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Bob Wilson16/04/2020 14:57:30
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16th April, 2020

A nine -hundred ton barque of my own design - and I am very pleased at how it is coming along The three cargo hatches and the fife rails round fore and main masts have been fitted. The wheelbox and wheel still need to be made, plus the windlass, forecastle scuttle and various other small deck details.

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Banjoman16/04/2020 16:35:02
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Bob,

Of your own design? So a generic barque, rather than one with an actual prototype?

No matter which: it certainly looks as great as always, so far!

Mattias

Bob Wilson16/04/2020 17:09:30
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Yes, I began it as an experiment in hull construction without the use of a saw , and for instructional purposes. It is made from layers of balsa wood all cut with a scalpel. By the time I had finished the bare hull, I decided to push ahead and complete it, Bob

Bob Wilson21/04/2020 14:47:38
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Tuesday, 21st April 2020

I have now completed the hull, and it is all ready for masting and rigging - I replaced the forecastle companionway, as I didn't like the original one. But as this vessel is a figment of my imagination, it doesn't really matter!

Minimal interest shown in this one, but I feel it is one of my best so far.

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ashley needham21/04/2020 17:36:58
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Bob. How did you do the "copper sheeting" ? That's very fine work with a pen, or whatever... Ashley

Bob Wilson21/04/2020 17:45:20
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laugh You wouldn't guess in a million years! surprise It is a photograph of a brick wall. I stretched the bricks in photoshop to the required scale and printed them onto writing paper. I cut strips of bricks two or three brick deep and stuck them on with wood glue. This is the first time I have done this, and I am absolutely delighted with the result . It only took about 15 minutes!

Bob

ashley needham21/04/2020 18:17:08
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Very creative Bob, Dead right, wouldn't have guessed that. Appears to work a treat I must say!

Ashley

Banjoman22/04/2020 06:50:57
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Bob,

I entirely agree with Ashley: it looks great, and is indeed av very cleverly creative solution!

Mattias

Bob Abell22/04/2020 09:13:48
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Bob......Please don't take offence

When you first posted and mentioned...." Your own design " I instantly thought...."Why has Bob done that?"

I am still wondering

Looking at you model, I can't help thinking that the hull looks very bulky?

Any comments on my observation?

Honestly, Bob, Imdon't mean any offence

I think it's a fair comment?

Best regards

Bob

Bob Wilson22/04/2020 09:58:04
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Bob,

I certainly haven't taken any offence!smiley The answers are quite simple. Initially, I had no intention of finishing it. It was to produce a download on how to make hulls, and get the shape right in plain and simple language to try and dsipel the myth "I could never do that!" The dimesions are standard for that type of ship. Most sailing ships were not long and slender, as is commonly supposed. They had to have bulky hulls because of their tall masts, and also in order to carry a lot of cargo. On completion of the bare hull, I was so pleased with it, I decided to coninue with the deck details, and finally the masting and rigging. So that readers of the completed article could learn how to build one, whilst not being tied to plans of any particular ship. but could alter the deck layout, and even the rig to suit what they wanted. Finally giving the completed model any name they wished (wives, girlfriemds, partners etc).

To demonstrate the point of hull shape - here is a wreck of a similar vessel -

I have now stopped at the finished hull, and will make the display case and base next, and then come back to the masting and rigging.

Bob

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Edited By Bob Wilson on 22/04/2020 10:04:11

Edited By Bob Wilson on 22/04/2020 10:11:51

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