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  1. The secret to planking sharp curves at bow and stern is to chamfer the frames. This often requires patience, a lot of elbow grease and a sanding block! Mike
  2. Just a short note as a reminder that Speedy would have flown a pre 1800 Ensign, without the St Patrick's Cross. Her ensign could have been red, white or blue, depending under which Admiral she sailed. Mike
  3. This degree of obsessional and beautiful artistry is extraordinary - I'm sure there's a medical name for it! Mike
  4. The caftsmanship is excellent, but having sailed dinghies for over five decades I can't help but feel that you have put the centre board and its casing in back to front, as evident on your original plan. If the dinghy struck an undersurface obstacle (sandbank etc.) with the centreboard down as modelled, instead of bouncing up, it would be forced down, damaging the boat. Mike
  5. I think that flying in this context means that the t'gallant was attached by each clew to the topsail yard, probably by sheets! One of the illustrations in the Anatomy of the Ship book on Alert suggests that in heavy winds a triangular t'gallant was set. Mike
  6. Beautiful work on both the hull, the rigging and sails. Surely the anchor rope should be attached with an anchor bend and whipping (https://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/anchor-bend) or a splice? Mike
  7. Very impressive - gives an idea of what these ships looked like under full sale. Mike
  8. It is a lot easier to plank a clinker hull from the keel upwards than try from the wales downwards. Mike
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