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  1. Thank you all for the ideas. I stumbled across this snippet of info that I found quite interesting about binnacles and models. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00253359.1948.10657512?journalCode=rmir20
  2. Thank you very much Pat. Looks like a neat solution and a very nice Endeavor. The Jalouse Admiralty drawings show a ladderway directly in front of the companion and Caldercraft places the capstan in approximately the same position. It appears there are no options to place a binnacle forward whether I follow the plans or the kit design. I think modelers 200 years from now will be very lucky. They'll have 1000s of clear digitized photos of pretty much any subject. When building a model of an ancient 2020 automobile they'll clearly see where the steering wheel is and even the font used on the speedometer 🙂
  3. HMS Jalouse. The Admiralty drawing is dated 1797.
  4. Does anyone know how compasses would be positioned when the wheel is snugged up against a companionway with no room for a binnacle cabinet? The only thing I can think of is they are somehow built into the companionway or on a stand of some sort. Thank you for any input.
  5. Thank you all for the welcome and thank you Mr. Coyle for pointing out the current day Niagara. That gets me over the historical accuracy hump and I will definitely revisit this model with that in mind after Jalouse is completed. See you in the forums.
  6. Hello everyone, since I've finally started posting vs. browsing I thought I'd introduce myself. I've been a scale aircraft modeler for over 20 years and have found that the research and learning journey is almost as rewarding as the build itself. My interest in aircraft stems from a fascination with flight coupled with 23 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard. However, a fascination with ships is close behind. It's the history, people involved at the time, and how the machines I model helped change the world for good or bad that really drives my interest. I guess my biggest flaw when it comes to modeling is a quest for accuracy and perfection in the build. I'll never achieve perfection and only be as accurate as the research material available but I will sure keep trying. For instance, the MS Niagara was my first attempt at a ship. It would be a beautiful model to display, but after finding out it doesn't really represent the real ship, I have absolutely no interest in completing it. The beautiful work that I see on this site is inspirational and I'm learning a lot. Please be prepared for lots of stupid questions.

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