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About donrobinson

  • Birthday 11/09/1956

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    Prince Albert Saskatchewan Canada

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  1. What have you received today?

    Those look awesome, how long are they?
  2. I have this kit, I bought it last year. The kit has four pages of plans two are strictly for the sails showing how to cut and sew them (material included) the other two are printed on both sides 3 sides for rigging and one showing the hull.The instructions are one written page that includes a short history of the ship then there is a brief description of each of the 14 illustrations in the booklet. The laser cut panels all look good and are made of plywood, the strip wood looks decent enough. Fittings are included and look relatively good, there is a container with wood fittings and one with brass and copper fittings. There are four resin ships boats. Rigging rope is also included, it comes in three different sizes and will need to be coloured for the standing rigging as one spool is white and the other two are just slightly darker. There are no copper plates included so the hull would need to be painted. In summing up all of this and you were to ask me, I would say unless you could get this kit for half the price I would NOT buy it. If you would like to see pictures of the kit let me know. This is the only kit I have bought that when I opened the box I did not have a smile on my face. If you are truly intent on buying this kit I would sell mine at half the price, and we could work out a deal on the shipping costs.
  3. Ropewalk

    I don't mind at all Chuck, I actually really appreciate this bit of advice. I need all the help I can get, as you say it is an art and being the slow learner I am it is going to take me sometime and plenty of thread to get this right. I will try and get more twist to the rope, I think my machine may need some adjusting. I usually have some of your rope beside me when making mine but I was always just blaming the lighting for mine not looking as good as yours. Thanks Again
  4. Ropewalk

    Gregory, what type of thread are you using?
  5. Ropewalk

    Hi David, I was trying out something for a friend a while back and here are some results. This is using Gutermann thread, all that I have used to date. "A" and :B" are made from three ropes of four strands of thread and are approx. .85 mm, "C" and "D" are made from four ropes of three strands and measure approx approx. 1 mm. So both are twelve strands of thread with two different results in diameter. "A" is made using 1 spool of yellow and two red, "B" is two spools of yellow and one spool of red. "C" is made with four spools one red, one yellow, one red and one yellow, "D" is made with two spools of red side by side on machine and two spools of yellow side by side. I use the Domanoff machine. Lots of fun to do, however, you not save time doing this it is just the satisfaction knowing you did do it. To date I have used only Gutermann thread and have made 8 different sizes so far
  6. Build Log Photography

    Looks great, I have a Nikon dslr but as you do I use my iphone usually as it is handier and needs less light
  7. Tiny Hem in Sails

    What a great tutorial!! Thank You. Now to find some sewing lessons!
  8. Tiny Hem in Sails

    You should really stain your fabric first as the glued parts will probably not take any colouring or at least not as much as the other areas not glued. Look at the MarisStella sails, theses are double folded and will give you an idea how the corners should be cut, in a "V" shape. They will also give you an idea how to do the stitch lines. To prevent fraying on cut lines I painted all edges with watered down pva glue, I use Weldbond, I would also do this after colouring the fabric. It did not stain the fabric but your case, with colouring you may want to try a test area. I can also warn you now that when using wire be sure it is straight and in the proper position, the very outside edge of the hem, as it is a real pain to sew around. I only did a little sewing on my sails, by hand, and found the wire to be in the way all the time, with a machine you maybe going through lots of needles
  9. Happy Birthday Don......:cheers:....Hope you had a good one!!



    1. donrobinson


      Thank You Frank, How are you keeping?

    2. riverboat


      hang'n in there...... Almost finished with the Junk...should be posting shortly ...haven't really been doing too much building lately,just starting to get back in to the groove again, hopefully I'll have some progress pictures shortly....Take care Don....



  10. Happy Birthday Don! Have a good one.



    1. donrobinson


      Thanks Ian, I did have a good one I finished the Trabakul then celebrated!!

  11. hello Don.......Happy Birthday!   we're the same age....but I'm a couple of months older than you  HA.....Ha   hope you have a great day today.....hope you have the day off  ;) 



    1. donrobinson


      Thanks so much, I am retired so I had the whole day off to celebrate. Do I need to call you "sir" being that I am younger?;)

  12. Don,


    Your big day celebrate it with gusto. Treat yourself right today.


    Again Happy Birthday and many more to come.:cheers:

    1. donrobinson


      Thanks so much John, tonight girlfriend is coming over for steak supper and a few cocktails and after that......:):);). Should be an awesome day and night!!!!

    2. John Allen
  13. Ropewalk

    I have the Domanoff planetary ropewalk and after some practice I'm finally making some decent rope. It works very well, although,it does take some time to make rope especially when making larger ropes requiring multiple threads. The rope is not as good as Chuck's but that maybe due to the fact he uses a cotton/linen blend where as I have only used cotton which results in a much "softer" rope. Even though I went through literally thousands of meters of rope getting a decent product(could be mainly that I am a slow learner) I would recommend this product to those that are not inclined to build their own and Alexey does offer great customer service.
  14. Never too late.

    Welcome, looking forward to seeing some of your builds