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  • Birthday 01/21/1956

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    Model ships -especially HMS Victory (Caldercraft)
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  1. Superb work, Robert. Your accuracy and attention to detail is an inspiration - as ever! Cheers, Graham
  2. Just came across this on the BBC News web site: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-46423181/malay-jongs-the-joy-of-tiny-traditional-sailing-boats If you can access it, enjoy ........ Cheers, Graham
  3. Charter33

    Pond Yacht restoration

    Brilliant, Jim. Thank you!
  4. Charter33

    Pond Yacht restoration

    Hi, Thanks, barkeater, it was a very satisfying restoration to do. I'm sure I have some pictures somewhere of the yacht before work started - I'll try to dig them out and add them to this thread. She really was in a very poor state. Druxey: I've trawled though articles from old magazines that I've found on-line and discovered some helpful information. I've even resorted to browsing auction sites for photographic evidence but to no real benefit. To be honest the best source I've found so far has been this particular site. Other members have posted pictures that have very similar set-ups for the actual rudder mechanism but there are usually big discrepancies. I thought I'd struck lucky on one thread but closer examination showed that everything seemed to be laid out in reverse order to what I have. Outstanding issues include how the rigging threads its way through all the various eyes and pulleys mounted on the deck and booms and just what purpose the brasswork under the boom in the final photograph serve. I'm in no particular hurry to complete this project but do want to get her correctly sorted out eventually. I've plenty of work to do on my other models in the mean time! Cheers, Graham
  5. Hi, This is the pond yacht I mentioned in Brian's (bsmall) thread about model boats being displayed on lakes and ponds in Victorian parks. I am trying to work on restoring the self steering gear ........ She stands about 170 cm high, 145 cm long and has a beam of 21 cm (67" x 57" x 8 1/4") I have owned her for many years now. This predates my involvement with model ships as such including my current HMS Victory and HMS Triton builds - in fact I was still focusing on winged models and bouncing balsa wood across local heath land at this time. The yacht was found languishing in the attic of a local Rectory and was in a very sad condition. The jib boom(?) was a piece of 1/2" diameter ramin dowel, the cross trees little more than match sticks. The hatch was missing and the hull had been painted in a brown paint that had to be scraped off the hull as it had a constancy close to bitumen. The yacht was destined for the skip but knowing I had an interest in models of all sorts the resident of the house at the time fortunately offered it to me. I turned a piece of teak for the boom and the cross trees are now rosewood. The hatch cover is 'lined' to match the original simulated planking on the deck but I'm thinking of changing it for something with more of a paneled appearance. Inside the hatch is a handle that makes carrying it much easier. I made a stand from mahogany although the keel is flat underneath and she stands quite stably on her own. The hull with it's lead keel and brass plated rudder were hand painted and the whole hull then given several coats of yacht varnish. Over the years this has yellowed slightly but seems to add a nice 'aging' effect. The choice of colours and the gold 'thistle' motif resulted from a student I was teaching at the time commenting on how similar the shape of the hull was to the full size vessel his father owned. I asked for some pictures and this decoration is the result. The three sails are original and have a few small holes caused by the deterioration of the fabric where it was rust stained. My problem is in trying to add the rigging to the steering mechanism. There was very little in the way of rigging when I got her so what there is results from my own probably misguided efforts. I have not been able to find any manufacturers marks or labels so have no idea if it was commercially made or the result of a meticulous enthusiast. All the brass fittings on the deck, mast etc. are as it came to me. There are porcelain lined rings on the deck too. I have no idea if there are any parts missing, but I believe that there may be some springs missing from the rear mechanism. I'd love to get her back in her original sailing condition. I am certainly not planning to convert her to R/C or to ever sell her. She has graced our living room for many years and will continue to do so. If I can get things properly sorted I'd love to get her back in the water. Any help and guidance will be gratefully received. Cheers, Graham
  6. Charter33

    Victorian Garden Pond Models

    Hi, Spyglass and Jim - thank you for your interest in my predicament. I'll take and post some pictures tomorrow and start a new thread with a bit more information and background to this restoration as I wouldn't want to high jack this very interesting and informative thread. Cheers, Graham
  7. Charter33

    Victorian Garden Pond Models

    Brian - I think it more likely they just climbed aboard. The lake would have been challenging for a 'model' vessel of the size shown on the postcard to navigate! No boats of any type on it now although there is still a small boat house on one bank of the lake. As a young lad (far too many years ago) I used to travel to north London and stay with my grandparents in Palmers Green. Just up the road from where they lived was Broomfield Park, an easy walk away, which boasted a boating lake built in 1903. A Sunday treat was to go and see the pond yachts sailing there. I just did a quick check on-line and it appears that it's still going strong and in regular use although, as Jim pointed out, mostly R/C types these days. I have an original pond yacht that I'm currently trying to restore to it's original condition. Working out how the self steering gear works is proving a challenge.....
  8. Charter33

    Victorian Garden Pond Models

    Okay - not exactly a current example of a Victorian model on a pond in a park, in fact it's more Edwardian! I'd have loved to see this for real on the lake a few miles east of where I live but unfortunately it was scrapped due to rot in the early 1900s having been the play thing of a fortunate group that included members of the British royal family. https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/places/surrey/runnymede/virginia-water/ Graham.
  9. Charter33

    HMS Victory - TV programme

    Having missed the first half of episode one of the series (and the last 15 minutes due to having to pick the admiral up from her latest 'evening class'!) I have just watched the whole 'Victory' program on catch up and thoroughly enjoyed it. After a bit of surfing the net I have discovered that it is being repeated tomorrow (22nd Sept on channel 5S at 5.00 pm if you can access it. Although one Channel 5 web page says 2 episodes in the series, another page on the same site quotes 6. Confusing, but the production company site (Windfall) lists programs on Victory, Mary Rose, the Golden Hinde, Cutty Sark, SS Great Britain and HMS Belfast. TV now set to record the series - but I hope they have the sense to release the series on DVD.
  10. Just in case you were unaware, as I was until my sister-in-law emailed me a few minutes ago, Channel 5 (in the UK) are currently showing an hour long program on HMS Victory and Nelson,(8.00pm start). Enjoy!!! Cheers, Graham
  11. Thanks for the 'likes'. Kevin - appearances are very deceptive. The secret is to use the camera 'creatively'. Get in close, tight focus and the mess is out of the picture. Most of the time the room I use is controlled chaos, not helped by the admiral considering the man cave as an ideal dumping ground for some of her bits and pieces. 😏
  12. I needed a bit of a break from rigging up guns and carriages......... so I decided to mark out and drill the holes for their eyelets and rings ...... The holes for the 'trial' gun carriage shown previously were made by hand with the drill bits held in a pin vice. To make the process easier and quicker I invested in a flexible drive for the dremel I 'won' from my youngest son after he had moved on from a jewelry making 'phase'. There was a slight problem initially when the drill chuck was transferred to the end of the new drive. It is able to hold drills down to 0.4 mm, and probably smaller, when fitted directly to the hand set but the mounting thread of the new drive is shorter. This meant that although it could hold the shaft of the cutting and sanding mandrels small drill bits where far too small for the chuck jaws to grip. I managed to overcome this by turning and inserting a small brass extension bush in the back of the chuck and normal service was resumed . Looking at the deck plan in my copy of Longridge's 'The Anatomy of Nelson's Ships' I thought that the skid beams supplied with the kit lacked a bit of detail and decided to try and replace the originals with ones that have the distinctive scarf joint. Using cherry from my HMS Triton build I came up with these ...... Spot the mistake I made with the first two? These were replaced with a couple more, with the scarf the right way round. These next two pictures show the first dry assembly .....and now back to the gun carriage production line - 'only' 20 more barrels to mount, then 90 sets of blocks and tackles to assemble and fit.......... Cheers for now, Graham.
  13. Hi, Thank you for your kind comments and 'likes'. David - Good to see you back. I'd seen that you had resumed building your HMS Diana and have been looking out for your updates. I particularly like the way you dealt with the deck planking. I'm sure it was your advice I followed about threading all the eyelets onto the breech rope before fitting it to the gun carriage. It worked a treat. Robert - Yes, the hooks were made from eyelets supplied with the kit. They are the 480 eyelets, the same as you show after 'blacking' on your build log. I'm not sure how generous the manufacturers are in the quantity of these they provide but if I run short of them later I know that they are easily obtainable from either them or CMB. To shape them I made a jig that used dress making pins liberated from the Admirals sewing box to secure and then provide support as the eyelets were bent using a combination of cocktail sticks and a home made bradawl to push them into shape. If it would help you I could send you a basic jig like the 'MK 2' (white acrylic) one which enables 10 hooks to be done at a time. Speeds things up a bit when you need to do 180! PM me your address if you're interested. Cheers, Graham.
  14. Work continues with the upper gun deck cannons ........ I've decided to replace the breech rope eyelets on the carriages with larger ones as I hope to increase the diameter of this rope to 1 mm rather than the recommended size that seems a bit small when compared with images I found on the web. These are Mantua Models eyelets but while the rings are okay, the second piece of each fitting needed to have the 'loop' tightened up a bit. This was achieved by pulling them part way through an improvised draw plate. After fitting the breech rope and it's eyelets to the barrel it was mounted on the carriage. A short length of brass rod with a small dimple added to one end was used as a simple drift to push the round headed pins into their pre-drilled holes. Trying to get the breech ropes to hang appropriately.......... Rigging hooks attached to 2mm blocks ... ...strung .... .... and attached And finally my first attempt to install one ...... One down, 29 to go ...... Cheers, Graham.
  15. Started work on the tackles for the gun carriages. Eyelets have been bent.... .... twisted....... .... and blackened (after chemically cleaning approximately 15 seconds in Birchwoood Casey Brass Black) Joining a rigging hook to a 2mm single block, and a first attempt at bringing it all together ..... Cheers, Graham.

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