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  1. There is a step in the hull of your boat that I don't see on the Italian hotrod. IIRC Model Boats magazine (and maybe Marine Modelling? ) published some hydro types back then as plans, maybe worth a look?
  2. I see I was beaten to it! Many thanks.
  3. … from? That is fast! I would appreciate hearing from whom and the quality as I am just taking stock and already see I need to place an order somewhere.
  4. Hello Halfdan and a warm welcome to MSW. Both models look good and it is interesting to see what can be done with the MiniMamoli kit when it is treated seriously. Looking forward to your build log. Regards, Bruce
  5. https://www.klueser.de/kit.php?index=5137&language=en Sadly, it appears no logs of Mousa survived, nor is she mentioned in damage reports. Small craft logbooks are rare in The National Archives UK because most were destroyed (without proper consultation from Records Branch) to free up shelf space in the 1950's. If she is mentioned in records it will probably be as a participant in events rather than as the main subject herself. Dean, perhaps you have already applied for your grandfather's service record? It will include not only the ships on which he served but under what command, flotilla etc. This may prove worthwhile because it can reveal involvement in historic events. HTH Bruce
  6. Welcome from the UK, looking forward to seeing the Drakkar. Bruce
  7. It is interesting to see what these guys... https://www.talkbass.com/threads/confused-about-glue.1329881/ ... have to say. The Luthiers Mercantile Yellow product first appears in post#9. I found their observations about the differences in sanding LMY and Titebond a real eye-opener. Also, I was unaware of just how much difference there is between Titebond products until reading this.
  8. Bob, I got hooked on baking a few decades ago to the extent that the Admiral got fed up with me taking over her kitchen. The household favorite was olive bread: strong flour, yeast, twice proved, good black pitted olives and lots of olive oil baked on a tray. There were others but I got into the habit when trying a new recipe of baking a loaf or two of olive bread at the same time because it was so popular. Also, Christmas cakes make good presents and can be mass-produced. Haven't done any baking for a while but seeing your scratchbuild has got me thinking about it ... Enjoy! Bruce
  9. Dean, The blood chit is in good condition compared to many I have seen, They came in many forms depending on where they were needed. Here is one: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30081074 ... and judging from the number of languages on yours the user was expecteing to travel a lot!
  10. What good pieces of history, you must be happy to know they are in safe hands. It is possible the 'GENOVA' in the text of the plans refers to the city of that name, but I don't speak Italian so someone else will have to comment on that. There was a ship named GENOVA but at a glance the dates don't line up: "Empire Swan Empire Swan was a 7,965 GRT cargo ship which was built by Merchant Shipbuilding Corp, Chester, Pennsylvania. Completed in June 1925 as Missourian for American Hawaiian Steamship Co. To MoWT in 1940 and renamed Empire Swan. Allocated in 1942 to the Belgian Government and renamed Belgian Freighter. Sold in 1946 to Compagnie Maritime Belge and renamed Capitaine Potie. Sold in 1948 to Compagnia Genovese di Navigazione a Vapore SA, Genoa and renamed Genova. Sold in 1955 to Compagnia Genovese di Armamento and renamed Flaminia. Now 8,791 GRT. Sold in 1963 to Compra Vendita Covena, Genoa. Sold in 1965 to Bakhashab Mohammed Abubakur, Saudi Arabia and renamed King Abdelaziz. Arrived on 23 April 1970 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping. " HTH, Bruce
  11. Is there a functional reason for the shape of the stern? It is a distinctive feature.
  12. That will be interesting. Is there a story behind the square stern on some of these vessels?
  13. OK, I will tell you what I thought when I first saw the picture: it looks like one of the publications put out by museums to describe the exhibits. The second booklet in the picture has the same style. So, no, I do not know the book but ... look for museum publications about SS Great Britain to get you started. Have you tried a Google Image Search? HTH Bruce
  14. Update: the replies above suggested that it was not common practice to clean the copper on a ship. I thought differently but had to admit I could not point to anything that confirmed the practice. Today I stumbled on an entry in the description of a document held at The National Archives UK which clears up the matter. Document ID: ADM 359/47C/72, dated August 13 1827 'Copy letter from the Sheerness Officers stating that it has been the general practice for the scrubbing of ships' bottoms to clean the copper to be carried out by the crews of the ships. Mr Abethell states that while he was a Foreman in Plymouth for 7-8 years, it was the invariable rule to have the copper cleaned by the ship's company. This was the case with the Prince Regent, the flagship of the Port Admiral when he docked here last August. Captain Horton said that when the Gloucester docked here in July 1825, no such requisition was made by Mr Lang, the then Master Shipwright.' The original is held by the National Maritime Museum and is included in the catalogue of The National Archives. Perhaps other navies had different views on the subject but this shows that the practice in England was to clean the copper. HTH Bruce

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