Hello John, Yes my sea going days were also many years ago, Been into Le Harve, Newcastle England for 21 days in drydock, Bremerhaven, Germany, also for 21 days drydock. a lot of country's in Europe and the Med. Sea. I also sailed the Great Lakes and costal Canada and the USA from Newfoundland to Texas, We were in most of these ports. On the tankers we did a lot of runs out of Venezuela and a lot of the Caribbean Islands. Thinking back, sure have been in a lot of places before my marriage life and that all changed.Thank you for the nice comments Lawrence, that's a coincidence our Anniversary is in October as well, the 5th to be exact, it's our 52nd.
A long time ago when I was in the British Merchant Navy we used to sail to Canada, we used to sail to Le Harve in France , then we would go to Cobh in Southern Ireland, then it was across the Atlantic to Quebec and then up to Montreal where we used to have 3 days before reversing and going back to Southampton England, and then on across to Rotterdam for 4 days, it was a great life, I really enjoyed it, your country is very nice, but very cold in winter, it would be nice if we could catch up with all our friends on SOS, you and the Admiral take care and stay safe,
best regards john,
Hello John,G'day Greg, hope your feeling a little bit better now, and yes I did find the stuff for the hinges, it is provided as wire and thin strip, I ended up just gluing the companion way doors, I may give it a go on the skylights, will have to do a mock up first to see what they turn out like, have you bought yours yet, I was in touch with ZHL and they have now sent me the full English instructions and parts list, I will go through them later, but they should be a great help,
best regards John.
Hi Rick welcome to the Royal Caroline build, it is a fantastic model.Hello John,
My name is Rick of Albany, Oregon USA. I purchased the same kit and received it a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, I had to purchase the cabin Interior separately, ugh!!!! To make a long story short, thought I was buying from Max at Zhl but was a different seller on Ebay. I got all the plans and the Chinese CDs but would love to get a copy of the plans and parts list in English from you if all possible??? I would gladly pay you something for your time and hassle. Keep up the great job and I am watching your build with great intrest--- Rick
Started adding some of the iron work,
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These are the etched brass fittings for the middle seatView attachment 33009
After bending and painting black I attached them with a small dab of super glue and four brass pins
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So this will be the final lay out of the oar positions, I will fill in X and cut a new position at Z, the spacing seems OK.
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Close up view.
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The present state of the boat, still a bit to do.
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Overall view, slowly getting there
Hi John,Well just for my own satisfaction and for anyone who might build the Royal Caroline, I got out the drawings and measured them against the model I am building,
from the transom to the front of the figure head on the AOTship drawings the distance is 1100, and on the model the distance is 1055, so the model is 45mm shorter than the AOTship drawings. This causes some problems when attaching the carvings along the sides of the ship, I didn't know about this till I started attaching the carvings and subsequently I had to trim the carvings to get them to fit.
So I took some further measurements to find out where the differences were, from the front of the figure head to the first bulkhead on the bow,
on the drawing it was 123mm and on the model it was 110mm, 13mm difference,
there is not a lot you can do about this area, the main ones are the next three areas that I measured where the carvings fit along the hull
then I measured from the bulk head on the bow to the end of the last cupid on the fourth gun port , on the drawing it was 415mm and on the model it was also 415mm, no difference,
then I measured from the end of that last cupid to the back of the cabin, on the drawing it was 305mm and on the model it was 290mm, 15mm difference, so if you are going to extend the length of the model you need to cut the keel and insert a strip of ply the same thickness as the keel and 15mm wide, preferably in front of the main mast, if you do this the carving will sit in place quite comfortably
then I measured from the back of the cabin to the back of the transom, on the drawing it was 255mm and on the model it was 240mm, 15mm difference, also you would have to do the same right behind where the main cabin ends, there are several other things as well but these are the main changes to get all the carvings to sit in place without having to trim them like I had to.
all the differences add up to 43mm, which is close as to the 45mm overall difference
also Greg wanted to know the width of the main cabin, at the front it was 215mm on the drawings and 203mm on the model, at the back where it narrows it was 192mm on the drawings and 178mm on the model,
all the above measurements are give or take a mm,
best regards John.
Hello John, I will be doing a build log. I am currently in the process of converting the Chinese parts list to English. There are a few items I am not entirely sure what the part is and hopefully will get a better idea when finshed..Hi Rick welcome to the Royal Caroline build, it is a fantastic model.
Hope you start a build log on her.
Any questions Rick, just ask, through trial and error I have found out what most are,Hello John, I will be doing a build log. I am currently in the process of converting the Chinese parts list to English. There are a few items I am not entirely sure what the part is and hopefully will get a better idea when finshed..
G'day Lawrece, and a very Happy Anniversary to you and Bernadette on your 55 fifth Anniversary, catc h up soon,Today Bernadette and I celebrated our 55ths Anniversary, a rather pleasant day. We would like to get out more but due to this virus thing we are very much stuck inside, at least to they bring out the vaccine in a month or so. Please say hello to your Admiral for us.