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  1. Are you in Sydney Peter? I'd love to read them, happy to return them when I'm done. There used to be a racing yacht in Sydney named Kickatinalong, regular Sydney-Hobarter for a while. Any relation?
  2. The pearling luggers used the same trick. it must have been quite a business drying all the interior out afterwards.
  3. Wow, they're marvelous. I hadn't seen them before. They certainly confirm the schooner rig, don't they!
  4. I suspect you're right - she came to Australia in 1842 as a survey vessel and served until 1859 at least. She remained in Aussie waters though, and was sold in 1876 to serve as the lightship marking the Sow and Pigs, a very well known patch of subtidal rocks right in the middle of the fairway at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.
  5. Hi Craig, fascinating thread. One Lapwings near-sisters, HMS Bramble, is also of considerable interest to Australian maritime history (as you probably know), she served a long time on the Australia Station and did a lot of survey work in tropical waters. Bramble Cay on the Great Barrier Reef is named after her. Interestingly, the NMM in Greenwich has a plan showing her rigged as a schooner, and the ANMM in Sydney has an 1849 painting by Oswald Brierly showing her in the Louisiades, also rigged as a schooner and a close match to the NMM plan. But the Greenwich NMM also has a painting reputedly showing her rigged as a cutter.
  6. Ab, thanks so much for this. You've opened up a window onto a whole genre of modelling I knew nothing about. A fascinating and informative tutorial, and the end result is a wonderful model. Thank you!
  7. Wonderful, I love these models. Great to see one of the vessels documented by Xavier Pastor being built, too. How did you plank that round stern?
  8. I wonder about the planking stock you are using too. Quite apart from the wood species (some being bendier than others) if it is 0.5mm thick it may well be peeled veneer, rather than sawn veneer. The problem with peeled veneer is that the peeling process (imagine a giant plane) creates a "tight" surface and a "loose" surface. The loose surface contains lots of transverse micro-cracks, which might increase it's breakability.
  9. It really is. I struggle to make full-size furniture that nice!
  10. I'd be genuinely amazed if a vessel the size and complexity of a 74 was built in Tasmania (or anywhere in Australia!) in that period. It would have been a landmark achievement, yet I've never heard of it, and I'd like to think I'm fairly familiar with Australian maritime history.

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