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  • Birthday 07/19/1936

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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. What d'you think fellas? Looks OK to me. There's still a bit of sanding and shaping to be done on the bannisters, but the whole stairway's turned out more or less as I was hoping. I'm planning to varnish it all, except for the back and sides (which will be white-painted**). I did it all to the same scale as Occre's version, and I suppose it looks reasonable. But 5mm steps at the 1:80 scale represent gigantic 16-inch steps in real life. If I'd done it to a proper 1:80 scale, there should have been twice as many steps, each a mere 2.5mm high. Sigh!!! But... Who's gonna notice? ** Not with 30-year-old Dulux!
  2. With the planking of this deck now finished, I ought to have been adding the edging strips, then varnishing it. Instead, I've been playing around with the stairway that gets the passengers up there. I didn't like the stairway that Occre have designed. To me, it seems to lack style. So I curved it outwards a little, and I'm putting in risers as well as treads. When I do the handrails, they won't be the plain brass wire ones either ....
  3. Thanks for the good wishes. The Admiral says it was very nice of you all. We demolished a bottle of Bollinger between us around 7pm, and then fell asleep for much of the evening! Work on the Mississippi continues. The second coat of white paint dried relatively quickly, and the deck has been glued in place. I'm now in the middle of planking the deck. The first two pictures show the starboard side, where the only removable panel is the dark one near where the paddlewheel will go. The second pic reveals where the battery-pack-cum-switchbox for the lighting is stored. This third pic shows how far I've got with the deck planking. I've somewhat complicated my own plans by staggering the centerline of the herringbone pattern where the forrard cabins go (because there's a dividing wall that's off-centre) but it seems to be proceeding OK. The device in the foreground of this pic is my jig for cutting the decking veneer into 5mm-wide strips. Made out of scrap wood and a 12" steel ruler. I'm hoping that I'll be able to polish off the CA glue that holds the ruler down, once I've finished the planking stage...
  4. It's good to see you're still carrying on with this build. Nice work so far.
  5. Well Carl, it has now! I brought it indoors to spend the night in a warmer, drier atmosphere. Can't work on it today though. It's the Admiral's birthday. We're both octogenarians now!
  6. Hmm. So much for my 30-year-old Dulux. 28 hours. Still not quite dry...
  7. I completed the wiring for the main deck this evening. First coat of white paint added (Dulux brilliant white non-drip gloss. Probably about 30 years old.) Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to sand it down and add a second coat, then I'll glue it in place on Sunday.
  8. ... and Brian bravely ignores the agony of his Shingles affliction, to venture back into his shipyard and try to make progress with his Spirit of Mississipi build ... Actually I have to admit it's nowhere near as bad as it might have been. No real pain - just a sort of heightened sensitivity in the nerve-endings around the back and side. I've been playing it for all it's worth with the Admiral (avoiding or postponing household chores etc.) but she knows I'm getting better and my excuses aren't working so well any more. I've set aside my little crew- and passenger-people for now, and I'm installing the electrics for the main deck. The wiring is being put into fake ceiling beams, 5x3mm, made from three strips of pine. The hollow in the middle is just big enough to take the wire folded back on itself (necessary for reducing the distance between the LEDs). I was worried in case too much bending of the wire would compromise the insulation, but it seems to be progressing OK. The battery+switch box (takes 3 AA batteries) fits easily into the unoccupied compartment alongside the engine room. I'll run the wiring along both sides and back to the battery compartment, then route it up to the next deck. It's good to be back in the shipyard!
  9. probablynot

    Proxxon KS230 advice

    I reckon you'll be able to cut 5mm lengths from a strip of 5x2mm timber pretty easily with the KS230. Hold the cut piece down with a length of scrap timber (not your fingers!). You may find that the corners tear more easily than when you just cut manually in a mitre box. You may also need to cut 50% more pieces that you actually need, unless you're happy to spend hours looking for individual pieces on the floor. A circular saw does have a tendency to fling small pieces hither and thither!
  10. Michael, I've just spent a very enjoyable morning going through this build log. Lovely work. I'm in envy of your skills, your delicate and diligent workmanship - and your workshop! You mention in #1 of your log that the plans for this cutter were based on plans for the fishing smack CK482. "CK" is the registration code for Colchester (Essex, UK), and this is the area (Colne and Blackwater estuaries) where I used to do my own sailing back in the late nineteen forties and early fifties. So I spent a little while researching CK482 in Google. Not a lot of luck, although after a while I did manage to dig up this one photograph of the boat, apparently taken in 1957 at Maldon in Essex. Seems the boat was named 'Kingfisher'. http://www.merseamuseum.org.uk/mmphoto.php?pid=BOXB3_168_001_003&hit=82&tot=77&ord=dttaken&typ=cat&cat=219 Oh the memories! These fishing smacks were still very active in my sailing days, and it's odds on that I would have seen the Kingfisher in the regular sailing regattas at West Mersea, or sailed past her while racing in the Blackwater estuary.
  11. probablynot

    Using plastics? Then consider this:

    I just had another thought. How long will it be before a whole load of museum-quality models lose the protection they thought they had with their plexiglass cases?
  12. probablynot

    Using plastics? Then consider this:

    Interesting and worrying. And I suppose 'plastic' includes acrylic paint, which has been taking over from traditional enamels (particularly for airbrushing) for some time now.
  13. Nope! Couldn't be further away! Sam, I'm sending you a link.
  14. Instructions, Sam? What instructions? This is just a £2 string of LEDs! I thought at first they were wired in series, like cheap christmas tree lights. However, from this close-up pic it looks to me as though they're in parallel, so if I chopped a few off the end I suspect they might still work. I won't try it though. If I wanted a more versatile, cuttable lighting strip, seems I'd have to pay ten times as much. I'll see how I get on with what I've got. If I can make it work, all well and good.
  15. Hi Sam, thanks for looking in. I'm still keeping out of the workshop. This little episode of shingles doesn't seem to be developing into anything really nasty or painful, but it's putting me sufficiently 'under the weather' to kill the enthusiasm for shipyard duties. However there are already faint signs of improvement, so I'm hoping I can get back out there soon. A few weeks ago I bought two strings of LED lights, with the aim of installing them in this model. There are thirty lights, spaced along a thin wire at 4-inch intervals, and my plan is to house the battery+switch box in the empty compartment alongside the engine room, and conceal the wiring in fake ceiling beams under the deck I'm about to attach. There's clearly far too many lights for just one deck, so I'll have to route at least half of them up to the next deck somehow. Cutting into the wire and shortening it isn't an option - I've forgotten everything I learned in school about ohms and amps and volts!

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