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Ian McLaughlan

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About Ian McLaughlan

  • Birthday 09/08/1940

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    I am the author of 'The Sloop of War 1650 - 1763 published by Seaforth UK and a model maker at the scale of 1:144. My current theme for model making is The American Schooner however my plan for the future is to move to a scale of 1:96 and concentrate on modelling some of the sloops of war mentioned in my book, the first of which will, un-usually, be a card model of H.M.Sloop Wolf of 1754. Apart form this, which is a kit model, my models are all scratch built. There is also the possibility of taking the work on 'The Sloop of War' forward to 1815 but for this I need support from the USA and France. I am still searching!

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  1. Charlie, as far as we know the Salvini plans were discovered well after Davis published his book so we have to accept that the Salvini Plan B's similarity to Davis' plan is pure coincidence. And there the matter rests unless someone else finds some new facts. The brig in Steele is certainly very like a Cruizer class Brig. I must investigate and compare. Ian.
  2. Charlie, good morning. I have the two plans in front of me. The differences would appear to be that Davis' model has a more pronounced sheer line than the Cruizer. The waterlines are similar in the run of both but Cruizer has a finer entry below the load waterline. Davis' model has greater deadrise to her midships sections though both have similar drag to their keels. It is a pity that the buttock - bow lines are not shown on the Cruizer plan I have here as they would provide a useful comparison. I could of course plot them from the information already on the plan but do not have the time right now. Also I need to check the length to breadth ratio. I have to say that I find much more similarity between the Davis plan and Salvini Plan B than I do between it and the Cruizer plan. That similarity may of course be pure coincidence. Ian.
  3. Druxey, I may be wrong but the Salvini plan A also has station lines shown at right angles to the waterline, which is wrong, but the Salvini plan B has them shown correctly at right angles to the keel. Strange! Ian.
  4. For Druxey. I am a bit confused by your remarks about the Salvini plans. Plan B is the one that interests me. The station lines shown vertical and at right angles to the keel on the elevation plan are correct practice and correspond to the sections shown on the body plan. The waterlines are also drawn correctly as parallel to the load waterline. So I can see nothing wrong with Salvini Plan B. Am I teaching Grandmother to suck eggs or have I got it all wrong?! It may be that we have different terminology on this side of the 'Pond'. For Charlie Zardoz. I have had a good look at the lines of our Cruizer class brigs in that lovely book 'Modelling the Irene' and find that here are some considerable differences in hull shape so I guess that Davis, being a naval architect, just drew his own lines adding a bit of British and a bit of American together. Anyhow his model has the sweetest lines. Keep going. Ian.
  5. I take the point about the similarity to the cruiser class brigs of the early 1800s. Interestingly enough my first reaction on looking at Davis' plan was that it did look a bit British! However there is a considerable difference in profile. That said the body plan looks similar. I will do some comparisons. The idea of Davis using a British brig as an example is interesting, but I am doubtful that he would go to our National Maritime Museum rather than use a USN authority. I will be having a closer look at Vixen and Salvini Plan A. I did note that there was a considerable difference in LBR between that plan and the Davis draft. I am afraid that Davis' book made me angry in that giving the name of Lexington was utter speculation totally unsupported by research. As a result there are kit manufacturers and a mass of model makers, including Donald McNarry who have been fooled into building a model that is not what it says it is. I think that all that can be said of his model is that it is a USN armed schooner c. 1800 very similar in form and dimensions to the armed schooner Enterprise before she was rebuilt and lengthened. Funnily enough you mentioned HM Sloop Wolf. I am building an earlier incarnation of her launched in 1754. Keep going, I am enjoying this stream!
  6. This is a late comment on the subject of the Enterprize but I have been trying to relate plans that are in a book by Charles G. Davis, 'The Built up Ship Model', published first in 1933, with those of the Salvini Plan B. Davis labels the subject of his book as the Lexington of 1776, however we know that his model is not the Lexington; the Lexington looked totally different. However I was struck by the similarity between Davis' model and the Salvini Plan B so having brought the relevant drafts to the same scale I superimposed them and found that the body plan was almost identical, that the profile held true and that the rake of stem and stern post was the same. Also the length to breadth ratio was close with the Salvini Plan B being very slightly longer than the Davis draft. I did not expect them to match perfectly due to the lengthening of the vessel. The strange thing is why did Davis' label his model as Lexington and how did he come to make a draft so similar to Salvini Plan B. Many model makers have been hoaxed into naming this model Lexington, but given the evidence that this stream has brought forward, perhaps they should change the name of their models to Enterprize III. An image of the Davis model is attached as are the superimposed plans.Davis-EB_comparison[11862]
  7. Many thanks, it still is and is now decontaminated following the recent chemical attack! I am hoping to produce a sequel to Sloop of War in due course and it will have to involve a lot of input from America. Ian McLaughlan.
  8. I do not know the Corel Kit but I do know a bit about the Peregrine Galley. She was designed by Peregrine Osbourne who was an Admiral (he later became 2d Duke of Leeds) and in charge of the Royal Yachts during the last decade of the 17th Century. A model of her is in the collection of the National Maritime Museum at their store in Chatham Historic Dockyard. Osbourne's intention was probably for a two mast ship and using a bilander rig as he as very keen on windward performance. The main mast deadeyes and channels on this model are forward of mid-ships indicating that some form of fore and aft rig was intended. This may have proved unworkable so she was re-rigged as a ship with square sails and spent much of her time as a VIP pacquet operating between The Thames and Holland during the war of the Spanish Succession. There is a reconstruction of her in Chapelle 'The Search for Speed Under Sail' and you will see my speculative rig for her in My book, 'The Sloop of War 1650 to 1763' published by Seaforth. She was commissioned in 1700.
  9. I am a new member and based in UK. My main interest is in the Sloop of War about which I have had a book published (Seaforth Publishing 2014). I am also interested in and make models of these small warships. I am an amateur marine artist and cover sloops within this subject. The book, "The Sloop of War 1650 - 1763" was reviewed favourably by NRG in 2014. it is my intention to write a follow on volume, which will deal with the period covering the American war of Independence, the wars against France, the War of 1812 and the ending of the Slave Trade and unlike the first volume which dealt with the development of British and French sloops of war, it will cover the vast contribution made to the design of these ships by the United States.

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