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  1. There are quite a lot of pinned items on some forums - particularly the kit build one . This is a real nuisance when you are trying to access on a mobile etc. Could these be reduced ? - A "read this " single item with links to the rest maybe or...
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    You may know that we have the joy of a fabulous view from my apartment balconies out over Hamaoze and Plymouth Sound Well today was a really drear - mist shrouding the yachts and the navy ships on the waternearly invisible. And then I had a real Fathers Day treat as i heard a strange sound approaching. I am close ( but not too close) to the railway and there chugging along below me was a steam loco pulling a full train of old Pullman carriages. Quite made me smile - didnt have time to get a pic but here is one of the loco from the press ! Merchant Navy Class Pacific locomotive No 35028 ‘Clan Line’ built in 1948
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I sat in the sun with a drink on the Royal Western club balcony and watched the start of the Round Britain 2 handed Race. Regretted I am not yet fit enough again to take part but felt much better sitting in the company of other "old Crocks"and criticised the competitors handling ! Mind I did keep my mouth more shut when I found that the small crocked group had done 4 round the world races, two single handed cirumnavigations and about 5 single handed Transatlantic between them ! Have a look at the race progress http://rwyc.brandlabdesign.co.uk/rbandi/
  4. But what a wealth of detail you can get from watching the videos So many topics that are raised regularly - wood bending, planking, deck fitting joints and on and on. Alright as it was done in 1910 not 1780 but the insight is great. Would be soooooo nice though if we could do our work with a chain saw !! But it reminds me how lucky I am to live where i do - there are about 4 "historic vessel " builds going on in Cornwall plus lots of working vessels from three master down. There is another build video on YOUtube about the Lugger Greyhound - she passes below my balcony every couple of days Not to mention the modern stuff - at the moment couple of Type 23 frigates I can see further down the sound with the Ammo barges alongside
  5. Well in general lay them flat and cut. But I have had reasonable success with clamping a David plane upside down and running the strip across it - guided by fingers also helps to hold hold the strip between two Lego block if you want a "square cut" Remember to allow for the grain and only cut in one direction if its not dead straight otherwise you will "gouge" Finish with a file not sand paper. This is also how i routinely angle thicker stock to put in the chamfers to fit against the next plank. Particularly useful with the garboard strip which has those awkward turns alomg its length.
  6. Thank you - I just wondered - over here Channels Islands are the bits off the French Coast where the residents are British subjects but not necessarily British citizens ! They are beautiful though! And thanks for your info on the other CI
  7. Simulating tiny chain

    A sinnet sequence doesnt need any great dexterity ( do you have a grand- daughter she is probably an expert!)- what scale are you talking about and what gauge wire??
  8. I have the good fortune to live overlooking the upper part of Plymouth harbour. I must report that the sailing season has begun. I was greeted with this sight from my balcony at breakfast this morning - think shes the lugger Greyhound. Yesterday my view was crowded with gaudy spinnakers with a one class match racing set - only varied by about ten rowing gigs putting in practice for the coming series - that looks like HARD work. To add spice to the mix the Royal Marines were out playing whoops sorry TRAINING in their fast craft and a helicopter and it would seem that the dockyard was playing shuffle about because downstream a bit the tugs were heaving various war ships on and off the dock all day. I do live in an interesting spot !!
  9. The pelorus has been used since the beginning of seafaring - big feature of the Polynesian sailors. More likely to be a bearing compass that you are describing - but without a pic who can say!! Can you point us to the picture even if you cant attach it ?
  10. hey - like your rings - mine always were a bit tatty! oh give the "screws" of the eyebolts a touch with a file to make them a bit pointy - screw in better then
  11. a spot of matt varnish dulls the shiny coat of the jewellry wire
  12. There is a clear Wiki article on this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_ensign By happenstance I have just been notified of my right to use the Blue Ensign as a member of the Royal Western YC
  13. Miracles do occur

    Well its going so well that I am seriously thinking about handing my Blue Badge back in. Rejoined the Royal Western http://rwyc.org/ I walked over a mile yesterday almost trotting behind my three year old grandson on his bike - he has just learnt to pedal ! AND I was walking in Mount Edgcumbe ( http://www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk/visit/history )looking over to the historic waters there. Sunny Day - yachts in the breeze tacking past Drakes Island - RN frigate steaming out - teaching grandson to skim stones - while my wife and daughter sit in the sun - its what its all about!!
  14. Miracles do occur

    Thank you all - your good wishes are so appreciated

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