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  1. That's a good save. And a valuable addition to your knowledge and skill-set. Steven
  2. Looks like you've "nailed" it! (sorry for the pun). How about a close-up of the area of difficulty, as in your first post, for comparison? Looking good. Steven
  3. Good point, Jaager. I note it also has a hardy hole for holding auxiliary tools, and the wooden "stump" has iron reinforcing rings to stop it from splitting under the force of the hammer - a good solution for something that small a diameter. Interesting - there's a "main" stump that is massive and heavy, providing lots of nice inertia, and above it (it looks to cut out of the main stump, not an addition) the smaller diameter stump. It seems to me there would be a reason for doing it that way. Perhaps there needed to be room around the stump for things that went over the edge of the anvil - perhaps the reinforcing hoops for the oil barrels?. The 'main stump' also has a ring in it, perhaps so it could be hoisted easily. Steven
  4. Well, I'll be keeping on with the shields. One a day, and I have about 13 to go to get the 48 I need. The "boys" can take a back seat, though I expect I'll still be able to saw the rough blanks to shape even if I can't take them any further. So I won't be giving up totally on the crew. In the meantime I re-looked at http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=179436&p=2733651&hilit=longship+oar+length#p2733651 What I hadn't noticed back in 2015 was this: There was a famous 19th century experiment in France where they decided to recreate a Greek Trireme, and they laid the hull out so that they used three different lengths of oars. It proved impossible to keep all the oars in stroke. It was sort of like a clock with three different lengths of pendulums trying to keep time. But there was also a considerably larger variation between the thalamites near the waterline, the zygians part way up, and the thranites at the top in the 19th century French model. (From memory, I think the bottom oars were about nine feet long (2.74 m.) at the lowest level and maybe 20 feet (6.1 m.) long at the highest level. . . The most recent trireme reconstruction uses all 170 oars of the same length, and rearranges the seating of the oarsmen, with satisfactory results. . . . the difference in oar length on the 19th century French model was much greater than the variation on the longship; so some scholars who have belabored this point probably have not spent a lot of time rowing. I'm currently following up on this information. The French trireme appears to have been built by Stanislas Henry Laurent Dupuy de Lome in the time of Napoleon III (1860's). Unfortunately all I've been able to come across is the first page of the reference, at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/j.1095-9270.1982.tb00069.x If anyone subscribes to the International Journal of Nautical Archaelogy and could provide me with the full article I'd be very grateful (I'm not a university, so as far as I can see I can' get access). The thing is, I followed the oar lengths in Pryor's Age of the Dromon, with the lower oars 3.395 metres long and the upper oars 5.178 long. I've agonised about whether I should cut the upper oars back to duplicate the lower ones, but I really think I should take the attitude "I worked with the best information I had at the time" and move on. Additionally, the difference between the upper and lower oars is nowhere near as much as it was in the French trireme, so it may not have had all that much effect on performance in the "real world". Steven
  5. I agree. It looks just like an anvil. But I'm surprised it doesn't have a horn, as that would allow more flexible working of metal. Perhaps it only has a limited number of uses on shipboard. Steven
  6. Sounds like a plan, Arjan. My original question on that thread was because Renaissance galleys all seemed to have long straight sides, so all the oars would hit the water at the same distance from the side of the ship, whereas the dromon had a hull shape more like a longship, narrowing toward the ends. As Cap'n Atli had experience actually rowing a longship, I thought he, if anyone, would know whether oar length in a ship of that shape was a problem. As it turned out, it apparently isn't. Steven PS: Your model looks very elegant.
  7. You might be interested in this discussion regarding the relative length of oars in oar-driven ships - http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=179436&p=2733651&hilit=longship+oar+length#p2733651 I found the statement about inability to keep different length oars in synch enlightening - particularly as I've made the length of oars different for the upper and lower banks for my dromon. I wish I'd noticed this before . . . (I post as Egfroth on the Armour Archive) Steven
  8. That's pretty much my understanding of it, as well. Steven
  9. Here are the latest shields. Top row are complete, the lower row are part done. And here are "the boys" so far. I've been carving them roughly to shape and when they're all done I'll go back and do the arms for each one, then smooth them off and make them all pretty. Note the lack of social distancing. Also the 5 who have been cut off at the torso, because I realised I'd done the legs wrong for them to fit onto the benches. I'll have to go back and make lower bodies and legs for these guys, but not till I've got all the rest done. I thought about throwing them out and starting them again, but from the torso upward is ok. I have to say, though, that I'm getting pretty jack of all this wood carving. I have fourteen oarsmen at various stages of completion. I need a total of 48, so I'm not yet 1/4 the way through. There's almost nothing else I can get on with - everything else has to wait on these oarsmen. Add to that I've somehow wrenched my left thumb, so it's getting painful to hold them as I carve. I think I'll take a break from all this and do some work on the Great Harry, which has been languishing unloved for quite a while. Steven
  10. Not quite ; this is what they call a "novel" coronavirus, meaning this particular variety is new, so nobody has any immunities to it. Other coronaviruses (including SARS and, I think, "standard" influenza and the 1918 flu) are as I understand it members of the same "family", which have in common that they look like a crown or corona. But this one hasn't been seen before. Steven
  11. Beautiful work, Pat. I'm a total klutz when it comes to this kind of work. I tips me lid, sir. Steven
  12. Siggi, I love your crew figures! Am I right in thinking that their clothes are made of paper, and that you rubbed the surface of the carpenter's apron and the painter's overcoat to make them look textured and scruffy? Steven
  13. Hi Mike. There's a search function at the top right of this page. Type in the name of the ship, and perhaps the brand of kit, and it should give you a choice of build logs to look at, if anyone's previously made the model. If you go to the Home page, there's also a subsection called Ships Plans and project Research where you can put up questions about your specific ships - and also perhaps find information already posted about them - though the Search function would probably also find those. Good luck with it. Steven

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