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Nov 18, 2011, 04:55 PM
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Beautiful Lightning Clipper by David Edwards

Some photos of David Edwards'Clippership Lightning here:

Looks like she is making about 1pt to windward, which would be about right, I think, for a model with shrouds and backstays. In another photo, the main course foot is curved nicely to clear the shrouds; I can't make out what yard crane arrangement Mr. Edwards used.

Very pretty, to be sure, reminds me of a Hugh Knollys painting (series of clippers prints, purchased as a set) I once hung in my bedroom as a kid.
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Nov 18, 2011, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Brooks
Very pretty, to be sure...
Nov 18, 2011, 11:42 PM
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Some rigging details, most easily discerned on the "higher resolution images":

1. The jibs are non-overlapping, or have a very slight overlap at the clew. The jib sheets lead to the next inner forestay, where they are made off (tied). They do not appear to be under RC control. But, I think it would be possible to extend the sheets to a servo, using bullseyes on the foremast stays. Photo 22.jpg = DSC04042.jpg

2. The yard cranes appear to be similar to DanL's latest version, namely they extend forward from the mast, but the hinge is on the mast (rather than on the yard). This would explain how the builder achieved such excellent yard swing.
Photo 22.jpg

3. As rigged for the photos, all yards must swivel together, ie there is no separation of foremast yard braces from main+mizzen yard braces. The rc braces appear to be white cord leading up aft of the foremast, then aft to the main course yard. Various photos show the yards on foremast & mizzen mast tied to the mainmast yards.

For one of his other squareriggers (Salamis), Mr. Edwards comments: "Model square-riggers are fun to sail but difficult to tack, they need plenty of sea room!" I would expect, based on sailing my Pamir and Aldebaran, that tacking of his models would be much easier if the foremast braces were separate from the main+mizzen braces.

4. I can see a steel rod leading down through the deck, presumably to hold on the lead portion of the keel. The rod is just fore of the mainmast.

5. The Lightning appears to use chain alone for staying the bowsprit. Mr. Edwards must have a source of strong chain, perhaps with welded links. I doubt anything of lesser quality would stand up to the loads. As a builder of at least 4 squareriggers, Mr. Edwards must certainly understand the strength requirements of model rigging :-).

The high resolution photos show a superb craftsman at work. Well Done Mr. Edwards!
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Oct 27, 2012, 10:20 AM
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A video was made with camera on board the David Edwards clipper.

A Voyage on Salamis (3 min 2 sec)
Oct 27, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Great video. That deck has good drainage.
Oct 29, 2012, 04:51 PM
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i like the vang he uses on the foot of his courses
The scene where he`s close hauled on the port tack and the barque comes hauling past on the opposit tack is awesome
Nov 01, 2012, 04:42 PM
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I like the horse and buggy on shore
Dec 02, 2012, 01:43 PM
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Here are some pics I received from Nev Wade in the UK. He's at They show his square rigger Penang racing against a Bluenose schooner on a windy day. He's a prolific builder of RC square riggers with many articles published in Marine Models International.
Dec 02, 2012, 01:48 PM
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i`ve been in Contact with Neville via e-mail quite a bit, very nice and helpful guy, and probably the most actual sea time of any rc square rig skipper love his models!

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