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Laurence_B

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    Completed Artesania Latina 'Scottish Maid'.
    Currently building Mamoli 'Yacht Mary'.
    Interested in royal yachts of the 17th Century.
    Member of the Society for Nautical Research.
    Very interested in railways too!

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  1. Great work-especially the planking-very neat indeed! Look forward to seeing more photos of your build. I'm building the Mamoli kit and as you say-information about the original Yacht Mary is difficult to find. Mamoli seem to have based their design mainly on the Witsen drawing,and maybe a sketch by Willem Van de Velde the Younger. The model at Greenwich does have a number of shortcomings;there is a nicer model made by Robert Spence in Trinity House,London. Here is a link to a photo of Mr.Spence's model : https://www.flickr.com/photos/69223798@N03/14226543172/in/album-72157644746542821/ Also-I found this image online which may have come from the studios of Willem Van de Velde the Younger,which shows an interesting colour scheme.Hope this is of interest.
  2. Hi Brian, Good to hear that your Yacht Mary is progressing-despite the house move-I hope that went well.Look forward to seeing your latest pics.Reading through the thread I noticed that you'd like to see my version,so here is an image taken recently.
  3. Whether this helps or not,but British royal yachts of the latter part of the 17th century,rather than furling or brailing the topsail,the sail and its top yard would be lowered to the deck;the lower yard was then left 'a'cockbilled'.Donald McNarry wrote about the subject in an edition of the Model Shipwright magazine.
  4. My first-time attempt was a model of Artesania's Hannah and I got into a real mess when it came to the planking.The model was,and still is abandoned.Undaunted,my next attempt was Scottish Maid,which was much more successful,though it still needs one or two finishing touches to the rigging.I found the hull much easier to plank (both first and second planking) with its 'clipper' lines. Currently I am building Mamoli's Yacht Mary,which proved rather tricky to plank,but I have now completed the hull,and have made a start on the mast,spars and rigging. The advice given above is very good-pick a simple model for starters,and one that is fairly easy to plank-not too many tight curves or excessive sheer. And finally - good luck!!
  5. Received my copy recently (just in time for Christmas!) and I can echo the views already expressed above.It is a superb book.Look forward to the next volume/s being published!
  6. This really is a very impressive build,Michael! Recently on BBC television (here in the UK) there was a series called "The Boats That Built Britain" Episode 5 covered the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters. The programme is on youtube and probably the BBCiplayer too. Hope this is of interest.
  7. Looks a great project.I look forward to hearing more. I'm building the Mamoli kit of the Yacht Mary,and have nearly finished the hull. Found this image online of a model of the yacht,built by Robert Spence many years ago,and now housed at Trinity House,London. https://www.flickr.com/photos/69223798@N03/14226543172/in/album-72157644746542821/ Hope it is of interest and good luck with your build.
  8. I used Colron Wood Filler which I found to be very good,bought from a well known DIY store! I've also used their French polish which is very good too.
  9. On my Mamoli Yacht Mary build,I've used Tamiya 'Gold Leaf' paint and have been very pleased with the results. I first tried Humbrol's gold paint but that seemed a bit too dull. I read about the Tamiya paint on Doris's build log of her impressive Royal Caroline model.
  10. I found this old ad in a magazine from 1926,interesting to compare prices.
  11. Saw this unusual model on television recently.It is a 1/10 scale model of HMS Venerable,being built at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage Centre. https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandmaritimeheritage/photos/pb.552510374814760.-2207520000.1441017873./683449975054132/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/sunderlandmaritimeheritage/photos/pb.552510374814760.-2207520000.1441017873./683450721720724/?type=3&theater
  12. I've built one or two steam loco models - here's a photo of my model of Richard Trevithick's 'Catch Me Who Can' loco of 1808.
  13. The other evening,BBC 4 showed a repeat of David Dimbleby's series 'Britain and the Sea' - part 4 - 'Pleasure and Escape'. In the episode Mr Dimbleby visited the Harwich Maritime Museum and inspected two models of royal yachts of the Charles II era. The one model was of the Yacht Mary of 1660,which I think was made by a Mr F.C.P Naish in the late 1940's. The other yacht model was thought to date from the late 1660's. Both models may have been on loan to the Harwich museum as,as far as I'm aware,both models belong to the National Maritime Museum collection. I 'snipped' a couple of images from the BBC iplayer,which I hope is ok to post here.
  14. Hi Alan, I have a copy of Captain Baldridges booklet.It is very interesting but it doesn't actually list the models that once belonged to the Sergison collection. He describes the collection in more general terms. A list of the models found at Cuckfield Park in about 1910 first appeared in the Mariner's Mirror. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00253359.1911.10654475#.Vapj6vlVhBc Dr.R C Anderson (as Mark P mentions above) also complied a list of the models,though some have since been re-identified e.g the royal yacht 'Navy' is now thought to be the 'Henrietta'.His list also appeared in the Mariner's Mirror. There is some more info here: http://www.metmuseum.org/pubs/bulletins/1/pdf/3254717.pdf.bannered.pdf Hope this is of interest, Laurence B.

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