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  1. Welcome back to the fray Mike. Now that you have started it will be all the easier to keep going (says I having put off some tasks for too long ) That hull looks very good. cheers Pat
  2. Nice work Greg. Are you going to distress the deck and add tyre marks at the landing area etc? cheers Pat
  3. More nice work Keith, makes my day seeing these updates - but I don't think the 'laptop' has made yours cheers Pat
  4. She's looking very fine indeed Steven; the overall shot really shows how much effort and detail you have put into the build. cheers Pat
  5. Nice job Tim, glad you are happy with the results - she looks great. cheers Pat
  6. Another consideration for naval vessels would have been 'visibility' - from a purely tactical point of view why colour sails so that you are more easily spotted against the horizon? At least flax sails tended to be of less contrast against clouds etc. cheers Pat
  7. Ahh, you'll just have to stretch out that last 10% then Rob - can't have a sudden loss of visibility to these fine ships can we (sincerely). cheers Pat
  8. A lot of detail under the deck (for the catapult) mate; how much will be visible? Good lock with laying the deck in sections; hope all goes without drama. cheers Pat
  9. In the photos at least it is impossible to see the difference in the line colour (or size) Rob; nice job! Making some great progress, you cannot be too far off finishing her now? cheers Pat
  10. Thanks Steven, I am with Mark based on the initial feedback, possibly something to do with working or recovering the anchor? (or possibly he ram?) When I get a chance I will look back through some of my early stuff and see if I uncover anything. cheers Pat
  11. Hi Carl, If I get the chance to go back I will certainly allow a couple of days to catch upu with a few MSW members The last trip was just too hectic with a lot compressed into a very short time.. John, there is also the Titanic experience in Belfast (I think). cheers Pat
  12. Hi Steven, Lehmann has raised some interesting points worth some further investigation. My 'tuppence' worth - I would really like to know the purpose or position of the block. Was it part of a tackle, fixed to the hull/deck or a running block. This would help to determine the block's shape and construction as some of the features have been lost to 'rot' - how much we do not know I assume. Fore example, if the block was used as part of a tackle, it also may only have needed one or two holes. But if fixed to the hull or deck, the holes may only have been needed for securing other ropes as well? Do you have some information, even a hint, as to what it was used for? cheers Pat
  13. Hi John, Would have loved to do more but the only ship 'up north' (by UK standards - as all are up north from Melbourne) was the Britannia (thanks Keith). I think I may have had my leave cancelled if I had sounded out the Admiral to do more As it was she was having 'kittens' by my wanting to climb the rigging on the SS Great Britain. There was a chance to do it (for a fee) but unfortunately the activity had closed by the time the tour had finished I did have Chatham on my list but time ran out unfortunately. I was told it is undergoing a major refurbishment and that it will be a much better visit in the future - so there's my excuse to go back cheers Pat

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