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  1. Can anyone enlighten a beginner how to find the waterline on the completed hull when it is not parallel to the keel. I.e on a boat with a large drag. I'm building Lynx by Panart. Many thanks all.
  2. This is the model in the Smithsonian that I mentioned in my earlier post. You are right I suspect about the holes in the gun port covers and the idea about the scuppers is an interesting one. I will consider that when I come to decking Best wishes everyone Don
  3. Hi Juhu Thanks for this: v. interesting Could you tell me what publication this is please I note that the current replica has scuppers that are circular holes and look quite out of place Best wishes to one and all Don
  4. Hi Juhu Thanks for the heads up about the lids - I've not seen that. Any Ideas how they might have been handled - y'know, ropes 'n' stuff?
  5. Hi Folks Not much progress over recent weeks due to stroke, end of year assessments, and holidays. However, thinking ahead - and excuse me if I'm simply being thick - the model plans don't appear to have any scuppers. Would this function have been performed by the gun ports? Also, the plans don't show any gun port covers whereas the Smithsonian model does. Once the exterior planking is finished these issues will start to come up. Does anyone have any pearls of wisdom to impart on these issues? Best wishes to you all Don
  6. Hi folks Just looked in on this. For what it's worth, the approach I have taken to this issue is to soften a plank of full length and pin it in place. I let this dry overnight. Then I take it off and cut the pre-bent plank into planks of around 30 scale feet (in the early 19th century on the US east coast they were cutting planks up to 40 ft - this will differ in different locations and different times). To cut the planks I use some little nippers which give the plank butts a very slight shamfer. Clearly when the pieces are butted together they fit perfectly. Hope this is
  7. Hi Folks, Just thought I'd pop this picture on the forum. I'm applying the outer planking and can't get the clamps to the new planks as they're bent and glued, so I'm having to pin them as I go. This, of course, leaves holes. I think, ordinarily this shouldn't pose a problem, particularly if, like Ben Lankford in Building First Rate Model Ships From Kits, you're going to fill and sand umpteen times. However, I want to retain the grainy texture so I want to minimize the use of filler. My solution is to fill the holes with a spile cut from a cocktail stick, apply a tiny amount of
  8. Thanks Juhu Once saw Pride of Baltimore I in Baltimore Harbour - then she went and sank. Not seen POBII, but when I next travel to the 'states I would love to. Gonna press on with this as it's providing lots of little problems, which, by solving I learn. Also, I think that absolute authenticity is obviously impossible - the level of detail at which you 'stop' is always going to be arbitrary - so I have in mind an appearance that evokes the 'romance' of these vessels rather than the rather sterile (to my mind) appearance on the box. Still, long way to go yet.
  9. Hi Andrew Thanks for this - I'd have loved to have seen it. Thanks Juhu I have a picture of this ship as my PC wallpaper currently. I think the biggest issue in terms of it being a replica rather than a mere 'interpretation' is the stern. The 1816 lines show more of a 'lute' stern whereas this ship has more of a counter stern. The model kit seems to hedge it's bets on this issue too, so I removed about 18 scale inches from the transom area so that the rudder now descends almost straight down from the transom board as in the 1816 in Chapelle. According t
  10. Thanks Popeye, I'll look into that - sounds interesting. I discovered yesterday that Ben Lankford recommends baswood for the outer planking so I think I'll do a few experiments. Best wishes Don
  11. Finished first skin of planks - filled and sanded back. The outer skin will need to be finer! Wishing you all fair winds and a following sea. Don
  12. Hi Wefalc Many thanks, as I understand it 'quarters' are the gratings - quartered - of which you speak, so you answer my question precisely. Frankie Many thanks. This is precisely what I wanted to know Best wishes Don
  13. Hi Folks, Can any one cast any light on this question please. I am building Mantua's Lynx, Baltimore Privateer of 1812. The kit plans have the hatches on the deck covered with quarters. In my ignorance, I kind of assumed that these hatches would have water-tight covers - perhaps to go over the quartering - does anyone have any knowledge of this please Wishing you all fair winds and a following sea. Don
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