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  1. The first model of the Bellona (ca. 1760) shows a proposal on the starboard side to keep the upper frames as continuous as possible to the top. The port side shows the more conventional framing. Mark
  2. Allan, Will you post the outcome of your experiment? I am very interested to see an archival way forward on this fascinating topic! Mark
  3. To add to Allan's question, would it make sense to paste the paper frieze onto the hull BEFORE attaching the mouldings above and below, so there can be a slight overlap of the moulding over the paper, keeping a clean line between the two? Mark
  4. I forgot to mention in the last post that this question about the mizen backstay is a good example of a challenge I have faced working on this project, where I look for examples in other models or drawings to answer a question. I have a great tendency to see only what I expect to see. And if an example is contrary to what I expect to see, I tend to think that there must be a mistake or an omission in the model or drawing. In this case, I really expected this to be a stool. And when I could not find one of the right period with a stool, I assumed that the model builder or draughtsman just "left
  5. Hi Alex, Mark and druxey, Thanks so much for you thoughts on this. Alex, I think you found the key to the puzzle. I am assuming the Medway at 1742 also had a mizen with only a topmast, not a topgallant. So it, too, would have only one backstay at the mizen. Unless someone knows of another piece of rigging at the mizen with deadeyes in this location, I will assume what we see in the Medway is the backstay to the mizen topmast. It appears to bolt directly to the side, perhaps this is what Lees was calling a deadeye plate as one of the possible rigging arrangements at the
  6. Hi druxey, My copies of the original 1759 Bellona draughts show the same thing as the model of about the same date; 3 and 3, no stool. I confirmed that the ports were moved at the stern in the later 1780ish model, leading to a different arrangement of 4 + 2 deadeyes to avoid a port. But no stool or other backstay support in either model. A mystery.... Mark
  7. Thanks, druxey, doing the moulding afterwards sure simplifies the next steps of planking! Got the first plank on above the channel wale today. Gets me back into the groove. While waiting for the glue to dry, I started looking forward to outboard fixtures and fittings. I drew up the channels, and discovered a few questions. First, as best I can tell, the mizen in this period did not have a topgallant, only a topmast with a pole (see below). So this means that there would only be a backstay to the top of the topmast, correct? And no backstay
  8. Hi everyone, I have been in and out of the shop for the last long while, attending to other life things, but also really pondering my next steps forward. After thinking at great length about the issue of when and how to mount the guns, I finally decided that it would be best first to finish all of the outboard work, allowing me to turn the hull on its side for painting, putting in the friezes, etc., then go back to working on internal work including the decks and mounting the guns. So I have turned my attention to planking again, now facing the fun prospect
  9. I agree with the cumulative measuring idea. One way is to measure from a set point out to every frame. Another way is to draw the frames on a jig at the base of the hull (see below). Either way, every time you place a frame, measure where its face ought to be. If the frame needs thinning down, sand the face on sandpaper glued to a sheet of plywood. That keeps it flat, and you can use calipers to check the thickness of each edge to ensure the two faces are parallel. In my project below, the frames turned out to be varying thicknesses to keep the whole thing the right length as I added to t
  10. Siggi, it is looking great. Is the yellow color a mask for painting? Mark
  11. Alan, I regret buying my plastic full size kayak. Building your's full size would have been much more satisfying! Mark
  12. Gaetan, your shop should be on a Nautical Research Guild tour some day! Mark
  13. Hi Alan, Doing more drawing is how I procrastinate on actually cutting wood! It is becoming a bad habit...🙃 Mark
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