. Alan
  4. MIke K I agree with Gaetan's take on this subject. You might also want to take a look at Gaetan's latest build. In respect of your query on metrics David Robert's in his translator notes of a number of the late Jean Boudriot's books observes "that all measures are given in French units of measure - feets inches pounds and so on, which are approximately 10% greater than their corresponding English measures. Where appropriate, the metric equivalents are given in square brackets." You might want to get an app that I and a number of others on this site have found useful called model scaler by Woodland Science. Happy modelling Alan
  5. Druxey: In today's UK Times, a wonderful picture by Rob Powell of the Gloriana emerging from winter storage at Denton Wharf. See following link for more: http://onthethames.net/2016/04/05/gloriana-bound-st-katherine-docks-winter-storage/
  6. Gerald, like others following this thread I have been in awe of your body of work over many years both in the nautical and auto domains. Your rendition of Bucklers Hard as it looked in the 18th century is inspiring stuff. Your auto builds and accompanying books are also a font of knowledge and wonder. Have been following your present build on your own site but am grateful you are sharing it with a wider audience here. Alan
  7. Exquisite work Druxey. As always. In your research any sense what the original vessel would have been made of? Impressed too by your innovation with the base! Have you used that method before? Alan
  8. Looks stunning Greg. Congratulations. The mahogany (?) base contrasts with it beautifully. Good to hear the fit out package has plenty spare for redo's!!!! Alan
  9. No problems Erik. I understand completely the problem of future build ideas! As a primer into building french vessels of the era you are looking at, you may want to invest in Bernard Frolich's The Art of Ship Modelling. It is available from ANCRE and is in english. Not cheap but the US$ is getting you plenty of bang for your buck these days. If nothing else it will motivate you to tackle L'Amarante and add to your wish list considerably. Good luck. Alan PS Gerard is a member of this site and will no doubt have plenty to contribute to this discussion.
  10. G'day Eric I don't have this particular publication but I do have others that Gerard has produced. The book is certainly intended for the scratch builder and there will be a comprehensive set of plans as well as a comprehensive background/history on the particular vessel/class of vessel. One wouldn't embark on this enterprise with just Gerard's book. Possibly doable if you have several builds under your belt but a v tough gig with just the book alone. I would encourage you to visit the ANCRE Editions web site where additional publications are also available. Several of these give you insights into French construction techniques of the period and are also of use/value. There are lots of differences in the construction build of french vs english vessels of the period. Having spotted his book you will have seen that Gerard also runs his own forum (in french). There are several construction builds of the vessel underway as I write this. Eleven at last count. Again these are worth studying/translating. Good luck on your journey. Will watch your build with interest. Alan
  11. Druxey/Jay/Wayne Many thanks for your respective contributions. I'll bit the bullet and join USNI. Alan
  12. Thanks Brian and Crackers Brian: particularly interested in obtaining a listing (preferably definitive) of the Sergison and Pepy's collections. Not sure that such a thing existed(s) but Baldridge's title sounded promising. Crackers: the Naval Academy catalog sounds interesting. Will chase this up. Thanks for your responses. Alan
  13. I am not sure this is the right area of MSW or in fact whether the moderators permit this. If I have broken a rule or lodged this under the wrong category mea culpa. I am on the hunt for a book/paper/document written in 1938 by Captain Harold (Harry) Alexander Baldridge titled: Ship models, the collections of Rogers, Sergison and Pepys. I understand it is a slim document some 14 pages in length. I am hoping it contains a listing of the said collections. If anyone has come across this would welcome his/her review of it. If they are happy to part with it even better or know where a copy might be obtained. Thanks Alan
  14. Thanks Steven A bit of a hike from Australia too! There is reference to the prisoner-of-war Temeraire in the Willis book referred to above. Pic as well. Alan
  15. It is a very good question Malcolm. It has also puzzled me. There is I understand a prisoner of war model of Temeraire at the Wool House Museum in Southhampton. I'm not sure that is close to you but if you do get to see it please post pics. Particularly of the figurehead and figures adorning the stern. There is a bit of a debate about whether she carried a figurehead or not. Plans of her at the National Maritime Museum are not complete but as you point out if one draws on the plans of other ships of her class one should be able to build up a fairly complete picture for build purposes. At the end of the day though a scratch build of her would be a massive undertaking not to be undertaken lightly. Alan

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