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About Charter33

  • Birthday 01/21/1956

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    Berkshire, UK
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    Model ships -especially HMS Victory (Caldercraft)
    Live steam locomotives
    R/C Aircraft
    Classic motorcycles

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  1. I was looking for a supplier of cherry for my next project and came across a company called Surrey Timbers Ltd. As they are based not too far away from me, just a 40 minute drive, and in need of an excuse to escape from the house, I decided to visit them at their premises in a small industrial unit in the grounds of Loseley Park just south of Guildford. Really glad I did! They have a fantastic range of exotic timber as well as the cherry and maple I was after. Timber heaven! I have never seen such large pieces of fabulous wood. An upstairs area is devoted to smaller planed pieces and they also do a range of wood turning blanks. A small family run business, these guys really know their timbers. Their web shop is well worth looking although it only gives small insight into what they have in stock. Telephone: 01483 457826 Website: Cheers, Graham.
  2. Some photographic detail …….. Driving past the old work place the other day I decided to drop in to catch up with colleagues and pick up a few more of my own bits and pieces – tools etc. Sitting at the back of a shelf in a workshop cupboard was a jar of the vinegar/ rusty iron ‘brew’ so I thought I’d produce a test piece to show the effect of the ebonising stain on wood. The vinegar and rusty iron mix ready for use. The oak sample was divided into three, the first left natural, the third area was pre-soaked with cold tea to increase the tannin content, and once this had dried the second and third areas were both coated with the ebonising fluid. Initially nothing seems to be happening but over the next hour or so the effect became more pronounced. Once the wood had dried half the sample was coated with matt varnish which further enhances the effect. As oak is not often an ideal wood for modelling purposes, this is what happened when the fluid was applied to a walnut off-cut from my Caldercraft Victory. As walnut has a lower tannin content than oak pre-soaking in tea is beneficial. I hope this is of some interest, any task that begins with brewing tea has a lot going for it, almost as good as a cold beer once a task is completed! Cheers, Graham.
  3. Hi, I've been using this on the bowls and platters that I turn on a lathe for many years. Wire wool is not essential, any rusty iron will do. I personally use white vinegar. Like Captainbob explained, wiping the surface of the wood with tea (soggy teabags work too!) will make the end result darker as does applying several coats of the iron/ vinegar mix. I find this process most effective when used on oak because of it's natural tannin content. I believe that the 'ebonising' effect is due to the chemical reaction between the tannin and the acid in the vinegar. Once dry any wood finish can be applied. I like this technique because of the penetration that can be achieved compared with paints etc. that just sit on the surface. Cheers, Graham.
  4. Hi druxey, After quietly rotting in her specially made dry dock next to Cutty Sark Gypsy Moth IV was sold , for £1 and a gin and tonic, and restored to sailing condition in the yard where she was originally built. Since then she has had a very interesting history of which I was totally unaware until I looked her up on Wikipedia just now - a great read which I can recommend. Cheers, Graham
  5. Hi, I am in full agreement with your comments relating to the sad demise of the National Maritime Museum. It's been reduced to little more than a theme park rather than a museum, a reflection of the need for instant gratification and a trend for skimming through details and facts that the young seem to need these days, a need developed and driven by modern technology, games, phones etc. Even the historic buildings at the museum are often regarded as little more than a film set - 'Le Miserables' restricted my access when I went to Greenwich on one occasion. The young seem often to lack the will to actually engage with a topic and as for having to think things through for themselves ..... oh no - 'give it to me on a plate!', ' show me a You-tube clip'. I speak as a Design and Technology teacher with 40 years 'before the mast' and have gone to great lengths to try and inspire the 'customers'. My Victory model sat behind my desk for short time when the hull needed sanding, a job that couldn't be done at home for fear of upsetting the Admiral. They see, they ask questions, they focus better on the work they are asked to do. At other times the chassis of a 3 1/2" gauge steam locomotive grew slowly over the year, and for a period last year my Norton Commando underwent the initial stages of restoration in the corner of the workshop. (after the end of the school day I hasten to add!). If your interested in 'prisoner of war' bone models and are in the North Devon (UK) area I can thoroughly recommend Arlington Court where an extensive collection of these, and other ship models are on display. The house has strong links with Sir France Chichester of sailing around the world 'single handed' fame. To bring this neatly full circle - his yacht 'Gypsy Moth' was on display next to the Cutty Sark back when I was a lad. Those were the days ...... Cheers, Graham.
  6. Hello Charter

    How are you?

    I saw your beautiful build log of the victory :)

    now im going to start building the same ship god willing


    I will be more than happy if we will make a contact by Facebook or other way to chat online :)


    best regards


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    2. michael101


      Thank you !

      i have post the answer in my build log ...

      any way i think to close that build log i guess its only you and me in that build log LOL



    3. Charter33


      Read your build log and the answer all seems to make sense. Replies to questions posted on this site can take a little while to come back either because  members work during the day or live on the other side of the world and are currently asleep!


      Looking forward to seeing your work progressing.



    4. michael101


      Thank you my friend :)

  7. Thanks form the info about re-sizing photos, Steve, I'll check it out. Rob - I know the Swan well and have been known to enjoy its hospitality after walking the dog around that neck of the woods. Great views out over the Thames. Home for me is Bracknell which is about 12 miles away from Reading. Totally agree with your views on this site and it's members. Cheers, Graham
  8. Hi, Thanks for the warm welcome, advice, encouragement and comments on 'Le Hussard'. I hope to start posting the Victory build log shortly and am currently working on getting the photos down to an acceptable size and format. Can anyone suggest a good site or software to use for this? - the site I'm using at the moment is getting increasingly frustrating with 'pop ups' and advertising making the process a bit slow. Cheers, Graham
  9. Hi, Time to say hello, join in the fun, and share some building experiences! By way of an introduction, I am a keen model maker interested in a variety of types of model. I’m not an expert in any particular area, to be honest, I just love making things. Outside of modelling I also enjoy woodturning and furniture making. By profession I am a Design and Technology teacher with almost 40 years’ service, approaching retirement but not ready to give up yet. My previous experience of model ship building is limited to the Artesania Latina kit ‘Le Hussard’ completed nearly 30 years ago, a project made more challenging by the kit's translation of the original Italian instructions! I have attached a few photographs below. My current project and second build is Caldercraft’s HMS Victory, a task that I would have found much more difficult without the guidance and support offered by a website such as this. The early stages of the build I shared previously on a smaller but no longer available model ship website. It is such a great help seeing how others tackle various issues and when things go ‘pear shaped’ there is inevitably someone out there who’s worked out how to put things right. Fortunately the pictures from my build are still available and I will endeavour to put together a record of my own experiences. Cheers for now, Graham .... and if you read this, Mark and Chuck, your advice has resulted in success! Thanks again.
  10. Hi Mark and Chuck, Thanks for you time and guidance - I'll be acting on your advice shortly. Cheers, Graham
  11. Hi Mark, Thank you for your quick response to my enquiry. My laptop runs Windows 7, and my browser of choice is usually Internet Explorer. I do have Chrome available and thinking about it I have had a couple of problems with a couple of other sites due to my reliance on Explorer. Could the solution to my ineptitude be as simple as browser choice? Cheers, Graham - not ready to give up yet, Richard.
  12. Hi, I've spent many hours over the last couple of days (no exaggeration!) attempting to post a 'New member introduction' prior to starting a build log for my current project, and have failed miserably. I've read through the various guidance and advice articles, written the item as a Word documents as suggested, but any attempt to cut / paste or attach it results in a message stating that I am 'not permitted to upload this type of file'. The same thing happened when trying to attach photos ( which have been re-sized to meet requirements). My dialogue box also appears different to that shown on the 'how to add photographs and text' explanations and I can find no sign of any kind of 'edit' button to enable me to adjust the layout, position of photographs etc. I can't figure out where I'm going wrong and am beginning to lose the motivation to keep trying - HELP! Any advice gratefully received. Cheers, Charter 33