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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    With all the sudden and unexpected interest, I'll throw you good folks a bit of a bone (not one of Freyja's chew bones though). I'm out of the shipyard for the near future, but I'll share a few pics of how far I managed to get with the planking. Not really too many more strakes left to go, I can't remember if it's eight or nine by my last count. The wales are done, but not fully painted, just the top and bottom edges. And popeye, it's not so much the pitter patter of little feet.... more like the thundering footfalls of a herd of galumphing baby elephants! Andy
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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    Hey everyone, Thanks for the positive comments. My current distraction is a little more demanding of my attention (and rightly so). Her name is Freyja, she’s four months old, and she doesn’t really allow me to turn my back for a second. Andy
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    HMS Diana by realworkingsailor (Andy) - Caldercraft - 1:64

    Hi! I had been picking away at it a little bit over the winter, so there has been some progress. I tended to stall every time Jason (Beef Wellington) posted an update on his build. And also a few other distractions keep getting in the way. I may get back to it when the distractions abate, and the weather turns cooler. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Relatively speaking, the derrick goosenecks are fairly small. The opening also wouldn't appear faired, it would have a hard edge. Mooring bitts, despite their appearance are, in fact, hollow. Also, if the casting in question was part of the derrick base, there would be more remnants of the rest of the crosspiece on one side, and not a clean edge all the way around. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Yeah, I've seen those. In the first photo, if you look carefully by the break of the house, on the starboard side just aft of the ladder, there's a bitt. And you can just make out its Port side counterpart.
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Typically bitts are secured to the deck (never through it). The deck is generally made of thicker plating in the areas where things like bitts, and winches are located. In the era of this ship, likely bolts, or even rivets would be used (modern versions are welded). It's a pretty substantial casting, and it doesn't look too dissimilar to the bases of the intact bits. I've only managed to find a few low res images online of the ship in question, so lacking decent reference photos (pre wreck), it's a best guess. I have my doubts it's anything mechanical. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    That could be the underside of the base of a mooring bitt casting. Either the bitts were cut off, or embedded into the sea floor. Andy
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    SS Norlina (1909-1926)

    Looks to me like a fairlead, for passing mooring ropes. If you google "panama fairlead" you'll get a plethora of images of more modern versions, but the design hasn't really changed very much. Andy
  9. I wouldn't be surprised if it was black. I'm not sure when coal-tar epoxy paint came into general use, but I recall slathering it around the ballast tank of my first ship twenty years ago. More modern ships use more of an off-white colour in the ballast tanks to improve lighting (better passive reflection from portable light sources), and defect detection. Bunker tanks are generally uncoated. Andy
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    Kit Manufacturer Links

    If I may offer a suggestion, it may be an idea to combine this great list, with the current list of banned manufacturers (no links for those ones, obviously), along with the reasons why those manufacturers have been banned (I want to call it Chuck's manifesto, but he's dead right, and we should all follow his sage advice!). And perhaps also, it should be considered that every so many weeks, any extraneous conversation is deleted from this particular thread (ie when a suggestion for an addition, or perhaps a deletion, has been verified and added). These lists should be pinned and available for immediate reference by anyone. Having to wade through pages of conversations (forwards of backwards) dulls the message. Not saying there shouldn't be discussion, but there should be a separate arena for it. Andy
  11. For most of us ratlines are a mind numbing chore..... with the level of detail you put in to yours, if you don't mind me asking, how do you avoid ending up in the corner curled up in the foetal position ranting gibberish? All kidding aside, congrats on page 100 and well done! Andy
  12. Good news that things will/may work out, but I still think it was a sneaky way to go about it.
  13. Thanks for all the nice comments, likes and well wishes. Mark, unfortunately the whole office and operational organization has changed, so the job I was doing doesn't exist any more. At this point I'm looking at a whole new career, and that's not the easiest thing to figure out. It was so much easier during that better part of a decade of time that high school and university/college provided.... the pressure was.... different....
  14. Well, it's been a while since I've been here.... Things have been rather "interesting" the last few months, and not so much in a good way.... I'm no longer working on board any ships, as I my medical fitness certificate was revoked on account of my eyesight, more specifically, my uncorrected visual acuity (how well I see without my glasses). I did investigate treatment options, but the only one available to me is more drastic than I am willing to undergo at this point in time (no, not laser surgery, I almost had my head wrapped around that procedure....). I'm sure there are some of you who know what it feels like to have a career pulled out from under your feet rather unexpectedly, especially after having dedicated nearly 20 years of time and effort. Trying to figure out what to do now, and where in the world I am supposed to fit, is proving to be difficult. In August, I relocated out of my apartment to a piece of family property north of the City. So there was another bit of an upheaval to contend with, but the move was one I was considering for some time before the rug got pulled. Anyway, I'm trying to stay positive, and busy (80 forested acres does help with the latter). After getting settled, I decided that a change of pace was in order and I've been picking away at this build again for a couple of weeks now. I've painted and assembled the large components of the forward house, as well as assembled, painted and installed some of the bridge equipment. The wooden deck is simply scribed basswood sheet cut to fit. Using individual planks did not seem like a good way to maintain my sanity. There are a couple more things I may add including the window glazing, as well as some further detail to the chart table. Good thing I built it so the interior can be accessed. I've also started working on some of the other resin bits and pieces that came with the kit, such as the mooring winches and windlass, the auxiliary wheel and so on. The reels on the winches are just blank, but I've wrapped some light fishing line to simulate the runs of cable. And yes, those are scale pallets (there's no real secret to making them, they're from Osborn Model Kits). I've also been picking away at more of the unloading boom structure.... lots of bits of angle bar needed to be added. on the whole, it has become quite a solid structure (after you take in to account the natural flexibility of the styrene!). I've also added the drive motor platform, and scratch built a couple of reasonable facsimiles of the electric motors. I had ordered some cast detail parts, but it seems that the company who made them had long gone out of that particular business, drat. Still not sure what purpose the small A-frame structure served, I have some suspicions, but seeing is it is something that has completely disappeared from self unloaders built barely a decade after my prototype, it is just not seen today. I did manage to get some high resolution images of the ship from a friend of mine, that revealed a whole wealth of detail, and unfortunately revealed a few areas in which I have erred. But rather than tear the whole thing down and start over, I've decided to forge on with what I have. I'm not after making a 100%, down-to-the-last-rivet accurate model of the ship, I'm looking to build something that embraces the character of the vessel, and is recognizable for what it is. I other words, I'm keeping things as I have built them, and nuts to the rest! So... thats about it for now.

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