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  1. Henry, AMAZING !!! exactly what I was looking for! Thank you very much for your help. Much appreciated ! Greetings from Bavaria Tom
  2. Hi, I am looking for the rig used to launch and recover a ship's boat. I am in the process of building L'Artisien, a French 64 twodecker around 1770, and want to show the ship setting out a boat. Tom
  3. Hi all, maybe I've overlooked it, I didn't seem to find anything. How exactly does the rigg for a hove-to manoevre look in the 18th ct ? Hove-to describes the setting out or hauling in a ship's boat. I would love to have a detailed layout. thanks for helping best regards Tom
  4. Hi all, it's been a while, but the festive season kept my quite busy and there was Little time to relax in the Workshop. Just a quick update. The inner gunportframes are all in, the two halfes have been joined together and I have loosely fitted the gundeck base. Next step is to install the final gunportframes. best Tom
  5. Hi all, got the first batch of milled wood for L'Artesien. Mostly planking material in walnut and swiss pear. I was fiddling with the picture, but can't get the color right. It's more on the red side than the picture shows. Tom
  6. Hi Nigel, thought the best way to answer your question is to show you the respective section of the plans. As you can see, these are all sorts of windows and hatches. best Tom
  7. Hi all, I wanted to let you know about my experience with the use of basswood for miniature carving. Quite a lot of modellers, including myself, entertain the prejudice, that basswood is not very good for miniature carving. Instead, the only timber to go for, are all sorts of short-grained, hard-growing fruit varieties. Not true. I have a carving mentor, who lives near the alps. 1 hour driving time. Every now and then I visit him for a lesson. The typical alpine carving style is what he does for a living. Nativity scenes and that sort of thing. But sometimes he does miniatures, just to push the borders and see what's possible. From that, from practicing with basswood, I can tell you, basswood is perfect for miniature carving. Especially, if you plan to gild, or paint it. It is not as hard as the fruit timber, but still holds tiny edges. It is worked with normal, small carving tools. You need to keep them in a pristine sharp condition. But you do not have to invest in expensive high quality dental burr equipment, if you don't want to. This also means you can finish figures much faster than working the much harder fruits, like pear or box. I am attaching a picture of a quadriga, my mentor did. That's his smallest so far. The groundplate is much smaller than my palm. Again, no dental burrs, only knives and traditional miniture carving tools. Tom
  8. Hi Chris, impressive Job for a beginner. I also like your paintwork. best regards Tom
  9. here we have both, the hearth and the swinging kitchen. They look nice together, don't they? The last item in the cooking ensemble is the bread oven, which will follow later. Meanwhile I'll continue working on the hull. till then Tom
  10. Hi all ! The galley hearth is completed. It was a joy to build. The brick construction was encased in wooden walls, which were reinforced with St. Andrew crosses. It sits under the forecastle together with the swinging galley kitchen. Bit of a shame, you see the side walls, when looking from the maindeck under the forecastle. Maybe it is possible to see a bit inside the hearth when you look at a slightly diagonal angle. Or through a gunport. Remains to be seen.
  11. Hi all ! the parts finished for assembly. Fitted with brass straps and rings. The straps secured the brick-work and the rings where for securing all sorts of cooking devices.
  12. Hi all, the Brick-work now darkened and aged. I use water-soluable powder colours for this kind of work. In this case I used dark red, brown and black. Apply a very thin wash of red and brown, repeatedly until you are satisfied with the appearance. Don't make it too even. Then let it dry and apply some dark aereas with a mix of black and browm. Just the colour, no water. You probably heard of the dry-paint-method. You need a stiff brush to apply the colour. Again, randomly in various places and try to blend out. Tom

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