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Keith Black

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  • Birthday 03/23/1947

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    Grass Lake, Michigan
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    History, Clocks, Pool, , Antique Tractors, Ship Models

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  1. Gregory The carriages from the model Frank posted photos of are very different from those shown in the YouTube video of the model made from a Mamoli kit. The cannon from the model Frank posted photos of very one to another suggesting to me that they are scratch built and not from a model. What say ye?
  2. Mark, I pray you find something or someone to ease the pain till you heal. You have friends here and each is willing to listen should you need a ear.
  3. Thank you for sharing, Kortes. It was a joy to watch the progression of your build. That's a very nice display case, the icing on the cake! Congratulations and I look forward to your next project.
  4. I agree, no it doesn't. My confusion maybe influencing others so I'm gonna have a cup of shut the heck up.
  5. Jud The thought that the swivel mounted cannon were three pounders came from the YouTube video on page one and Mamoli's product description. Unfortunately, Chapman's drawing of the "Marseille" per Gregory gave "no useful description". Per Mamoli in their description of the model they state "Reconstruction was carried out on original drawings of a ship meant for shooting training". I don't think this ship was designed for littoral combat or another type of combat but in fact was conceived as gunnery training vessel.
  6. Parrott Rifles didn't come into service till much later (1860's) with the Marseille being from the 1760's but point taken. Had a British ship such as Victory (1765) chased her down, they would have swivel danced those three pounders but once me thinks.
  7. Great detective work, Gregory! From the Chapman drawing of the swivel cannon carriage detail, the carriage mount appears to be both deck and through bolted.
  8. Clare posted a photo of a model ship, the Marseille and appears to be the same as the ship Frank posted photos of. Doesn't that infer that there is historical accuracy in the portrayal of the odd mounted cannon? If not, why would a model maker offer up a product that would possibly be met with ridicule? Frank, do you think the ship your friend sent you photos of is scratch built?
  9. Sorry, confused bow and stern and typed forecastle, I had been looking at the stern where there are two guns pointing aft.............honest, I do know which end is up, please don't send me to the home!
  10. Druxey, I agree with your assessment. The model is well executed and would easily stand alone without the fanciful guns. A ship this size would have operated with a pretty small crew, nowhere near the number of men that would have been required to man the number of guns portrayed. Wouldn't the forecastle guns have been for defensive purposes when/if chased?
  11. Druxey, the brown on the swivel mechanics below the carriages appears to be the same brown as that on the capstan and other areas of the model. Wouldn't a brighter red paint for the carriages be in keeping with the traditional color?
  12. Replacement parts that purposefully stand out on a restored item is not uncommon. It's usually in the case where the owner wants the percentage of originality to be unquestioned as they plan on selling the item at some point leaving a more cosmetic appealing restoration to the next owner. In this type of situation the owner is trying to show the items full potential without any question about the amount of originality. As to the cannon, how intrigued would we be if they were normal? I have no clue if "imagined" makes this model more valuable??

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