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  1. The rule seems to have been that if the plank above or below a port was cut into by more than half its width, the plank adjacent was widened to form the port edge. Of course, the run of the wale's edge would be preserved by differential thinning as required.
  2. Very impressive! Will the white wood not darken over time, though?
  3. Larger ships with lots of open rails and timberheads would not require belaying pins, as your photos demonstrate. As rails were closed in and timberheads reduced, then more pins and pin racks were introduced.
  4. Well put, Mark. I agree that the journey is both interesting and fascinating, as well as the challenge of acquiring knowledge and new skills. For me, the problem solving aspect is also very rewarding. Footnote: my first serious and large project, a 64, took 30 years start to finish, unrigged. Glad I started young!
  5. Alan: If you are looking at model hulls, you may not see belaying pins. For instance, the contemporary rigged model of Speedwell, 1752 has pin racks - but they are lashed across the lower shrouds and would be absent on a 'hull only' model.
  6. Look at photos of the beakhead of Vasa, 1630 and you will see pins there as well.
  7. No cant frames were used in English shipbuilding in the 1630's, Ed. Modern 'replicas' are usually not exactly that; usually headroom is increased, modern nav equipment, flushing heads, small auxiliary diesel engines and a prop fitted, etc. Also modern safety regulations apply! One silly example recently was Bluenose II. She was being restored (the ship is a replica of the original Bluenose) and re-fitted. Current regulations insisted on a steel rudder so, at great expense, one was made and fitted. She proved unmanageable due to the weight so the wooden rudder had to reinstalled.
  8. Depends on the country of build. Very early 1700's for English shipbuilding.
  9. This has been a delightful conversation, gentlemen!
  10. I found a piece of brass tube whose outside diameter fitted the dust port (I had to flare the end out slightly for a tight fit) and the other end fits the hose of my shop vacuum. Works well.
  11. Ab - your comments on 'art' versus 'models' in public galleries are interesting. We had a similar state of affairs here at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, a few years ago. Ken Thomson (the newspaper magnate) very generously donated his lifetime collection of art to a new building extension, also funded by him. One of the conditions of the donation was that the entire collection had to be placed on permanent public display. Not only were there conventional artworks and statuary of various kinds, but a very extensive miniatures and ship model collection. The latter was not considered 'this is like that'. There had to be considerable effort into educating folk within and outside the institution that ship models were indeed a form and expression of art. Amongst others, I was invited to give a public talk on why this should be the case. Today the entire model collection is on display (also in the basement, I might add!) although unfortunately not as well lit as it could be.

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