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    wooden sail pre-1860

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  1. I may well be alone in this, but I have no clue about the subject of your inquiry. The best I can imagine is that your area of interest is steel Navy or merchant and it is an older vessel with an uneven multi coat paint job that is being simulated. If this is the situation, the guys who do plastic models and whose focus is on the finish instead of the structure are probably a more productive resource. For me, and I suspect many others who focus on wood, paint and the finish are a necessary evil.
  2. I suspect that this particular vessel is a fictional one. This means that it is difficult to get it wrong - since there is no specific right - as long as you are true to what was done in the particular time period. I did a Google search and looked at the UK site for Mantua kits. The copy reads as though this is indeed a stand in for a broad class of two masted brigantines. The site photo shows a quarter badge and the vessel looks mid 18th century to me. 1. the site lists instructions in English. - perhaps contact with them could gain you a copy of their instructions. 2. they li
  3. I think that the garboard is the key factor. The imperative is to avoid having it creep up at the stem and stern. The horizontal part of the rabbet ends farther back than is intuitive. It is important to start cutting into the plank where the horizontal ends. The other suggestion is to use the planking fan to measure the spilling for each strake anew.
  4. In theory, I would use a slitting blade. Thin sheets of non ferrous metal will probably react poorly to the stress of cutting if it is pushed thru the blade by itself. I would use thin sheets of model aircraft plywood and double sided tape to make a sandwich. The metal fixed between two sheets of ply. Cut using one of the more coarse toothed slitting blades, but still a lot of teeth. I have no actual experimental data to confirm that this would work. But, I expect that curling and other adverse problems would be avoided. A top hold down stick and butt end pusher should res
  5. Mark, The remark about builders plans was meant as bait for others. It was not aimed at you. There is/are thread/s about the USN pre War of 1812 frigates that seem to disparage builders plans and get way into the weeds, making a major production of microscopic factors. The implied tone is that unless the plans are perfect, a model of the ship should not be attempted. Maybe if the build was for display in a naval historical museum, I see the the validity, but otherwise, not so much. About your above comments, I am all but horrified when I see a model of the supposed 1799 f
  6. Mark, HIC drew the builders plan for Congress/Constellation (HIC #8) so SI would be one possible source. I am perplexed by the disdain expressed for the value of builders plans. At base it is a chance to see how our shipyards do using the original source.
  7. Caution is advised regarding this name. It was used for two different ships. The 1799 frigate underwent the fade based evolution at a time of great change, so the year that you are representing has an affect on the dimensions. There is data in the Appendix of HASN. The second ship with this name still sort of exists. It was a corvette and the last of the sailing warships for the USN. It has undergone several severe cosmetic alterations, some pure fantasy that tried to make it into the 1799 frigate. HASN has dimensions for Albany that are within a decade of the launch of the corvette
  8. Ash, like Hickory and any Oak, has open pores and a distinct and distracting grain. This causes any one of them to be a poor choice for any part that is to be left natural. It also requires that the pores be filled if any of these species are to be painted. If the framing is to be completely planked over and the deck is completely planked, Ash will serve, since it will be totally hidden. Pet peeve about the internet: Now, about your question as asked, This is not any sort of competition. A ranking based on some arbitrary score serves no purpose. Using the superlative
  9. I "registered" once, for some reason. It was fortunate that I used an alternate email address because it had the record for the number of spam messages sent by the site -- until I did the same for an academic site that has PDF reprints of naval architecture journal articles.
  10. If support for a sail does not fit, could it fit another function? Would it work as part of a crane? Would there be work for a floating crane during its period. I tried to imagine how or even why it would function as a single mast with alternate steps.
  11. This product system may be a solution: Modern Masters AM203-04 Metal Effects Primer , 4-Ounce Modern Masters ME149-06 Reactive Metallic Copper Modern Masters PA901-04 Aging Solution Green Modern Masters PA902-04 Aging Solution Blue Patina, 4-Ounce there is a comment on Amazon about it having been used on plastic.
  12. I made a simple one that worked for some Holly, but It was nowhere close to being a spec based kiln. 1" foil faced sheathing cut up to make a 4 sided box. The end pieces were Home Depot craft 1" Styrofoam. It was in a wall shelf, so it was just a push fit. Heat source - 200-300 Watts of incand. light bulbs. The bulbs ought not to get close to the foam or touch the wood. I only had wire clamp bulb fixtures, but next time I would get ceramic fixtures - I used a computer muffin fan for exhaust of water vapor. The loose fit was the air intake. There are low cost pr
  13. Any fruit wood is usually an excellent choice. The best time to harvest is usually when the tree is dormant. It will probably be harder that Cherry, close the Apple - which is King. For hull planking, you will have to see the actual planks re: the color and uniformity. But for anything else, fittings, furniture, catheads, beams, etc. it will be excellent. The harvesting technique has been covered in this form several times. The short list is: seal the ends - old paint will serve do it ASAP debark - insect larvae that bore live there. Drawknives were designed f
  14. An 1826 contract for two US navy corvettes specifies that deck planks be Heart Pine 40 feet long. Those primeval Pines were still tall and straight. My thinking is this would be the outside limit for any component. The hull planking was a lot less heroic in length. A good ball park length would be 20 to 25 feet long.
  15. I suspect That Ebony is the subject of more misleading substitution than is Boxwood. In any case, there is not the profit or social status with ship models as there is with guitars as far as the decoration. My bias suggests that using one of the Ebony group on a kit upgrade is like doing a high class upgrade in a trailer park. The quality is evident, but the environment makes the effort a misplaced one. For a substitute, Holly is appropriate, but the Wood Database lists other species that accept dyes. This is a situation where slang shorthand can lead to misunderstand
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