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  1. In my "Miss Caroline" model build I used small brass nails to secure the keelson to the moulds. I also used them to secure the strakes as I went, the resultant holes are tiny and easily filled with a little wood filler. In my case the floor boards cover most of the holes in the lower hull anyway and I would assume the same would apply in your case but they are so small you have to look for them to see even the ones in plain view up the sides of the hull. My hull is more spartan than yours will be too so they'll disappear easily.


  2. Might I suggest that the indicator disc was probably connected directly to the elevation mechanism rather than the the drive gears for that mechanism.


    So it was probably mounted on a shaft that passes through the guns base and connects to the jacking (for want of a better word) mechanism itself, this would give a more direct reading and therefore greater accuracy.


    As usual I have run out of superlatives for your attention to detail, I always look forward to your updates.

  3. I don't know how much you know about epoxy but there is generally a period when it has solidified but is still relatively soft. A saving grace when I build the full size Miss Caroline. 

    You'll find a sharp chisel or knife will slice through the squeeze out quite easily and cleanly. If the epoxy has passed this point then the careful application of heat from a hot air gun will temporarily soften it and allow easy trimming but don't let it get too hot or the epoxy will fail.


  4. 4 hours ago, KeithAug said:


    Steve - excessive if you ask me. 4 large computer screens plus a smaller laptop size screen. I can't even begin to think what they are all for. GPS, Radar, Internet - and after that I run out of ideas.



    Yes I have to agree, what ever happened to "A tall ship and a star to steer her by" 

    Bark Endeavour has a comms&nav room in one of the small cabins by the aft companion way and it has one large screen mainly dedicated to wind and a few smaller ones for gps, depth etc but nothing like Germania

  5. 2 hours ago, DBorgens said:

    Thanks, I wasn’t aware they pivoted.


    Dave B

    Dave, by pointing the windward vents into the wind and the leeward vents away from the wind you can get a nice cross flow below decks. You can see the vents on Waratah (which I crew and was at the helm when that pic was taken) either side of the funnel. One facing forward and one aft. This helps create a cross flow of air in the stoke hold so the poor stokers don't cook.


    Of course sailing vessels aim them differently than steamers for the reasons Kieth mentioned but in fair weather they'd have some facing to windward and the others away.



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