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    All things Nautical but my primary interest is Sail between 1750 and 1815. Previous builds include Sloop of War Wasp, Screw Sloop USS Hartford, Training Ship Empire State (all scratch Built) as well as Destroyer Escort USS Camp (scratch built excepting the hull from an old Revell kit - Long Story). Current Build in HMF Liverpool built 1757 at 1:96.

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  1. Well done Ken. Your workmanship is very clean. Your research to get it as close as you can to the prototype is sound. Great job.
  2. Yes, lighter rope would be appropriate as these ropes had no preservative on them at all. You started with the simply ones first. When you get to the Topsails with two reef points on every cloth and two or three reef bands; then the fun begins!
  3. Yes, this is used to prep the canvas for painting. I do use it for setting knots as well. However, on caution is that for black and dark brown rigging it does give a bit of a white haze on the line. I typically use dilute white glue to set knots on dark colored line. As you had mentioned, for me, the only use for cyano on rigging is to point the line to run it through a block. Cyano just makes rigging too brittle and the stretching and slackening of line due to temperature and humidity changes could (an in my case does) break the line at the interface between the cyano hardened line on t
  4. Well done Tom. Maybe I'll get to see it up close in New London in October. Tom
  5. That would be great. The person who put this silk span method into shop notes was the late John Wisner, a member of the Connecticut Club.
  6. Your model is excellent. Since you are going to bend sails, a very good reference is "Seamanship in the Age of Sail" by John Harland. I am not a sailor, and this book will help you to enhance realism. For example, a ship like yours did have 37 total sails. However, they were never all set. The reason is that they would blanket each other and be counterproductive. So, stay sails would be set if a ship was sailing close to the wind. However, in that sitution some of the square sails would not be set and those that were would have their yards braced to the extreme. Also, studding sails we
  7. Good morning. I did silk span sails for my 1:96 HMS Liverpool. I used silk span as it can be draped, furled, and billowed very easily using dilute white glue with a touch of biocide in the mix to prevent mildew. I use three plies and laminate them together. The center plie has the tabling penciled on. Up to 1:48, this should work well. This method has been demonstrated many times and was put in NRG Ship Model Shop Notes 2. The results are very good. I modifi ed the method slightly to suit my model. I've presen ted this method several times at our local clubs. Here is a photo of the r
  8. Stunning work! Photographing a model close up is very telling in that what the naked eye would hide can now be seen. There are no flaws on this model. Excellent workmanship and very realistic.
  9. Yes, that would be very interesting. I'm wondering if there are any period references out there. I'm going to take a look in "Seamanship in the Age of Sail" by John Harland.
  10. Very good question about serving. Actually, lines are wormed, parceled and then served in full size practice. In a small boat where the rigging is set up and taken down frequently I would imagine that the rigging lines are preset so that they can be raised quickly. So, as previously suggested, the eye splices at the mast head are pre made and served. I'm guessing that they would remain on the mast head even when it was taken down. The deadeyes would remain turned into the shrouds, and since the lower deadeyes are hooked into the chain plates the lanyards would be rigged loosely.
  11. I use a method that Chuck at Syren uses. I have done UK ensigns using this method in 1:96, but, it will work nicely in 1:350 . First, find the flag that you want on the internet. Copy the flag into your word processor program (I use Word) and resize it to what you need. You may need to do a few trial prints until you get the correct size. Once you do, print it out on an ink jet printer. Now, take tissue paper, or silk span, and tape it over the printed flag. Load the paper back into the printer and then print again on the silk span or tissue paper leaving a flap on the fly of
  12. I remember Harry as well as that NRG Conference, Vince. My condolences to his family. A good man and a true gentleman.
  13. Good morning everyone. Photographs from the 2019 Nautical Research Guild Conference have been posted in 2019 NRG Conference coverage.
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