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  1. Long time ago, when I was in the RN, when entering or leaving a port on special occasions, the upper deck was manned by the ships company wearing best bib and tucker. It was called Procedure Alpha. The Norwegians have taken this to new heights. Mast Manning I'm glad we did did away with sails. Alan
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    Our first Bottled Shipwright Journal

    Well done! Alan
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    La nina, caravel.

    Hi James, I use one of these for holding small parts. Its basically a pencil with a low tack sticky centre instead of 'lead'. Just sharpen as needed.Costs a couple of Euros. Link to 'pick up pencil' Alan
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    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Some nice photos there. Its not easy to shoot through glass. Alan
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    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    A nice bit of painting for the sea. Alan
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    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Thanks John, When I decide what to do with it, I think I'll still open it in the great outdoors just in case. Best Alan
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    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Hi John, I've just been reading through from the beginning again and noticed that the light bulb you are going to use is a sodium vapour bulb. I know precious little about chemistry. Are there any special precautions ref the vapour you know of when opening one of these. The reason I ask is I was gifted a large bulb a few months ago of uncertain origin and am a bit cautious of using it until I know there is nothing nasty in it. Best Alan
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    HMS Ramillies, 74

    I just roll mine round a bit of dowel to give a curve, but these ones are looking good, and you always have the moulds to use again if need be. Alan
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    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Nice work. Sometime, somewhere I saw a ship modeller shape his sails over a portion of an ostrich egg. Seemed to work well. Perhaps one of the wooden ornamental eggs for a sib. Best Alan
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    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    All, Thanks for your likes and comments. Much appreciated. Best Alan
  11. Hi All, Some of my photos from the EASIB Convention held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the East Coast of England. I apologise for the standard of the phots. It was great to see so many different SIBs, and swap ideas etc. Some real works of art. Note the SIBs in the yard of ale glasses. Alan
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    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    Hi All, I attended the EASIB bi-annual convention last weekend, and had a thoroughly good time chatting with other members, seeing their SIBS and the evening meal for the presentations. It was held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on the East Coast of England. It also coincided with the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. The quayside had a selection of nautical themed exhibits, historical re-enactment by the local ‘militia’ demonstrating muskets etc, folk singers/groups singing sea shanties, and a few vessels to go aboard and look round, one of which was the Lydia Eva. The large herring fleet had made the town the major herring port in the world in the early part of the 20th century. Built in 1930 and based in Great Yarmouth, Lydia Eva fished along the East Coast and North Sea for nine years. The Royal Air Force brought her in 1939, using her in a variety of roles until she she laid up in 1969. She was acquired by the Trust in 1971/2 and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth. Lydia Eva joined the Maritime Trust's national collection of vessels in London's St. Katherine 's Dock in 1986 but was laid up again in 1990 and eventually returned to East Anglia when the Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd was formed She is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet and there is fair web coverage. Lydia Eva was suggested as the SIB to model for the convention, so I set to. I couldn’t find a set of drawings for Lydia Eva, but I did have a set for Ocean Unity from a copy of Model Shipwright. This was of a similar style, so with a bit of electronic shrink and grow, a reasonable set of lines was obtained. The differences were obtained from photos from various websites. I aimed for a SIB at about 1/250. The Hull Block Hull being formed Cap rail being fitted SIB primed, bulwark interior painted and ribbing being fitted. Wheelhouse being constructed Then I got a new laptop and 'lost' some phots during the data changeover so straight to the finished SIB. And then this at the evening presentations - well pleased. best Alan
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    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Frankie, The e-book 'Miniature Sailing Ship Construction - The Norwegian Barque Svaerdstadat' at the website below contains lots of tips on using brass rod for masts, including a jig for aligning the sections. At just under £5, its well worth it. Link Regards Alan