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  1. It was certainly the venetian practice in the mid 15th century to have a length of chain attached to the anchor as seen in the cocha of Zorzi Trombetta of 1445. So maybe it was also byzantine practice sometimes Dick
  2. At the helpful suggestion of prof. Mauro Bondioli, I have changed the quarterdeck rail from neo-classical kitsch to something more in keeping with the era. Dick
  3. The construction of the main (forward) and mizzen (aft) yards. Each yard was in two pieces the upper yard was the penna and was significantly longer than the lower yard, called the carra (also car, carium : Jal Glossaire nautique). The two pieces were fitted together with a curved recess carved into the penna and the two pieces lashed together. The ensemble was called the peciae antennarum (Pecia = piece + antenna = mast) This type of yard is seen in modern dhows and similar vessels. Cheers Dick
  4. Just showing the making of the toggles connecting shroud to pendant block. a small round file is quite effective at making these Dick
  5. Thanks, Tovabe and a Happy New Year. I have now nearly completed an earlier venetian round ship of circa 1300 which may interest you: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/17991-venetian-round-ship-13th-century-by-woodrat-132-scale-fully-framed/ Cheers Dick
  6. The shroud rigging. Pendant blocks connected to shroud by toggles. Lower blocks connected to ring bolts on deck. The tackle needs to be able to be rapidly adjusted during tacking. Lee shrouds are kept slack and the weather shrouds taut. Cheers Dick
  7. Thanks Steven and Lupus Niger. I have been busy making blocks for the shrouds. The mediaeval blocks are somewhat different from those of later centuries . As a model I have used the pulleys from the Mataro nao combined with pulleys seen on Carpaccio's paintings. The double blocks for the shroud pendants are in-line rather than side -by-side. Also the mediaeval blocks were often quite sizeable. Now to make some dozens of toggles.... Merry Xmas Dick🎅
  8. The mast is stepped. Note that in round ships with latin rig the masts are sloped forward the main (forward) mast more so than the mizzen (after mast). Long staves which are chamfered as are barrel staves are used to wedge the mast into the mast partners. Then the staves are woolded to the mast . Note that these staves project much higher above the deck thean those in later ships such as carracks. Perhaps this is necessary to compensate for the lack of a forestay in latin rig. Cheers Dick
  9. Just a question for the sea-lawyers out there. If an individual uses a copyrighted book of plans e.eg Anatomy of the ship, and from them constructs a 3D CAD virtual model AND uses this to produce a kit for sale. Does the author of the original book of plans have rights and is the kit producer in breach of IP. Just askin' because there are people using this site who are doing this for profit Dick
  10. Thanks, Steven. The following shows the masts. I have estimated that the lengths of the masts is about equal to the length of keel as judged by looking at many pictures. The main (forward) mast is longer than the mizzen (rear) mast but, as the main mast is more tilted forward than the mizzen, the height above deck of the colzexe (calcet) and its attached crows nest is the same in both masts. The following shows the constructof the colzexe to match the Zibaldoni da Canale illustration cheers Dick
  11. The hull is substantially complete now. The quarter rudders are now shipped. The starboard rudder is in use but the port rudder is not in use and has been retracted using the rudder lift and has been lashed onto one of the through-beams. Cheers Dick
  12. Thanks for the pic, Steven, great detail in the rigging. Here is a couple of pics of the sternshowing the Lego lad in a more useful position. Note the crutch for the mizzen yard The wooden structure shielding the helmsman is seen in a number of illustrations of round ship. Dick
  13. Go for it, Matie! All you can do is the best you can. Halfway through my build of a round ship C13 a Black Sea wreck of the same era was was found. Fortunately, as I had based my build on solid archaeological evidence and not on speculation, the find largely confirmed my interpretation. In any case there was such a wide variation in local practice that you probably wont go far wrong. Cheers. Dick

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