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  1. DelF

    What have you received today?

    Hi CDW Just looked at Wingnut Wings' website, and was surprised to see the company is owned by Peter Jackson. As in Sir Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame. No wonder the pictures and instructions are so good! I'm very tempted to stray from wood to plastic, at least for a short while. Derek
  2. DelF

    Quick Build

    I agree, and thanks for posting - I enjoyed watching. Please don’t think I was criticising you. I was simply surprised to see the video labelled Diresta Woodworking, when it had actually been produced by the boat builders themselves. Best wishes, Derek
  3. DelF

    Quick Build

    Good to see great boat building alive and well in the UK, although I was surprised to see the video labelled ‘Diresta Woodworking ‘ (I assume Jimmy Diresta of New York?) when in fact the video was a straight lift from the builder's own website - Fairlie Yachts. Based in Southampton, I think. To be fair, I watched the video on the YouTube app on my iPhone - maybe there was proper accreditation given on the full YouTube channel, but if so I didn’t see it. Derek
  4. DelF

    HMS Victory Model Made Of Steel

    The last post in this thread confirms that the steel Victory was by Olof Eriksen: https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/8835-metal-ships/ Derek
  5. DelF

    Making block

    This post from EdT's Young America log is a great tutorial on block making, showing what can be achieved with hand tools (and a great deal of skill!) https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/3453-young-america-by-edt-extreme-clipper-1853/&do=findComment&comment=534128 Derek
  6. I live about two miles from the site of one of the more extravagant Victorian pond models. Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire is the former home of the Dukes of Newcastle. Several of these aristos were noted for their eccentricity, including the 6th Duke who bought a 32' one-third scale replica of a naval frigate called the Lincoln to float in Clumber Lake (an 87 acre artificial stretch of water created in the 18th century to enhance the estate). The 7th Duke probably spent more time playing with the frigate than his predecessor. He invited guests aboard the Lincoln to fish off the decks and help him stage mock battles. The gun battery in the Pleasure Grounds saw action at this time - armed with 26 bronze cannons they were used to fire at the Lincoln. However the frigate was not defenceless and could return fire from its own guns, engaging those on shore in combat! I've not found any record of casualty numbers, so I suspect they mainly fired blanks. You can still see the gun battery to this day, minus the artillery. The Duke employed a full time sailor to man the vessel and as late as 1911 spent £200 on new rigging and repair work. However all good things come to and end, and with the 7th Duke's death in 1928 the Lincoln fell into disrepair. According to local records, by the 1940s the Lincoln frigate found new use as a children’s playground and was ultimately destroyed thank to a group of children’s ill-advised attempt to keep warm by lighting a fire on its deck. All that remains now are the masts - recovered by a local sub-aqua club and displayed in the estate - and some of the frames that are exposed when water levels are particularly low. Derek
  7. In this context wicking refers to the ability of a liquid - in this case thin CA - to be drawn into a substance by capillary action. Just as the wick in a candle draws melted wax to be burned. Derek
  8. Hi Richmond. Keith Julier wrote about three volumes of the Period Ship Handbook. Each was a compilation of articles he wrote for Model Boat magazine (if memory serves - I haven’t access to my library just now). Each article describes how he built a popular kit. The Kit Builders Manual brings together the techniques he describes in the other books. I found all the books very useful as a beginner - in fact I was inspired to buy Panart's Royal Caroline after reading the chapter on the kit. I found Julier’s style very helpful for a novice, with plenty of photos (albeit in black and white) and clear descriptions of necessary steps and potential pitfalls. I also liked the fact that he suggests minor modifications you can make to enhance the build. For example, on the Caroline he shows how you can use the kit material to make the bilge pumps more authentic. This certainly whetted my appetite for further “kit bashing”! In summary, I would certainly recommend the Kit Builders Manual as a good starting point. If you have a particular model or models in mind to build, let me know and I’ll check my copies of the other books to see if they feature. Derek
  9. This thread has prompted me to plan another visit to Greenwich, not only to the NMM but also to the adjacent Royal Observatory to see Harrison's chronometers. I was last at the NMM 13 years ago for the 200th anniversary of Trafalgar, and it was totally different to the museum others have described - full of the most interesting and well organised displays - especially the models section and of course the Nelson exhibits. Mike Y's description in an earlier post sounded much closer to my experience, and I'm glad to hear that things are apparently back the way they were. Derek
  10. Saw your message this morning, downloaded the journal, skimmed through it, liked it, and decided to join the NRG for the first time. Great stuff! Derek
  11. DelF

    What have you received today?

    I've had my eye on this for some time - saw the revised and corrected 1993 edition on ebay for a reasonable price. It's not just the most comprehensive volume on knots, it's full of witty drawings and interesting information on the history and uses of knots, including very extensive sections on nautical usage. I've only had a brief look through but I love it already! Derek
  12. I live in the UK and received my book today just over a week after placing the order - excellent service. Derek
  13. DelF

    Syren Serv-o-Matic

    Following on from Jim's idea above, I tried the following method for producing a length of served line with an eye at each end: One piece of dowel is a tight fit in the RH gear and the other is a sliding fit in the left gear. In this crude but effective first go, the LH dowel is kept in place at the desired position by a combination of a rubber sleeve and a small clip. You simply wind a piece of line between the hooks - as many times as needed to give the right final size - then serve as normal. Here's the result: As you can see, I messed up one of the eyes (my eyes let me down and I trimmed the wrong threads!) but as the eyes are hidden under the bowsprit I let that one go. Just shows how versatile the Serv-o-matic is. Derek
  14. DelF

    Power versus Hand Tools?

    My first model was made entirely with the use of hand tools, and I'm sure if I'd carried on like that I'd have continued to enjoy the hobby. However I've always believed (to misquote Robert Louis Stevenson) that the journey is at least as important as the destination. Over the last 10 years or so that I've been ship modelling I've really enjoyed learning new skills and techniques, and getting to grips with new hand and power tools. On occasion I've had to justify the cost of a new machine by convincing the family finance watchdog that it would come in handy round the house. To my surprise, that has actually proven true on a significant number of occasions - for example turning up replacement parts for showers and garage door mechanisms on my lathe and mill (Chuck's Rope Rocket and Serv-o-matic were harder to justify on those grounds, but fortunately much less expensive!). Each to his and her own though - you only need to look through this forum to appreciate that there is no 'best' way to create great models. Derek
  15. Oops! Apologies for my presumption. It’s probably surprising that any of us obsessive hobbyists actually have partners that are prepared to put up with us. Derek

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