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  1. I found several references mentioning that different lengths of oars were used for one boat, e.g., one calling the 16ft oar for the whaler a spare (weird), the other calling it the oar for the bowsman (perhaps a tad less room to maneuver?). Anyway, dutifully modelled. edit: manual of seamanship: care must be taken to see that the correct oars are in position for the bowmen and stroke oarsmen, remembering that the bow oars are always, and the stroke oars usually, shorter than the others.
  2. Actually, that’s a US cutting mat using units from middle-earth (half an inch grid spacing); so the model is much larger than it appears 🤗
  3. All thwarts and knees in place, as well as all the rowlocks. One drop of glue escaped and melted the aft seating arrangement away (bottom cutter, top ) so that's probably the one that is going to hold the gig; the rudder or oars will block this damage. The manual of seamanship lists the number and length of the oars of all boats: 16ft dinghy: 2x10ft, 2x14ft 27ft whaler: 1x16 ft, 4x17ft 30ft gig: 2x16, 4x17ft 32ft cutter 4x14ft, 8x15ft 42 ft barge: 4x15, 14x17 A range of oars was built using AK interactive 0.2mm tube I bought following a great tip by SG1 who builds even finer models than I do. Clear one end by careful sanding and opening the tube by a 0.1mm drill. Chop to size and flatten one end; I added a bit of tape to the pliers to avoid flattening the tube too much and to have a 'depth gauge'. Add a curve to the end by rolling the paddle with the end of a needle file and flatten back a bit when too curvy. Insert Albion Alloys 0.1mm wire at the other end to simulate the handle and cut to size using a strip as a reference, fix with a droplet of CA. Put on Tal & Groethuysen's 7-CD Schubert recital and repeat the oar process 75 times. Next: finish whaler interiors!
  4. Well, very difficult to disagree with that; my pleasure! 😄 The back of this photograph had a few scribbles with the location & date. I always check the records of movement and what sources I have to check if that note is credible (usually is). My own boatwork will continue this weekend after a quarter of doing nothing; will have to paint the pinnace as well when all the pulling boats and barges are done...
  5. Yes, I had to go back to work for almost half an hour.
  6. I found plans listed here: https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/david-macgregor-ship-plans-collection-july-2013.pdf Only had an item copied from that list once (with success); you can ask them? (Also nice list to save for future reference)
  7. One is twin shaft, the other quadruple (forgot which one was what though), Great subject, glorious plans and book by Peter Günter Huff (once?) available.
  8. Ah, that reel is actually on several of the drawings of the various types of cutters, both the straight keel to cut-out variants, so then it was simply a matter of looking for it. Didn't know variants of the rowing cutters existing before working on the models though; each small subject comes more to explore. Hood did carry a set of the older type, but in the end only retained the more modern pair. But these small boats are a lot of work, and with a few of my free days going up in smoke work it took me time to find the motivation to get back to work on them... and these curved thwarts were really a pain to add. I now also have sufficient info on the two larger barges, which are nearly undocumented; a bit of guesswork but one (45ft) will have the cutter stored in it so good enough (one cutter interior is also blocked by the gig model so alas, lots of interior for nothing? 😁)
  9. After all this scraping , gluing of planks and timbers, and holding the part (I suppose), the hulls lost a bit of their form: the cutter width was almost a full millimetre less than the plug. I decided to use brass thwarts to push the hulls back into shape; at first this resulting in one hull tearing itself along the length of the rising (probably along the chiselling line to create the plank overlap effect). After the repair I did some after-boiling of the hulls, reforming them as much as I could. The thwarts were milled from the Green Stuff Word's 0.2mm flat brass profile and inserted into the hull. The hull is still a few tenths too narrow, but good enough. The grapnel reel was added below the aftermost thwart first; the next two thwarts are slight cambered curving over the drop keel.
  10. According to my own blog (?) Semtex was added in 1937. http://www.hmshood.org.uk/photos/percival/percival3.htm Pics of the pompom emplacements showing corticine strips
  11. (Exact date unknown, pre pompoms). https://collections.sea.museum/en/objects/12129/hms-repulse-anchored-in-athol-bight
  12. For me, the clip is a great confirmation of the research effort on the colours (pattern second); such a good fit. Not that I had doubts I do not know the region though, as far as Scotland is concerned I only visited Edinburgh (vacation) and Glasgow (work)… more visiting is required!
  13. You probably saw this clip, but just in case: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060015143 (at around the 45s mark).
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