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  • Birthday 11/28/1960

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  1. Count me in too Chuck. My only issue will be having enough time to keep up with the group - that four letter thing call WORK keeps getting in the way!
  2. Dumas Barrelback engine

    If you take a look at the RC Groups forum, you will likely find one or two examples. I know that Rich Kroll of M.A.C.K. Products has done one or more engines in some Legend model boats for static display at shows. I’m pretty sure there are other examples over there as well.
  3. Stage Coach

    Nicely done Sjors.

    So I’m waiting for the group ahead of me to finish up at the first tee. There’s a guy lining up his shot and he’s standing on the Ladies’ Tee. As he’s about to take his backswing, the pro shop loudspeaker springs to life “would the gentleman on the Ladies’ Tee please back up to the Men’s Tee.” The guy takes no notice and start his routine all over. Just as he’s about to take his backswing, the loudspeaker starts up again “ would the gentleman on the Ladies’ Tee please back up to the Men’s Tee”. Again, the guy takes no notice and begins his routine again. Just as he’s about to take his backswing, the loudspeaker starts up again “would the gentleman on the Ladies Tee please back up to the Men’s Tee”. At this, the guy turns around and in a very loud voice yells “would the A#$%hole with the loudspeaker please shut up while I take my second shot!”
  5. Thanks Mobbsie and Druxey - the storage cabinets certainly make life a little easier in the "big" workshop. On with the build.... Wing construction begins with making formers for shaping the wing ribs. Paper templates are provided for two shapes of rib. The templates were applied to some scrap 12mm plywood, cut to rough shape on the scroll saw and refined on the spindle sander. To speed up the process, I cut four of shape ‘A’ and two of shape ‘B’. The completed formers were then covered in packing tape to prevent glue adhering to them. The wing ribs are each formed by laminating two pieces of 1/8” x 1/16” and cold moulding them on the plywood formers. This simply means applying a thin bead of glue between the two laminations and then clamping them to the plywood formers. It is a very simple, yet very effective way of achieving the curved shape for the spars. Once the glue has dried, there is virtually no spring back. In the photo below, you can see the two different former shapes, one rib being moulded to the former, and two completed ribs after moulding. In the second photo, are the complete set of ribs: 30 of shape ‘A’ and two of shape ‘B’. The ribs now all require further shaping dependent on their final location on the ribs. This will be a slow process......
  6. Thanks Mark and Piet, and also to all of the likes. Well, I finally got to spend some time in the model workshop today, after eight months of 1:1 scale work. In the end, it took me only a couple of hours each day over the weekend to complete the fuselage. Two side-bars were cut to size and fitted with various pulleys and cable guides before fitting. The only tricky part here was finding a way to clamp them while the glue set. Then a couple of split pins were shaped into a horseshoe shape with a piece of bamboo across the open ends to form handles. A piece of cordage was then connected from these to the crankshaft. Here are a couple of pictures of progress to date. After taking the pictures, I realised that the cordage had come away from the pulleys on the neck ring – it should pass around these as well as going through the cable guides. And that completes the construction of the fuselage. Wings are up next.
  7. Next up was a storage and charging station for some of my cordless tools. Another Brad Rodriguez design. Then it was back to the workbench. I decided I really needed some built-in storage under my main workbench. So I made an “original” design to fit four drawers and a cupboard. It was really hard to get in place to take a photo, but you’ll get the idea…. The drawer/cupboard unit has a space above it for storing my sharpening stones, shooting board, and bench hook. The drawers house some of my hand tools: chisels, gouges, auger bits, and planes. A recent addition to the workshop has been a small thickness planer, so of course it needed its own cabinet, so I made a repeat of the Drill Press cabinet for it: I needed somewhere to store an amazingly large collection of screws and other fasteners. I found some neat storage trays in the hardware store and made up some plywood housing for them, mounted again on the French Cleat system. And I needed somewhere for a growing collection of smaller clamps as well. Back in February, I attended a three-day workshop learning how to make Bandsaw Boxes. Here is a couple of photos of my first two boxes, made from Australian Red Cedar and completed during those three days: And here is my third, unfinished box, made from Huon Pine: It is ready for the drawer faces to be carved with finger-pulls. And finally, completed today, was this 3-d design end-grain cutting board for the kitchen. Design is by a Russian woodworker, whose website is MTMWood.com He does some amazing work and I purchased a copy of his plans/instructions for this. The finished board is about 530mm x 330mm x 50mm thick. Timbers used were Jarrah, Walnut and Rock Maple. The “client” is happy with the result… So, as you can see, while I may not have been building models, I have not been idle over the last eight months or so.... Now, back to modelling.........I hope..........
  8. It’s been quite a while since I updated this log, so I thought I’d show you what has kept me out of the model shipyard for all of this time… It all started with a desire to sort out the storage arrangements in the “dirty” workshop – ie the garage, which has to do double duty as both workshop and home for two cars. Then a visit to the Timber and Working with Wood Show resulted in funding approval for a new table saw to assist with the modifications while retaining all 10 digits. Because of the need to retain the primary function of the garage (ie housing for cars), all cabinetry was made mobile so that the workshop could be configured “as required” for whatever the task at hand demanded. The first cab off the rank was storage for my ever-growing collection of “hobby” machinery. For this I made a 1.5m long cabinet that would house the Sherline Mill and Lathe on top. The design was from Brad Rodriguez at Fix-This-Build-That. Taking pictures now is a little awkward, but here is the overall cabinet with the Sherline Machines under their dust covers on top. In use, they can be either kept in place, or moved to another work surface: Inside the cabinet are two doors concealing two full-extension pull-out trays that house yet more machinery, and four drawers for all of the lathe and mill accessories, air-brush equipment, etc. The next thing I decided to make was an assembly table that would double as an outfeed table for the table saw. For this, I combined the plans/ideas from three different woodworkers. The top is a torsion box design by Ron Paulk in the USA. The frame is a design by Paul Sellers (UK), which is knock down design, and I added to that by putting 3” castors on the legs. Then I used an idea from Dave Stanton (Australia) to make the top similar to the Festool MFT table (only larger). The top is made from ¾” plywood. It’s about 1.5m long by about 900m wide. The cut-outs around the side panels serve to both reduce weight and provide handy temporary storage for tools as you go. The dog holes are laid out using the UJK Parf Guide system, which guarantees alignment and spacing. I also added T-Track around 3 edges. The top is sturdy, and although it is fairly heavy, I can lift it on and off the frame by myself with relative ease. Here is a view of the table top removed for storage. You can see the basic construction of the frame, and the locating slots for seating the table top securely. The aprons of the table are held together by half-lap joints and held securely by crucifix joints in the tops of the legs. Two stretcher/bearers are housed in dovetail joints to complete the frame. Here is a close-up of the crucifix joint on one leg during disassembly. Once completely disassembled, all of the frame components sit neatly on the extension wing of the table saw. The whole thing goes together in about one minute flat. Same for disassembly. Next up were a mobile timber storage cart and some mobile bases for both Drill Press and Spindle Sander. While I was at it, I made a table for the Drill Press. It’s a bit hard to tell in this photo, but yes, that is a timber storage cart full of, well, timber….. The Drill Press cabinet and the Spindle Sander cabinet are essentially identical, except that one has four drawers ,while the other has one drawer and a cupboard. The designs were based on more from Brad Rodriguez at Fix-This-Build-That. Next up, I really wanted some storage for finishes and other “stuff”. I based this on a design from Jay Bates. After I made it, I realised I needed a second one….. Also in the above photo you can see my large clamp rack (another Brad Rodriguez design) and a small storage rack for my Random Orbital Sander and various sand papers to go with it (also designed by Brad Rodriguez). All of the wall-mounted cabinets are mounted using a French Cleat system. This makes it really easy to move things around if you change your mind about placement of items as the cabinets are not fixed to the wall. More in the next post…..
  9. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Congratulations on another fine build Mike! Thanks for sharing your journey with us - it has been most interesting to follow.
  10. Yes, that’s correct Spider. I’m travelling for work at the moment, but will be home on Friday so can send it then for you.
  11. Spider, If you send me a PM with your email address (don’t post it here), I’ll send you a copy of my riggging spreadsheet(s) that I developed for Victory. The other piece of advice I would offer is, if you haven’t already got it, then get yourself of copy of “Anatomy of Nelson’s Ships” by C. Nepean Longridge. This book is the “bible” for any Victory modeller and I found it invaluable - especially when it came to the rigging stage.
  12. Fokker Dr 1 by Mike Dowling

    Danny, You obviously need one of these.
  13. Spider, My best advice is to take all the string provided in the kit and throw it away. Then replace it all with quality scale rope from Syren Ship Model company: https://www.syrenshipmodelcompany.com/ Chuck’s rope is the best going. I used it nearly exclusively on my Victory (I’d already completed the Standing Rigging before Chuck started making and selling his).
  14. Thanks for dropping by Guy. I’ll try and take some pictures of the cabinet work on the weekend. I’m almost done with garage workshop cabinet building, so may be able to get back to modelling again soon. Only problem is, the Admiral has presented me with a list of other projects she wants building now that I’ve had some practice.................
  15. i got sick, so i,m out a bit.

    So pleased to see you back healthy, happy and posting again! Welcome home Vivian.

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