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Phill Elston

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About Phill Elston

  • Birthday 12/25/1959

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  1. No word from Caldercraft/Jotika yet, but to be honest, I think I'll be lucky to get anything from them at all, let alone on a Saturday, having only emailed them at 16.45 Friday. So today, I didn't have a huge amount of time... But I progressed the galleries a little
  2. Thanks Boyd, Though I fear that construction like that far exceeds my capability... And equipment. I'm more of a wood butcher that a joiner.
  3. Thanks Brian. Where I'm going is trying to get away from the "flat and inorganic" cast metal. I was going to try and drill out the glass areas on the metal castings and rework those. But then I noticed that they weren't actually the same - or even close to the same - as the actual ship. If what I'm aiming at misses the mark, I can always go flat and inorganic LOL
  4. Well, good and bad today... The galleries are progressing well but I noticed something that I had otherwise either not seen, or at least failed to register on the 23' launch. When I looked at the galleries as I had left them last evening, I decided that I didn't like the 1mm x 1mm uprights that I'd set in place. So out they came, and I started to frame up the windows. I'll go back to the 1 x 1 for the glazing cross bars but for now... I'd forgotten quite what a gooey medium Milliput is to work with! I tried to do as I said I was going to with the cling film... It didn't work. So I had to apply it direct to the pieces. hopefully it'll carve/sand/file OK in place. The round blobs of setting milliput, I envisage carving into the rosettes that can be seen above and below the galleries in the pictures from the book above. Then I went back to the launch... I was quite pleased wit the progress I'd made. And then, as I say, somehow, I hadn't noticed the buckle in the hull overall. I did write to Jotika/Caldercraft. I have had no reply in a week, so I have just written again. To say that I am unimpressed would be an understatement. I sincerely hope that this doesn't reflect the quality of the larger, more complex Caldercraft kits? Has anyone else experienced such difficulties?
  5. Phill Elston

    Amati Bounty

    It is a "flag locker" both on the plans and in the very useful book "Anatomy of the Ship - The armed Transport BOUNTY" by John P. McKay. It is now out of print and becoming difficult to source. In it though, you will find many things where the Amati kit differs from the book. I'm part way through constructing the Amati kit - my first wooden model and my first ship other than an Airfix Cutty Sark when I was about 12 (which later got turned into a "Viking burial" oops!) My build log is at http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/12953-hmav-bounty-by-phill-elston-amati-160-ostensibly-from-the-kit-plans-but-potentially-modified-to-more-authentic/ If You want to share ideas etc, give me a shout Regards Phill
  6. So the kit bashing of the 23' Launch is progressing... But I forgot to take photos before i set it aside to dry earlier, so I will post more photos another time. But otherwise, I've been bashing the main build a bit too... The Quarter Galleries supplied are not as authentic as I'd prefer and so I set out to make my own. I only had a couple of hours to work on them today but I got enough done to post here... There are a fair few differences between the supplied galleries and the ones shown in "The Anatomy Of The Ship". So, using the supplied cast metal ones, I mapped out the shape onto some 1/16" basswood sheet and then cut the tops/bottoms of the bays from some scrap 1mm Ply. These were glued to the bases and then I fitted the first two uprights. I will form the rest of the framing from 1mm x 1mm walnut stock. The domed uppers and lowers to the bays, I intend to shape from milliput. I hope to mould it into place using some scraps of cling film to stop it from adhering to the wood. Once set and dry, I'll free them from place, file and sand to shape, add detail and then glue them into place. The filigree type adornments on the base will be added using relief medium - a kind of putty like paint often used for glass painting. The frames for the windows in the bays will be made from 1mm walnut. And then I'll glaze the bays! As I've said before... watch this space!
  7. I wonder why this vessel differs from that drawn in "The Anatomy" of the bounty? Anyway... You can't finish. We haven't finished hijacking the thread! I look forward to following your future builds! Good luck with the surgery Regards Phill
  8. French wife? Been there done that... Paid for FAR more than a T-shirt! LOL
  9. Good grief! Insults! LOL "a Welshman??" My word, shall I have to refer to the venerable "cathead" as a Canadian? Pewsey sir, is in Wiltshire... Many miles from the principality of Wales! I will admit that upon occasion, I wear a kilt - a Scottish plaid however - and I speak French, Spanish, some German, some Dutch and a smattering of Afrikaans... But I am, most proudly English. But enough... We are again hijacking poor old Brian's thread. Hehehe
  10. Oddly, I just a day or two ago, finished reading "The True Story - Mutiny on the Bounty - William Bligh's Diary" From there I quote page 7 dated 1789 Aprils narrative (and though not dated per-se, the narrative continues after the 28th into the 29th about the immediate events at the showing of the mutiny... "...the boatswain and seamen, who were to go in the boat, were allowed to collect twine, canvas, lines, sails, cordage, an eight and twenty gallon cask of water, and the carpenter to take his tool chest. Mr. Samuel got 150lbs of bread, with a small quantity of rum and wine. He also got a quadrant and compass into the boat; but was forbidden, on pain of death, to touch either map, ephemeris, book of astronomical observations, sextant, time-keeper, or any of my surveys or drawings... ...To Mr Samuel I am indebted for securing my journals and commission, with some material ship papers. Without these I had nothing to certify what I had done, and my honour and character might have been suspected, without my possessing a proper document to have defended them. All this he did with great resolution, though guarded and strictly watched. He attempted to save the time keeper, and a box with all my surveys, drawings, and remarks for fifteen years past, which were numerous; when he was hurried away, with "Damn your eyes, you are well off to get what you have." ..." "...I asked for arms, but they laughed at me , and said I was well acquainted with the people where I was going, and therefore did not want them; four cutlasses, were thrown into the boat, after we were veered astern..." "...A few pieces of pork were then thrown to us, and some cloaths, also the cutlasses I have already mentioned; ..." "...After having undergone a lot of ridicule, and being kept some time to make sport for these unfeeling wretches, we were at length cast adrift in the open ocean." Lt Bligh and those in the boat did make land on a variety of occasions. On one of those occasions (29 April - 3 May), they encountered natives of one of the islands ("the NW part of Tofoa, the north-westernmost of the Friendly Islands.") today called Tonga. Though Bligh and his companions were supplied with some food and water by these islanders, on the evening of the 3rd May, Bligh determined to make a withdrawal. At this point, the islanders attacked. The attack resulted in the death of John Norton, a quartermaster, the only one of the eighteen persons cast adrift who did not complete the voyage in the 23ft launch. They landed again a few times on the coast of "New Holland" though understandably, they were VERY wary and Bligh ordered that no fires were to be built in the open in case they were seen by natives who might be hostile. On most of these occasions, the launch wasn't beached for very long in case they were forced to make a quick getaway. Mostly, it was kept afloat "at a grapnel". On June 14 they arrived in "Coupang" (Kupang, West Timor) a Dutch trading post in Indonesia. The Dutch East Indies had been Bligh's intended destination from the outset. Four thousand miles in an overloaded, open boat with next to no provisions and extremely limited navigational equipment... This remains one of the most remarkable feats of seamanship in my opinion.
  11. They didn't often land for fear of hostile natives - and when they did, the boat was more often than not laid off at a grapnel. The tool box wasn't filled with tools during the voyage, it was the "safe" for the more "choice" comestibles... Brian, have you thought about a trip to a bric-a-brac shop/junk shop to see if you could source something small & cheap that is made of ebony? Not so sure they kept that much in the way of kit bagged stuff as they jettisoned a lot in the first heavy seas they encountered... And you were right, Lt Bligh was not afforded the luxury of a sextant. Cracking build.
  12. What... Not stuffing them for the authentic amount of bounce?? Call yourself a model maker??? :-p
  13. So having had several days doing the secondary planking on one side of the build, I kind of find myself "planked out"... Needing some sort of break. As it happens, a packet arrived this morning from Cornwall model boats. One of the things in there was the 23' Launch I ordered. There's my diversion. Nice, easy & relatively quick. So I pull the bits out of the bag and have a good look at them. Not a lot for what you pay, but scratch building such a hull would, I believe, be beyond my current level of expertise... Thankfully, there wasn't any moulding "flash" and little or no unwanted marks on the resin. But, when I take my time to inspect the parts, I am disappointed to realise that the hull of the launch is bloody awful! The transom is SO Far out of whack, it's going to take fairly substantial surgery to put it right. (Picture 1) Luckily, the work required to rectify the fault is fairly straightforward... Mark, cut, trim, cement, fill & fair. The resin hull glued fairly easily with CA and, realising that I didn't have any filler, I used walnut wood sanding dust sprinkled into a film of CA. It seems to have worked quite well and I'm quite chuffed with myself!
  14. May Jerry recover fully and quickly. I'm sure he will as he looks to have a good nurse

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