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  1. geoffs

    Build diary - Garden!

    Love watching other people do hard work. 🙂 Just downsized from a half acre to a garden about 25 sq metre.
  2. From his Wikiepedia entry, he didn't appear to be heavyset. I'll go with the alcohol theory 🙂
  3. As someone also new to the hobby, this is all great advice. Even though I recently downsized and got rid of all the big tools, I've found the basic hand tools I did keep, are a good start for building. I've also managed to pick up some useful tools quite cheaply from a veterinary supply house that listed on eBay. Such things as hemostats, tweezers pliers and scissors. Still waiting a chance to get the plans copied before I get started on the first build. The fallout from the downsizing is still happening. Regards Geoff
  4. Have you tried amazon.com.au? They list some Minwax products as being available, at least they let me add them to my cart without complaining about my Tassie address. Geoff
  5. FIrst fortifications on Middle Head were started in 1801.
  6. Following with interest.Hope to get lots of pointers for when I start my own build of the Charles W Morgan (Artesania )
  7. geoffs

    How similar is building a model to a real boat?

    Materials and construction are not that different, big difference is tools. For example, you probably won't use an adze much on your average model ship - unless there's a tutorial here I've missed! [I spend a couple of days a week restoring/maintaining wooden boats]
  8. Only way I can see is to add them to your signature. There doesn't seem to be a separate filed for builds etc. Regards Geoff
  9. I've been following Leo on his quest since he started, great channel. Another one I follow is about boat building from scratch i.e felling and milling the timber, is Acorn to Arabella. A pair of complete but very capable behinners.
  10. Planning an artesania-latina build of my own, Charles W Morgan, so it's nice to see things I should check out before I start.
  11. geoffs

    What Wood Is Best For What

    Privet is one thing I would not have thought of! As you say, it is a weed here and can get quite big. I also have access to cheesewood (Pittosporum) which migh be an option. I live in the main apple growing region of Australia so apple, pear and any other suitable fruit tree is readily available, tress are always being removed - and burned. What I need to do is to read up on how to mill thin timber. I volunteer at a local wooden boat group so have access to most tools I'll need if not the expertise - 2mm think planks are not a lot of use on a full size boat! Regards Geoff
  12. geoffs

    What Wood Is Best For What

    One thing I've found as a beginner is that suitable timber is not cheap and, at least in Australia, not that easy to come by. I've only found one local source with a limited range so may have to look overseas for suitable stock. [Does anyone know if there are issues importing modelling timbers to Oz?] I do have access to 'real' boat making timber locally (huon, celery and king billy pine and most Australian hard woods) but milling to required thickness is an issue, assuming what I can get is suitable at scale. Regards Geoff
  13. I have the complete Artesania latina kit sitting in the cupboard waiting for me to work up the courage to start the build. If photos or scans of the plans/instructions will help with the rebuild, just send me a message and I'll see what I can do. Regards Geoff
  14. geoffs

    Hello from Tasmania

    Guess I failed my first model builders test - count the masts!
  15. geoffs

    Hello from Tasmania

    Thanks for the replies. I have read the article on which ship to build, all good advice. I've pretty much decided on building the Victory Models, 1/64 Lady Nelson as it seems to fit the bill for a beginner, is within the current budget and it's a short drive to go and look at the full size replice in Hobart! Regards Geoff

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