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About hornet

  • Birthday 03/27/1959

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    Newcastle, NSW Australia
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    Fishing, golf, tinkering in the shed

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  1. I have successfully used two part epoxy designed for epoxying fishing rod guides in place. Glue your timber frames in place then back the window frame with a piece of flat plastic or the paper used for baking. Mix the two part epoxy then apply it to the windows with a matchstick. Remove backing plastic/ paper when dry. It takes 24 hours to dry but dries clear and often has a slight concave or convex appearance which looks great for ship windows. Most fishing tackle shops sell the epoxy or it can be purchased online.
  2. With that coppery looking finish it is hard to say but I doubt it unless you removed the finish, then it might work. To be honest, in this case, I’d probably paint with a Matt (metal) black paint. I have used Admiralty Paints by jokita for this purpose with excellent results. You could buy some Birchwood Casey and experiment. It is good stuff to have anyway.
  3. Depends on what the cannons are made from. If brass, use Birchwood Casey Brass Black. If it is Brittania metal it may still blacken with Birchwood Casey depending on the compound of the metal - it is usually copper/tin/antimony. If Birchwood Casey doesnt work you may have to paint. Admiralty Paints produce an excellent and realistic black metal paint. Birchwood Casey can be bought on eBay.
  4. I’d probably add a keel clamp of some sort to your list. Check out the thread above for one that I made cheaply and have used on 10 builds.
  5. hornet

    Centering Tools

    I have recessed a set of these into a piece of timber. Covers most sizes of dowel I use. Push dowel into recess, centre marked, job done. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/8Pcs-Dowel-Drill-Centre-Points-Pin-Wood-6mm-8mm-10mm-12mm-Dowel-Tenon-Center-Set-/351989788914
  6. hornet

    Coiling Lines Option

    Lots of great ideas here.
  7. I have found that if you are careful about hull shaping as you apply the first layer of planking, packing out/ trimming planks as you go, there is very little need for filler of any sort. If you are concerned about small gaps you can make a wood dust & PVC paste to fill them. I you are concerned about planks drying out and cracks appearing you can use bandage gauze and PVC - a bit like fibreglassing on the inside of the hull.
  8. The beauty of the aeropiccola bender is the spring loaded roller attachment. It allows you much more control of the bend. I normally use mine while the handle is clamped in a vice. This allows me both hands to work the plank. You could do the same with this bender.
  9. These are the bees knee. Not sold any more. I have had one for over 30 years. If you can find one second hand, snap it up!
  10. For anyone who may be interested, this book is available on Apple iBooks (in Australia at least) for 99c (down from about $14) Written by Daniel Bryce.
  11. hornet

    What have you received today?

    You can cross the Nullabour in a couple of days if you put your foot down. My stepson lives at the Navel Base at Fremantle, south of Perth (he is a submariner) and he has driven home ( to Newcastle) a few times. We will probably do it a bit slower (4-5 days) and take in the sites.
  12. hornet

    What have you received today?

    Na mate, The Don doesn’t own any tall buildings or golf courses in OZ, they are mostly owned by China. However if he is in the market, I could offer him a nice coat hanger style bridge in Sydney for a reasonable price. 😜
  13. hornet

    What have you received today?

    Hmmmmm, not really designed for walking or a golf cart mate. Each hole is situated in a small settlement or fuel stop along the road. Distance from 1st tee to 18th green is equivalent to about half way across your US of A and the best bit is, it isn’t owned by your President 😜
  14. hornet

    What have you received today?

    Speaking of ‘Cool Golf Courses’ John, check out this one. My wife and I tend to play it when we drive to Perth next year. http://www.nullarborlinks.com/ cheers steve
  15. hornet

    What have you received today?

    Crocs are further North John. Too cold down here plus the sharks ate ‘em all.😀 Plenty of snakes though, black snakes - practically harmless- they will take a few hours to kill you, brown snakes - cranky buggers - these are deadly, and a few other variations on the ‘get a tourniquet on that quick and call an ambulance’ theme. Cheers steve.

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