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  1. Thanks John, that is a good start. Scanning for personal use is no sin so I would be grateful. I imagine the Pocher team worked from a museum piece somewhere but drawings should give me a chance to compare dimensions/shapes. BTW, is the big chicken still at the junction of Roswell and 41? Bruce
  2. This is a Pocher gun I would like to restore. Problem is, I’m having trouble nailing down what full size gun the model represents. As far as I have can see the Pocher literature describes it as an ‘English Field Gun Model 1800’. Anybody here know if that was the proper name of a specific field gun? If so, an accurate drawing would be great. By the way, the Pocher kit number was C/03. Thanks, Bruce
  3. Hello John, welcome to MSW. It is a great place. Bruce
  4. Many thanks Toni for de-demonizing planking. Lovely job, attractive model and simple steps. Well done. Bruce
  5. Toni, I am enjoying the thread and am grateful for your descriptive powers. I decided to see your entire build before starting mine. Now my inexperience is going to be revealed. The instructions are to glue the keel etc to the plans, but I don't see any mention of releasing the finished model from the paper at the end. Have I missed it? I imagine I am not the only builder who wants to mount the finished half-hull for display. Any suggestions for a particular adhesive that will let the plan peel away when the time is right? I'm not keen on using IPA to attack the glue along the entire length of the keel but perhaps I am being timid? Thanks again for what is, in my opinion, an inspired project. Bruce
  6. Well done Chuck, seriously a great moment to recount when the 'pep talk' is needed dealing with a pirate (or a member of the public trying to understand price differences). A manufacturer admitting they had made an error and would not repeat the practice is a powerful tool in this argument.
  7. Hello Mikegr The problem is not the price although this is also a good point. The problem is that it takes months and years to design and make a new kit. The kit is an investment and it is the product of the designers work. So then another company, somewhere in another part of the world, buys one of this new kit and copies it. Just blatantly copies it with no meaningful alterations, sometimes no alterations at all, even the instructions are simply copied. Then they start selling this ripped-off version at a lower price in the same small marketplace as the original manufacturer who did all the work. That is the problem. It is theft and it destroys the incentive of anyone who is genuinely able to make a new kit because they know what will happen. In an ideal world it should not be possible for such activities to carry on but here we are. In practice the only safety valve, the only brakes that can be used, are market forces. That comes down to us, the target market , saying 'no' to pirated kits.
  8. It’s a rowdy night in a saloon in the wild west. The swing doors burst open and a furious cowboy stomps in, looking around. He goes up to the bar and grabs the first drinker and shouts ‘DID YOU PAINT MY HORSE’S BALLS YELLOW??’ The startled guy at the bar stammers ‘.. No ..’. The angry cowboy slugs him and throws him aside. He grabs the collar of the next guy at the bar: same question, DID YOU PAINT MY HORSE’S BALLS YELLOW??’ ‘No!’ says the second cowpoke but gets knocked down anyway. The now livid cowboy turns to a table of poker players and kicks the closest chair and screams ‘DID YOU PAINT MY HORSE’S BALLS YELLOW??’ The guy sitting in the chair turns and stares. He gets up. And up. He is massive and hard as an anvil. He looks down at the man who kicked his chair. ‘Yeah, I did. I painted your horse’s balls yellow. So what?’ After a pause, ‘The first coat is dry’.
  9. I consulted 'A DICTIONARY OF NAUTICAL WORDS AND TERMS' and found these two entries. Spile. A small tapered wooden pin. Spile Hole. Small hole bored in cask or barrel to allow air to enter when emptying. The hole for lighting the charge in cannons of that age was plugged with a stopper prior to use, and I believe the 'spile' was the name of that plug. I am looking for the text that describes the steps taken by a gun crew to prepare for action (I am trusting memory so am a bit vulnerable) and will post it when it is found. Or grovel, whichever fits. The quoin was another piece as described above by Alan.
  10. ?? Not when I follow the link. Must be a quirk of Amazon, clever software that knows my budget perhaps? This is what mine looks like (from my link) ... and this is what the link for the 'beast' in your post takes me to ... I like the look of the beast but then I am a sucker for tools with attitude.
  11. Well, 'K' and 'L' are next to each other on the leyboard, sorry, that should be keyboard.
  12. Hello Dan, good description, thanks. That was a lot of pieces to cut, whew. Your cutter looks a bit like the ECOBRA circle cutter I have had for decades. My learning curve was exactly like yours: bad results, left it on the shelf for ages, tried it on a different job and bingo, figured out how to use it properly. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ecobra-770630-Compass-Circle-Cutter/dp/B000KT8QDE
  13. Next door neighbour lost some trees to the weather recently: I scored some holly. This is the largest piece. After sealing the ends they will sit for a few years to season.

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