Moxis

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  1. There has been recently many methods shown to make strops around small blocks. When rigging the guns for my Le Cerf I needed a big number of small 3 mm double blocks. For making strops around these I made this simple fixture, which fullfilled it`s task quite reasonably. First a simple construction was made of a piece of scrap wood and 2 mm plywood. Small pieces of 1 mm and 0,6 mm iron wire were glued into the bottom of the jig, and grooves were sawn with jeweler`s saw into the plywood walls: Pieces of 0,15 mm thread were put into the first grooves, and blocks were positioned to the jig so that the 0,6 mm wire was put through one hole of the block: Then small pieces of 0,6 mm rigging thread were placed into the second grooves: And then it was rotated around the block and then around the 1 mm iron wire: And now it remained only to make a small knot between the block and the 1 mm loop using the thinner thread, and attach small blops of diluted PVA glue into both ends of the block. After the glue had dried, ends of threads were cut as near as possible of the block..... ..... and blocks were ready...... ......and used for rigging the guns:
  2. And you could use square cubes to keep things exactly in 90 degrees when glue is setting. For instance when gluing bulkheads into keel. A tip from my friend Michael.
  3. Hello Egon. Here you can find some https://www.google.fi/search?q=steam+capstan&client=firefox-b&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-_9y3jKHUAhVF6CwKHfgQAHUQ_AUICSgB&biw=1024&bih=636
  4. When making seizings for the breech ropes for the cannons of my Le Cerf model, I got frustrated with the loose ends of ropes. After thinking about making a fixture for this work, I finally made this. Very easy to make in about ten minutes, and fulfills it's task perfectly.
  5. Thanks a lot Jonathan, I will certainly try these!
  6. I found also the company Automated Artists, and have placed my order for certain thicknesses of Polybak for testing. Even when Chuck told us that this material is too weak for routing, I would like to try that. When producing very tiny parts, they must not be very strong to fullfill their purpose, which is only to emulate small metal parts. And when machined with 0,3 mm router bit very carefully I am almost sure that I can manage that work. However being material which is very hard to find and transport from US to Europe especially in small quantities, it would be nice to find some equivalents nearer. So this "Hartpapier" or Bakelite, as we also know it here, would also be very interesting material to know better and worth testing how it would suit for the purposes of model ship building.
  7. Or you could first paint the cannons with black, and then apply some dark brown dry pigments and rub carefully most of it away.
  8. Thanks Chuck for your message. I also have tried to find this material everywhere, because it would suit perfectly also for cutting with cnc router (I think). I have tried to find a substitute for photo etched parts which could be produced with a router, by trying different plastics, but without success. The best material so far has been thin aircraft plywood, or a product called Sikablock, but it is very difficult to cut slices thin enough (<0,5 mm) of this material. So laserboard would be the perfect answer for my needs, but I cannot understand why it is so difficult to get. Maybe I have to try your link, but I doubt they will not sell it for private persons, especially when they are situated on the other side of the globe. But I wonder where the railroaders are getting their stuff?
  9. Thanks amateur, just that. I have to place my order immediately. The only thing is that I thought it to be thinner. But this is a good start.
  10. After having read Chuck's wonderful build log about the cutter Cheerful, I came to the page where he describes having made certain parts of laserboard. This material seems to be outstanding when producing tiny parts either with laser or maybe also router. But where to get this material and which thicknesses are available? After a short googling it seems that nobody knows this material, especially in Europe.
  11. Thanks Denis and Ron. This is what I was suspecting. No shortcut to happiness.
  12. I have always thought, how simple it would be to scan the bulkheads from the drawings, and then let the cnc router to cut them. Easy and accurate method to produce bulkheads. But in reality not so. Because scanned pictures are often in bitmap format and include a lot of faulty points which must first be cleaned away, and then the pictures must be vectorized, to have finally a drawing which can be cut with a router. So I wonder if there exist any programs that would do this cleaning and bitmap/vectorizing conversion automatically to be able to produce bulkheads or frames easily and accurately?
  13. Balsa wood has been used for decades as construction material for model airplanes. Also in very thin strips. And they are only glued together without any other fasteners, and still the constructions are/were very rigid. Filling blocks used in shipmodels are solid wood, much more stronger than thin strips, so I don't know any reason why they couldn't be used. And as Roks82 said, they are much easier to sand as heavier wood.
  14. Thanks Michael for a very comprehensive explanation about making your collet system. Your skills for metalwork are beyond mine, so I have to rely on the purchased equipment. I have a set of ER16 collets which are not used very much so far, but inspired about your writing, have to be considered seriously again. I think the key to resolve my problem is to use those drill bits with 1/4 " shanks, so that when changing the drill diameter, the shank of it and the collet remains unchanged. The smallest milling/drilling cutter I have is a 0,3 mm one, with which I have managed to drill a hole or two with very careful feeding of the quill, but breaking of the cutter has been very near due to the poor quality of the chuck. Another story is the rotation speed of the machine, which in my case is also very limited, but would be the reason to adopt that high quality small dc motor, which rotates easily 50.000 or more rpm.