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    Sailing ship design and development.
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    Development and history of marine painting.
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  1. It’s not a quibble, but a perfectly legitimate observation - in this case based on practical, sea-going experience on Scottish fishing boats. If you’re happy for a model to be inaccurate, that’s your choice, but don’t criticise others if they are of a different opinion.
  2. Do you know what the dimensions of the full size vessel was in feet and inches?
  3. I would avoid any contact with water! Not good - and particularly not good in the 'nooks and crannies' as these are the places where rust will develop (unless the base material is brass, as were most of the better quality draughting instruments). A medium soft artists brush is the best method of removing excess polish.
  4. I have a number of these drawing instrument sets, the majority by Kern, from Switzerland (from when I was working as an information and technical illustrator - long before computers made real draughting skills redundant!). The best material to clean them with is jewellers rouge paste or red jewellers polishing compound, applied with an electric mini drill, with a final hand polish using lint free cloths. Never use anything remotely abrasive, even the finest grade steel wool, as this will damage the chrome plating. And certainly never use any acid-based cleaning liquid, regardless of how much it's been diluted.
  5. For the past six months, if not longer, few Hegner scroll saws are available in the UK! Almost all are listed as 'currently unavailable'! I've registered my interest and have emailed the company and their UK distributor, but have heard nothing! Very frustrating as a Hegner scroll saw is what I would like!
  6. Interesting responses! Thank you! It would seem I need to do more practical research, but that will probably have to wait until the coronavirus lockdown is lifted... However, one reason for needing a bandsaw is not just for modelling, but also for small DIY projects that often require a certain degree of accuracy in cutting. In addition to a band saw, I also need a scroll saw as the one I have no longer works (it cannot be repaired). Any recommendations?
  7. No doubt this is not a new topic, but for me it is...! I would like to get a bandsaw; one that can cope with fine work as well as ‘rough’ cutting - although the emphasis for me is on accuracy, including tight curves (or as tight as possible). I’ve done extensive ‘research’, but I’m now overwhelmed by the sheer number of ‘reviews’, many of which leave so many questions unanswered, not the least about quality, etc. (I live in the UK, which may or may not restrict my choices.) What would others recommend, and why? With thanks in anticipation!
  8. I was interested in the post regarding whether the crew slept in the focsle or in the deck house. On the north European side of the pond, most vessels of this size and period the crew did sleep in a focsle. A single deck house would often have the galley and, space permitting, accommodation for ‘senior ratings’, such as the bosun, carpenter (if carried) and the cook. All others would be down below in the focsle. Typical examples include classic British West Country schooners, and similar from Germany, France and the Scandinavian countries. Whilst I haven’t checked against the plans, I would suggest that the deck house on Leon is too small to accommodate all of the crew and the galley. There are also numerous references sources, such as the books by Basil Greenhill, that clearly show focsle accommodation for the crew. Indeed, on many coastal sailing vessels the deck house was the galley, nothing else. Another important factor, or question, is why the need for a dedicated companionway when the crew are accommodated in the deckhouse? A companionway would not be necessary to gain access to the hold, as this would be done via the hatches (and there’s plenty of photographic evidence to support this). A dedicated companionway is a clear indication of a focsle for the crew.
  9. In the interests of balance, my personal experience of ordering from Seawatch Books has been excellent, from ordering through to the receipt of a book. If a book is in print, I've always received a prompt response every time following the placement and payment of an order. I do not order books until they are in print. The reason is nothing to do with Seawatch, but because, as they often make clear on their website, they are waiting on authors to deliver before they can start the production process (a frustrating example being Volume Two of The Rogers Collection of Dockyard Models). These delays obviously impact on planned publication dates, so it's always best to wait until Seawatch confirm, via their website, that a book is available. Anyway, it's good that Bryan received his copy of the aforementioned book as I'm sure he's as delighted with it as I have been!
  10. Hi Anthony As the Bryne saw is made in the USA, is there a problem with the difference in voltage between the USA and the UK? If so, how did you resolve it?
  11. I'm familiar with ring net boats and Fifies, having sailed as a guest on the former when they still fished Loch Fyne, etc, and I've sailed on the restored Fife Reaper (owned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum). I know ring net boats (derived from Fifies and Zulus) came in different hull lengths, and many had very small wheelhouses - often with only enough space for just one crew member, but in this kit the wheelhouse looks exceptionally small. Be interesting to see the plans from which the kit was based.
  12. Excellent choice for a kit! However, comparing the photos posted here to the drawings in Karl Heinz Marquardt's Anatomy of the Ship HMS Beagle (1997) it looks very crude. It would probably require a significant amount of correction and/or scratch building to bring the model up to a reasonable standard of accuracy (the sails are certainly out-of-scale and should be discarded!).
  13. Interesting looking kit, although the wheelhouse looks too small relative to the hull. I know the scale is 1:32, but what is the full-size length and beam in metres or feet?
  14. The restored whaler Charles W Morgan, Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA. Taken in August on my second visit to this excellent museum.

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