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  1. From google translate :- "Brass homemade. Use integral milling 1:48"
  2. Interesting, I've always known the meaning of yardarm but not the specific definition 'outboard of the lifts', learn something everyday, thanks. Mark
  3. Hi mugje, i don’t have any experience with this but i would imagine over time the copper patina will change and any matching now may not match in future. happy to be corrected. mark
  4. By convention, when measuring rope in imperial units use circumference, when measuring in metric, diameter.
  5. Interesting looking barque, any more information on her ? Mark
  6. I have this kit in my stack and have considered an ‘abstract’ figure to man it, don’t want a fully detailed figure detracting from the model. One option i found is a mannequin that artists use to practice proportion, available in various sizes including 12” which at this scale would be a 6’ pilot, a tall person for the period but not unheard of (from memory my research indicated 5’6” - 5’7” would be more appropriate) but i doubt the difference would be too noticeable. Depending on the mannequin a little trimming might even be feasible. Mark PS Apologies for the imperial measurements, a persons height is the one thing I’ve never got my head around in metric !
  7. Was trying to find a photo to illustrate the above and this came up in the google search. Mark
  8. Hi Matrim I’ve seen photos of clippers & cargo ships alongside in Sydney with their lower/longer yards acockbill (canted vertically) due to the proximity of the warehouse. Hmm, that could make an interesting diorama. I believe all yards acockbill was also used as a sign of mourning, presumably when a ship was at anchor. Mark
  9. Hi Grandpa Kevin Kenny did a video on this, it's in the ' Model Tips and Tricks and Making Jigs' section.
  10. Thanks Kevin, I'd found lots of photos but I was after some of her out of the water to have a look at the run aft and as most model photos look down at the model, or at best a straight profile, they don't really give a clear view of the lines under the counter, so I was trying to find some of the actual ship out of the water. I thought with a project like that they'd do a doco or blog on her build hence my search was in that direction. I'll keep an eye out. Mark
  11. I got curious about her lines :- https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Linesplan-of-the-privateer-Lynx-from-Chapelle-1967_fig3_303566120 Does anyone know of any photos or videos of her build or even just out of the water ? Mark
  12. Hi Richmond I was about to jump in and say Spotlight have those detail knives but when I just looked online I can't find them. I know I've seen them somewhere as I was looking at them as an alternative to a leatherworkers swivel knife used in leather carving. I did however find 2 versions on Amazon.com.au, the version you pictured for $17 & a 'new' version with a rubberised fingertip in place of the knurled one for $25. Perhaps I did see them in Spotlight and they've dropped the 'old' and are waiting for the 'new'. Personally I think I'd prefer the old version, the rubberised grips they like putting on things are great when new but always seem to go manky after a couple of years. Fiskars Fingertip Swivel Knife Fiskars New Fingertip Swivel Knife Superior Control Softgrip Detail Mark
  13. There were a few AB's around then that were very good at collecting for the SA museum, I remember we carried quite a bit of unofficial cargo that was headed that way, often forwarded via 3 or 4 ships to get there. I very much doubt that plate ever left the Aussie coast in '75.
  14. My understanding is that it’s the oxygen level that’s important. If it’s buried in silt excluding the oxygen, it can survive quite a long time. i’ve recently seen an article about a ship something like 2000 years old of which some parts were well preseved in silt. Likewise, on land, some wooden artifacts have survived in peat bogs for thousands of years.
  15. Hi Alan Another option for a CAD program is Fusion360, I'm only just learning it now and have only touched one other "real" CAD program, so I can't give you an objective comparison but it seems quite powerful once you get over that steep initial learning curve. I started to learn Sketch-Up a few years back but it didn't work the way my mind works, I felt like I was always looking for a way to get around the program to do what I wanted, a "proper" CAD program makes more sense to me. Instructables.com has a 3D Design class using Fusion as well as several classes on 3D printing, CNC etc which use it and on the Fusion 360 website there are extensive video tutorials. (Instructables and Fusion360 are both owned by AutoCAD) It's a professional program but free to "startups and hobbyists". Like everything the best program is the one that works for you, I'd suggest, as their both free, doing a few tutorials on SketchUp and Fusion360 and see which fits you. Mark

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