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  1. I went to buy some plywood the other day at a local wood supplier here in Vancouver and noticed that they have some nice Holly billets in the shop. It may be that such things can be found for those who have the ability to mill the billets to model scales....but I sense that times are getting tough for us in relation to the availability of wood species hamilton
  2. Even though I have no ability to mill it at the moment, I took an opportunity to purchase one of the remaining boxwood billets from Crown Timberyard - this was in August, and I see now that there is nothing any longer listed on their website, so I suppose that's it. Does the a wood supplier for Model Shipwrights still operate? Their website is still operational and they do sell milled strips and sheets, as I understand. I've only dealt with them to purchase their Hannah kit, so can't speak to other aspects of the business, but my limited experience with them was good hamilton
  3. That ebony looks beautiful - was this milled on a thickness sander/table saw or what was your process? I'd be interested to know. hamilton
  4. interesting video - my favourite line - "you almost disappear into the ship" - a great description of a good day's modelling! hamilton
  5. Just catching up on your work on Blandford, Dave - as others have said it is spectacular! Very precise and clean. hamilton
  6. Wow - she looks really smart! Even those metal parts, which I could never make look that good, are looking nice - I like the treatment you've given them and the cabin details fit perfectly. I seem to remember diluting some burnt umber acrylic and kind of dipping the metal parts in it, letting it dry and then burnishing them. Not the most effective weathering but it didn't turn out too badly - but to be honest I think the parts look good as you have them. hamilton
  7. It does indeed! Thanks Druxey! Any further comment on this thread would be welcome hamilton
  8. Thanks Druxey: Is it also a question of the appearance of the grain (depending on wood species) relative to the scale of the model? As well as for the workability of the wood? Not knowing much about wood, does edge grain or face grain bend better for hull planking, e.g.? Or in the case of Boxwood, would edge grain or face grain look better as planking on a 1:48 scale model? Sorry if these questions are either obtuse or simplistic! hamilton
  9. Hi all: Are there specific parts of a model ship for which edge or face grain work/look better? hamilton
  10. HA - the funny thing is that I picked up Historic Model Ships at a book fair on Hornby Island where we spend our summer cabin days out here in the Pacific Northwest...it was a steal at $2.00 CDN. I have been reading through but am only around page 110!! hamilton
  11. Thanks Mark: I guess this ambiguity gives some room for interpretation - where exact historical accuracy is not achievable, probably best to fall back on what looks good or "feels" right... Thanks all for the informative responses to this thread! hamilton
  12. Lees makes no mention of the introduction of shroud cleats - though as Mark (SJSoane) points out, he does mention some lines being belayed (on the shrouds)....Some of his belaying notes are quite vague ("the line runs down to the deck", for example). And it would take some detailed going through to see if he specifies shroud cleats or pins on racks on the shrouds. I had been assuming that lines belayed, for example, at the fore or main or mizzen tops would be tied off on shroud cleats - otherwise, where would they go? The images posted earlier show racks on the lower shrouds, but what of the topmast shrouds? I guess I'm throwing more questions out there rather than settling anything, but....another area of conjecture hamilton
  13. Thanks Mark for the interesting history and the lovely repros and David for the link - this has definitely made up my mind with respect to this problem. Jersey City Frankie - I agree - it's hard to imagine anyone doing anything in a way that pre-dates something we later define as useful or necessary. No cave man ever longed for the distractions provided by television, but I guess they must have had other ways of keeping the stress and bother of life at bay that they thought were both delightful and amazing (at least I like to think of cave men that way, otherwise their lives seem way too depressing)....and today how often is it that younger generations think of a way of doing something or a new technique or technology that makes what their elders did seem absurd! As a teacher, I'm exposed to this kind of thing all the time - best profession if you really want to feel the ageing process..... hamilton
  14. Thanks Mark! So during this period would pin racks have been on the shrouds - as opposed to shroud cleats? The drawings Lees provides of belaying plans indicate pin racks on the mizzen shrouds only, while in the text he mentions that they were seen on racks on the shrouds in small ships and large ships by the end of the 18th century....nowhere have I seen images of vessels in this period with belaying pins on the crosspieces of the bitts, though this is how Corel depicts them - perhaps as a convenience or perhaps (since the kit is a kind of combination of features from different periods of Bellona's career) to reflect a later practice.... hamilton
  15. Thanks David! Much appreciated! hamilton

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