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  1. Richard, I hope what I suggest as a useful feature is do-able without too much effort. If a print feature can be done as described by Pete, great: if it can also be done so the finished 'rule' is of a larger size perhaps the output could then be copy & pasted into plans that are intended for printing onto A2 or larger. I am thinking here of larger items such as keels and masts where transfering reference points from original scantlings, ie yards, feet and inches, can be carried out directly on the image. This would mostly benefit those of us who do not have CAD software. I have used your converter to check some of my previous figures and guess what? I found the errors before I cut the wood, so thanks again. I wonder how many other people are seeing new applications for your converter? Regards, Bruce
  2. How about a movie that (legend has it) was made because the producers wanted to bring together the musicians who made the soundtrack? THE HOT SPOT, 1990, directed by Dennis Hopper. Musicians = Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Earl Palmer, Roy Rogers, Bradford Ellis The last track is named 'End Credits' and I have left instructions for it to be played at my funeral. Oh, and the movie ain't bad either.
  3. I sympathise with your frustration but suggest you have another look at what I wrote: the seller specified a method that cut out PayPal protection. He did so when the listing was written by him and I have not suggested he did it at any other time. My comments are offered from my own experience, including one rip-off and one near-miss. The pattern of conditions surrounding the listing may have an innocent explanation but the fact remains that something set off alarm bells and prompted action by Ebay, a company that doesn't make money by cancelling sales. Good luck. Bruce
  4. I have had my own experience with Ebay sellers and, with respect, I believe it is very possible that Ebay knows something you don't. The clues are: (A) They stepped in because of 'issues' with the seller's account, not because you asked for help. This indicates prior activity had alerted them. (B) It was immediately after a sale that bypassed all buyers safeguards at the request of the seller. (C) The seller is not raising hell. (D) The item was sold across international lines at a below market-value price and for a sum that many people would not consider worth fighting over. All these points can of course be explained away, and the seller may be as pure as glacier water, but the pattern is there. Look at it this way. If you cancel the payment (if there is still time) and the item arrives, just pay him again and apologise. You have his bank details, he has your contact details, and you will no doubt both blame Ebay for the confusion. On the other hand, if it doesn't arrive and Ebay were in fact acting in good faith by trying to warn you, don't hold your breath. HTH Bruce
  5. Revisiting the subject. This paper gives specific examples, use SEARCH for 'tar'. (The pdf was renamed for my own storage, the original title is " THE STRUCTURES OF ENGLISH WOODEN SHIPS ") HTH Bruce TAR in keel construction.pdf
  6. I walked around a few of the big timber stores (UK versions of HOME DEPOT) with a micrometer and all the '6mm' ply on the shelves was between 5.6 and 5.85mm in thickness except for, surprisingly, a batch of smaller sized sheets at HOMEBASE which came out at 6.35mm. No expalnation for the different thickness of the smaller sheets as the store staff had no access to any information. Possibly a luthier suppler such as TIMBERLINE could help. Since I am scratchbuilding I can get away with these dimensions but I discovered something recently that might be useful: I busted up an old desk and the drawers in it had ply bottoms. They were spot-on 6mm, and seemed to be better quality than anything currently on the shelves. The desk was at least 50 years old and probably made from 'nominal 1/4 inch' imperial plywood so do some tests before attacking the Admiral's favorite bedside table. HTH Bruce
  7. Found this, thought anyone interested in 17th -early 18th century French rigging may find this useful. Title = "LA BELLE: RIGGING IN THE DAYS OF THE SPRITSAIL TOPMAST, A RECONSTRUCTION OF A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY SHIP’S RIG A Thesis by CATHARINE LEIGH INBODY CORDER" Corder-MA2007.pdf
  8. Hello and welcome from the UK. See post #5 above, Mark has pointed you to Rule Number 1: Glad to have you aboard.
  9. Welcome to MSW, glad to have you aboard.
  10. Edward, First let me say that the opinion of more experienced builders should carry more weight than mine, but as we are in the same position I feel qualified to speak. I too am in the early stages of my first scratchbuild and tackled the same headache. To complicate matters, I have a perfectly good Hegner scrollsaw and always assumed that I would get a bit of practice and then breeze through the bulkheads and other bits. Short version: no, I didn't breeze through the job. It was clear that the 6mm ply I was cutting, despite all expectations, was simply not cutting cleanly. Each bulkhead I cut took ages and still needed a lot of time to clean up on a disc sander and with hand tools. Then I got a bandsaw and have not looked back. I still clean up after cutting the bulkheads on the bandsaw but it is a a minor amount compared to the early scrollsaw process. Provided the right blade and intelligent methods of holding the stock are used you should be happy. I also cut other woods and get very nice cut edges requiring little further work provided the right blade is used. My saw is a Scheppach, the smallest they make: https://www.screwfix.com/p/scheppach-hbs20-80mm-electric-bandsaw-240v/96071 The comments by Jaager (quoted above) most closely reflect my experience. I hope this helps, everybody is different and I again point out that there are some very experienced people posting here but the bandsaw solved the problem for me. HTH Bruce
  11. Mark, it is worth looking at posts #5 and 22 in this thread: HTH Bruce
  12. Wefalk, is this the one? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_(game)
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