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  1. "Breeching ropes were three times the bore length of the cannon, and ranged from 4 to 6 inches diameter, depending upon the size of the gun." In the table above, the size of the breechings is given in inches. This is not the diameter of the rope but rather the circumference. When a reference book gives the size of a rope or cable, the measurement is typically the circumference. For model kit rope and those that can be bought independently (IE Siren), the measurement given is the diameter. Therefore you have to calculate the scale size rope needed using D=C/π and maybe convert from imperial to metric measurements. A 2.6 mm breeching rope would be way out of scale at 1:48. A 5 in breeching rope at 1:48 would correspond to a 0.8 mm diamter rope. Jeff
  2. At the bow I filled in the front 4 spaces between the frames with basswood (a variety of sizes as you can see from the pic on my log - page 1). I felt this would be easier than trying to shape one bigger block. I then used a dremel with a sanding drum to rough it out and finished with manual sanding. I think the stern only needs the aft most space filled as the curves here are much more gentle than at the bow. Basswood is fairly soft and very easy to work with. It will also hold small brass nails. I bought a pack of strips, multiple sizes at a hobby store. you can find blocks of basswood on amazon too. Jeff
  3. I am currently building the Revenge by Amati and I wonder if someone could help with a question regarding pliability of holly or swiss pear. The kit is double planked and requires some complex curves at the bow, especially for the wales and upper strakes. The wood supplied is some sort of walnut, 1x5 mm, and not really suitable for bending along its edge, even with soaking in water or ammonia. And I really don't want to make these planks with spiling (and after watching Chucks's videos, seems like you don't really need to do this anyway if you have the right type of wood) I have some 1x4 mm Holly and this wood is so pliable I can bend it along its edge quite a bit without breaking (almost 90 degrees). The same is true with some 1x3 pear wood that I have. So my question is this: can a slightly larger plank of pear or holly, say 1x5 or 2x5, be bent just as easily without fracturing? I am thinking of replacing the hull walnut with pear and would like some advice before I put an order in with Crown Timberyard. Unfortunately I have neither of these sizes to test at home and the 1x4 holly is a bit out out scale for hull planking. Thanks, Jeff
  4. well done! A fine looking model Jeff
  5. thanks. I wanted to go for a different look than the 2 pedestals and a base that i have used on my previous models. Jeff
  6. A Swan class sloop produced by Lauck Street shipyard. Many thanks to David Antscherl and Greg Herbert for their series of books on building the Swan class sloops.
  7. Nice work on the Sopwith. I built this model a few years back as a break from ships and like you, wanted to put a scale figure in the display. I can't really carve, so when looking on line all I came up with at anything close to the correct scale was a WW1 US soldier. If you search for this "verlinden 120mm WW1 soldier" you will find some available on eBay. Here's a few pics to show what I did with it. I think it is an acceptable alternative to a pilot and gives a good sense of the airplane's size. Jeff

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