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  1. Coming along nicely Steven. I visited the spot on the Hamble River where the remains of her hull lie during my recent trip to the UK; nothing to see but I can say I was there I can send a photo if you like? cheers Pat
  2. Can't beat the Jim Byrnes disc sander for accuracy IMHO. cheers Pat
  3. That is one very nice build, even without her aircraft and weapons. cheers Pat
  4. Hi, I do what EdT and many other modellers do for rigging - do NOT cut off the tail ends of any lines until ALL rigging is complete. For example when tensioning the stays via the deadeye lanyards. I do not type off the lanyard tails in their final seizings; rather, I tie a few hitches around the shroud with the tail. and bundle/coil the rest and tape it out of the ay. that way I can retension everything as I go or as required. T When everything is done, I do a final tension of all lines - preferably in a neutral or 'median' humidity, do the final seizing or belaying, add the rope coils etc. Have a look at EdT's last build (Young America) and you will see what I mean. The rigging can get 'messy/busy' but it is worth it. The reason I aim at amdian humidity (mid spring / autumn if I can) is that (for natural fibre cordage) there should be sufficient elasticity to allow for shrink/expansion during drier or more humid conditions - but over a longer time some further adjustment may be required (as already pointed out - me - I just live with the sag in more humid weather. Cheers Pat
  5. Very nice progress Rob and you seem to have mastered the 'system ' as you call it. Unless you're not telling us of some redos? Like you I prefer to avoid them but sometimes .... 🙄 Cheers Pat
  6. Very nice BW; extremely well executed workmanship. I like your idea of leaving the scuttles open as that is some nice detail to view (if not obscured by the rigging etc when you add it?)
  7. BW I am sure you could create these and bsides I am very envious of your quality finishes. Thanks for your kind words
  8. That deck looks very plausible Greg, no need to disguise anything there. Really looks good 👌👍👍
  9. 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
  10. Nice work Greg. Are you going to distress the deck and add tyre marks at the landing area etc? cheers Pat
  11. More nice work Keith, makes my day seeing these updates - but I don't think the 'laptop' has made yours cheers Pat
  12. 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
  13. Nice job Tim, glad you are happy with the results - she looks great. cheers Pat
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. I am sure at your build scale most observers would have difficulty noticing the size difference Rob, and besides, if the Spanker mast is a little smaller, the rigging would have been correspondingly smaller anyway. he colour match is the more important thing here, as even a tine difference would be noticeable to some. cheers Pat
  23. Hi Keith - HMS Warrior by a long shot There was a very informative guide on Warrior who gave us a lot of his time discussing the armament and other fittings. We (4 of us) also had unfettered access, with another guide taking us into areas normally not open - which was great Also, I must confess as she is contemporary to Victoria (as was SS Great Britain) this sways me a little. That is not to say I did not enjoy the other, it is just that the Warrior visit was less 'tourist' oriented. cheers Pat

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