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Bluto 1790

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  • Birthday 02/17/1947

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    Edinburgh, Scotland.
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    Model ship building; Model railways; Archery; Pedal Steel Guitar. Woodworking.

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  1. With the orlop deck more or less finished, time to move up to the lower gundeck. A whole lot of planking would have to be milled, but although quite time consuming, was fairly straightforward, while creating the profile of the waterways was something that caused a deal of frustration for me. I've never before tried using a scraper to create a moulding and it took some time before I was 'getting the hang of it'. At first I was trying to remove the required amount from a solid length of timber ~~ and that Beech is real hard stuff! It just wasn't happening for me. This is the scr
  2. Hi Tom, Looking great! I can see you're closing in on that 'front end'. When you look at the bowsprit it DOES look a little bewildering (I say that as if the rest of the rigging isn't bewildering!) but just as you say ~~ taking one line at a time and it all comes together eventually. I remember when I first got Petersson's rigging book, I thumbed through it and thought I'd never be able to get that done, but one step at a time . . . . .
  3. Thanks Michael for the comment and the others for the visits and likes. Not a lot of apparent progress to report even though what I've done has taken considerable time. Before I progress any further on that lower gun deck I wanted to get the lanterns and their wiring installed. As the wiring for these lanterns goes through some carlings and even some deck beams, and especially at the aft end the wires go in several directions, I'm going to omit the ledges in these areas. (The deck will be completely planked anyway, so 'what's missing' won't be seen.) Before doing
  4. Thanks for the comment, Tom, and to the others for the likes and visits. Tom, you've just sparked another interest for me - - - I'm now considering enrolling on a cobbler's course at a night school somewhere! So, right now, I don't have any scale shoes to display - - - however >>> and since I've been able to upload that photo above I'll have another try at uploading the failures from last night >
  5. Attempting to create another post here -- BUT am still unable to upload any more photos - - - keep getting an error message. *€!#**!!!£%$!!!
  6. Finding information on what kind of 'furniture' occupied these rooms wasn't easy and I resorted to watching a few 'walk-thru' videos of HMS Victory on youtube to get some ideas. Decided to make a couple of base units with 6 drawers in each -- one unit each for the Marine clothing and Captain's storage rooms. and in position where they'll live > These last 2 deck beams needed fitting so, fitting these, and fitting the hanging knees came before finally gluing in these drawer units . It took a couple of days before I noticed that I ha
  7. Thanks Bruce for the comment and the others for the likes and visits. Bruce ~ welcome aboard! . . . there's plenty room on this 50 gun ship!
  8. The two aftmost deck beams were still to be fitted but some work on the orlop rooms in that area was still to be done. Three rooms would be accommodated there -- Marine Clothing, #5 in the drawing below; the Lieutenant's Store Room, #18, and the Captain's Store Room, #19 >>> Being further inside, room #18 was tackled first. First was the forward paneled wall which I made with wooden top, bottom and side spars, but for the panels a single section of card was used. That card 'panel' was further sub-divided into 8 smaller panels by gluing on mo
  9. Thanks Allan, Mark and Henry for the further comments. Allan, as Henry said "Weighing and raising the anchor is a several hours long process and involved a great number of the crew." I know these bars were very long, although I didn't know their proportions in relation to the ship's beam. I know that on HMS Victory the capstans could accommodate up to 256 men at one time. Back in 2003 I sailed on HM Bark Endeavour for 5 days and only on one occasion did we lie at anchor. Compared to a ship of the line, or even a 50 gun ship, Endeavour is quite small but raising that a
  10. Thanks guys for the responses. As I said in my first post above, I knew that pillars could be moved but didn't think that companionway stairs would have been moved -- but on that score I consider myself re-educated! Maybe there was a reason (although not one that I can think of) for that stairway to have been positioned exactly there, when, from the drawings it looks like it could have been positioned just ahead making use of that capstan much easier with a lot less 'stuff' to be moved. If the stairway had been first installed in the position that I've indic
  11. Every time I look at the drawing of the lower gun deck of the 50 gun ship I'm working on I'm a little puzzled at the placement of the companionway coming down from the upper deck as it's right beside the lower capstan. I can't imagine an efficient use of the bars on that capstan with such a big obstruction placed there. I know that some pillars could either be removed, or hinged up to facilitate use of the capstan bars, but I can't imagine a whole companionway being removed or hinged up. Here's the drawing of the lower deck > The upper capstan appears to be reas
  12. Re-visited the aft end of the hold and fitted a couple of racks, each of which has a coil of rope on it - more to follow when I get some more suitable rope. Then returned to the fore end of the orlop deck to get the two deck beams secured since the carpenter's walk and cable tier were now done. Although quite small, turning the deck pillars proved quite tricky. I was using 6mm square stock and as I don't have a 4 jaw lathe chuck I could only use the point of the drive attachment in my drill and the point of the idler at the other end so it was a bi
  13. Thanks for your comments El Cid, Allan and Henry. El Cid ~ I've ordered a full length mirror and some frilly underpants off ebay. I've viewed several walk-thru videos of Victory on youtube hoping for some inspiration and will probably try a cabinet or two and some shelves similar to these ones in this screenshot from one of the videos >
  14. There are 3 rooms in the aft end of the orlop deck that will be included in the section that I'm building. One of them is #5 in the drawing below. The other 2 rooms, #18 & #19 will also be included. Room #5 is shown as Marine Clothing. How would the inside of that room be configured? I assume it probably had shelves attached to the partition wall and possibly even to the inner hull -- but I only have that drawing above and have no idea of what may have been in that room. So I'd be grateful for any information coming from you guys. Also, the rooms
  15. Hi Tom, I think that side is "more righter" and is also "more betterer"! When I made my other model I didn't bother with any "correct" beams, carlings and ledges as virtually everything inside the ship would not be seen. (but I wanted to make this one "correcter"!) As you said, it has been great practice and a chance to see if I could do some of the 'stuff' I see on so many other builds.
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