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    19th shipbuilding and naval history, indigeneous boats and their history

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  1. You are now sufficiently practiced for the grandchildrens' doll-house The only attention our balcony required was the daily sun-downer ...
  2. You are getting really into the specifics there ... can't give founded advice on the hounds, but wondered, whether the difference between the options would be discerneable on the model ? OK, this is our old plague, that we want to get it right, even if no one would notice the difference.
  3. My father trained as doctor and I inherited a box full of them together with other chirurgical instruments. Was has to be cautious with the locking ones - when in the last step before release, they exert a lot of pressure and parts or threads can get crushed. Another name to look for is Castrovejo. He invented various eye-surgery instruments that can be useful.
  4. Outside the US purchase of ammunition would be difficult ... You may also find wooden or styrene balls in architectural model or craft supply stores.
  5. I roll short lengths of wire between two pieces of flat hardwood, which makes the laquer peel off and the wire comes out perfectly straight. I don’t know this particular boat, but thought they were only clinkered below the waterline. So the copper rivets would disappear under the coppering or the anti-fouling treatment.
  6. A bit of targeted research and knowledge of the market ... I gather you have a copy of the commerce raider (Hilfskreuzer) STIER from Wilhelmshavener Modellbaubogen (Möve-/Jade-Verlag ? This one here: https://www.moewe-by-hd-m-verlag.com/stier-hilfskreuzer.html ? It is actually in 1:250 as all of their models. Most of their models have been designed before the 1970s I believe. As a small boy I built several of them. That would then be the standard of those days, which was quite good for the time. I found a building log on this site here, albeit in German: https://www.kartonbau.de/forum/thema/11685-hsk-stier-whv-im-maßstab-1-250/. You can try to follow with GoogleTranslator.
  7. By 'securing' you probably mean 'holding in place until the glue has set' ? That may be only one issue. Or rather, if this is a serious issue then you may be missing the rabbet in the stem post ? Once there is a proper rabbet against which the planks can land, they may be already more or less locked into place, making clamping simpler. An additional strategy will be to water and heat the planks and then to clamp them until dry into a jig that has a similar curvature as the place where they are supposed to go. Such pre-bend planks will be easier to fit and require less force, when fitted finally.
  8. I may be wrong, but I think Citroen used this kin of system for the rear suspension of the half-tracks that were used for the Sahara expeditions and the on-land trip from Paris to Pékin (Beijing) in late 1920s/early 1930s.
  9. Well, the car was conceived in the late 1930s, when there were not too many other cars on the road and mainly for use in rural areas. That it became so popular in the 1960s to 1980s particularly with non-conventional urban young could not be anticipated. The lack of passenger protection was one reason, why it was discontinued. I have a late 1970s repair manual, which shows a lot of cross-sections of the parts of the suspension, but no GA drawing unfortunately, but I found this site with a lot of useful photographs (albeit in German): http://www.entmontage.de/fahrwerk.htm. And the animated graphic from that site:
  10. Actually, the fabric looks very much the one on mine, but the stitching was different.
  11. At least on the later models the grills were stamped and pressed sheet-metal in a light grey plastic frame, independent of the colour of the car. Before the frame was also stamped and pressed from sheet-metal - remember very well, because at some stage I repainted mine. The very first models did not have a separate grille, but just slots in an inverted chevron-pattern stamped into the pressed bonnet. The Citroen inverted chevrons were chromed, if I remember correctly. Will you be adding still the connecting rods to the suspensions ? The 2CV had a rather unique suspension cum shock-absorber arrangement. The longitudinal pipes under the chassis are the spring cum shockabsorber elements. The arms on which the wheels sit are connected to these by long rods. In this way the suspension for wheels on one side is not completely independent. The suspension overall was very soft, but safe, even when taking bends at high speed (relatively to the 2CV that is) - one just had to get used to the swaying of the body of the car. One of the design criteria was that a farmer should be able to safely take a basket of eggs from his farm, across unmade roads, to the market town The first models were sort of painted in sort of satin oil-paint, I think. But since the mid-1950s or so normal painting procedures of the day were followed, resulting in a gloss finish. The quilted leather upholstery is rather posh for a 2CV. Usually they had a sort of velvety fabric, the same as used on the larger Citroens. The seats were rather soft by modern standards, but very comfortable - I could sit in it the whole day without circulation problems.
  12. Colour can also matter. Lighter coloured ropes may appear thicker than dark coloured ones of the same diameter. We also tend to have modern ships in front of our mental eyes. There, even natural fibre ropes tend to be thinner than they would have been say 150 or 200 years ago. Since the 1880s or so techniques to quantitatively testing the breaking strenghts of rope have been developed and also quality control measures on the raw materials that go into them. In this way ropes can be made thinner than in previous centuries, where they had to err on the safe side.
  13. Actually, the (ModelShip)World knows, at least those, who follow the project
  14. Keith, that's a good question. I don't really know. As the muzzle is several metres beyond the rim of the barbette, I assume they could shelter behind that. There are contemporary pictures of deck-guns of this type (albeit only half the calibre) being fired, where the crew is lying on the deck, while the gun-layer is standing behind it, holding the firing lanyard. There was a gun-drill manual for this type of gun as official publication, but so far my searches through all of the German archives, museums, and libraries has been unsuccessful.
  15. We are kind of crazy, arent't we ? Making things that no one ever (except perhaps a restorer in a 100 years time) will see. But it gives you a good feeling that it is there and the satisfaction that you could do it ...

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