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  1. 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!
  2. My apologies! I should have made myself clearer! I posted my original question not for myself, but to see what other members considered was the most accurate wooden kit currently available - and more as a discussion topic than anything else, although it's always interesting to hear from the manufacturers themselves, including the designers. My question is not as subjective as it might seem, for there are numerous examples of where kit manufacturers short-cuts show a divergence from historical and technical accuracy for cost or other reasons (and for 'other reasons' I believe it's because of inadequate initial research). I fully understand and recognise that if you want as close to technical and historical accuracy as possible, it will always be necessary to either significantly improve on an existing kit, or build from 'scratch' (but this wasn't the point of my question). That this is more the case with wooden kits than injection moulded plastic kits is obvious (plus there are, for many plastic kits, numerous third party up-grade sets). Within these caveats, what wooden kits do members believe, in their experience, are the most accurate?
  3. 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?
  4. Even though I was referring specifically to the external appearance of a ship, I understand the point you're making; if you want maximum accuracy you have to scratch-build (awful term!). However, that's not within everyone's grasp and, for many, kits are their only option. It's on this basis that I posed my question. I also agree with you about Model Shipways or Bluejacket kits - far more accurate than comparable kits made in Europe. But maybe I'm wrong; maybe there are kits by European manufacturers that are as accurate?
  5. From my experience, serious ship model kits from the US tend to be far more accurate than comparable models manufactured in Europe. That said, I do understand the 'problems' in making a kit where the frames follow full-size practice. The nearest example that I can think of is the kit of a Great Lakes brig by The a wood supplier, in Ohio.
  6. Where to start! I could mention specific kits or manufacturers but that's not my question! However, to highlight just a few examples of details, most kits have over-scale belaying pins; most kits of vessels carrying boats show the boats with over-scale scantlings, etc, etc. What I'm really interested to know is what other members consider are the most accurate, particularly externally (far better to be positive than to be negative by slating one particular kit - I leave that to the reviewers!). I posted the question because a friend asked for a recommendation, but wanted a kit that matched the original as close as possible.
  7. A few more photographs from the recent Joint Warrior exercise, including some of the aircraft that took part.
  8. 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.
  9. Regardless of whether sail or power, I'd be interested to know which wooden kit members believe is the most accurate, particularly of an historic subject? So many kit manufacturers take short-cuts, some of which are clearly because of manufacturing processes and to keep costs reasonable. However, numerous manufacturers seem not to be too bothered by the accuracy of their interpretation of the original.
  10. 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!).
  11. 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?
  12. A few more of my photographs from the most recent Joint Warrior exercise!
  13. Thank you Druxey! It would seem that ‘Ike’ was indeed his real name. So far I’ve found three references to him being called ‘Ike’, even though it is an unusual first name, particularly on this side of the Atlantic.
  14. Thank you very much Bruce - and thank you for the article about Marsh’s Thermopylae model. I was aware of the recent Charles Miller Ltd auction, but did not know about the models sold through the vallejogallery or Bonhams auctions (unfortunately the latter have removed the image of the model). Interesting to note the significant difference in prices realised between these and the Miller auction. Since publishing my original post I’ve found the following references; Notes on a model of Thermopylae, by I W Marsh; Model Ships & Power Boats, Vol 3, pp 192-193, December 1950. Ships and Ship Models takes a look at the Model Engineer Exhibition - Sailing Ships; Ships and Ship Models, Vol 9, pp 328-330, October 1956. The first article is a reasonably detailed account of some of the techniques Marsh used in his model making, although there are no diagrams, merely a photo of the completed Thermopylae. The second article deals with, amongst others, Marsh winning the Sailing Ship Championship Cub for his 1:96 model of the Ariel. (I would be interested in seeing the actual list of entries for Model Engineer Exhibitions from the 1930s through to the 1960s, but do not know who might keep such an archive.)
  15. The Military Sealift Command Lewis and Clarke-class USNS William McLean.
  16. Here's HMS Talent, a RN Trafalgar-class nuclear attack or fleet submarine.
  17. These photographs show HMS Albion, an RN amphibious assault ship. In the second image, HMS Albion is shown with RFA Argus behind. RFA Argus is a primary casualty receiving ship, and was formerly a container ship.
  18. Four photographs that I took of the French navy's amphibious assault helicopter carrier lying at the Clyde Anchorage, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, in October. These were taken towards the end of the Joint Warrior exercise, an exercise that usually takes place twice a year off the West Coast of Scotland. Joint Warrior participants include naval forces, ground forces, maritime patrol aircraft and fast jets, etc. During the October exercise NATO countries taking part included the UK, USA, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Spain, The Netherlands and Turkey.
  19. I’m trying to track down information about the late I W Marsh, who was a British amateur ship model maker active in the late 1940s through to the 1950s, and possibly beyond (Marsh’s first name might have been Ike, but I cannot confirm). From information acquired so far, but not confirmed, Marsh was a professional rigger, whose skills were used to rig the Mayflower replica in 1956/57. Apparently he served under Captain Alan J Villiers when the latter sailed the Mayflower II across the North Atlantic in 1957. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, have three of Marsh’s models. These are of the tea clippers Thermopylae, 1868 (two models; one at 1:96 scale and the other at 1:192 scale. The first is full hulled, whilst the second is a waterline model), and the Sir Lancelot, 1865 (1:96 scale; full hulled model). Both models at 1:96 scale are fully rigged, with individual copper sheathing below the waterline. Marsh also completed a 1:96 scale model of the tea clipper Ariel, 1865. This latter model went on the Mayflower II to the USA in 1957 and was exhibited in, I believe , Boston and NYC. It was eventually bought by Villiers to become part of his private collection, although it was loaned to the National Maritime Museum, possibly in the 1960s and 1970s. As far as I am aware, this is the only surviving Marsh model in a private collection. This model is also fully rigged, with individual copper sheathing below the waterline. I have examined two of Marsh’s models; the Sir Lancelot and the Ariel. They are exquisite, and clearly show an incredible level of skill. For their time, I would suggest they are the finest examples of clipper models ever produced. Whilst I cannot confirm, I have been led to believe that Marsh may have exhibited at the annual Model Engineer Exhibition in the 1950s. I would like to know more about Marsh and about his ship model making. Are there other museums that have examples of his works? Are there other models in private collections? And does anyone know if Marsh wrote about his techniques?
  20. The restored whaler Charles W Morgan, Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA. Taken in August on my second visit to this excellent museum.
  21. This was taken two days ago. It shows the Holy Loch - a small sea Loch off the Firth of Clyde, and home for thirty years to a USN Polaris submarine base. (We live on the north shore of the loch.)

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