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michael mott

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  • Birthday 04/06/1948

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  1. Congratulations Toni on the completion of your model it really looks superb. Michael
  2. Hi Denis yes the deck will need some finishing later. Today I began fabricating the sliding hatch. The cross members were shaped by clamping them together then gluing the longitudinal planks a couple more to go and then sand to a smooth finish for the canvas top which will get painted white. There will be brass runners along the top of the rails. Michael
  3. Lovely clean workmanship Chuck, I am always amazed by how big 1/16 square stock looks in a close up picture. and then see the results of making it cylindrical. Nice metalwork too. michael
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    MONTAÑES by montanes

    Every time I look at your work I realize that I need to work at getting better in my own work. your example clearly shows what is possible with practice. Michael
  5. I spent the evening getting the curved top of the fixed portion of the companionway properly fitted. first i used the "thickness planer" a simple way to get the wood down to a consistent thickness. It is made from a slab of cherry with some guide rails to accept the Veritas low angle block plane, with some 1/8th thick strips of evergreen styrene 3/16 x 1/8th this allows the plane to ride along on the side edges without going beyond the depth of the side strips. After a few strokes the strip is down to a consistent thickness in this case .121" just a hair under 1" scale thickness. Next the final adjustment before glue up. I did glue them up but did not take a picture I will clean it up in the morning. Michael
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    Maria a new 1:2 model of 40 foot gaff yawl

    Good Evening Brian, it looks more horrid that it actually is. When I first built this little boat I used some oak plywood that was not marine grade and it was the real cause of the trouble. The water is not saline and is lake water, that sometimes gets an algae bloom, not the worst kind which is the red type but still not great. and because there were places where the rain and lake water got trapped, my first rebuild was doomed from the start. Over the last 4 years of sailing I learned a lot about how the hull and rig worked, and what did not work so well. Cleaning out the hull an bilge will give me an opportunity to correct all the errors I made during that first effort. The overall plan is to rework the open cockpit concept but use solid wood with no area for rain or lake water to collect and sit, but to drain to the bilge where there will be a small bilge pump installed to empty it automatically. Michael
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    Maria a new 1:2 model of 40 foot gaff yawl

    Well I did a Déjà vu today, it took a while but I am encouraged to do a much better job this time round. It's an ugly job but somebody has to do it! Step one get rid of the moldy stuff. Tomorrows another day, I'm off for a nap. Michael
  8. Thank you all again for your encouraging comments. I will be back in the model shop this evening, today I was gutting out the cockpit of maria. Michael
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    Maria a new 1:2 model of 40 foot gaff yawl

    Hi Brian, I used a water based varnish. I might just go back to the oil finish I used at the very beginning, because it dosen't flake or peel. Hi Roger a cover might be a good idea. Winter will be interesting for sure. Michael
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    Twelve inch to the foot dinghy

    This just keep getting better, beautifully executed work. Michael
  11. Thanks for all the comments and likes. the skylight inner sleeve was fitted this evening, this was accomplished by first rough fitting then working from the underside with the skylight taped down. The mahogany sheets are 1/2 inch thick and form a nice locator for the skylight. The top edge was softened a little for ease of placing the skylight on and off. Now located in its final position. I need to cut up another CD case to make the glass for the port side lights. Michael
  12. Hello Paul yes I really enjoy working at this scale, that said it becomes more difficult to hide errors. Hi Denis, thanks for looking in. Bedford, Thanks for the kind remark. Hello Ed, thanks I really appreciate your comment, having spent a great deal of time admiring your own metalwork. Thank you to all who have pressed the like button, it lets me know that you are following along. One of the advantages and disadvantages of designing as I go along is that the structure evolves over time. I have been fiddling with the deck structure for the companionway and skylights for what seems like years and not being very happy with one thing or another. this time i feel positive that I'm getting somewhere now. The structure is solid now and can be lifted off easily in order to add the ballast weight for when I do put her in the water to sail. here are a few shots of the progress. The first shot shows the Mahogany drop sides for the "lid" these are glued along the length and dovetailed at the corners. a close up of the corner, I only used one dovetail the height is a scale 6 inches or so and the thickness is a full 2 inches in scale. The stern end all cleaned up. I will be adding a thin foam seal around the bottom where the "lid' meets the deck as an added protection to the interior. It will just look like one of the other sealed black joints. I also finally added the rail across the stern, it still needs a little shaping but at leat it is now glued in place. That's all for now. I have to head out to the lake, being as I am the harbor master of the Edmonton Yacht Club and the docks are coming out tomorrow. September has been a very cool month and we did not get much sailing in during the month. The docks were supposed to come out today but it was 0 degrees, and it is warming up tomorrow to 11, so it will be easier on everyone's hands. there is over 520 feet of floating docks in two lengths that need to be dissembled and stacked on the beach for winter. Also and additional 380 feet of fixed dock. We have a club meal when we are all done. Michael
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    very nice looking model John Michael
  14. Thanks for the nice comments, they are appreciated. Also for all those who visit and follow along. The rework of the opening for the section that houses the companionway and skylight are now moving forward in earnest, now that I have figured out what I am doing. the strengthening of the structure and cleaning it up was accomplished by adding some fir longitudinal beams, this also added a lip around the opening. Next the cross beams that form part of the removable section were dry fitted with enough clearance so not to bind when lifting them out. thee are clear fir. A full 1 inch by 6inches. After the discussion about yellow cedar I went and found a supplier here in Edmonton who has lots so I picked up a length of nice clear wood 53 x 1 1/2 x 6 and re-sawed it into some various sizes to work with. I made a strip 6mm x 15mm to fill in the spaces between the cross beams and glued them in place after laying a strip of Tamiya yellow masking tape along the edge of the framed opening. Once the cedar and fir were glued up, I glued a piece of clear fir 1x6 along the top side as a strengthening member. Next I did a dry fit of the companionway and the skylight to ensure that the whole assembly will work. The next task will be to take off the removable part and finish the ends and sides to form a clean box like structure that will slow down any errant water that might want to slosh in during the heavy weather sailing. 🌊. Michael

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