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Bluto 1790

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  1. You say "slow but steady" ~ well, the way the wind is filling those sails already that ship will be zipping across them waves! Looking great!
  2. Hi Tom, That sail is looking great! . . . and what a lot of work just in one sail. How did you get the 'wind in that sail'?
  3. Such luxurious cabins !!! I want to sail on this ship when she is finished! When I see work of this standard I feel I should cancel my membership of the forum. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !
  4. Thanks Bruce, Gregory and Druxey for your comments. In view of your comments and having looked at the 'item' again, I feel I have to believe the wooden part was in fact the sheave out of a block and that someone has indeed 'decorated' it with some 'old rope'. In its present appearance I can't imagine it would have any practical use ~~~ and that's why I asked the question . . . as I couldn't imagine how it would be used!
  5. Bruce, it was on today's edition of "Bargain Hunt". He didn't actually say it had been under water for over 200 years but he did say something like 'it was his prized possession from the wreck of HMS Invincible', so I assumed that it had been salvaged after having been 'down there' for some time. The site of the wreck was discovered in 1979.
  6. Watching an antiques program on TV this item was described as having been salvaged from the wreck of HMS Invincible. (Captured from the French Navy 1747 and sunk 1758) The item was described as a "pulley". I would expect a pulley to have been fitted with a rolling sheave but this item appears as a flat circular piece of wood with just a round hole at its centre ~~~ so, for what would it have been used, and HOW would it have been used?
  7. HI Tom, "Splicing the main brace" is an expression in very common usage but I reckon that more than 99% of people using it don't know its origin and original meaning -- just like so many other old expressions, so don't feel silly! . . . and milestones! . . . that's the thing about this ship building -- there are so many milestones and it's great when we get to each one and tick it off! Once you get the yards on and rigged it's going to look complete but if you're adding sails it's going to be even 'more completer'!
  8. Thanks for the comments and likes. Michael, there are quite a few items in my build that have been copied from other builders, but if there is anything that you (or anyone else) wants to copy from my 'stuff' then I'm well flattered! Tom, about the only 'fancy machine' I have is my mill. The mill and the bandsaw are the 2 most used machines in the build, with an occasional use of the drill press for larger diameter holes. The mill is also used as a drill press for small holes from around 3mm down to 0.5mm. Oh, almost forgot the drill powered lathe/jig I use to make 'r
  9. Thanks for the thumbs ups and the visits. Making the mast was reasonably straightforward -- making the mast wedges had me thinking for a while. As I don't have a 'proper lathe' just a drill in an attachment and only having a standard drill chuck I couldn't create the wedges in the way I've seen them done here on the forum. So I turned a short length of softwood down to the same diameter as the mast at lower deck level. I tried to calculate the size of wedges that would be required for 8 wedges. These wedges were glued on around the 'dummy mast' leaving an u
  10. Hi Tom, Is that very fine mirror a prototype for one you're going to model for Leopard!!! Looking at your layout plans for your pins looks scary! I just did the standing rigging on mine and even that required a LOT of belaying points ~ rigging the sails will sure need a lot more. I'm really looking forward to seeing it with all sails flying!
  11. Hi Tom, I have to confess that I cheated a little when I made the yards on my other build! I didn't try for 'octagonalism' the way you did ~ on the mid section of the yards I glued on 4 thin pieces of timber at regular places around the yard. After a light sanding with a sanding stick that mid section was having the appearance of being octagonal - - - and up there on the masts, with all the rigging going on around them it's not very obvious that they're not perfect! Now, seein' as I'm on here I'll post a few other pics. Did the mast foot tenon and here is the ma
  12. Thanks for the comment, Tom, and the others for the thumbs-ups. I wanted to be getting all the 'stuff' done for that central area around the main mast. Although the 'business end' of the topsail sheet bitts will be on the upper gun deck, the lower end of the posts originate down in the lower gun deck. These are the posts after turning the top parts and morticing for fitting to the lower gun deck and also for receiving the lower cross piece. (At this point they still had to be morticed to fit the upper deck beam.) Then morticed for the upper beam and with th
  13. 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
  14. 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 . . . . .
  15. 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
  16. 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 >
  17. Attempting to create another post here -- BUT am still unable to upload any more photos - - - keep getting an error message. *€!#**!!!£%$!!!
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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 >
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