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Landrotten Highlander

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  1. pulling up a chair, as it is very possible I have missed al the fun in the past.
  2. I was thinking the same. Yu want them out of the way when not in use, but easy to reach.
  3. I am guessing, but it appears to me that the pipes go from the galleries and down into the ship at the point of joining the pipes. The pipe on the left of the picture appears to have a slope of approx 3-5 degrees, which is the slope recommended for draining. So I would gues that these pipes are used to capture rain water, thus increasing the water availability for say personal grooming during long voyages?
  4. Wonderful work. How did you solve your problem with the carving hanging over the windows as in post #38?
  5. I may be wrong, but a brief glance at the new book L'egyptienne by G. Delacroix seems to infer that the French classed their armed sailing vesslels based on the weight of shot, and not by the number of guns it carried. Unfortunately I cannot look it upo, as I am in the middle of reorganising the mancave and all my books are in various boxes (I know which box it is in, but that one is in the middle of the pile, and I have no room to move them about at this stage). If this is indeed the case, it is even more difficult to start comparing vessels from different nations Perhaps someone more familiar with the French naval history might clarify?
  6. This is my personal preference, and in no way should be taken as gospel. For the standing rigging I would prefer the #3 Aurifil 4241 Very Dark Grey For the running riggin I would prefer the #2 Aurifil 5011 Rope Beige Both these colours 'feel' right for a scaled down version of a vessel that has been subjected to the elements during a voyage.
  7. I beleive Chuck is using yellow cedar for his kits. Perhaps he can answer your question?
  8. Received the book in perfect order, and can confirm the receipt of the first part of the translation. Many thanks to Mr Delacroix for his hard work and customer service.
  9. Hi Clare, ny chance you can tell where we can get copies of these plans? I live in the UK in case you got your information from some museum.
  10. Not sure two hairs would work, as it is the capillary suction that 'pulls' the paint onto the brush and not much room for paint between two hairs only. I have bought some brushes from a guy who makes them himself, and the smallest brush (measured in number of hairs) carries 13 hairs. It comes in 3 lengths - short, middel and long - an allows me to paint a very thin line indeed. The lengths of brush used depends a bit on what I am trying to paint: for intricate patterns and very small details I tend to use the short brush because of the control it gives me, while for patterns such as that found in tartan pattern I use the longest one as it allows me to control the run of the line much better. I agree with the good quality brush being expensive but worth while, as long as proper care is taken. When painting with acrylics (water based paints) I always leave my brushes resting on a shallow saucer with some water - the hairy end rests in the water and this means the brush is ready to load with paint whenever I want (only have to shake the excess water away), and when finished I wash out the brush in 3 stages: 1 in semi dirty water to get rid of most of the paint, then in a second pot of clean water to get rid of the rest of the paint, then in a third pot of clean water to make sure there is no paint left. I leave to dry by dabbing it against a kitchen towel (no rubbing the brush), then re-forming the tip and putting the brush in a fitting plastic tube with the point down to ensure that any water caught in the ferrule (the iron bit holding the hairs together) can drop away from it.
  11. I do not know anything about the number of shot lockers, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that the ships mates (young lads - kids, really) were used to haul shot manually from the locker and delivering them to the required batteries: i.e. Jimmy lad would go down into the shot locker, Wullie lad would lower a bag for Jimmy lad to fill, then Wullie lad would bring the bag to the appropriate gun and run back to get more shot from Jimmy lad. I am assuming that something similar was done while loading the shot into the locker: rather than dumping them from height (particulalry for the first layer) they would be lowered for one lad to place them properly inside the locker. Dropping them from a height would always result in damage to the floor, and since this is so close to the keel it would be very difficult (and hence expensive) to repair. I would also think that shot for smaller guns and carronades would be stored into the hold, as such ammunition would be needed whenever they landed somewhere so it needs to be really accessible. Looking forward to hear other thoughts on this.

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