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michael mott

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  • Birthday 04/06/1948

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  1. Interesting project Daniel. I couldn't help smiling at the date of the receipt because it happens to be my Birthday, 71 next year. Notions counter aka sewing store. or (Michaels). Michael
  2. When you say too small (your name?) how small are they and what boat are they for? Perhaps a picture of them and size would be useful. In order to polish anything there is a need to use some form of movement with a medium, cloth, felt, with a polishing compound. This can be as simple as some toothpast on a piece of Matt board and rub the item back and forth. Sometimes after brass has been polished and then cleaned with alcohol it is sprayed with a clear laqueur. Michael
  3. At least things won't bounce much when they hit the floor. Michael
  4. Thanks Bedford. Here is a shot of the progression of the vent. I have been working on the structure of the companionway it is basically dry assembled at the moment. I keep leaving the card on the top, because I actually like the contrast between it and the sides. Michael
  5. Mark super work on the horse, These details are really bringing this beautiful model of this boat to life. Michael
  6. Thanks for all the likes and fine comments. A bit more work today first order was to make a couple of left and right Dorade vent forms first a 3/4 diameter end mill then into the side with a 5/16 these were then cut to create the right and left sides. Switching gears to the companionway the side panels needed to join with the front and rear cross panels, for this i chose dovetails the same as the skylight. The initial cuts for the pins were done with the small back saw and the jewelers saw. Next they were clamped in the vice with some tool steel guides and cleaned up with a few files. Then the pins were transferred to the sides and the dovetails marked and cut with the jewelers saw and cleaned up with the files. the front panel required the most dovetails. you can see the primary vent forms in the background I worked on the starboard form first using some .008" brass and also made a domed plug from maple to assist with forming the main bowl section. Here is a shot of the companionway dry assembled with a scrap panel to see how the new vent looks. It is much more durable in the thicker brass, but I think I need to work the form a bit more, the tube section down to the box will need to be opened up a bit to form a better flow it looks a bit restricted. I will also keep it polished. Michael
  7. very nice Chuck Are you using curved sanding sticks with the 220 adhered to them? Michael
  8. Carl the process of annealing allows the metal to stretch as it stretches it work hardens and so each time it is annealed it allows for a bit more stretching. I would not be able to form the brass or copper into such an intricate shape without the annealing. Michael
  9. The thing that I do like about this scale is the many options for experimenting with processes. Today I made a small form for making the dorade vents and used some .003" brass shim stock to see how easy the shape would be to replicate. here are the results. The first annealing second annealing After 4 more annealing s it was looking promising A bit more trimming with some small scissors and a dab of paints So now I know that they are possible I think some heavier shim-stock say 006 or 008 might be better then some proper patina. Michael
  10. Thanks Pat. I needed some 1 1/2" mahogany so cut some a tad over thickness then thickness planed it down with a simple jig and a block plane. by using some 3/16 x 1/8th evergreen strip and placing them in the corners of the jig i can plane either or thickness by flipping them up or flat. I then cut the strips to width with the table saw. Next was to lay out the wood over the template to mark the angles and decide on the joints, tenons seemed reasonable. They were formed with the usual assortment of saws and chisels. And a test to get a feel for what the new companionway will look like. Michael
  11. Had a nice visit with Jeff (Chasseur) last evening when he stopped by to see the Albertic. More reworking of the companionway. I am reworking the area that opens up to the hull. The opportunity to rework the position of the skylight which was a bit too close to the mast will be able to be sorted as well. I am going to widen the companionway to scale 36" (4.5"actual) so that it aligns with the skylight similar to the one on the Polly Agatha. So just to save mahogany I made a prototype out of some cardstock. I will make a new deck piece by laminating the deck fir planks over the 1/8th aircraft ply sheet once it is properly curved and the cut outs for the companionway and skylights are done. I actually spent a good part of the day working on upgrading the drawing that I first made when this project began way back in 2012. so a lot of measuring and fixing the drawing which was rudimentary at best. Michael
  12. Yes Mark they certainly are I am thinking that a small form tool and making them out of some annealed brass. Michael
  13. Many years ago I built a glass and mahogany case for a model of the Sea Witch that a friend owned his model was very well made. so I shall follow along. Michael

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