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    (Naval Ship) HMS Illustrious
    Waterline model to scale 1/192. Model is really a hybrid of the ship during her commissioned lifetime (1939 - 1956). She served mainly in Mediterranean and Far East. Seriously damaged on several occasions, resulting in numerous modifications, which is why I had so many problems settling on a model true to any one date. (5/10)
    (Other) MV San Demetrio
    Model was built waterline to 1/192 scale as wedding present for daughter. Now has pride of place atop piano. (5/10)
    (Other) MV San Demetrio
    Model was built waterline at 1/192 scale as a wedding present for my daughter. Now pride of place on piano in Buckingham. (5/10)
    (Other) SS Ohio
    This is a waterline model, now in our loungeroom. Built to 1/192 scale, using very basic drawing and photos. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Erebus
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood, as are her boats. Guns turned brass, main armament mount in basswood turret. Bridge tower anf funnel tinplate, rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Sails well and steers remarkably easily considering her beam. Logged hours on construction 611, not including research. (8/10)
    (Ketch) Irene
    Scratch built using drawings in book 'Goodnight Irene' by Leslie Morrish, who restored the vessel which had lain rotting for years. Sails well , likes plenty of wind. in light winds tends to 'go her own way' and cause anxiety to controller. (5/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Nelson
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. to 1/192 scale Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Guns turned in brass in basswood turrets. Rigging steel guitar strings. Sails well. in rough seas tends to ship it green over bow. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Ceres
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos. Hull carved from basswood as are boats. Rigging and aerials steel guitar strings. Flage halyards thread. Sails very well and remarkably stable for such a narrow ship due to bilge keels. Hours logged on contruction 885, which includes research on line. (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Valhalla
    Scratch built using Admiralty drawings from Greenwich and miscellaneous photos to 1/96 scale. Hull carved from basswood, as are boats. (8/10)
    (Other) SS Great Britain
    Entirely scratch built to 1/98 scale, from builder's drawings from Greenwich and photos of ship in Bristol. Hull carved in basswood, deck planked. (8/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Devastation
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    She was launched in 1872, and was effectively the first RN modern era battleship. I am thinking of modeling her. Does anyone have any good info, drawings, photos etc?

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    ๐Ÿ“ CS Mackey Bennett
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thinking of a model of this cable ship. Drawings from Greenwich have become ridiculously expensive. Does anyone ha be any ideas where I could get drawings, and hopefully photos?

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    ๐Ÿ“ Finally
    4 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    She has now left the builders yard. What next?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Davits and falls
    6 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    Happy New Year.
    Boats all done and lashed down.
    Dreadnought had multiple aerials slung between the masts. As far as I can make out they were connected onwards to a fitting just about at deck level right at the stern and also I think below the forward jack stay. I would have expected there to be connections down to the bridge or the housing forward of the after funnel. None of the photos I have are clear enough to show all the rigging, so some extent I am going to have to guess. She must have had signal halyards from presumably the main yard, but again where did they come down to. The bridge does not have much open space around the main house, so they must have come down to the upper bridge to presumably a rack? Any ideas?
    I have fitted canvas dodgers around the bridge, but am not too happy with them. At this scale very difficult.
    We have good shipbuilding weather, -12c at midday today. They are ice fishing on our lake.
    Take care.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ guardrails
    6 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Odd query.
    Canvas dodgers. Grey or tan? Tan looks better on a model - gives some contrast to the eternal grey, but better to be correct.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Thwarts
    7 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    Attached boats. Opinion please. Not sure how they would have stowed sweeps.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Thwarts
    7 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug, Simple question. Do you know the length of the oars on a whaler. I would think about eight feet, but could be wrong.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Davits and falls
    8 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Dreadnought had two boats on Davits,slung each side of the funnel, and actually directly above the midship main armament gun barrels. I would assume the davits were able to tilt outwards to allow the boats to be lowered directly outboard. Would anyone know what sort of winches the falls would have been paid out with, or were they simp[y lowered by hand? As far as I can make out the rest of here boats were accessed by the crane on the mainmast.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Thwarts
    11 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    Thought you would probably say that. I have always left my thwarts pale, dark varnish on basswood. look nice but probably incorrect? They are not going to be changed on previous models!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Thwarts
    11 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Would the thwarts on a cutter in the early 1900s have been teak or a white wood?
    Current state of build attached. She will have two steam pinnaces, probably four cutters and two or three whalers and a dinghy.

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    ๐Ÿ“ guardrails
    12 months ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have always painted guardrails to whatever grey the vessel is in 1e home fleet, mediterranean etc. But in one photo of Dreadnought they look darker, maybe black. Anyone have an opinion?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Foredeck
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks. Had not forgotten the big capstan, and there may have been four 14lb guns but difficult to tell from photos. I can alter the base plates for the anchor winches easily enough.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Foredeck
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    How does this look to you? Still working on the guard rails.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Ctheads etc
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug, What ship's foredeck was that? Hood maybe? Looking at the bow shot you put up I cannot see any catheads. From the drawings I have, which are not Admiralty, she had three capstains feeding the chains into only two lockers. Odd. There is also a very large capstan about twenty feet aft of them.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Catheads
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    Your shot of the foredeck is great, but I cannot find any pics of the clump catheads. They must have had some sort of winch, so I assume they were just a heavy protrusion with the winch mounted behind it?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Frustration
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks mate. The foredeck shot will be a great help.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Winches
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Really great, thanks. The view to the bridge is odd. Did she undergo a major refit. The entire bridge looks different.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Winches
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    As I already have six working models, my lady suggested they were enough to take to the lake, and I did actually agree! Most of them are 1/96, only Nelson 1/192. The smaller scale is a bit vulnerable. Illustrious at 1/96 would never fit in my workshop, which also has a washing machine and dryer. But yes, I would have liked her to sail.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Winches
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Doug. Help appreciated! X turret pic very helpful for the after mast set up.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Winches
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,
    What a beautiful model. Whose? Keep seeing things differently. The 14pdr gune set up on the main turrets on that model seems a bit different from the photo I have of a rear turret. I will stay with what I have done and say a prayer or three.
    Have started on anchors, see pic. The shot you gave me of the bow shows the ab
    nchors very well. They were huge!
    Don't look too closely at my pic. There is all sorts of cleaning up to do!
    I am surprised the anchor chains seem to be hauled across the deck planking. Nelson had steel runways for the chains to run across.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Winches
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Doug, Have you any info on Dreadnought's anchor winches? She now has all,I think!, of her portholes, well over a hundred. Anchors next, then guard rails around the focsle.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Progress
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    At least she looks like a warship at last. I wonder if her anchor winches would be different to those twenty years later. She had multiple booms for torpedo nets. I assume they were mounted to the hull a few feet above waterline and swung out from there. Were they wood or steel does anyone know? Must have been quite an operation setting them out!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Focsle
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Actually you sent me the bow shot some time back. What I am missing is the layout of anchor winches and anchor chain runs. I guess they will be similar to Nelson. Pity Greenwich has got SO expensive!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Focsle
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Progress at last, but have no info for focsle arrangement, winches etc. Assume would be similar to Nelson's, even though twenty years previous?
    From what I can see, her guardrails were mounted on the deck planking rather than outside on the steel

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    ๐Ÿ“ Frustration
    1 year ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Maybe I'm getting old, but I have never had so many 'don't like it make it again"! Part problem is the drawings I have don't always agree with photos. But there is progress.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Progress 12th January
    2 years ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Bridge structure nearing completion. Railings need some straightening and windows glazed. I assume the decks would be planked. This is one difficult unit to build! Anyone confirm that?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ HMS Dreadnought
    2 years ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Is there any way one can freeze an online video and print off stationary images?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ HMS Dreadnought
    2 years ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks. Have to wonder why they designed her so that that presumably X turret could only fire broadside.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ HMS Dreadnought
    2 years ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Drawings I have give her five turrets, one forward of the bridge, one each side amidships, and two aft of the superstructure, and a small structure between the two aft turrets. My photos show a large structure and the forward of the two aft turrets possibly not there at all. Highly unlikely to get an aerial photo, as there would have been very few aircraft overflying any warships during her lifetime, but maybe someone has a view from astern?
    My photos show he in a very dark grey, looks even darker than Home Fleet grey.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ HMS Dreadnought
    2 years ago by Gdaynorm ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Christmas good. Eight hours to 2018. Dreadnought prgressing, albeit slowly. Main superstructure and bridge next.

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