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  1. druxey, good suggestions. I drew the location of the gun carriage at the port to study this, and realized that the standard has to shift forward of the gundeck beam below it, to give enough clearance for the gun when it is run out. That then leaves room for the port tackle eyebolt to remain in its correct position, and the breeching ringbolt can move onto the face of the standard. And this only works if I shift the hanging knees at 14A and 15 to the fore sides of their respective beams. The dotted lines are my original idea, the purple lines are the proposed solution. Who says there are a lot
  2. Thanks, druxey, I I must have been posting my comments when your's came through. Yes, the only way the dotted line position makes sense if if there is a hull frame in that location. I will have to look at that more closely. Mark
  3. A little more drawing this morning, and I was able to clear the eyebolts and rings in all places but one, by casting the hanging knee a little further fore or aft of the port. The one remaining question is where standard #6 cannot move because it is related to the beam below. The ironwork either has to go on top of the standard, or moved fore of the standard as shown in the dotted line. Maybe the latter position is more consistent with everything else? Mark
  4. Thanks, Greg and Marc. Once I discovered the 18th century model builders did SWOPEM, it was an open door for me! But as you point out Greg, sometimes it was harder to do it in one piece than in many. The paradoxes of the world. I have finished cutting all of the quickwork, and realized that now I have each piece off the hull for staining, I could drill for the hardware for the gun tackles and breaching ropes. So I started laying out the locations for the eyebolts and rings, and discovered interference with the knees and sometimes the standards. Here is a sample. The rul
  5. Thanks so much, druxey and Gary. You keep me going through some tedious steps. I am working on quickwork now, which was not so quick when I started; but it gets faster with repetition until my brain wanders and I cut too short... Thanks also, Giampieroricci. The wood is all South American boxwood, and the red is a stain mixed in with the polyurethane finish. I can't stain up to a line because the stain travels through cells in the grain past the edge of the stain. That is why I have to stain first and install later. Mark
  6. Hi Marc, I somehow lost the notifications to your build. I am just catching up. Looks spectacular! there needs to be a shanty song, "file, fit, file, fit, file, fit...."🙃 Mark
  7. Gary, I just remembered I was also looking at the inboard works drawing for the Arrogant, published in Lavery's Bellona AOS book, page 46. Have you seen the original? The way this is redrawn in the Lavery book leaves a lot of details unanswered. But it does show a few hanging knees aft of center on the forward side of the beam, for example, on the gundeck two ports forward of the stern, and another six ports forward of the stern. Mark
  8. thanks so much, Gaetan, for the information about the camera and particularly the lights. Mark
  9. Hi Gary, I just saw this string of posts on a very interesting question! I struggled to understand the conflicts between the drawings that you, Siggi, Mark and druxey refer to, and also the directions I saw in the 1763 Marlborough contract, which say, "Every Beam of the Quarterdeck before the Mizen Mast & Every other Beam abaft, to be kneed with 1 Hanging & 1 Lodging Knee at Each End." And for the Roundhouse, "Every other Beam..." Here is my best guess at how it works on the Bellona, whose ports do not align in the same way as the Dorsetshire, so I had to m
  10. It has been a long time since my last posting. I started work on the gundeck spirketting and quickwork. Here are a few images in progress. Apologies for the dust I see in the photos; time for a little housecleaning! I said earlier that in order to keep a clean line between the stained spirketting and the natural wood waterway, I would not be able to make individual strakes of this inner planking, level them down, and then stain in place. I did what Rob Napier discovered in his refurbishment of the 18th century model of the Princess Royal; he named this typical 18th century model bu
  11. Gaetan, what camera and lens are you using for the interior shots? They are spectacular! Mark
  12. Gary, beautiful work on the lodging and hanging knees. I was dreading starting that, but you make it look manageable! Mark
  13. I once accidentally mirrored something on a line of axis that was just slightly not straight. Took me forever to figure out what went wrong. Does the PDF measure exactly symmetrical? Mark
  14. just like being in the actual ship, except for the giant clamps taller than a man!🙂 Beautiful work and photos, Gaetan. Mark
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