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  1. Welcome to MSW, Paul. Strong seafaring heritage in your area, I take it you have visited the Calvert Museum in The Solomans? I was surprised a few years ago to be able to walk around the ship-modeller's workshop (while they worked!) when touring the museum.
  2. There is a 'trick' using a floating head holding a bit, I think it is known as a 'Rolo' or 'Rollo' or something that sounds like that. The biit has three flutes and it gives a square hole: four flutes, a pentagon and so on, always one side on the finished hole more than the number of flutes. I saw one used once and it seemed almost supernatural but it works! (google it) You know, somehow this isn't as much fun as talking about food.
  3. I am still stumped by 'Pie are square'. Everyone knows pie are round; cornbread are square.
  4. Masa, welcome to MSW. You are not alone now! Your comments about mast methods sound interesting and the stern-wheeler looks good. Regards, Bruce
  5. Hand on heart, today the BBC weather forcaster was covering the story and just about kept a straight face when he said it was 'reptile dysfunction'.
  6. Welcome aboard. It is a great place.
  7. Ab, I must just repeat how grateful I am for this tutorial. It is an eye-opener, I did not think I would ever tackle any 3D modelling software, but maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. Bruce
  8. Hello Chris and welcome to MSW. Someone who knows the Medway Longboat first-hand will no doubt give you an answer but it sounds like you have seen the build logs and haven't been scared away: that's a good starting point. I'm like you, my first project jitters are all about the rigging. Bruce
  9. Hello Max, I may be able to shed some light on this problem. The logs for smaller ships for that period have not survived except for a few scattered examples. Spey was not one of the chosen examples. The background story is a sorry tale: in the 1950's someone made a decision way above their pay grade and ordered the destruction of thousands of documents, mostly the logs of smaller ships, because the space was needed. The logs of larger ships went to another location because they were the only ones, in his opinion, that were of potential interest. The National Archives at Kew is where the surviving logs are kept and you are right, there are no logs from Spey held there. However, depending on what you are looking for, there are other files that may be very useful. The work done by escort and support craft was summarised in a number of places and Spey is recorded as escort in a number of convoys. This is visible in the descriptions that appear in the online catalogue (apologies if you have already established this): https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r/2?_ep=Spey&_cr=adm&_dss=range&_sd=1939&_ed=1945&_ro=any&_st=adv I have narrowed the search to the ADM series of records between 1939 and 1945 using 'SPEY' as 'FIND ALL'. Most of the hits are around the role of SPEY as a convoy escort. Where there are 'Honours and Awards', such as ... https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4850659 ... you will find a report of the action concerned (in this case the sinking of U-386 and U-406) by the commander of the SPEY and possibly other participants. The 'Report of Proceedings' in this one ... https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C17067733 ... describes a convoy and includes the part played by SPEY. There are other sources for more specific issues such as crew, where based, movements etc. that can be viewed in person at Kew. To find these is a little more work because the name SPEY will not appear in their digitised description: the files include SPEY as part of their narrative but are not about SPEY in particular. So, depending on what you want to know, it is possible the information within the files at Kew may be sufficient. If you want to follow this path of breadcrumbs, send me a PM. I was a researcher at Kew, now retired, and may be able to help you 'cut to the chase'. Hope this helps, and again, sorry if I am covering ground already familiar to you. Regards, Bruce
  10. Thanks Bob, very interesting. The book opens to a page with a cut-off machine, is the bandsaw process you describe somewhere else in the book? Couldn't find it. I used to read these every month, wish I had retained it all!
  11. Mustafa, good job, I like your results with the blocks and rigging. Well done.
  12. Dirk, I would like to join the chorus singing your praises. You have produced a magnificent model and a very useful build log. Thanks, Bruce

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