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About Doreltomin

  • Birthday 06/30/1958

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    17th century ships, 19th century ironclads

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  1. Hello Andrew, Thanks for your input. Actually I do not know how this material my have been called properly in English, but it seems to be the same material I was talking about. Using your hint I have found a wikipedia reference on it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drafting_linen It is a very fine textile, however even this one can only be used for large scale models ranging from 1:10 up to 1:50 or something. Beyond this I believe Wefalck's suggestion on using paper instead is the only correct alternative!
  2. Huh, interesting question! Actually in our space age, with our computers and robots and stuff should we be able to do something like a very fine cloth. But is there any need for this, except for modelling purposes? The only answer which comes to my mind is not new, but rather old: the fabric which was once used to reinforce the backside of transparent papers used to copy plans on it.It is a kind of material which I believe was discontinued in production some time before Second World War, or slightly after it, when the use of new material like plastics developed. A friend of mine ha
  3. Fascinating subject! Thank you Mark for starting it and everybody else for their valuable information added to the thread!
  4. Hello everybody, I completely agree with you that the stub mast and bowsprit are modern additions - it shows from the colour of the wood. However, the rest of the model looks genuine - at least to my eyes. Whether it is real or just a modern conception done with the aim to deceive, mimicking an old model, cannot tell just from seeing a picture. However all the details look authentic even if the deck covering is intriguing. As for the "fire buckets", I also thought they were just a bit odd decorations, nothing more. Generally speaking, when someone tries to mimic an old model, besid
  5. http://www.charlesmillerltd.com/Catalogues/ms301013/lot0347.html Hi Druxey & all, Here is the link to the said model. Certainly for yachts deck covering was not temporary! However we must keep in mind that yachts were the luxury limousines of the times so these little ships were finished in a style not matched by the common warships!
  6. Hello Engeland, First of all, I believe your picture does not show a real wooden ship, but instead a replica used for movies. The extreme left of the picture certainly shows an iron hull where the orange spots are rusty patches. If so, the ship is something like a ghost ship where gray-black planks, masts and even sails would seem appropriate. But natural wood from which sailing ships were made doesn't show this colour neither at the beginning, nor when it goes older. Instead they look something like this: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/20110417_Lelystad%3B_Ba
  7. Hello Mark, I just have stumbled upon this thread of yours and read everything which was written here so far. Interesting thing, I am also very passionate of English yachts although my favourite period starts a bit earlier with the Stuarts dynasty. Just some quick thoughts for now: yes, painted canvas glued with wet paint over the deck and lately painted over was common practice on English Yachts from the Stuart period already. It was thought a good way to protect the quality people inside the cabins from the water seeping between the planks - at the time, it was somehow inevitable du
  8. Excellent resource, Admiral Paris is one of the classics... thank you very much grsjax and all! Just in case, for all the non French-speakers which have difficulties to download the resource: to download you must first check the box which says En cochant cette caisse, je recconais avoir pris... etc. It is just a check that you agree with the terms and conditions on which you have to click first, otherwise the download does not happen!
  9. One must not forget that Royal Ships of the 17th century were not only powerful machines of war, they were first of all a display of force of the respective kingdoms. Nor do this happens just to our human race, it is the same with other species: take for example the lions, where the dominant lion has an almost superfluous mane which can be seen from miles away, yet loses it when loses supremacy among his group! The same goes for or the bright colours of birds' feathers, which are used to attract females but also as a display of power... the more powerful the male, the brighter the colours!
  10. Hi Moony, The image you posted actually comes from a book written by George Frederick Campbell which is called "China tea clippers" , 1954. As for your question, back in 1860 there were two situations: there were either well known shipbuilding companies which gradually switched from wooden construction to iron, therefore they had to buy iron profiles including iron plates from a local supplier or there was the inverse situation where an iron company extended their trade into shipbuilding. There are also known cases when two well known firms, one in iron working, the other in shipbuild
  11. Hello Gary, the answer to your question is, as always "depends" Depends on epoch and more important, depends on nationality. One thing is certain, the gunports were cut after the deck beams were placed in place and the deck was laid, so that the lower and upper sill were always put parallel to the deck. Now there is a wide debate even among the members of this forum whether the other two sides are put square to the upper and lower or were put parallel to the frames. Some say the first, some say the second. In the first case the lids would be rectangles with square corners, in the next
  12. Hi Jason, While I can't give any answer (yet) to your riddle, I really appreciate this one! An old building which incorporates parts of an HMS Whatsthename... really interesting, will follow with much interest! By the way, googling is of almost no use here.... as long as you can't know precisely what to look for So far I only found the story of the Resolute Desk from the White House, made from the wood of HMS Resolute. Interesting story, but of no use for our quiz!
  13. Actually I also had some trouble with port and starboard, simply because in my own language we use the French terms (babord and tribord). However some time ago I learned the English terms come from Viking times: "starboard" is in fact the "Steering-board" as the Viking ships were always steered with an steering oar put on the right side of the ship. So if they had the steering oar always on the right, they landed always with the left side on the quay, so this was the "port" (harbour) side. As simple as "bonjour" (which is "Good day" in French). And, by the way, the story goes that
  14. I support Don9of11's view, if you do not have a table saw or other power tools to make the groove, you can still do it by using two strips glued to a larger piece of wood. An incidental advantage of the method would be that you can glue only the inner strip; the outer strip of wood will be glued or even pinned after the case has been made and after the glass has been put to place, to retain it securely in its wooden frame. If incidentally your glass breaks, you will just have to take the pins off or cut out the outer strip, take out the pieces of glass and put another glass panel in its place.
  15. If you have to do many similar pieces it is better to make yourself a wooden jig the form you want your piece bent, otherwise will be difficult to get all the pieces in the same shape; if you make them by the hand there will be inherent dimensional variations from one piece to another. Wish you good luck with your hammock rails!
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