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  1. I've seen a rule of thumb for belaying cleats that for each 1/16" of diameter of rope you have, you should have 1" of cleat length - or belaying cleat length = 16 times rope diameter. So 3/4" rope would mean a 12" cleat, 1/2" rope an 8" cleat, etc. Does that rule of thumb still apply going back to the early 1800's? I ask because the pre-made belaying "cleats" (quotes because they are uuugly) that came with my old AL Swift 1805 pilot boat seem massive - 27 inches across and 5 inches thick if scaled up. They'd be for 1.7" rope using the rule of thumb. I want to make some new ones, and am wondering about what size they really should be?
  2. Hi. I have just receved my order of modellng rope. Pleased with the products and service. A few photos says more then a string of text so here are the photos. That' the best with the focus I can get on the camera. www.modellbau-takelgarn.de is the trader I got it from. I have no connection with the above business/Trader. Just someone selling a quality product. It's A lot better than I can made it 🙄 Regards Antony.
  3. I think kit supply gratings are not correct in size, scale and ratio. What should be the thickness of the wooden part and the size of the hole on the gratings in the real world for a period ship? What is the ratio to each other? Are there any changes during centuries? (esp. for a ship scale 1/40 year 1600-1700) I don't think that is regular, it's impossible to walk on it...
  4. I just got a used 1/4=1 MS Katy of Norfolk schooner off of ebay the other day and I need some advice on it. The kit is MISSING the following items: rings for the sails, the boom/gaff yokes, parrel beads, an anchor the belaying pins they say should be in the kit, the rudder, rudder hinge, rudder bar, keel stem and stern post instructions that make a modicum of sense. (what's in included is rubbish), blocks and deadeyes that are not 1/8" in size, mastcaps. What IS in the kit: hull (partly carved), rigging, a packed of itty bitty deadeyes, a packet of really tiny nails, a packet of blocks that a spider couldn't fit a web through the hole, wood for the masts, bowsprit, blocks to carve for the hatch/cabin, two pieces of wood I am guessing I am suppose to make the sternpost, rudder bar and keel stem from, really useless instructions, a packet of itsy bitsy teeny weenie eye pins. I will use the instructions to make sail templates and then make them from silkspan So what i need is advice on where to buy the blocks (in bulk), deadeyes (in bulk), anchor, bit heads or belaying pins (in bulk), mast caps (I will probably make these). The other thing is SIZE of the items needed. Most everything is in MM out there and I don't know what MM is close to scale for 1/4 inch = 1 foot. thanks, Keith BUILDS : AL Scottish Maid (complete) AL Virginia Schooner (under construction)
  5. Ok, here goes. This is my first model and it's not going to be pretty so I apologise in advance for my butchery of this fine starter kit. There will be blood (I must use round nosed scissors), sweat and tears along the way. Hopefully not too much blood. What there will be is lots of questions as I stumble through the process but, I am looking forward to learning. Firstly I need to work out how to post pictures etc so bear with me. So gripping my nose, cheeks puffed out like a child jumping into swimming pool, here goes. Wish me luck.
  6. Greetings fellow ship enthusiasts! I've been doing research regarding some of the kits out there and was looking for some feedback regarding size variations of Baltimore Clippers. Specifically with regard to the Albatros I've noticed 3 kits available Mantua, Constructo and Occre which lists scale at 1:40, 1:55 and 1:100 respectively. That said the model lengths are reportedly 27" 20" and 22.5" respectively which doesn't make much sense. I am aware that the Occre kit leaves something to be desired and doesn't look much like the other two but the scales must be off between the Mantua and Constructo kits as well? I've been looking at the other Baltimore Clipper (or similar looking) kits available Lynx, Pride of Baltimore and Roger B. Taney whose scales are around 60-64 and sizes range from 27-34" the Harvey which is 36" at a 1:50 scale and also the Dapper Tom via Model Shipways which is 24ish" at 1:76 scale. For the most part looking at the models they all seem somewhat similar in design gunports, hull shapes etc, so unless the Albatros was a significantly smaller than average clipper ship I'm wondering if there is some sort of logical explanation. Thanks all
  7. I just acquired a slew of invaluable reference books from a member and while looking through one book (Historic Ship Models by Wolfram zu Mondfeld, pg 66) I stumbled onto a chart of historical units of measure. The unit of measure was standardized across the board with the introduction and acceptance of the metric system in 1799. (no surprise to me) Many countries were using the foot (and inch) as their unit of measure but the actual distance that comprised a foot differed between various countries. (again no surprise to me) What surprised me was to learn that the English foot (12 inches) was established to have been (on average?) 308.0 millimetres prior to this date. Today (as of the standardization made in 1799) it is 304.8 mm ............... a difference of 3.2 mm shorter than earlier dates. This doesn't seem like much but a ship measuring 168 feet long in 1786 might be 168 x 3.2 = 537.6 mm = 21 (and a wee bit) inches longer today using the measuring stick of that day! One of them hemmm moments. Here I thought the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calender in 1582 might have mixed up a few historical dates. Alan
  8. I'm planing for the future to build a sloop in scale 1:48, and for armament I will have 10 6-pound cannons, unless convinced otherwise It's probably going to be 18-1850. I would like to scratch-build the ship, and of course also the cannons. I have done some research, but have not been able to find the measurements of a 6-pound naval cannon, and part of this is probably because I don't know enough on the subject. So the question is, what are the measurements of a 6-pound naval cannon around 1800? For those who can read this, here is what I came up with, but I had to use very doubtful sources, and some guessing. The left side numbers are lengths, and right side width (spelled that one wrong) The gun should be 1,65 meters long real life. Thank you for your time Edit, added 4-pound to title
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