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  1. Great to see some progress on the masterpiece, Caroline. Hope you enjoyed the sunshine! John
  2. Thanks for looking in, Druxey and Vaddoc. The model makers bench has been a very popular exhibit at the museum for many years - I'm not sure just how long, but certainly since prior to 1999. John
  3. Thanks, Gary. As predicted, I got virtually nothing done today as there were crowds of people in the museum. John
  4. A rare and beautiful antique! John
  5. Thanks, Pat, but the whole reason for us being there is to interact with visitors. When they re-worked our modelling space a few years ago the museum offered us a glass partition, but we refused as there would be no real point in being there if we couldn't talk to people. John
  6. Congratulations on the completion of your beautiful model, Frank. I, too, am looking forward to the addition of the dredges. John
  7. Hello Firedog, and a warm welcome to the forum from 'Down Under'. John
  8. A little bit more to show. It might not look like much, but I've been busily fairing and sanding the inside of the lower hull preparatory to fitting the keelson and some stringers to stiffen the structure. I now feel like I'm starting to get somewhere - but probably won't achieve much on Monday; being Easter Monday the museum will probably be crowded with visitors. John
  9. That looks very nice, Keith. No Flinders bar? they have been in use since the second decade of the 19th century. By the way, in merchant ships (no idea about gentlemen's yachts), it is (or was) common practice to paint the balls red and green a la sidelights. John
  10. Or that 'Admiralty No, 162' on the front! John
  11. John Leather, in his book 'The Gaff Rig Handbook', states that hooped gaff topsails were once very popular - especially in large racing yachts. He states, "Their use requires work aloft when setting or taking in the topsail." And also, "If hoops are fitted the topsail must be stowed aloft, requiring going up the shrouds to gather, furl and stow the topsail to the masthead; an unpleasant task in a breeze or at night.' John
  12. Some complex work on the monkey island, San. She's really coming along very well. John
  13. Yep, he came up with his quadrantal correctors (more commonly known as Kelvin's balls) in the 1880's. John

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