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  1. What Rob said.... The key thing to remember about ships plans (and people who haven't 'made' kits/designs based off of ships plans tend to miss this big time) is that even though the same source is used the kit will be different as the person designing the kit/scratch has to make 'executive decisions' all over the place on where to simplify/cut corners/design the kit for a different year/rebuild/use other parts common to their range to avoid creating new/ or go overboard on detail. No two people will make exactly the same choices and that's before you get to the stuff that the original plans do not even show (blocks, often rigging plans/mast structure/sail plans/ metal work etc etc). You can easily see this by comparing common models (Victory as an example) between kit manufacturers as not just the parts will be different (especially if Plank on bulkhead) but even the appearance can show startling differences. So if you are making your own kit design then it is almost impossible for it to match anyone else's. Hence no copyright infringement on the same model. Now if you purchased someone else's kit and copied all the parts (and often the instructions) and then produced your own based on that then you are infringing copyright (and this is what the pirates do and to such an extent that they sometimes don't remove the logo/copyright info either) as you would be copying a creative work by someone else. Therefore the copyright implications here are not dependant on how old the original plans were as the kit plans are a new work. There are still implications dependant on the original plans themselves but these depend on how they were purchased. If designing a kit for commercial sale that you can expect with some plan owners to require a single fee above and beyond the plans cost (usually 200-300) which is not excessive if planning to sell a lot of kits. This is where finding a plans source that regards the plans as public domain can save some money though if you are making a kit for sale and expect to sell more than 20 then the cost per kit is not that large for the fee charging plan suppliers (NMM as an example). All in all it is actually quite simple - if you created it your self then there is nothing to worry about. If you take something someone else produced and copy it then you are pirating. Hope that helps.
  2. That is also covered in the links I added where it specifically states To help clarify things, four factors determine whether the use of an image is considered “fair”: The purpose of use: educational, nonprofit, scholarly, reporting, reviewing, or research The nature of use: fact-based or public content (courts are usually more protective of creative works) The amount and substantiality used: using only a small piece of the image, using only a small thumbnail/low-resolution version of the image The market effect: you could not have purchased or licensed the copyrighted work note the last two. So you copy an image from google and put it on site without permission. If it is the entire image then you have failed point 3. If that image was for purchasable then you have also failed point 4. If it is just being used to illustrate some research then it is not a creative work using that so would potentially fail point 2. So yes. Point 1 is a useable fair use but if you upset the other three then you can lose that argument and the use of that image is illegal.
  3. This is correct to my knowledge as well and certainly under US/UK law. Here are some examples US Law https://www.rivaliq.com/blog/guide-copyright-fair-use-laws-online-images/ UK law https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/w-003-6889?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true&bhcp=1 There are notable differences in that UK law is more forgiving of 'non commercial research use'.
  4. You have done a really nice job with the planking, it looks very smooth and neat.
  5. Wood dust has two primary issues. One is that certain wood types can cause bad reactions (skin, lungs, carcinogens etc). As a rough rule the African hardwoods commonly are more irritating and prone to this. Secondly any wood dust can over time reduce lung capacity. If you get sensitized to it then these issues get worse. Personally I can have up to four filters running, use a festool CTM vac designed to cope with fine dust and wear a mask when using power tools or sanding. I sometimes work outside as well if generating lots of dust. If I have done something particularly sand intensive I will also often shower and change before moving around the house (if you are covered in dust then you are traipsing it through your house and putting your family at risk) and yearly clean everything in my workroom and wash it down. I finally always cut outside if using African hardwoods and even though a lot of them are lovely prefer to use more common european/american alternatives. I also possess a dust particle measurer that I purchased to see how effective the dust extraction actually was though this is probably excessive. One useful tip is 'if you can smell wood then there are small particles in the air'. At some point in the future I would like some sort of air extractor that can expel the workshop air outside but have not find a cheap enough design in the uk (plus one that can expel the air via piping that does not have to have me drill through the workshop walls). If anyone has any suggestions then please say.
  6. Caldercraft do a nice yellow ochre though it does look like you have found an alternate good match. Enjoy the holiday..
  7. If a kit manufacturer produced a visually accurate model to every detail then it would cost so much that the query would be 'why spend four thousand pounds on that when you can get close enough with Manufacturer B and pay a tenth of the cost' Some of it is scale and some of it components and some of it is simplifying to make the process of building easier. As a practical example correctly sized belaying pins are not easy (for me) to belay so I will probably make them even more out of scale in future just to make it easier to tie rigging. I personally dislike kits with obvious large inaccuracies but these are easily avoidable. Small inaccuracies you can kit-bash yourself if there is a specific problem/problems you dislike and if you dont know of the problem well there is nothing further to do.
  8. The sanding will clear out a lot of those level deficiencies, it looks like you have very few 'gaps' so that should turn out quite nicely.
  9. Is that deck supplied like that? interesting... With the bulwark color it is up to you. I tend to paint mine red ochre but if you like the color of the wood plain then that is fine as well.
  10. This is a great build.. Question - how fiddly was it to work at 1:80? I attempted 1:60 with my last and found that almost too small so am considering 1:48 for the re-start but (even for a frigate) that is much larger.
  11. Your deck planking looks great! On the gun rigging I find it unsurprising that the kit may have a less than optimal approach, most manufacturers either simplify and sometimes re-use across models to keep costs down. I always find it more satisfying scratch building the correct way so good for you..
  12. James is presumably 'James H' who is a site administrator and almost the father of this site originally. I also don't see anyone going full 'caps' so am a little surprised.
  13. Makes a change.. It is always risky wettening and hoping the plank dries in the correct shape as wood can do strange things when drying.. One advantage to shaping off model is that you can apply hair dryers (and the like ) to speeding up the drying and I have managed to curve ebony with this method which is not easy. If you have the time then I strongly recommend looking through one of the pinned planking topics. The one I list below has links to some excellent tutorials where you can probably grab some techniques...
  14. Thanks all. exotichardwoods also seem to have wood my table saw can cut (blanks for guitars from the looks of things). The pear is steamed though so I am enquiring as to whether they are the ones steaming. Otherwise beech/american cherry will be the way to go.

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