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  • Birthday 07/19/1936

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    Pembrokeshire [Wales, UK]
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    Remember, this is 'interests'. Not 'activities'. Some of them used to be activities, but the body deteriorates over time. And the mind? Well, it, er, changes.
    Kite-flying. Orienteering. Cross-stitching. DIY. Astronomy. Computers. Model ships (duh!). Philosophy. Morris dancing. Folk/country music. Cooking. Beer (or Real Ale, to be precise). Belly dancing (because my eldest daughter is amazingly good at it!). And a few other things ...

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  1. Ooh I do like that paddlewheel, Popeye. Nice work! All in all, you're showing yourself to be a master craftsman! I've been watching your progress second-hand, via the email notifications I get. Trouble is, I can't leave 'likes' for you unless I take the trouble to log in to MSW! I've just popped in to put that right!
  2. Oh wow, I just noticed it's over a month since I last said anything here. Apologies. I've had a few distractions taking away some of my attention in recent weeks. Blame it on my new sewing machine. I can never resist a new toy, and this one's got bells and whistles that the old one never had. So of course I had to clang them and blow them! So far I've made two patchwork-quilted cushions, and a lap quilt, and donated them to the Admiral. So I'm amassing Brownie points that I can use when I do get seriously distracted by the Mississippi build and somehow miss out on vital household duties ... Even so, I have been making some progress on the Spirit of Mississippi. The furnishings and equipment in the second-deck accommodation have been completed. The lighting for the second deck has been installed, and the circuit still works. The third deck has been fixed on, and I'm now about half-way through applying the planking (which continues in the diagonal style I used for the main and second decks). No new photographs at this time, I'm afraid. I'll try to put that right before the weekend's out. Because I decided to fit out all four passenger cabins instead of just the two that are visible when the side walls come off, I didn't have enough of Occre's 6mm-wide cast-iron chairs. So made an extra pair out of walnut. Dead easy really. Take one length of 6mm x 7mm walnut, make 5 cuts with a nice sharp jeweller's saw, get busy with some fine files and even finer sandpaper, and hey presto! One high-backed walnut dining chair! I can probably photograph the finished article for you OK, but sorry, I didn't take pics of my attempts to emulate Mr Hepplewhite!
  3. I received the inks a couple of days ago. I'm itching to experiment with them, but a host of other projects (not all of them model-ship-oriented) are keeping me busy right now. When I get the chance, I promise I'll tell you how I get on.
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    Build diary - Garden!

    Progress. Yes, progress. But is there an actual plan? What’s it all going to look like when it’s all done?
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Today (no, well, all right, a couple of days ago) I made this bargello-style patchwork cushion cover: I actually opened a new thread in the "non-ship categorised builds" section, to show pics of the 'build' process. However, it didn't take the Admiral long to point out that it's 'only a bloomin' cushion, Brian', so I came to my senses and deleted it.
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    The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Isn’t there a law that says “If a thing can go wrong, it will go wrong”?
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    Maria a new 1:2 model of 40 foot gaff yawl

    Oh, Michael, that looks horrid! Can’t rememberseeing anything like that in the bilges of my dad’s boat when we used to go sailing at Mersea in Essex UK. But that was a seawater environment. Is it saline where you sail?
  8. Thanks Popeye. I'm still working on the furniture for those four passenger cabins. Occre provides furnishings for only two of them, since there'll be no way to see what's inside the other two, but I want to fit out all four of them. I decided to make my own beds instead of using Occre's uncomfortable-looking cast-iron ones.
  9. All good stuff! I'm looking forward to seeing how it does all fit together.
  10. Generous comments EJ, Sam, Popeye. Thank you. Anyway, here's more progress. I've now glued the stairway in place, and added the rails behind them. A livestock pen? Could be, I suppose. And I've been adding some of the furnishings etc in the cabins on the second deck. The forrard set is done; the four accommodation cabins aft are still to do. Wiring for the lighting is an intriguing thing to plan and construct. My original thinking was to carry it all the way through from stern to stem in the fake ceiling beam, then tuck it under the eaves to bring it across from port to starboard before carrying it back aft in another ceiling beam. Just in time, I realised that the tall smokestacks pass through the forrard cabins at the corners, and I'd be drilling through the wiring to accommodate them! So, a slight deviation and an extra, short, fake beam to carry the wiring out of harm's way. I'm terrified that all the bending of the thin, fragile-looking wires is going to break the circuit and ruin all my careful work, so I test it at every stage! For this pic I dry-fitted the bare plywood of the next deck up, and tried to partly conceal the led lights that are still waving about loose.
  11. Grand work popeye. I’m amazed that your planking matched up so well when it met at the middle! Why is there that big slot amidships in the deck? Is it intended to make space for some amazing lighting effects? Or do the cabins have some special inboard-looking aspect for which the cruise company that owns the ship can charge extra?
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    Do you have animals to 'help' you build?

    My constant companion in the workshop. He (she?) is always there, about 24 inches from my left foot. My pest control officer. A great Admiral-deterrent too ...
  13. Thanks for your input. Paint lies on the surface of the wood. It rounds off corners. No matter how thinly and carefully applied it can spoil intricately cut detail by flowing into it, or it can jump over cracks and joins that you would prefer it to conceal. On occasions I've been disappointed to see how a carefully crafted item like a capstan can be spoilt because I've had to paint it red or black. I've made hatches that (to me) looked pretty good as naked wood and brass, but looked quite shoddy once painted. Maybe it's my own painting technique that leaves a lot to be desired. Or I'm using the wrong brushes (never could get the hang of airbrushing). But paint, by its nature, is a 'coat of paint') so it will always wrap itself over a structure rather than simply colouring it. That, plus those blue-tinted planks in my Half Moon kit, is what prompted me to ask about dyes and stains. I'm aware that some brightly-coloured woodstains can be bought in USA, but my search for similar products on the UK market hasn't brought up anything useful. DIY stores usually offer a range of oak/pine/walnut effects, but if I ask them for bright reds, blues, greens etc I just get blank stares. I did find just one supplier offering a limited range of bright colours, but I'd have had to buy a litre of each. That's why I was looking at that £18 set of twelve 15-gram powder paints. I suppose their ability to penetrate and colour wood would depend on the particle-size, and the medium in which it was dissolved. OK, I'll try sending an email to educationsupplies.co.uk (the supplier) with a few questions. I hadn't thought of using ink though. That ought to work, and the same supplier is offering a set of ten exciting-looking 25-ml bottles of drawing ink for under £15*, including tax and delivery. I think I might give that a try ...
  14. Ever since I built my Corel-kit 'Half Moon' (which contained about half a dozen bright-blue-tinted planks), I've been wondering about the idea of tinting-and-varnishing model ship woodwork as an alternative to painting. The first question that arose in my mind was, what does one use to colour the wood? I did find this link https://www.educationsupplies.co.uk/art-craft-and-design/paint-and-inks/powder-paint/brusho-174-concentrated-colour-powder-paint which seems to suggest that it's basically powder paint that you soak the planks in before cutting/shaping/sanding. But would it be better to dissolve the powder in water, or spirit? And would it work? How deep would it penetrate in (say) 2mm-thick basswood? Is this how ordinary wood stains work? Should I refer to it as staining rather than tinting? I can't believe I'm the first to think of this approach to colour on model ships. Has anyone got any thoughts to offer on this, or do I just have to shell out £18 and devote a few planks from my basswood stash to experimentation?

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