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  1. I like this, bit pricy, but worth it if there is no play/wobblyness in the parts. Precision cuts and angles is something that has eluded me, never get them perfect with an exacto or saw. Any idea what size of wood is the max it would handle? 6x6mm walnut too much?
  2. Welcome Dave, I wouldnt let cost put you off too much. For my first kit i was about £60 if i remember right, and for the tools i built that with, probably another £20-£30 at most. I didnt want to spend too much as i wasnt sure either if i would enjoy it, or even finish it regardless of enjoyment. So its not a massive outlay if you start off small. Of course, if i was to tally up the price of all the additional tools and kit etc ive bought along the way, it would probably put us both off ! Your certainly in the right place for inspiration and information anyway, so good luck whatever you decide.
  3. Yep, looking great so far. I like all the various wood colours, is a nice combo.
  4. I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to leftovers,and any delivery boxes/packaging I receive gets kept "just in case". Quite often I need to bin the lot when I can no longer move for cardboard boxes Yeah, I intend to get my moneys worth out of the lathe. Been looking at 3d printers also for the last few days. Not sure how I can work that into the build, but ill try! Thanks Sam, still not bought one yet but intending to. Been using online images but its not the same. Looking forward to reading your buildlog!
  5. Thanks Grendel. Ive tried one rounded out, and cut the one in the holdwell to fit the rectangle hole. I believe cutting it square as you say is a better fit, but only if you cut it to the right size, and not too small as i did 😉. Glued some more wood back on and started again. Measure once, cut twice ? I have my holdwell fitted and glued in position now, and veneered the exposed ply edges visible within. Using post-it-notes to take templates of the curves, handy as they stick themselves. Not sure how to do the part in the last picture, the supports for the crossbeams. Curve doesnt look as bad in the picture, but ive been unable to manage to bend wood to it, even with my soldering iron. Tempted to just leave them, they are near the next deck floor so probably not really visible in most cases. Also put strips of wood on the exposed edges of the ply panels for the shot locker and holdwell walls. Made hinges for the door out of some brass left over from my last build, using Casey's Brass Black to blacken it. Begun to scratch build the rear cabins, using cardboard first for a rough template as its easier to change and try diffrent positions. None of this is glued in position, some alterations and final sanding/varnishing needed. Once decided on, i marked it out onto some light ply and cut out the doors. I could have just planked the doors, but i didnt have wood thin enough for that, as using leftovers from my previous build again. Ive ordered some 0.5mm strips to be used on the next decks doors. The middle door has a plastic panel from some packaging, with black paint lines. I intend to use led lights, and this cabin will be lit up. Funny how everything looks nice,square and smooth untill you take a photo of it! I wanted some more practice with the wood lathe, so made some columns which then got cut in half and placed against the walls as supports. Not sure about these, i like the look, but wonder if they are too much, thoughts ?
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    No problem, Found it whilst on a youtube binge to find out more about how its done. There really are some talented people, and creative thinking to go with it. Found a video with more use of the resin to make underwater cities, fantastic!
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    Found a video with the creator and it has some clips of how he makes them. Cotton wool, paint and leds. Has english subtitles, well worth watching.
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    Nice find.His battleships on the fb link are incredible also, though ill be honest and admit its the water effect which fascinates me the most
  9. Alright,thanks. Wasn't sure if once it reacted that was it spoiled or used up, good to know.
  10. Just got some brass black and its working well on my brass, much better looking after using it. Ive been pouring some out into a small cap and soaking the parts in that, but im wondering if i can keep the used liquid and pour it back into the bottle after soaking parts in it? Or will that ruin the unused stuff in the bottle?
  11. Thanks Grendel, Yours is one of the logs i have in my bookmarks for reference and inspiration.Great build, be looking forward to you starting it again The lower decks are glued in position, i thought perhaps i would have problems with wood glue adhesion onto varnish for the walls and columns etc. But now that ive started onto the walls, i can see that varnishing will be tricky afterwards. Will varnish the decks now and then use superglue or other methods for fixing down whatever else i need to. How have you planned to fit the masts into the keel footings? Not sure of the correct name, but post #3 has a picture. I posted above that i was unsure whether to file the rectangular holes round, or cut the bottom of the mast to slot into the rectangular hole. Probably doesnt make much diffrence either way its done, other than shaping the mast means it has a fixed orientation in future. And yeah, im pretty happy with the lathe. Figured £34 wasnt too bad to take a chance on it. Ive ordered some 50mm sanding pads and holder, which should let me turn it into a disc sander also. Once i get them, i can hopefully work out a way of fitting my protractor onto it for filing certain angles. If you search for "mini bead lathe" on google you get plenty of results for them on Amazon and ebay.
  12. If you arent too messy and have CA everywhere, some superglue debonder onto any spillage on your selfhealing mat should clean it up. I tried it on mine, and it did work, but im particularly messy with the superglue, so the mat is beyond saving really...
  13. Funny, ive found it much too warm to do anything other than sit in the workshop Models looking good so far though.
  14. Thanks Antony, The walnut is a pain to do in some areas, but will look much better as you say in the end. I bought and received some Leds after much head scratching on google, but i forgot to get a battery and some other pieces, so havent experimented with them yet. I looked at the premade ones Helmuht linked, but decided to buy the leds,resistors and wire seperately, both to learn another skill and by wiring my own i think it may be easier to fit them into certain areas. Got some yellow and orange, but not flickering ones, which sound good. Need to look into making a flickering circuit. Certainly plenty of scope to customise the interior of the kit, as the kit supplied stuff is fairly limited. Ive just about finishing making the lower holdwell then its onto some scratch building of cabins etc.

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