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  1. Not quite sure if this counts as weather but here's a view from my veranda yesterday at 11.15 am I'm about 250 km south of the bushfires and the wind is enough to blanket us with smoke. We're pretty safe here but I just hope the rest of our Australian members can say the same. Rick😢
  2. This may not be the case. If you position them that way you effectively block all fore/aft access due to the position of the companionway. When it was carrying a full complement of boats I'd have thought one would be hung off the stern and another two nested one side or the other to allow a speedy movement of crew either port or starboard side. Rick
  3. On the cutaway it's pretty clearly half way between the windlass and the bow and would have to be off-set to allow access for the crew. I'm very doubtful about using a grating style as it's not exactly waterproof without some type of cover which would make crew accessing it pretty cumbersome. The one you've illustrated behind the bowsprit is actually an access to the rope locker and you can see the anchor cable going through it. To provide waterproof access I can't see any other option than a sliding hatch given how tight space is in that area. Rick Ps It's funny but I was only thinking of you two a few days back and wondering why you hadn't come back given how well you were both doing!
  4. For positioning of the various furniture items you do need to refer back to King's cutaway drawings as the model plans are pretty dismal in that area. I see you appear to be thinking of putting a hatch forward of the windlass - won't work as the bowsprit comes back over that area.🤔 Rick
  5. A lot of the plans I checked seemed to tuck the windlass under the bowsprit and braced to the fore of Samson posts. Still looking!! Rick
  6. Not that one although that does illustrate the conundrum. Go to the page I tagged then click on 'Support de bout-dehors" this brings up a photo of the actual bowsprit support on the modern Renard. Just checked 70 odd cutter plans on National Maritime Museum from the relevant period and only found one that didn't show a windlass - it was a 43ft cutter captured on Lake Champlain so at that size and in fresh water I doubt the anchor(s) would need anything more that a few hands to pull them up! Rick
  7. This page clearly shows the bowsprit support and it's exactly like the AL box illustration! So no help there I'm afraid. http://renard.dechorgnat.com/mature_details.html Looks like more investigation needed yet! Rick
  8. Thanks everyone - it confirms my feelings about the windlass. I'll head off to search more photos of the replica and work from your model Frankie plus whatever I find online. As for moving the bowsprit - if a 1 metre pole is put in to the holes either side then a couple of crew get behind them and push I'd expect that it would slide reasonably well. Rick
  9. I'm wondering if an arrangement something like this would have been fitted. https://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/1060511.html It allows the bowsprit to be drawn in above it whilst utilising the bowsprit supports to act as the mount for the pawl. The low access hatch to crew's quarters also clears the retracted bowsprit. This illustration from the box shows that although the cable disappears into the hull there is ample room with some minor adjustments for a windlass and in fact the supports are there with what appears to be a squared beam rather than a drum as I'd expect. Rick
  10. I'm contemplating Le Renard (AL) as my next build but am puzzled by one feature (or lack thereof). The anchor cables disappear into the hull at around deck level on the illustrations I've seen but there is no sign of a windlass or capstan on deck. As a cutter of around 68 tonnes would she have had a tween decks capstan? Crew seems to have been 60 so I guess that below decks space would have been at a premium with a rope locker and probably galley stove as well all situated at the fore end of the ship. Comments anyone? Rick
  11. Personally I don't like the way print is being made smaller day by day and someone keeps sneaking in to my place and moving the floor further down!! There is an up-side in that I can spend time chatting to the young girl on the checkout counter - she thinks "what I nice old gentleman" little realising that in fact it was some 17 year old male chatting her up. 🙂 Rick
  12. You are correct there, but English being what it is you really can interpret the word and its usage quite widely. Collins English dictionary gives about five differing interpretations of the word all dependant on its use. In some variations it includes the masts as in describing the rig of a ship i.e ketch. Other usage applies to the actual cordage. By the way there is no problem with your English - those of us born to the language have enough problems with it!! Rick
  13. Are we talking about the verb "to rig" which could then include stepping the masts, spars cordage etc. or the common noun "rigging" which would then refer to the cordage and attachments only? English is a confusing language on a good day! Rick
  14. Hi Duncan - another relative newbie to this form of torture. I think we all have/had problems with planking but if you take a bit of time to read these articles http://modelshipworldforum.com/ship-model-framing-and-planking-articles.php I think you'll see how it works without too much stress. Really if the end result pleases you that's all that matters and each subsequent model WILL get easier and better. Rick
  15. A bit of very dilute PVA glue will get those foot ropes to hang with a nice smooth curve. Rick

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