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    HMT Resolve
    Resolve was a class of ocean going tug built for the Admiralty just after WW1. The model is built from the Caldercraft kit and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out. The many white metal parts are of good quality and as you can see, there is much detail, all included in the box. At the time of writing, the closest she has got to the water is for her hull only sea trials where she performed well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5RNJXMm64 The cardboard box you see contains the many white metal parts to give some idea of any extra ballast required. She is currently gathering dust in my garage whilst I impatiently await for some kind of normality to return.
    Harbour Defence Motor Launch
    Another semi-kit from Rob Fowler, rob4boats@yahoo.co.uk, who also supplied my MASB. The hull is very well made and extremely robust. At 1/24 scale fittings and crew are easily available so there was very little to scratch build. I can only claim ownership of the lockers, and splinter matting (made from Lilliput). The colour scheme is (loosely), based on Western Approaches camouflage and this was my first attempt at weathering. On reflection it looks quite clunky close up but looks okay on the water.
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    Built from a semi-kit, she is based on MASB 23, with a BPB 63' long hull. I found it greatly therapeutic and satisfying to plank the deck - for the plank around the edge, I used flexible beech, expensive but does the trick, I think. I used Lifecolor acrylic paints applied with a brush throughout. I purchased the figures from Deans and you will see that the skipper is trialling the new 'cell phone', which he is holding in his left hand. (If any of you can identify this item as anything else, answers on a postcard............).
    HMS CAMBELTOWN
    She is scratch built based on a grp hull to 1/96 scale. The boat is (more or less) as she would have been, immediately after entering service with the RN from the USA on lease/lend. The majority of the build is from plans with plasticard and the finer details (torpedo tubes, guns) is 3D laser printed. Colour scheme is my interpretation of Western Approaches camouflage.
    HMS HOOD
    Built from a Trumpeter kit, scale 1/200. I found the kit to be of excellent quality with very nearly 2,000 parts. I upgraded the main armament to metal gun barrels and treated my self to a wooden deck - well worth the extra expense. I also purchased the RC conversion kit from Deans, which was quite expensive, but once more worth the extra expense. The only problem is that this was designed as a showcase model and a lot of the fine detail does not cope at all well with the rigours of the pond side. It is only launched on very special occasions
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    I acquired the boat as an unfinished project, consisting of a decked unpainted hull and basic superstructure. Early replacement of lead acids with Lipos increased the speed and I think she looks really good on the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOalFnRjPw (Motor: Turnigy 1250 outrunner) (ESC: Viper Marine) (8/10)
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    Built from a kit by Colombini, this is based on a 54ft yawl, Stormy Weather, which was launched from the Henry Nevins yard in New York in 1934. I bought the kit from the bargain basement in my local model shop and with only one sheet of instructions in English and five diagrams with notes in italian, I am pleased with the result. (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Gun Deck and Gun Deck Walls
    10 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Instructions give me two choices as to when to plank the 0.8mm false gun deck.
    'It can be pinned and glued into place, then planked, or planked prior to fixing. The easiest way is the latter but the deck will have much less spring to get it past the top deck supports on the bulkheads.'

    I was unable to get the deck anywhere near past the supports prior to planking, without fear of breakage, so I had no choice but to choose the latter. This involved cutting the deck in half along the centre line, then planking each half, starting at the centre line and working outwards
    To get the two centre planks butted up as close as possible, I pinned both halves of the deck on the workbench prior to gluing.
    However, as you can see in the photo, I was not careful enough when gluing the two halves in the hull and the join is visible, particularly at each end.
    The jury is still out as the whether I should fit a 'centreline' plank, or leave well alone, as the top deck and ship's boats will hide most of poor workmanship.
    Any views?

    Prior to fixing and matt varnishing, I used a fine pencil and ruler to represent the caulking.

    Planking of the inner gun deck walls was quite straightforward, using 1.5x6mm lime wood. Another anomaly in the instructions variously describes it as 5mm and 6mm. It is in fact 6mm, so another note for Jotika.
    Although the width would have made no difference, 6mm brought the planks just under the top deck supports, which is where they should be. I had to cut them to size between the middle bulkheads, to attain the correct level, but found no difficulty with a sharp Stanley knife and a straight edge.
    Once finished, I was instructed to "paint the outer side of the wall with watered down pva where they are glued to the bulkheads. This will reduce the chance of the planks splitting when cutting out the gun ports."
    Then sand the inner side smooth.

    The next job is to prepare for first planking.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    29 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks Graham. Yes, I do intend to feed back any issues to Jotika.
    I have just come back onto the site with the intention, (as you have already suggested), to copy and paste the YouTube link:-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtlguYVr2JI
    Should have thought of that - it's me age you know!
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    πŸ“ HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    30 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Some two years ago I built HMS Cruizer, a 1/64 scale brig sloop from the Nelson's Navy series made by Caldercraft, aka JoTiKa. Some of you may have followed the build blog.
    This was my first attempt at this type of model and I was so satisfied and pleased with the result, that I decided to up the ante and have a go at HMS Diana, a 38 gun heavy frigate, also from Caldercraft's Nelson's Navy.
    My plan is to learn from the experience (and mistakes) from Cruizer and put it to good use in the building of Diana.

    I found the kit to be of the usual high standard in both materials and CNC plywood parts (I have made a video uploaded to YouTube which I can't seem to upload to this site ).

    The first stage was to make a building board for initial hull construction.
    I first of all found that the 8mm square hardwood strips were too high and some of the bukheads would not fit down far enough onto the keel. A more realistic height for the strips would be 5mm.
    I also found that parts 19 appeared to have been wrongly orientated on the drawing, not allowing the lower deck to fit down far enough. I needed to cut then down accordingly. However, having looked a the drawings again, perhaps it was me?
    Once sorted I was able to dry fit the 15 bulkheads, deck, and various templates prior to gluing in position.
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That's how I initially envisaged my set up. Two sheets on one winch which was divided into two. I set the sheets up so one turned clockwise and the other anti clockwise so as one wound in the other wound out.
    However, as one wound out and released the sail, the other sheet was winding back in and tightening the sail, unless I was missing something.....?

    I will let you know how it goes and hopefully get some video footage.
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I have solved the problem, I hope!
    I have read read the instructions many times and disregarded the opening gambit "Two sail winches for the mainsail, one for port and one for starboard."
    Fourth paragraph reads "Prepare both sail winches (one for foresail and one for jib), by fastening the sheet rope on the drum and wrapping it round twice. Also use the remote control to set the winches to completely lowered and insert the drum. Then pull the winch in and so wrap the sheet rope tight. Incorporate a small ring on the sheet rope. The port and starboard sheet ropes are placed on this ring."
    I understand this to read 'One winch controls the jib, in and out, and one controls the foresail, in and out.'
    All will be revealed on Wednesday when I propose to launch.
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A very easy to follow video. The deck layout of the sheets is very similar to mine. However, very different below decks.
    Oh that I had seen this before getting the stage of the build that I am at!
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Roy

    Thank you for that, I may very well copy you.
    Having read Variant 1, which I have attached (left hand side of the page) for your info.
    Though I have mounted all three servos as per instructions I am still at a loss.
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks Dave. I too have come across this series of videos (after much searching), but it really doesn't help with the connection of the three servos.
    The first line of the instructions (translated from German),
    "Variant II.Two sail winches for the mainsail, one for port and one for starboard."
    I have attached the rest of the page.
    Is it me.....?
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    πŸ“ Gaff rigged cutter Antares by Krick
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I am coming to the end of a most enjoyable build but, cannot get my head round the set up of Variant 2 of the running rigging which involves 3 sail winches. The instructions and photographs are not very good (unless it is me?).

    Has anyone built this kit and able to give me some pointers?
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Have you tried here ?https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbywing-quicrun-60a-2s-3s-wate...
    https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbywing-quicrun-60a-2s-3s-waterproof-brushed-esc-for-1-10.html?queryID=5142194af9a60fe5005221ed50627ddd&objectID=5846&indexName=hbk_live_products_analytics
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Received my Quicrun 1060s this morning from Modelsport in Yorkshire. They gave the most competitive price and only took 2 days to arrive.
    I have spent the afternoon fitting them after cutting one of the red wires. I have 8 channels working and so far so good!

    Thanks for all your help and advice.

    Ps When taking out the old Vipermarines I found I had in fact disconnected one of the red wires, so it couldn't have been that problem
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks for the suggestion but problem is shipping and taxes from the States almost amount to the cost of the item.
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Once again chaps, thank you for all your help.

    I have looked at the Quicrun 1060 and 1625. As I am using 3s lipos the 1060 is the one I have ordered - I notice that the 1625 is only good for 2s.

    I am using the Hobbywing brushless esc s in other boats with no trouble, so hopefully no more burn outs - and no more Mtronics!.
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rowen
    I can only find 'Hobbywing 30A Brushed Speed Controller Eagle-30A'. Is this the one you mean?
    The Hobbywing I am thinking about only seems to make brushless esc s.

    Thanks

    Steve
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks for your observations chaps.
    All was wired according to manufacturers instructions.
    I had thought of removing one one of the red wires but considered it unnecessary - perhaps I should have done.
    I didn't know that Mtronics were not lipo safe so it seems the solution is to change to the T10 range - thank you for the tip Rowen!
    Any suggestion as to how to get rid of the most unpleasant stink?πŸ˜€
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    πŸ“ Mtronics Viper Marine 20 esc for brushed motors
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    One of my builds has two 600 brushed motors, each connected to the above esc and to separate 3s lipos.
    The batteries were connected and the system switched on as was the Tx. The Rx was showing a green light indicating it was bound and the esc s were showing the correct lights.
    Neither of the motors were turning.
    Suddenly one of the esc s starting hissing and then produced clouds of white smoke. I was only able to stop this by disconnecting the battery (the on/off switch had no effect).
    When the smoke had cleared I saw that the wiring and part of the case had melted.

    I had exactly the same thing happen to another boat with 500 motors, wired in the same way and with the same esc s, about two years ago. I have since replaced the esc in this boat and it has been working ok ever since.

    Has anyone had any similar problems?
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    πŸ“ Batteries
    10 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    This, and the 'Watercooling' forum, has just about done it for me. I don't want to read insulting and offensive remarks on a hobby site!
    With no moderators to calm things down (even Fireboat, the site owner not bothering), adverts popping up all over the place, it's time to put my ticket in.
    Thank you to all members who have given me help, advice and encouragement in the past.
    Mind how you go.
    Steve
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    πŸ“ "paint" What paint to use rattle can?
    12 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thirty two years in the job, mainly Traffic, retired in 1997.
    The vehicle is a VW Porsche sports car which the Dutch police used to patrol their motorways. You can just make out their red crash helmets on the rear parcel shelf.
    Happy days!
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    πŸ“ "paint" What paint to use rattle can?
    12 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I also have used Halfords paint with great success.
    particularly red or black primer below the waterline then oversprayed with matt varnish to prevent chipping and allow any marks to be wiped off.
    I have used gloss black and got a superb deep shine and also Volkswagen orange on an Aeronaut Pilot Boat
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you. I think your other alias should be Professor Calculus. What do you think?
    Red Rackham.
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Michel-Cl.
    I am a 3D printer and use stl files of a design to convert to g.codes for the printer.
    I have little knowledge of the CAD side of things. Where does a DXF fit into this please?
    Steve
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rigging.
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Patience running very thin at times. Good job the door to my workshop is soundproof!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rigging.
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    You are quite correct, of course. Having tied so many clove hitch knots, how could I forget the name?
    I have made the necessary amendment.
    I found that I was able to tie the knots securely, with practice, and a blob of glue was only required at each end.
    I considered building HMS Victory next, but its size makes it too big to display anywhere in the house.
    I am waiting for Caldercraft to release HMS Surprise, being a fan of Jack Aubrey, but I am told that it will not be any time soon.

    Steve
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rigging.
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you Bill. Your comments are much appreciated.
    Steve
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    πŸ“ Rigging.
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I am sure those of you who have built this type of model before will understand the frustrations, but more importantly, the satisfaction of watching the rigging come together.

    Instructions say to rig the shrouds first, then tie the ratlines.
    First job, lace the deadeyes. This was quite straightforward, having beeswaxed the rigging thread first (to prevent the ends fraying), then using tweezers to thread through the very small holes.
    To get the deadeyes a uniform distance apart, I used a piece of brass wire, cut to the appropriate length and bent at right angles at each end. The wire was pushed into a hole in the upper and lower deadeye until lacing had commenced, then removed, to finish the lacing and tie off.

    Let us now pretend that I followed the instructions and completed tying the ratlines.They are tied to the shrouds using a clove hitch, which is quite straightforward, once you have done one or two, using tweezers. Just as well, as I estimated that I tied 920. A dab of superglue at each end then clipping them, finished the job.

    It is worth taking time to get the ratlines a regular distance apart and also making sure the tension is right. Too loose and they look too slack and too tight can pull the shrouds inward from the vertical.

    A word of warning! I decided that I needed a change from ratlines, so I rigged other things - backstays and forestays to name just a few. This made life so much more difficult when I returned to the task in hand, trying to manoeuvre tweezers, fingers and clippers.

    The remainder of the rigging was reasonably straightforward, once I had translated it into three dimensions from the two dimensional plans.
    One of my main concerns was to ensure that none of the rigging became slack, by over tightening some of the other elements.
    Also, the overzealous use of clippers, resulting in a stay being cut when the trimming of a loose end was the objective.

    I have now finished my first model of this type. It is by no means perfect, but I must say, I am really chuffed with the end result.

    For one who is used to building in fibreglass and plastic, this has been a learning curve, but I am so pleased with the help and advice I have received. Thank you!

    Steve
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Bill

    Try this

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675...

    Steve
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313&_nkw=UNIVERSAL+MODEL+BOAT+STAND&_sacat=0
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Michel-Claude
    The parts are 5mm thick, so very firm and durable.

    Steve
    Please send my regards to Tintin
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Bill
    I might try a contour gauge next time.
    The plans are my latest project.
    1/24 scale 77' Elco, based on PT-34. It's a semi kit with a fibre glass hull and vac formed cabin and gun turrets.
    The hull is one of Rob Fowler's (rob4boats). I've had several of his now, two of which are in my harbour - the HDML and MASB.
    I'm very pleased with the finished models.
    Steve
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    πŸ“ Boat Stand
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I have just started a new project and one of the first necessities is a boat stand.
    I normally make them, but despite what tools I use I can never get the shape anywhere near the profile of the hull.
    A search of the internet revealed
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274864792218?ssPageName=STRK%3AME...
    This one is for a large boat, but they also do medium and small.
    Your own base plate is required but this gives more flexibility depending on the length of the hull.

    Many of you may be aware of this, but it's a new one on me, so I thought I would pass the information on.
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274864792218?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
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    πŸ“ Masts and Spars 2
    1 year ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    My last entry is showing 5 months ago - how times flies!

    The mainmast went together as well as the foremast and thanks to the hints and tips from Mike and Martin (which also helped me understand the plans), I managed to rig the spars and boom more or less correctly. This entailed lashings, parral beads and various blocks.

    With all spars in place I stepped the masts ensuring they were upright and had a slight rake, according to the plan.
    It was pleasing to see that when looking fore and aft all spars were parallel.

    You will see from some of the images that there is some rigging already in place. All will become clear in my next post, which will relate to the comment made by Nerys.
    I note particularly his remark of "an unlucky French cannon ball in the wrong place".
    For cannon ball read "overenthusiastic use of clippers"!
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