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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. Greg, Doris is still working on her Royal Katherine. Can be seen on the czech forum :- modelforum.cz Now has the lower masts stepped and rigging started. I wonder why she stopped posting here on MSW. Dave
  2. My goodnness,how we have grown over the years. When I joined MSW 1 twelve years ago I was member number 2001 and a complete nooby to shipmodelling. I've certainly learned a lot since then thanks to this great forum. Dave
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    Oh dear,low priorities by the local Councils,my sympathies to you folks I've lived here in Switzerland for over 17 years and can honestly say I've never seen a pothole in any road,any damage to a road is quickly repaired. Dave
  4. Good evening Maurice, That's one of the problems with kits unfortunately. Scratch is the way forward Your idea of using 6 mm stock looks good to me anyway. I was very surprised to see what was provided in the kit for eyebolts and rings and those ghastly cast cannon,oh dear. Love your Alert print from the Science Museum by the way. I was in their shop 12 years ago hoping to replace a print of HMS Prince I bought in 1974 but was told they didn't sell prints anymore. Guess they must have started again. Dave
  5. You really need silver solder for joining brass wire. Ordinary solder is useless for this. Dave
  6. Hi André, Welcome on board MSW enjoy the voyage. Dave
  7. Hi Maurice, As usual lovely workmanship. Great job on the replacement catheads and sheaves,I like the idea of using plastic rod for them. Wish I'd thought of that on my Cheerful,I used dowels for all the sheaves. A pita as the smallest ones kept splitting when drilling . Regards, Dave
  8. Hi Mark, When I made a 90° scraper from a Stanley blade to cut the rebate on my current build I did the following. On the non cutting edges I used a small 1000 grit sharpening stone to round them down. Worked a treat,no marks on the keel. Dave
  9. Good evening Maurice,a very nice job on the "white stuff". Looking very good,I'm pretty sure the original waterline looked the same. Dave
  10. Hi Tom, Google The Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship. This will take you to the site of the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association,they have reproduced the complete book and tables there. I've that site bookmarked,a lot of reading for sure. Dave
  11. Timboat,Lees states in his Masting and Rigging book that viols were not used on ships below 36 guns. Blandford was a 20 gun ship. It's probable/possible that the Anchor Cable was led straight to the Capstan as their heaviest anchor was only 23 cwt according to Steel. Dave
  12. Hi Tom, This is from Steels elements of Standing and Running Rigging for a 50 Gun Ship fore Staysail :- Staysail halliard :- 3". Staysail sheets :- 3". Staysail tack :- 2". Staysail downhauler :- 2". Hope this helps with your decision,up to you now Dave
  13. Hi, Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that model is of really no value. Tens of thousands of these type of "ornaments" have been made over the years,usually sold in souvenir shops etc. Dave
  14. Not sure if this in the right place or not. For any Forum members who may be interested,Pen and Sword have the following books on their Autumn sale. Pepys Navy by J.D.Davies,paperback £13. Dutch Warships in the age of Sail by James Bender,hardback £27.50. The Sloop of War 1650 to 1763 by Ian Mcglaughlan,hardback £22. All are on Page 10 of their Autumn sale list I have the last book,well worth the money if you are interested in the smaller English Warships. Dave

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