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  1. Thanks so much Wayne, that picture is worth thousand words Much appreciated
  2. Thank you wefalck for your time The answer to my question is shown in post #8 above What you describe in your post today will be very useful to me when I start to build my model and come to the stage of securing the masts to the hull. Although Triton will be my first model, I plan to build a full-size practice (scratch POF) because I want to learn all required details. Perhaps not the smart way to start modeling however it’s my opinion that’s the way to learn. I don’t know what “full-size practice” means but the Triton plans I have are 1:48 scale and I reduced them to a scale of 3/16”=1’-0”. Thank you again
  3. Thank you Mark for your help I thought that I downloaded all the files but I guess I missed this one. Very nice to have this file which will be helpful down the line (if I ever get to that point). My thanks again
  4. Thank you Wayne, that's the answer I was waiting for. It is curiosity that drove me to this question and now I have the answer. Thanks again
  5. Thanks Dave, I found the document and it is a very good info to have.
  6. Thank you folks for the help, well appreciated I got the Triton plans from NRG and since I only paid $5.00 I don’t expect them to be fully complete, I mean including the masts, and that’s fine with me. My question pertains to why someone will build a hull model with so many details on each deck but not to provide any details about the masts which I will assume they will take considerable space on each deck due the extra bracing each mast requires in the hull. I’m not asking for trouble guys, I just want to educate myself. I did have a brief look on the forum section in Masts but I didn’t find what I’m looking for and that is how each mast is supported/attached to the hall. I apologize if I’m asking something silly but I never built a model before and have zero knowledge about ships but to my opinion a mast will need a lot of work to be attached to a ship since that’s the “engine” which moves the ship and that “engine” takes a lot of forces from the winds so they are better well secured to the hull.
  7. I have been reading the “Build Logs for Scratch Ship Model” to educate myself before I start my first model but I noticed there is no information regarding the masts & sails in any model. Most likely there is a good explanation but I was thinking the masts of a ship should start somewhere down in the lowest hull of a ship so they can be properly secured. Even the drawings I got for the Triton which will be my first model contains no information regarding masts. So if I want to include mast in my model where can I find the required information? Thank you
  8. Good news today printing my PDF’s to scale and my thanks to all for your help! First I choose a small file (Hawse timbers Plan View) just to try out, then on the PDF file print window I selected “Actual Size” and the printed page is shown in the attached 1 Hawse.JPG. Measuring the “Scale in Feet” at the bottom of the page I can see that it is exactly 1/4” scale (48:1). Then I decided to print the TritonJigPlan and using again the PDF print menu, selected “ActualSize”, then selected “Poster” and then on the pre view window I saw the actual poster consisting of 24 pages (8.5”x11”) with an overall size of the job 44”x51”. The result was 12 printed pages and 12 blank pages. The attached files shows the pages laid out in my floor (sorry for the poor quality of the pictures). The ship is quite big at actual scale and I am thinking to reduce it but then this may lead to mistakes. Since I never build a ship before most likely I will do the job in full scale since my experience in miniature work is NON. Again I’m thinking to do this project in MDF which is easy and not expensive to work with and see how I manage. If I see success then I can switch to a better quality of wood and start over again.
  9. Thank you folks for the help, it sounds complicated and since I know computers well I will give it a try and experiment with my printer to see the results. Going to any commercial place is not a wise option since they still have to experiment to find the correct ratio and most likely it will be very expensive.. Much appreciated
  10. I got my Triton plans all in PDF files, this will be my first project in ship modeling, and the next step is to print them to actual size (I have a lot of files and I will only print for now the ones I need to start like frames, keel etc.). The only place it can do this job in my area is Staples. I know they print documents for you but I don’t know if they do enlargement. The plans are in 48:1 scale but of course they are reduced to fit the 8.5”x11” format of PDF files. If I ask the store to print my files to actual size would they know what to do? Has anyone done this to give me some information? Thank you
  11. Thank you Mark for the essay, an excellent document with tips for the challenges I will be facing in the near future. Although I don’t have the Triton plans yet, I started my build log with a collection of tips, pictures and other important info related to modeling.
  12. I know this is an old post but after reading all 44 pages my congratulations go to Mark and all contributing members who together made this projects a success. I’m new to modeling, haven’t even started my first project although I ordered the Triton plans from NRG last Saturday and waiting to see the plans to discover what I’m up to. From the countless pictures and discussions on this project I can see the dedication, craftsmanship and knowledge involved and I know the road ahead of me will not be easy but at least I must give it a try.
  13. Hello everyone, like many other beginners who started here, now it is my turn. I read the post which is directed to people like me and I can’t agree more but I must get into it and then find out if I can succeed or not. I ordered the Triton plans last Saturday for my first build and waiting eagerly to see how they look and the amount of any details, however although I’m familiar with imperial scales I don’t understand the meaning of scales I see here. For example I was told that 1:48 means 1 inch = 48 inches and that’s fine but now I see in some builds 48:1. Is this the same as 1:48? And my last question for now: In the attached picture, the ruler in feet is marked 1, 5, 10, and 20. Is it correct to assume that the ruler is in the specific scale this ship is been build? Thank you

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