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  • Birthday 01/21/1956

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    Berkshire, UK
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    Model ships -especially HMS Victory (Caldercraft)
    Live steam locomotives
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  1. Hi. Just did a quick search for Sinagot out of pure curiosity - seems Amazon.fr have the Heller kit for just over €18, free delivery, if my French is up to scratch. Any good to you? Cheers, Graham
  2. As you're building the Caldercraft version of Victory, I'd go for the New Period Ship Handbook first. When I purchased my kit from Cornwall Model Boats this was the book they recommended to me.
  3. I totally disagree with these comments. As a relative novice to building model ships, with only one previous model, Le Hussard, my approach throughout my build has been to read, and often re-read, the instructions, check the related section in The New Period Ship Handbook, look at how others have tackled the stage on this site and then to dive in and have a go based in what I've found out. It hasn't failed me yet.
  4. Hi Micheal, I also recommend the books listed by Modoatman99, all of which are in my collection too - especially The New Period Ship Handbook without which I would have struggled even more than I have with my own build of Victory. A couple of additions you might find interesting as much for details of the battle of Trafalgar itself as well as the ship are: HMS Victory - Pocket Manual 1805 by Peter Goodwin The Fighting Temeraire by Sam Willis. Although this book focuses on the Temeraire, which followed behind Victory into the battle (although it was actually planned to lead Nelson's ship!) the description of what happened is explained in a very readable and detailed way in chapter 7. Got my copy second hand on-line, it was originally on the shelves of Baltimore County Public Library.....
  5. Hi, Last October a thread started by Derek (Worldway) in this section of the forum gave me the final nudge to get started on making my own ropewalk. I have previously built a serving machine and decided to try and use similar construction techniques such as using acrylic for the main structure and modified Lego gears for the mechanism. Here are some pictures of this earlier project: The Ropewalk: Clear acrylic components were built up to make wheels and pulleys. Small holes around the rims aid alignment using the brass pins recovered from the first planking on my HMS Victory - I knew there would be a reason to keep them! The Lego gears had their centers machined out and replaced by acrylic hubs. These have a square hole in the center through which 5/32" square brass tube is pushed. This tube, after a little filing, slides firmly into 6mm O/D brass tube axles which in turn fit into the ball races press fitted into the various support plates. The track is in sections each about a meter long, which slot together. I decided to try and use one motor to drive the end that twists the individual strands and a second one to twist these strands together. The control box provides separate on/off switches, variable speed control and finally a switch to reverse the direction of rotation. The motors were initially powered by batteries but I have now replaced these with a 6 volt power supply. The 'Top' which guides the strands is mounted on an acrylic truck. This is fitted with the three stand top in the photo but there is also a four stand top. These four strand gear plates are easily fitted in place of the three strand gear drive. In use the strand twisting end is fixed to the track but the other end that twists these together to produce the final rope is free to slide along the track as the twisting process reduces the length of the rope. I'm still getting to grips with the best way to operate this device and need to experiment more with types of yarn, motor speeds etc. Early attempts are encouraging however.......... Cheers, Graham.
  6. How to display finished models

    Simply stunning - lost for words, Thank you for posting this. Graham
  7. Visit To England

    Access to the castle is not effected by the Royal Household being in residence. These days the Queen resides there for 'long' weekends and moves to Buckingham Palace for the rest of the week. They do go up to Balmoral in Scotland in the summer. If you do visit Windsor be sure to cross over the river and take a walk around Eton. It's like stepping back in time, not to mention some great pubs. Thoroughly recommend the Waterman's Arms! (over the bridge, take first left) - bags of character and great beer from the local Windsor and Eton brewery (which also does tours ......) Cheers, Graham
  8. Visit To England

    .... forgot to mention HMS Belfast while you are in London ..... Graham
  9. Visit To England

    Hi, I am in full agreement with Mark about Bucklers Hard, and your time in Portsmouth will be time well spent. Chatham dock yard is also on my bucket list. I think you will find one day will be plenty for Greenwich, NMM and the recently restored Cutty Sark. While you are in Bath you might like to get a little further west and visit Bristol with its rich maritime history and possibly SS Great Britain. Cheers, Graham
  10. Ship paintings

    Hi Jim, Your talents seem to have no limit. Love your latest post - my father worked on the electronics in Shackletons when serving in the RAF - he used to refer to them as 10,000 rivets flying in loose formation ...... Cheers, Graham
  11. Ropewalk

    Thank's for starting this thread, Derek, and for re-posting the link to your own design, Steve. I was contemplating having a go at making a rope walk and this has given me the final nudge to get started. I recently put together my own serving machine based on modified Lego gears as little diversion from copper cladding the hull of my Victory build. There's a real sense of achievement when it all comes together and works ...... Cheers, Graham.
  12. Ship paintings

    Superb work Jim. I love the detail and the 'atmosphere' you instill in your work. I particularly appreciate your depiction of Bucklers Hard - one of my most favorite places in the New Forest. Thank's for sharing them. Graham.
  13. Terrified

    Hi and a big welcome! I was not familiar with your choice for a first build so I've just looked it up on Google. I'm sure you will find that it will be a rewarding and satisfying project, especially with your previous modelling experience. I was in a similar position to you and convinced myself that I'd taken on a project far beyond my abilities. I then learned two essential lessons: firstly you never know what you can achieve unless you have a go, and secondly that this site is in a class of it's own when it comes to the support and guidance available. Best advice is to start your own build log - and if a challenge arises just ask. There are so many talented builders here keen to help others succeed. Good luck! Graham.
  14. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Hi, I've finished the garden gates and spent the afternoon installing them: Deadline met and the Boss (Admiral) is delighted. Time to get back to the 'shipyard' ..... Cheers, Graham.

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