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  1. shipman

    CA glues

    Just a thought on this topic, guys. Donald McNarry used to swear by Seccotine glue all his modelling life. It's a water soluble refined fish glue and has a good shelf life and still available.
  2. shipman

    Red bulwarks

    Dowmer hi. I just had an amusing thought. Could that Spanish Brown be .... ALE? Here in England 'Brown Ale' has always been popular. That would account for the relatively high price? Back to bulwarks; there are many Royal Navy accounts of weekly scrubbing of decks and bulwarks with water then 'vinegar', then whitewashing the 'walls'. Being cluttered, dark and dingy places, anything to brighten below decks must have been welcome.
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    Working Comfortably on Upper Rigging

    Yep, you got it wefalk. If you notice, the arm rests are mounted on stainless steel studding. The height is quickly adjustable by spinning the wing-nuts to any level you need. The studding in the photo's is short for work on the hull. When it's time for rigging these are replaced by 1 meter lengths, which can then be adjusted up and down to where you need support. They can also be mounted wider if need be. Once the rigging progresses the THING can be lowered on it's legs. The slots underneath are modified so the table can be lowered almost to floor level. Hence the whole reason for the THING; IT'S FOR WORKING COMFORTABLY ON UPPER RIGGING! Yes, my other ironing board is made of 1 inch steel tubing as you described. Never seen another.....but they are out there!
  4. shipman

    Working Comfortably on Upper Rigging

    mtaylor, thanks for that. My actual proper dedicated ironing board is even more substantial but lacks the pierced top which makes the THING so adaptable. Interestingly, both came my way from local dumps. No one wants to pay for a good quality board, like many other things. Yet as we all know, the proper tool for a job makes that job so much easier. Take good care of you and yours.
  5. shipman

    Working Comfortably on Upper Rigging

    mtaylor, hi. I agree, there is some movement, but the little there is quite 'stiff' and minimal. Using the arm rests keeps your hands steady with no relative movement at all. Being steel, the THING is quite heavy. I've just tried to overturn it; it would require a deliberate and strong effort to do that. I'm 100% confident it isn't going to fall over! It's intended as an assembly platform. Any cutting of materials where force is required would of course be done at a regular work table/surface. However, the THING is intended to be used for on-going and final assembly, including masting and rigging, where any work involved is rather light. For what it is and the intended use, I'm confident this THING is more than adequate for my needs. My intention, by sharing, is to show what can be done for virtually nothing. And when the project is complete, the thing is quickly reverted back to original ironing board and folds away for storage.
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    Working Comfortably on Upper Rigging

    DelF, thanks. 63 years old and still single. I wonder why? Still, within reason I can do whatever I want. No ear-ache or blackmail. there's a lot to be thankful for. You make your bed...........and it's all yours! As I said, the THING cost me nothing. Except for the fasteners all the rest came from my local dump. Don't go tying yourself up, in Notts.
  7. shipman

    Working Comfortably on Upper Rigging

    Hi, just came across this thread just as I've thrown this THING together; and it cost nothing! Working on the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle, I now have a work station which gives all round access, variable height, built in tool storage with infinite possibilities for hanging/stretching cordage etc. and is stable. Notice the hand/arm rests which can be height adjusted for any aspect of hull and rigging work. You can stand or sit and it's easily movable and should keep most things together within arm's reach. All applause welcome.
  8. shipman

    Rigging hooks

    Hi. Dafi kindly pm'd me and we sorted things out. His VAST sheet containing gazillions of hooks and eye-bolts arrived. What amazing value they are compared to other sources. Glad we eventually got things sorted Dafi. A true gentleman.
  9. shipman

    Cutty Sark photo etch

    Popeye, I'm going for the photo etch instead of using the decals because the ships decorations are raised carvings. The photo etch is a bit more realistic and a no brainer for the price.
  10. Thanks, I've just PM'd dani and resolved the issue. It never entered my thick scull to do that before!
  11. Hello Shipman,

     

    sorry for hearing that. As my daily job is quit demanding, it is not always easy to answer as fast as i would like to do, but I really thought that I already answered all the outstanding orders. I saw the other message but can´t relate any requests with your nickname. Please send me a PM via this forum with your name and address and I will send you a copy of the wanted plate! 

     

    All the best and thank you for your message, Daniel

  12. Dafi, sorry to bother you, but I've been trying to contact you via your web site for months, trying to order your ringbolts and hooks plate No.7.

    Never had a response. Please help.

  13. Hi, I've been sending e-mails to dafi's own address for months, trying to order some of his photo etch and never had one response. If I try to send a direct e-mal at the two addresses on his web site, I find they aren't valid! I'm pulling my hair out now. Is there any way to contact him directly through this forum. He is a member.
  14. shipman

    Cutty Sark photo etch

    Hi Peter Y. to be honest, this originally began as questions/answers to posts in the build logs. If the moderator wishes to re-locate this thread elsewhere, I have no objection. That would be like moving from Humberside to East Yorkshire. The same but different. My best wishes to you.
  15. shipman

    Cutty Sark photo etch

    'puckotred, thanks for that, both suppliers look good, though the rope site seems a little mysterious to navigate. Again, thanks to everyone's responses to my questions.

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