|Mar 01, 2014, 03:50 PM|
Mainmast fighting top is test fitted. All the details have not yet been added but wanted to prove the concept of mast assembly/disassembly. Seems like it will be OK.
Davits are test fitted.
Ships common pumps. Although I messed up on the outlet fixture(was using a frigates as an example and got carried away so didn't pay attention to the direction of the outlets) oops. Will have another set made with the correct outlet direction and these will maybe be used on another project. These will allow me to at least locate the holes etc. for Scorpion's and then I can just plug in the new ones when I get them.
These will be painted and weathered like everything else...only base coat of red for now.
More tomorrow(and even more on Monday!)
|Mar 02, 2014, 03:06 PM|
Thanks Vic, Not sure it would be very exciting.
Pumps shown in position(will be replaced with revised version)
Also mounted the final slider-blocks for the brace servos and have them operating smoothly. will come back to this part later on for the control arms for steering etc.
|Mar 04, 2014, 08:59 PM|
Deck mounts for the 32 pounder carronades.
First coat of paint only
with slide/pivot fastener mounted
The Deans plugs will have a male plug with a tab on it plugged in when not in use to keep water out of the plug itself. more on this soon.
Working out the mast heights. I have both fighting tops completed and will start on the bow sprit as well.
Rudder, tiller and chains will be this weekend.
|Mar 05, 2014, 03:24 PM|
It will reside in my office, here at home, when not on the water. : ) the living room if my wife lets me. LOL
The lower mainmast length is pretty much set, not the topmast. on the foremast, I was a little confused. The kit uses the dimensions taken from Irene(from what I can tell) but in the book "the brig irene", there is a comparison of the spars on a Cruizer class brig and the brig Irene, they are different. The height of my foremast is per the Cruizer class drawing but I'm not 100% sure I will keep it there.
Deck mounts for the carronades shown in position.
|Today, 07:09 AM|
I found the Petreus book confusing too. The figures weren't consistent with the text and dimensions on drawings were unclear. Seems that general ship info was mixed in with Irene specific info, often without clear distinction.
Some thoughts on mast and spar dimensions:
I think the stock kit topmasts result in too long-looking topsails. The forecourse "looks" good, but the topsails seem long. The t'gallants also look OK.
See Syren post 305:
Note the sides of the combined sail profile. The Syren stock model sail combined-side profile bulges outward at the topsail yard vs. the prototype profile being slimmer at the topsail yard. The latter "looks" more prototypical to me. So yard lengths need to be examined too.
In the post 305 comparison, the Syren stock model sail area is larger than the referenced prototype sail area.
Syren is very fast, and minimal sail is used in even moderate winds, so going to a smaller sail area (if that's what your prototype info indicates) would be no problem - actually probably preferred.
Also, I wonder specifically about the large area of the topsails on Syren, and whether that contributes to her nosing-in a bit at speed. The whole concept of sail area COE calculations might be applicable. See Jerry Todd and Brooks' posts early in the Design Details...Sqr Riggers thread.
Jerry and Brooks should post on all this here - they know a lot more than me about all the masting and sail info and functionality.
When finalizing mast lengths, also consider where all the yards will be at different sail reefpoints. The biggest challenge on Syren was tweaking the yard and sail rigging design to keep the look somewhat prototypical, yet allow adjustment for fast and easy changeout of yards with full, reefed or furled sails. At each yard position, the braces need to be kept at proper tension, lifts need adjustment, and interferences with standing rigging need to be considered. If you sail, you will need multiple quick-change yards with different sail settings for convenient changeout (or you can design the yards and sails for reefing/furling in place, but I couldn't figure out an easy system to do that and maintain prototypical looks. You likely can....)
It's not that complicated really, but planning is required. My net on all this is that if you follow a valid set of prototype masting and rigging plans, all is likely to work well on the sailing model. But do allow for future tweaks.
Like the gun work, I think I had as much fun with the running rigging.
Jimmy James (from Model Boat Mayhem), now sadly passed on, was an old sailing captain I corresponded with. He said every captain "customized" his ship for the conditions, using any available spars, sail, etc. He also said all sails were stained and dirty - not as white as we see in paintings and models. Look at his models and rigging - I found it very helpful.
Jerry, Brooks - your thoughts???
Pictures - Syren with reefed driver, skirted driver, dropped yards with furled sails.
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