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About davyboy

  • Birthday 12/03/1940

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    British naval warships 17th and 18th centuries. Travel in S.E Asia. Reading.

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  1. Have to agree with you. They look awful,somewhat reminiscent of what one would see on a model of a WW1 battleship. Completely spoil the appearance of a really nice model. Dave
  2. So sorry to hear of this. RIP Danny and thank you for all you did for the Forum members. Dave.
  3. Hi Jagger, I have the proxxon DH 40 thicknesser. A couple of answers for you. 1/10 of a mm,just under .004". Blades not sharpened they have cutting edges both sides. When blunt turn them,when that side is blunt change them,they only cost about $10 in your money. Access is fairly easy. I've had a little tearout probably due to grain orientation,cured that by turning the plank around. Can't comment on waste comparison as I don't have a thickness sander. For me the fact that virtually no dust produced (at least with Pear or European Boxwood) is a winner. Dave
  4. Good evening Maurice,looking good so far. I knew you couldn't resist a bit of kit bashing Keep up the good work. Dave
  5. Hi Jim, FWIW,I have had warped 1/4" ply. What I did was draw a straight line on the build board,draw lines 1/2 the ply thickness either side of this line. Glued small wood blocks on these lines and slotted the ply in there then screwed angle brackets to the board at each end of the false keel to keep it vertical. Glued and clamped blocks between the bulkhead slots,next day a perfectly straight keel. No need to faff about wetting ,steaming etc which may not work anyway. Dave
  6. I had the same problem with a Cruiser kit I bought some years ago. Most of the walnut was rubbish,I just bought replacement wood from a modelshop here. My reasoning being I would maybe have been sent more of the same. After this I went into scratch building,once bitten twice shy so to speak and much more satisfying. Dave
  7. Hi Termi, There was no ship named HMS Neptune at the battle of La Hogue in 1692. If that is what is written on the kit box it's pure fiction I'm afraid,nor was there ever a 3rd or 4th rate named Neptune. The second rate HMS Neptune was at the battle of Barfleur not La Hogue. In any case,no two ships with the same name would be serving in the Royal Navy at the same time. I know what you mean about kit plans being "a little off". When you come to mast and rig her I recommend R.C. Andersons' 17th Century Rigging or his Rigging of Ships in the days of the Spritsail Topmast 1600 to 1720. These can usually be found online on Abe Books or Amazon,not expensive. Anyway,I'm just being pedantic I guess Enjoy your build. Dave
  8. Hi Termi, This model should turn out to be a nice representation of a late 17th century 4th rate. However HMS Neptune of this period was a 90 gun 2nd rate launched in 1683. Later sailing warships bearing this name were all 1st and 2nd rates. The name given to this model is fictitious,not unusual for European kit manufacturers back in the day. Enjoy your build. Dave
  9. I suspect that in 8 or 9 months there will be a sharp increase worlwide in childbirth. Mother nature works in mysterious ways,so they say Stay safe and well folks. Dave
  10. Hi Malas,the wood caps (AKA trucks) on Mast tops were fitted with a sheave or sheaves for Flag or Pennant halliards. Perhaps if you said which masts,Lower,Topmasts or Topgallants you refer to may help with getting some answers If you are building a kit do a search on the forum,you might get lucky finding a build log there. Dave
  11. Good evening Greg, That's a bit of a disappointment that you wont be producing cast carvings. I'd have certainly bought a set for my POB version of Speedwell. Guess my model will have to be undecorated,I couldn't carve like that if my life depended on it. I may try to do a bodge job tho'. Dave
  12. Hi Jim,there is a mention of of these pumps for deck washing in Laverys' Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War page 79. They were fitted to all 2 and 3 deck ships and were introduced in 1770. The inlets were 3 feet below the waterline,one per side. He doesn't state where they were fitted though. Midships would be my guess. It was doing repairs to one of these which caused the sinking of the Royal George in 1782. Hope this may be of help to you. Last time I was in Edinburgh half the streets were being dug up for tramlines. Dave
  13. Hi David, You may find this of interest :- Google The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship. This will take you to the website of The San Francisco Maritime Park Association, there they have Steeles' work. You want the asterisked chapters of 208,209,210 and 211,numbered drawings and names of the numbered rigging and sail items are there. Should be of great assistance to you. OK, these appertain to a 20 gun ship but the names are the same for all ships. This book covers everything as the title says. A lot of reading there to keep you out of mischief for a while Dave
  14. Hi David,definitely do it again,that deadeye gap does not look good. Anyway,it will give you some practice There are a couple of books on rigging that I recommend to you. James Lees Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War 1625-1860 and Karl Heinz Marquardts' Eighteenth Century Rigs and Rigging. Second hand online booksellers usually have them in stock. Either is worth having,the first being the best. Dave

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