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  • Birthday 10/03/1961

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  1. And it is most welcome Rob, believe me. If I do find that tedium sets in once I begin planking I can always do it your way. The jig will be there if needed. That being said, I am retired and have time for such repetitive pastimes
  2. Monday, November 19, 2018 And Now for Something Completely Different On commenting on another build I came across a member here who was getting very frustrated with his planking. Now, right off the bat I want to say that I am in no way a planking expert, far from it, but I felt the need to help and share something with him that I have decided to post here. Call me cheap or tight or a miser or whatever but I was not prepared to dish out the money they were asking online for a planking jig (explanation for the uninitiated as to what that is to follow) when I knew I could knock up a version of my own in the workshop. So, here are the plans for anyone who wants to copy them. Oh yes, a planking jig is basically just a small, elongated vise that allows you to position and hold your planks to make it easier to file or plane them to the required thickness. I started by cutting two right angle pieces of aluminum to 18”. I chose this length to accommodate any bigger ships planks (like the one I am on now). I then drilled 3 corresponding holes along the inside lengths. Once that was done (and after checking that the 5/16” bolts fitted thru both sides nice and easily) I made little spacers to sit on the bolt ends. These will allow me to use the wingnuts that will secure the vise. This vise will be mounted to my crafting table but must be able to be removed when not in use. I took two pieces of 2” plywood for the base and cut elongated slits in them with the chop saw. After that I drilled two further holes in the vise to allow me to secure it to the table with a G clamp. For more stability you could use 3 or even 4 clamps. The plywood blocks stop the vise from "rocking" on the table. Because the surface of the vise is nice and flat the planks can be clamped using the wingnuts and filed or planed down easily. This is a basic and rather crude version of something that is also available online but it works for me. My cost was roughly $8.00.
  3. I have come to learn that Corel kits need a lot of tlc Dave
  4. Funnily enough it is something we had often talked about over the years. My brother and I are very close (being twins we always were) and despite the distance between us (he works in the Middle East) we are in constant contact. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, she is going to be a handful but I more than look forward to the various challenges along the way.
  5. Nice "trick" with the sunlight Paul. That, by the way (and not wanting to sound like a smart ***) can also be achieved using a desk lamp Like the look. All this sanding and checking and so on will pay dividends later I'm sure.
  6. That is pretty much like the idea I had Paul, just better I shall get on with that once I am done with the hull.
  7. Sunday, November 18, 2018 The Cold War Well, not much has happened in the shipyard this week. We got hit with a bout of very cold weather and 3 inches of snow. The snow was not unwelcome by any means but the subzero temperatures that followed were. Because of these the surface of the snow became a sheet of ice and made moving about outside a little hazardous. I was out shoveling snow and clearing ice throughout the daytime before the temperatures plummeted once more and everything froze up. Anyway, the planned heater for the woodshop is arriving just after Thanksgiving (Monday 26th). This will be a great help out there. I did manage to get out there on Friday and finish cutting the remaining spacers for the one side of the hull. While I was out there I cut the rest of the templates that will make doing the second side a little easier, meaning that I no longer need the tracing paper etc. I plan on getting the starboard side of the ship completed today. Something that had been in my mind this whole time was the difference in heights between the two decks. The tips of the bulkheads (where the stabilizers go across to support the upper deck) are all different. I had wanted to take the time to get to the bottom of that and find out just exactly how high it should be. Well, due to the fact that was my woodshop was pretty much off limits I decided to get out the plans and take a good look. As I stated at the start of this build, I want to get it right (or as good as I can with the skill set I have and am acquiring throughout). I managed to find what I was looking for: This will help me at least get a good idea where I am with the upper deck. Something else that I had pondered over was the stability of the masts, meaning how secure they were going to be just β€œsitting” on the lower deck once mounted and not going all the way to the keelson. After further investigation (and conferring with Challenger86 who has just about completed this build – thanks Rob), I decided that I was perhaps overthinking the whole thing. My solution, and it is quite simple I guess, is to just add a ring secured to the underside of the upper deck where the masts pass thru. I believe this will stabilize the masts enough (and I can finally move on :]). Oh, I have already printed out my planking fan in anticipation of the big day
  8. I think patience and endurance are always needed on planking and starting something like this with no experience is a bold move. My hat comes off to you sir. Those planking sites are very good but obviously there is never a substitute for experience. The learning curve will be steep, as you so rightly said but well worth it in the long run. I am in the process of making a planking clamp (makes it a lot easier to shape planks) and, if you wish I can send you the info. Very easy to do. All I can say here is persevere sir. Each plank laid will make the next one just a little easier. I too will pull up a chair on this one.
  9. That paint job looks fine to me. Only someone who does this a lot (or the person who did it themselves) would probably be able to pick out any imperfections in the coloring. We are always self critical of our work Paul, that's what makes us get better. Very well done mate, he looks awesome.
  10. Very nice Paul. You certainly have a knack with painting/ageing. Nice job mate. Oh, by the way, you can tell you are a ship builder at heart. Look at what you wrote here: Fore and aft......on a train? Made me smile.
  11. That is what will influence my final decision sir. I obviously want it to look right. But, if I do this on the first skin it will not be noticed
  12. Cedar is a beautiful wood. I had an old cedar tree here on the property that needed to come down. Once I had felled it I gave it to a friend of mine who has a sawmill. He cut me a nice piece out of the trunk that I am going to use as a bench. It is sitting in my woodshop now waiting for me to sand it down. Every time I go in there I can't help going over to it and taking a good sniff

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