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  1. For particularly delicate or small features, I sometimes fabricate it as a larger piece and attach it to the model, then carefully trim, file, or sand it to final size/shape. HTH, Keith
  2. This from page 42; it seems closing the gun ports between shots was situational, perhaps as a ship rolls or comes about in heavy seas?
  3. Pages 52 - 54 describes securing and housing a gun, but I'm having a hard time visualizing exactly how the breeching, side tackles, and train tackle are used in the process. Lots of new terms to decipher. It does mention the use of two different types of wheel chock, which I don't recall ever seeing modeled. Thanks again for posting this reference. Cheers, Keith
  4. Good stuff. The “Boy’s Manual of Seamanship and Gunnery” (found via google) seems to indicate Royal Navy practice was similar (surprise). As for stowing the guns on actual seagoing vessels (as opposed to static museum ships), a web search for L’Hermione cannon images may give some ideas. Seems that crew often uses the side tackle falls to shorten and secure the breeching line. They seem to secure the guns as I would, using all available lines to help ensure that the thing can’t shift as the ship rolls. I suspect an actual navy crew would have had very specific techniques for doing same. Cheers, Keith
  5. Bob, I’ve wondered about this too. I assume when a gun is stowed, the tackle is used to secure it against the bulwark to prevent it rolling about. That would require the line be secured to itself or some hard point (cleated, stoppered, knotted?). Were wheel chocks used as well? I imagine great care was taken to prevent a loose cannon. Leaving a gun untended with the tackle lines just coiled on deck (flemmished or otherwise) doesn’t seem prudent. Jason, your model is magnificent! Cheers, Keith
  6. Re: the use of CA for photoetch, for bigger assemblies/longer joints, after bending and tacking the assembly together, I run a bead of thick CA along the inside (not visible) side of the joint and sprinkle the joint with baking powder before the CA cures. The baking powder causes the CA to set quickly and form a filet, making a more solid structural bond. Also, those GLS sets can be pretty challenging (IMHO), so don’t beat yourself up if you find them difficult. Looks to me like you’re getting the hang of it. Cheers, Keith
  7. Not an expert, but I suspect some artists use their imagination to create dramatic effect. To me the whole stuns’l apparatus seems rather weak and only suitable for making the most of light winds. I bet they were quickly doused when winds picked up (more likely with any indication winds would be picking up). FWIW, Keith
  8. After reading the US Navy’s history of the Barbary Wars, where US Brig Syren figured prominently and Constitution was flagship, I’ve wanted to see a build of Constitution from this period. I look forward to following your build. Cheers, Keith
  9. I’m actually more concerned about the health effects of sitting for long periods hunched over a work bench. Ours is a pretty sedentary hobby (except maybe for our brains and fingers).
  10. I think the stowed boat looks great. On a small vessel like a cutter, with limited deck space, things must appear “tight.” I suspect IRL there would be much more gear stowed on deck, adding even more to a cramped appearance. Keith
  11. I still wonder if both cables weren’t left turned on the drum. Even with the pawl engaged, an anchor could be lowered by letting the line slip around the drum in a controlled manner. To me this would be a much safer method for dropping anchor than just cutting it loose to run out wildly. And if turns weren’t on the drum before anchoring, when weighing anchor the crew would have to haul up all of cable from below (and I suspect the bitter end was secured to a hard point in the hold), and thread the end of the cable around the drum several times and then feed all the excess cable back down below. If anchored in shallow water, that could be a lot of excess cable. FWIW, Keith
  12. Hmmm, good one. Perhaps both cables had turns on the winch but the turns for the one not being worked were left slack or loose around the winch barrel. A winch or windlass will only take a strain when there is tension on the inboard end of the line, otherwise the line will slip. Having turns around the winch or some some other hard point would also help the crew control the anchor as it’s dropped and the ship backed down to set the anchor. Having handled my fair share of mooring lines, it wouldn’t be fun hauling all the line out of the cable tier to get to the bitter end so as to get it off the winch, but maybe that’s what they did. HTH, Keith
  13. My guess would be that after the first anchor is set, the cable was “stoppered,” taken off the winch, then turned around an appropriate hard point (eg. riding bitt). Then the cable for the second anchor was taken to the winch and the process repeated. Curious to learn if there was another method. Cheers, Keith
  14. Be careful with the two-part epoxies too. Not sure if it’s the resin or the catalyst, but I understand it’s common for people to develop a contact sensitivity to something in the mix.
  15. I recall a wise man advising us all to take care because "Every one of you, in my opinion, is a master modeler and we need to keep that talent intact." Glad you caught your plumbing problem in time and you'll be staying with us. Wishes for a quick and uneventful recovery, Keith

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