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About ianmajor

  • Birthday 03/04/1950

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    Bramhall, England
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    I am married to Judith whom I met whilst I was working/resident in Moscow in the early 70's. I went all that way to meet a woman from UK!

    I have three sons and a daughter, two grand sons and two grand daughters. My children are now well spread across the UK.

    We had a dog who kept me company in my workshop. Sadly he is no more.

    I also look after my youngest son's ball python which has only bitten me once. Ouch!

    My main interests are around UK railways. I make 7mm/ft scale brass locomotives and am a member of historical model railway societies.

    My interest in ships dates back to my early years. My grandfather, who was a carpenter, had decided that when he retired he was going to make a model of the Santa Maria using a set of Model Craft plans. When he actually retired his skills and time remained in great demand so the ship was not constructed. I still have those plans which are more than 60 years old. Not having his wood skills I opted for a Coral frigate kit which accompanied me on my 1970s work related tours of, what was then, the communist eastern European block.

    I am still building the model frigate! Progress should improve now that I am retired - and if I can drag myself away from reading MSW logs. :-)

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  1. Hello Mike, Sorry for not replying earlier - have been it bit distracted of late! The deck layout of the Venus does look similar to the Coral Unicorn offering. I always felt the kit deck was from a later period and not very British(?). How old is the Renommee kit? The Coral Unicorn is 1974 (pre Web days). I think when kits were designed in those days they were done as cheaply as possible and with the view that most people building the kit would not have easy access to the source plans/information so "would not know the difference". Or is that heresy?
  2. Hello Chuck, Drop me a PM so that we can exchange email addresses. I can then use your email address to give you access to my share. You will find the sheet you require there. However I don't think much of Corel's idea of how the headworks should go together. Even with all the instructions it is not clear and produces a poor result. I suspect all the Unicorn builders will agree with this view. I would suggest having a look at Dan Vadas' Vulture log. He gives a very good, illustrated, step by step description of how the headworks go together. The start of his log covering the head w
  3. Chuck, I have my plans scanned in on a share drive. If you drop me a PM with your email address I can give you access to them. One thing my instructions are version 1. A later version does exist but sheet 4 is unchanged I believe.
  4. Ed, Beautiful work on the anchors and great to be able to see you next to your developing masterpiece.
  5. Piet, Rats - I take a few days away from MSW and miss your birthday. A belated best wishes and I hope to see much more of your inspirational work to come.
  6. This has me interested. I also note that ggrieco is looking in at the moment. With Gehard(Vienna) building and Glenn (ggrieco) in the background I am getting some very high quality vibes!
  7. Hello Tristan, I see from your intro that you are from lovely Devon. I hail from further up country. I don't know how far you got with your Victory but I imagine you did at least some hull planking. If you look in the "ship modeling articles and downloads" you will see useful articles on planking. Worth a look if you haven't already done so. Best of luck with this build.
  8. Paul, that looks a very fine piece of work that you have done. You have identified Gill Middleton's log which I regard as one of the finest on this forum. If you have not already done so I would suggest having a look at Dafi's Victory <here> . It is based on a Heller plastic kit which may not immediately seem relevant to your wooden build but he has done a lot of research into the detail of Victory's construction which he documents here. He also creates various tableaux with figures to show how the ship was operated. If nothing else it is a fascinating read. Good luck with the
  9. Pat and Piet, thanks for looking in and all the likes. Piet, re hardening the mild steel - I only use mild steel for infrequently used tools that will be used on soft(ish) wood which I don't bother hardening. Perhaps I should have mentioned hardening here. For tools that require more demanding use I use tool steel which I harden and temper. Pre-empting the question on how to harden steel (not from Piet) there is a good description <here>.
  10. John and Mike, thanks for your replies. John looking at your suggestion I could push the "Option 1" front forward. I was looking to keep the distance between the front support and the rear scroll to be the same as the distance between the two scrolls. As you point out that is not the case with the NMM 6th rate model so pushing it forward should do the trick. An interesting thing about the NMM model is that it is not the usual Admiralty type. The NMM notes say that it is ballasted with a lead keel suggesting that it is a sailing model. I look forward to seeing how you get on with yo
  11. Mike/Mark, again thanks for the input. I have to admit I have put off this part of the modification for some time. I have been debating with myself at length about the best compromise. Mike, you are right about the rail in option 1 ending shy of the leading edge of the quarter deck (drat, I thought no-one would notice), this is illustrated in the two top views below. I am now hooked on using 3D modelling rather than scraps of paper for my modification plans. Option 1 top view Option 2 top view I gazed long and hard at the various plans. I had made the end of the bulwarks as per t
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