HMS Victory Storyboard Diorama

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  1. JohnReid

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    Anchors.
    Victory carried seven anchors,2 Bowers,2 Sheets,1 Stream,2 Kedge.
    The pic above is one of the Bower anchors.These anchors kept the ship from drifting.The flucks(hooks)stuck in the seabed and helped keep the anchor from shifting.

    The anchor's cables huge weight was what really stopped the ship from moving when at anchor.Because of the combined weight of anchor and cable the whole crew had to help haul it in .
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    The Figurehead etc...
    The figurehead on the Victory is a shield of the coat-of arms of Great Britain.Normally painted, but I chose to finish mine in gold which I think goes better with wood/brass color scheme.
    The two ports at the bow with the vertical doors open to the sick bay.
    The cathead,the angled beam that the blue and white officer is standing on contains a sheave block or pulley for lashing the anchor for storage.
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    Bobstays and Bowsprit shrouds.
    Three bobstays are fitted between the head and the bowsprit.Note that the stays are wormed, parceled and served as required.I used linen line for this ,which I made up on a ropewalk constructed from old mechanno parts.
    The forestay and fore preventer stay have large wooded hearts at their ends,which are reeved together.
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    HMS Victory Rigging.
    If you guys would like I will post the sequence that I used to rig this ship.I kept a log over the many years of building this ship so I might as well put it to good use.
    I have noticed that most books on rigging actually do not give you a step by step rigging sequence which leads to a lot of confusion.
    My model is more than just "harbour rigged "as I wanted to depict the ship as she would be just before hauling up the sails from storage and repair.
    In the beginning I will give just the basic sequence and if I get the time I will fill in the details as to rope sizes etc...
    Because I post to more than just ship related websites,please let me know if you are interested and if so,I could start a new thread just dealing with this subject. Cheers! John.
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    John,

    I you are kid enough to explain rigging I'll certainly read it! I have a bit of a
    rigging phobia, perhaps I can be cured!

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    Wow, spectacular model. A great showpiece of skill and patience. The rigging... unbelievable.
    But, the figures are very distracting to me. Uniforms are too blue/red etc and too glossy. Colours are way too saturated - they ought to fade with distance.
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    Actually that was done on purpose so that the figures would not get lost in the rest of the detail.This is a decorative,storyboard type diorama and is meant to tell the story of life at sea on one of these old warships.The figures are really more important than the rest of the diorama in my view.This diorama was done for children and the young at heart and is aneducational tool. The intense coloration helps me tell the story.
    Cheers! John.
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    Extremely interested. I actually enjoy the rigging phase of sailing ship models. It is much more calming to me than planking and building. Please do.
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    Friends of HMS Victory...

    And the real thing looks like...

    Victory rigging.jpg

    Awesome stuff John. Did you make or purchase your blocks etc?

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    Hi David! Nice pic.I made them from cherrywood.Cheers! John.
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    You said how many years... ? (!)

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    As far as I know.....
    this is the only ship model that there is of HMS Victory as a storyboard diorama, complete with scale figures .I have searched the web and I have never seen another anywhere in books,mags etc...
    If anyone out there knows of another I sure would like to know about it ,if for nothing else just to satisfy my own curiosity .Thanks! Cheers. John.
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