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  1. Dave, That would work, I’d just slightly round-over the inside edge by sanding rather than leave an angular edge. In respect if any scarphs part of the waterway in reality sits under the side planking so you would not see a full scarph. This could make things easier to simulate if you go down that route. Gary
  2. Dave, I see you are also in the NE, a trip to the Trincomalee at Hartlepool could provide you with a wealth of information on Waterways and many other aspects. Also the Pannet Park Museum and Captain Cook Museum at Whitby both have a wealth of model ships and related artefacts, many of which are period specific for the Endevour. Not to mention the the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre / Museum at Staiths. Gary
  3. The picture provided by Spyglass is a good example of the tapering and curving of the planks that Druxy mentioned, ignore the inner margin plank and joggling or cutting-in of the planks. On the Endeavour these would have been straight butt joints between the deck planks and the darker waterway. Gary
  4. Dave, The Waterway followed the ships side in a continuous fashion, so is the only ‘plank’ to follow the run circumferentially of those sides as it were, as a regular margin feature. Traditionally the joints were scarphed together. They did not run across the stern or transom. Personally I would work from the bow to the stern. To obtain the profile they may best be cut from a sheet as opposed to strip wood if available. On the Victory for reference they are 12” wide, but I would expect Endeavour to be narrower. As a guide Victory’s main historic deck planking is 10” wide, that is 4mm @ 1:64. Also for note the outermost 2 planks on each side of Victory these wider at 12” wide (5mm @ 1:64) which helps with the run-out of the planks. Hopefully these measurements will allow you to work out dimensions relative to what the kit materials provide you with. Gary
  5. The waterway is a shaped plank that follows the bulwark as you say. In practice it was a heavier timber in section than the deck planks, and profiled not only to meet the deck planks, but also to marry up to the inner side planking, both above and below. It would be slightly raised in comparison to the deck planks and transition down at the edge to meet the deck planks, at anything smaller than 1:48 you would not notice it being thicker. The purpose, in part, was to channel water to the scuppers rather than let it get into the ships side timbers. Gary
  6. Dave, There is no evidence of this on the surviving historic ships in the UK. I’ve looked at the remaining original decks of Victory, Trincomalee and Unicorn and they do not ‘joggle’ in to the margin planks. They simply run-out and are butted against the waterway / margin plank at whatever angle they intersect it. The use of fishes was used later in the 19th Century, however some modellers do this for aesthetic purposes. In my view it would be inaccurate, and given the Endeavour was a collier it is unlikely they would have spent the time and effort. It is of course your choice. Gary
  7. This one from HMS Trincomalee caught my eye as I attended a talk by the Curator of the ship on Wednesday. Turns out this old photo is of the ships second figurehead which dates from 1845. It has just been recently restored and is now on display at the NMRN Hartlepool, see below. The colours are slightly different from the ship copy as research during restoration facilitated the analysis of old paint samples. Gary
  8. I’ve got an original 1806 copy, the book is tiny, about 4” square! Going price right now is about £300 from antiquarian book sellers, it’s part of the long term pension investment, or at least that’s what I tell the Admiral! Gary
  9. Plenty big enough for the Royal George you have been thinking off 😉 I was at the NMM Greenwich today and she is currently on display in the Nelson, Navy and Nation exhibit, unfortunately against a wall so you don’t see the planked side, but still a beautiful model. Gary
  10. The additional structure could possibly be an opening for ventilation above the stove, the immediate proximity to the chimney could make it a steam scuttle. Gary
  11. What scale are you building to James? I’ll pop in from time to time to see how you are doing. Gary
  12. That’s like those Vanguard Model kits, they all come in at under £100 🙄🤥
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