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Meriadoc Brandybuck

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    Ships, Tolkien, rpgs. Fluent in Japanese and relatively knowledgeable about nautical history, I guess.

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  1. Hello all, I deliberated for almost two months about where to start with wooden ship kits and ultimately decided upon this one. I felt that starting with a more beginner-intended kit would have been nice, but having built it I’d then have that extra model to find a place to put, and the local Admiralty is not given to rapid naval expansion I’m afraid (I live in Japan where living space is at a hell of a premium). So I decided to start with the Occre Revenge. It’s simple enough; I’ve built large plastic models before so I’m familiar with a bit of complexity, and it’s not such a high
  2. I completed this Roman warship with a different color scheme; somewhat fanciful but it was a fun build and good practice. The box says it’s 1:250 scale but this cannot be true. Most estimates run between 1:72 and 1:100; the shields on the side can’t be much smaller than 1:72. I think it’s a poorly scaled kit with plenty of problems, but it is a fun build open to one’s interpretation. I decided the oar box must be there for a second bank of oars, so I installed all of them on one side. Easier to display that way. Dont look too hard or you’ll notice some problems like major seam line
  3. Brilliant work coming together here! I hope those ratlines are coming along. My trick is to fiddle with them at least 10 minutes a day, and eventually they will not be the problem anymore. Glad to see I'm not the only one who employs a canine technical advisor. Everyone else around here seems to have feline inspectors.
  4. A secret for now- in a week or two there should be the beginnings of a build log for it, if you want to follow my progress. I don't want to go into it here since this is your build log after all.
  5. I have done some reading over the years and shabbily put together a few plastic kits- that is all. My first wooden kit is in the mail as we speak and while I wait for it I'm poking around these build logs and finding out more invaluable insight than I ever thought one site might hold. Its fun to see how different people build the Fly, for instance. So many ideas..
  6. Recently came across this and I'm loving what you're achieving here! I'd like to build a fluyt someday (perhaps after some practice with one of the Kolderstok kits). Can't wait to see more of how this lovely lady takes her shape. The beakhead and head timbers are coming together quite nicely!
  7. I think the cable would run outside the bits and wrap up inside the top and ride against the indent. Must be a reason to have an indent there, I guess. I can refer you to the Heller HMS Victory build by Dafi, where he goes into unbelievable detail to show the weighing process (but not the dropping process if I recall). It starts on page 5 and continues to page 6 and possibly further. His build log is a really good place to go for ideas or entertainment, and might be able to answer your questions. Link:
  8. The ropes that hold the bowsprit down are called the gammoning. I say this not to correct anyone or sound like a know-it-all, but I figured having the correct term around would make it easier to talk about. On heads- idk how many Fly had or where they were on ships this size but traditionally they should be on the beakhead grating. For smaller ships with no such grating, I don't know what arrangements were made, though as you say OSHA really had very little influence in those days. There is a motivation for putting them in the front of the ship though and it's the same as why you put t
  9. I think even smaller ships like the Fly would definitely have a grating at the bow as there are some dealings with the rigging to be accessed here and moreover it's where the heads are.. Quite a busy place, actually. Wouldn't want the men to get washed away in rough seas while they try to relieve themselves with no platform to hold the heads they're supposed to sit on, as trained seamen are so hard to replace! In Dafi's novel-length Heller Victory build log he estimated that on a first rate, the heads would likely be busy all the time given the number of men. I don't know how many hea
  10. Looking good Sooty! I was a bit sad to see the demise of the decor, but now it looks quite convincing in its Napoleonic era garb.
  11. Beautiful build here! Thanks for sharing. How was the kit? Would you recommend it to a beginner or near-beginner?
  12. Is that the flag locker? Or a sushi buffet? Those must be capstan bars behind. Quite impressive! Inspiring.
  13. Sooty, nice model you've got going here! Thanks for sharing. I'm thinking about picking one up and starting on it myself (haven't built one out of wood yet and can't wait to start). You asked about copper sheathing; the British had been experimenting with the idea throughout the eighteenth century, finally working out all the kinks by the mid 1780s. They first coppered smaller ships during the American Revolution starting in 1779, so Fly was probably coppered in 1783, when she was paid off, though possibly earlier. It's unlikely that she would have been coppered mid-cruise since
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