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About davyboy

  • Birthday 12/03/1940

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Hi David, The distance between deadeyes should be appproximately 3 times the diameter of a deadeye. Dave
  4. Good evening Maurice,you have made a beautiful job on your Alert. All your research has indeed paid dividends. I look forward to following your next build,another Cutter or something more exotic I've just spent much of the past week building a Capstan for my Speedwell,had a pig of a job making the spindle. I don't have a lathe so had to make do with using dowel,no choice. However much scraping and sanding I eventually got a passable round to build upon. There are a surprising number of parts to make if you count all the wood parts never mind all the other things,bolts,pawls etc. The ten bars I'll leave 'til much later. Regards, Dave
  5. Hi David, Skip what is in the instructions and make them as I wrote as that is the correct method. It's also easier and neater,you would have 8 loops to make taking more space on the masthead. I do my shroud siezing like Pat says around a suitable sized dowel. I thread a needle with the siezing line and pass it through one of the legs at the top then take around ten turns downwards about both legs. I then pass the thread between the legs at one end of the siezing then over the siezing and through between the other legs doing so 2 or 3 times. Finally pass the needle & thread through the middle of that,apply some glue (not CA) when dry clip off. You're then good to go. This last bit sounds complicated but is dead easy to do. Dave
  6. Hi David, I assume you are referring to the shrouds. These were made up in pairs by doubling a suitable length of rope leaving enough lenght to tie in the deadeyes. The centre portion was normally served then the two legs lashed together leaving a loop sufficient to fit over the mast head. They were always fitted in the following sequence :- first pair starboard,second pair port,third pair starboard and so on. Hope this answers your query,have fun. Dave
  7. I've not been out of our apartment for over a fortnight as I suffer from COPD. Not worth the risk catching this "dreaded lurgi" as I'm 79, it would likely "see me off". Yesterday the admirals son told her not to go out and he and his partner will do all our shopping etc. It's the same here in Kanton Baselland,only pharmacies and food shops allowed to be open all other businesses, schools et al closed. The borders to France and Germany are also closed although people who work here are allowed in. Be safe and keep well everyone. Dave
  8. Mark,if you have a copy of Marquardts' Eighteenth Century Rigs & Rigging Davis's "The Proportion of the Rigging" tables are printed in the appendix section pages 307 to 328. If you don't have a copy maybe your local Library could help. Hope this may be of help to you. Dave
  9. Well,today it was announced that all shops excluding food stores and chemists are closed until April 30th here. Also included are pubs,restaurants cinemas,theatres and all sport and recreation facilities. Senior citizens homes have banned all visitors,family or otherwise. The admiral said she heard the Swiss German border is to be closed from 6am tomorrow. This is going to cause a lot of job losses in the short term methinks. Glad I'm retired. Dave
  10. For any member who may be interested. There is a programme on UK television channel # 5 at 10pm GMT tonight about the HMS Victory. Dave
  11. LOL,when I lived in Northumberland many years ago it was called "newkie broon" or more usually "Lunatic Soup". Visited the Scottish and Newcastle brewery once and looked inside a vat of the brew fermenting,80 odd thousand gallons of it 😵 😵 Heady stuff. Dave
  12. Hi Wahka, Many builders change the 2nd planking for another wood. Pear is indeed an excellent planking timber and readily available in Europe in sheets or milled planks and not too expensive. It also has very little grain showing. Cherry and Maple are also suitable timbers. As far as historically incorrect goes most period ships were planked with oak which is not really suitable for modelling purposes at all. BTW,there is no such thing as stupid questions on MSW,that's how we all learn "how to do it" correctly Kind regards, Dave
  13. That is an interesting painting but I suspect that they were carrying out some repair work on the hull. Not only did coppering prevent a shipworm infestation but also prevented the growth of various types of marine vegetation. Copper is I believe poisonous to plants. Dave
  14. All Grobet files should have the cut number stamped on them. I stand all my Swiss files in a wood block which I drilled to take their tangs/blunt end. Keeps them separate and easily identifiable. Dave
  15. Michael,I reacted but didn't like,that's horrendous. It doesn't get that cold here at 4000 metres altitude. Dave

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