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  1. Taking matchstick modeling to a completely new level!
  2. Elegant solution, using a knurling tool! Lovely work as usual, Valery.
  3. Keith: This is - I hope - just the first of Dan's Positively Last Farewell Tours.
  4. "Never make a thing simple if you can make it complicated." - my father, 1905-1974
  5. Nice going, Toni, but are you aware that on naval vessels the moldings were applied over the planking? (It'll be easier to fit the planks without having to also fit them between the wale and molding!)
  6. As I've had much more reading time with current circumstances, this sequel to The Four Days' Battle of 1666 (recently reviewed) is this much smaller book on what occurred the following summer. P. G. Rogers originally wrote this back in the late '60's - the tercentenary of this event. Published in 1970, this new edition was printed in 2017. A well-written narrative describes the prelude, raid, and its aftermath by the Dutch in the Medway. This action was in retribution for the previous year's wanton burning of the Dutch village of Terschelling ("Holmes' Bonfire"). The politics, economics, poor leadership and ignoring of valuable intelligence all contributed to the British losses incurred in this daring raid. Another engrossing read and thoroughly recommended, available online through Seaforth Publishing, hard-cover, 2017.
  7. Bob: There are several contemporary models I've examined that have this feature. Unfortunately I can't post photos due to copyright restrictions. One variety of 'hinge' at the foot of the staff is similar to a whipstaff rowle. Two small fore and aft bearers have the rowle pivoting in them. The base of the staff is fixed in the socket bored into this rowle. It's also quite possible that the ensign was flown from the gaff when under sail and only from the staff when anchored in harbour. A time machine would settle this point.
  8. Those removable chimneys/funnels operated in reverse of those on fireships. In the latter, the small hatch covers were removed and the chimneys placed just before firing the ship. Their placement, unlike yours, was just under the shrouds!. And, of course, they didn't have hoods at the top.
  9. Starting to get real atmosphere to the project! Love the brick/half timber work.
  10. Tom: that is a good question. The answer is that the ensign staff (its proper name) is pivoted at the base. A half-hoop clasp, not shown in the drawing above, is undone, the staff pivoted forward and down, the boom swung over and the staff raised again.
  11. Welcome, Minnang! There are no stupid questions, as others have already remarked. Nice workmanship on your now-abandoned model. I applaud your quest for authentic subjects to model. You'll find plenty of advice and help here when you need it.

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