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  • Birthday 03/07/1947

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  1. Hi Tom. This is only on the first planking, the second will hide it. Also if you intend to paint or put any casting over it's not a problem. It won't come off so you'll have to think about how you use it. Previous to this I had only used it to copy from plans to wood, I think that this is what it's best for. Good luck with, TB Ken
  2. Hi Carl. I haven't used this method on the bow for that very reason. I only used this transfer technique at the stern as a last resort as no matter how many times I measured and marked out the ports and rail position I couldn't get them right. There is a very slight difference in my hull and that of the plans and as there are several pieces of cast decoration which needed the ports to be precise I thought that this method would suit best. Ken
  3. Hello Everyone. I currently have a build log going of the Royal William and I was recently asked how I put an image of the plans on to the side of the hull. I thought that the answer might be of general interest here so below is a copy from my log of my reply. You need to copy the plan and print it using a Laser printer, it won't work with an inkjet! You need to get something with Xylene in it. Looking through my shed I found that I had some thinners that was for Hammerite metal paint so I use that, I believe it is also in ink eraser pens, and other products, just check the label. Place the printed side to the wood, I tape mine down so that it doesn't move, dampen the back with xylene then with a hard edge, I use an old plastic card scrape it over the print, this transfers the laser ink onto the wood every bit as sharp and clear as the original, works like magic every time. Here's how I copied for my deck beam. Ken
  4. Hi Jack, Here's a condensed history of the lighthouse that I've put together. New Brighton Lighthouse New Brighton Lighthouse sits next to the fort and is a well known landmark on the Wirral coastline. The original light was placed on a wooden Perch, a sort of tripod on an outcrop of Rock in 1683 by Liverpool Corporation, hence its name, Perch Rock. The foundation of the present lighthouse was laid in 1827, and was designed on the lines of the famous Eddystone Lighthouse. It took three years to complete at a cost of £27,000. The revolving light was said to be the first in the country but last shone in 1972 when due to radar it was no longer needed. Ken
  5. Hi Michael, Thanks for liking my pictures, as I said, a very picturesque area, I've loads more pictures from here. If you paint, feel free to use it as a base and have a go yourself. Ken
  6. Hi Jack' It's New Brighton Lighthouse, it sits at the mouth of the River Mersey on the opposite side to Liverpool, It's an area known as Perch Rock which also has an old Napoleonic fort next to it. It's quite a pretty coastline which is almost unknown. I'll attach a couple more pics of the same area so that you can see for youself. Regards, Ken
  7. Hello Everyone, We recently had quite a storm. I live near the River Mersey. I grabbed my camera to take some shots of boats leaving Liverpool, you can usually get good ones during storms and for my trouble I ended up with this shot. Ken Current build log, Royal William
  8. Hi Eddie & Blue Ensign, Thank you both for you very fast response to my question. Ah yes I knew there had to be a simple answer but I've been going around in circles trying to get it. Thanks, Ken
  9. Hi, I have recently started my first build log, Royal William and I am finding it difficult to add script between pictures. At present I'm writing the log, I then add the relevant picture for that paragraph which I have uploaded but I can't continue with the next paragraph. To continue I have posted the log and must then start again in the reply. Thanks Ken
  10. Hi Vince, I would like to thank you and the other members for the time and effort that has been put into creating these superb build logs for the benefit of others. Although I wasn't buildig the Royal William I followed them with great interest as much of what you were doing was relevant to other builds especially the effort towards detail and quality building. Your efforts are not wasted as it's logs like these that makes me and and I'm sure other mere mortals want to build better. I have been inspired to have a go at the Royal William, so to that end I have now got the kit. Having read what has been written and examined the contents I agree with all that you have said, but not having super detailed photo etch for me gives it an old fashion charm and perhaps more character just like a classic car, I may regret saying that when I get into the build as I realise that I am going to be way out of my comfort zone with this. I will take about three months to finish my current project but when I start I will create a build log of my own, my first. I am a bit nervous of the response though as I'm afraid my present standard falls well short of the current builds out there but I'll give it a go and perhaps I can blame you if it all goes pear shaped. Ken
  11. Hi, Instead of the usual applicator I use a hyperdermic needle inserted into the glue bottle. Medium CA flows smoothly through its fine apeture giving a very small amount at the its tip. When you get a build up of glue at the tip run a small flame over it, CA is very flammable and it quickly burns off leaving a clear tip. Unlike a plastic tip this will last for years without the need for replacing, also it has a long fine reach
  12. Hi, Can anybody help me. I've aquired an older version of Sergal Sovereign of the Seas which I hope to start soon. This version is double planked to the top of the bulwarks. My problem is how do I accuratly position the gun ports. It does not have a template to mark their position, nor does it have full size plans to take measurements from, the instrucions are not very helpful at all. Thanks, Ken