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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

An odd feature of reducing drawings

I am increasingly liking 1/3000 as a scale for ships. Since I am using drawings, not models, I can do a quick drawing, and when it is reduced, it looks good. I have found that when you reduce any drawing, they look better. Small imperfections are hidden and you only see the "big picture" (sorry for the pun). If there is some fatal flaw with the drawing, reducing points it out, immediately. For example, my first cut at a 70-foot, ship-rigged Dutch jacht, has too large a spritsail topmast. I saw immediately that I need to do a new drawing.

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