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About brunelrussell

  • Birthday 05/11/1949

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    Charleston SC
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    SS Great Eastern and old steamers generally, plus just about everything else nautical to some degree

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  1. I've decided to go for 1/16 inch, if anyone's interested. Thanks for making me see reason!
  2. The scale of the model is HO; 1/8"= 1 foot.
  3. I wish to pursue the idea of using 1/16" to represent 7" H.O. scale. Am I being too finicky about precise scale? It would make things infinitely easier to use the 1/16 stuff, of course, so I'm tempted. Give me some opinions on this so I can decide, and thanks.
  4. Many thanks to you all for the advice!
  5. The thing at the back in the first photo is an eyebolt screwed in real tight. The next one looks like a cleat, and the near one seems to be a kevel. Just guessing.
  6. This is going to seem pretty retarded to some of you, but I need a large amount of basswood strip to lay the deck of my Great Eastern model, which is over seven feet long. I've never been terribly good with anything involving numbers. so I need advice on what size to purchase. The deck planks of the prototype were seven inches wide, so I assume I'll be needing some obscure (to me) metric size. At 1/8 inch per foot scale. this comes out to a tinch over 1/16 inch. What metric size would this be equivalent to; those .20 type numbers mean nothing to me. Also, what would be a good source for such a large lot of lumber? Many thanks to anyone who could help me.
  7. And here I thought it was little old men with jeweler's loupes. I'm thinking my 50 l.p.i. chain will be fine for the forestays, topsail sheets and lifeboat rigging; maybe just a tinch large but satisfactory. Many thanks for all the advice; I'd be lost without this website. I'll look out for that bead cord, too.
  8. Looking through my 'stash' I found some 42 l.p.i.; it is pretty darn small. I've just ordered some 50 l.p.i. from Floating Drydock; I don't think it comes any smaller. even the 3-D printed stuff. I wonder how they make this stuff; the copper, I mean.
  9. I kinda think they might be engine telegraphs also; I'll see if I can find one on the web to clarify things. Thank you all for trying.
  10. Yet another update (can you stand the excitement?). There is a copy of the above mentioned image on WorthPoint, an antique and auction house. If you put in your search as "steamship great eastern deck photos" it's in the second image section near the beginning. Maybe this'll settle it...
  11. To Jersey City Frankie: the photo you reproduced is a classic and full of useful details; the end of one of the pin racks for 'tuesday' mast is visible in front of the deck house, which itself is useful for figuring those out. Also if you look up on the mast you can see the lower yard truss, which is a double u shape just like those on the USS Constellation.
  12. They did have some tiny chain at Michaels though the links are a bit long; maybe I'll check Moores as they have somewhat different stock. Many thanks for the tip!
  13. This just in on this probably overblown topic: one of my old bridge photos actually shows a close-up of the top of gizmo! There seems to be a central hob with two parallel cylindrical objects above. one of which looks like it has a handle. Hope this helps, but at any rate I can replicate it, even if I have no clue as to what it is.
  14. The Great Eastern had around four feet of teak bulwarks - higher at the bow - which seem to have all kinds of attachment gadgets like kevels and staghorns and things I don't know the name of. There don't seem to be any under weigh deck photos. There is one photo showing a bunch of bigwigs posing at the base of 'friday' mast and there are so many rope coils on both spider bands that you can't actually see the mast!
  15. I intend to use archival tissue. It needs to be dyed to simulate flax. I'd use tea but I understand its fairly acidic. If anyone knows a good alternative lay it on me. I would kinda like to keep the translucency.

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