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Stag by Jim Lad - Scale 1:96 - English Revenue Cutter of 1827 - Finished

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Well, the Stag is back, but only in a “from here on” form, as I never keep copies of my posts.


Just to remind you, the Stag was an English revenue cutter built at Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, in 1827. 
This was the revenue cutter that seized my Great-great grandfather’s boat Palmerin, which was the subject of a now defunct build log on the old site.  I felt it only fair to build a model of the revenue cutter as well – besides, I’ve always liked cutters.

Oddly enough, the Stag was the fastest cutter of her day and as a consequence, the Royal Navy took her into Portsmouth Dockyard in 1839 and took off her lines, which resulted in a very nice set of detailed ‘as built’ drawings, which are housed in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.


To kick off the resurrected log, here are contemporary paintings of the Stag, her inboard profile and some photos of her as she stands now.


I’ll hopefully be posting an update next week, but in the meantime I’ll be happy to answer any questions that members may have about the build in view of the fact that the information in the old log hasn’t been
reproduced here.









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I loved your build log and it is a pitty it got lost. However, I'm glad we can still have this as reference material.


These cutters needed to be fast with the smuggling during those days ... It's incredible how much sail she could carry, even under heavy weather.

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I am glad to have made it back!............glad to see the Stag did as well.   thankfully people talk....or I wouldn't have known when MSW was back online.   I couldn't use the bookmark I have,  so I had to do a search in order to reconnect with the site.......just got in tonight.


it's so sad to see the library so bare

gone is the content that used to be there

it was like taking a walk on the longest pier

to view all the ships that used to be here


through all the effort,  of all that are friend

will whittle away,  in an effort to mend

the void that was created, by the electronic foe

back to the greatest site,  that we used to know


it's not much,  but I threw this together for you folks at MSW...........we'll get her back ship shape Sir{s} :D:)

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Hey John great to see you and this great build reappear.  Could I ask that one of your next posts includes a scaling device or ruler so that newer folks see just how small a scal you work with?


Popeye -  we'll look forward to the  :champagne:   when you are appointed :)





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I managed to get a bit of work done today, but no photos, unfortunately.


The bowsprit is now permanently fitted (I hope I don't regret it later), I replaced the anchor shaskles and got a bit of work done on the main mast and top mast.


I took my camera in to the museum with a set of fully charged batteries only to find when I get there that my 'alternate brand' set of batteries had lost their full charge in only four days! Oh well, photos next time!



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but I didn't think that this was an important enough log to reconstruct it completely.


John I think you are underestimating the value that your log contributes to the sum of knowledge on this forum!!


Could you not add a shorter set so that some context is provided and that the members don't think that you stole Harry Potter's Wand and just materialized the wonderful model out of thin salty air?



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Hello Jim,


It's always a pleasure to see your work. The English das quite a variety of cutters, and this is a fine example of good old English Naval Architecture. I cannot really give my opinion, as my line of builds is 1850 to 1945, but I do recognise good work. Well done Jim, you have created a small jewel. I echo, what the other have said, I cannot wait to see her ready for action. I have the billing boats Wasa, Denmark and the German WW1 sailing auxiliary cruiser. Still in their boxes. I must find some time to get these started.

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