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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 The starboard rudder is in use but the port rudder is not in use and has been retracted using the rudder lift and has been lashed onto one of the through-beams.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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Quite right. This is not the final tiller length. They will be shorter. But in the case of running before the wind, both rudders would be in use, either with two helmsmen or with one in the centre. The contemporary illustrations are not helpful. Also, Lego men's shoulders don't abduct away from the side! Yes but I believe the construction was different in venetian naves to the byzantine hence I am using the venetian name. Dick
  7. The shape of the module is determined by the forward slope of the mast. This little guy is trying out the tillers for size.
  8. Thanks. Alberto, I have downloaded the thesis and have started to read it. I have thought about the design of the colzexe (venetian dialect) as shown in contemporary illustrations. This is the wooden module, scarfed to the top of the mast and which contains the halyard block and is the site of attachment of the crows nest. The following illustration from the Zibaldone da Canale document is the best available image and I intend to reproduce this in my model. Dick
  9. The steersman's walk. This area is for the steersman or steersmen to stand while managing the tiller(s) of the quarter-rudder(s). Amidship there is an area for seating, below which is the sliding panel to allow instructions to given to the steersman from the after-cabin. Access to the after-cabin is via a scuttle behind the steersman's seat. Dick
  10. Thanks, Steven. Really enjoying your dromon. I have had a marvellous time making a "thunderbox" for the comfort and convenience of the ship's gentlefolk. As for the crew............well... they can do it some other way, but downwind! Its a lot like the one found on the Bremen cog Here is a pic of the hull with the starboard bulwark removed for cargo access. Dick
  11. Steven, have you given any thought to modelling the leather sleeves on the lower row of oars which prevent ingress of water? Dick
  12. Yes both port and starboard bulwarks are removable in their mid section for loading cargo. This was discovered in the excavation of the Contarina 1 trading vessel. I believe, and this is just supposition on my part, the bulwarks were slid up and then hung outboard on the protruding deck beams. Incidentally, this would allow sweeps to be used on thole pins inserted in the deck. But there are no illustrations of round ships doing this. Dick

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