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  1. A staggeringly beautiful work of art. Mike
  2. Looking very good, but the ratlines look a touch overscale. Mike
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Staggering quality - a true artist and mastercraftswoman. Mike
  6. This degree of obsessional and beautiful artistry is extraordinary - I'm sure there's a medical name for it! Mike
  7. Outstanding craftsmanship and artistry. Mike
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The level of detail in this build, including the painting, is superb. Mike
  12. Words fail me - a beautiful work of art. Mike
  13. Very impressive - gives an idea of what these ships looked like under full sale. Mike
  14. 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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