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About Ray

  • Birthday 07/16/1948

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    Burnham on Crouch Essex UK
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    Model ship building Watercolour Painting (mainly Thames Barges) GOLF, Carp Fishing, motorcyles (mainly 1960`s)

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  1. The mast bowsprit and the rigging has now been completed, with the ropes, buckets, barrels,boat hooks,and oars added, only the barrels were bought the rest made,I will cover that on the next boat in the group,I also made a simple stand out of ply,so the 26ft launch is finished,one down three to go. Mast Stand Rigging started Inboard views Finished boat
  2. The stern seats were added and the winch and davit made, the davit will just be stored on board as it cannot be in place with the rudder mounted,the rudder has also be made, but I will alter the arm,the wash strakes have been added to the hull and the oar slots cut,the boat has been masked up and sprayed with quite a few coats of primer rubbed down after every two coats. Spray painting the boats will be a new venture as I have invested in a small compressor and air brush, and it will be a learning curve, but so far after just doing the primer, I am well pleased with the results, the main thing
  3. With the ribs fitted the inside has now been fitted out with the floor and decking.
  4. The hull was double planked firstly with .5x3mm planking, sanded down, and the second planking was 1x4mm, all planking was fixed with std super glue, after the second planking, had been sanded down this gave a hull thickness of around 1mm. The inner part of the frames were broken out exposing the ply ribs, I thought they looked to rough so I decided to use the contingency plan and removed the ribs firstly I added the false keel again from evergreen styrene, I then sanded the inside of the hull,and then added the dummy ribs with styrene which look even and sharp. Planking Finished hull
  5. Scratch build Dana’s boats @1/48 a 26ft Launch,18ft Cutter,24ft Cutter and a 32ft Pinace After building a set of much modified ships boats for my HMS Diana which I really enjoyed doing, I decided to scratch build a set at 1/48 scale, using the plans in A O S Diana and include masts and rigging, the builds will run along side my deans marine kit build of the WW2 military class trawler HMS Royal Marine (bought on ebay for less than half price) as practice build before building the Hunt Class Destroyer HMS Tanatside my father served on her at the time of the d-day
  6. Nice to see you back great protect we seem to running parallel after a big build we are now doing small boats I have started a scratch built set off Diana's boats at 1/48
  7. Hi Guys Diana the final photos. I have managed at last to take and crop and re-size the final photo`s. Just under the 3 years to build, she has been a pleasure, although not without some difficulty`s, I am fairly pleased with the result, in hindsight some things I would have done a little bit differently, but not many, I might not have virtually scratch built the ships boats if the hull kits had been around, but this has lead me to be building another set of boats (scratch) at 1/48 as an in between project.
  8. Jason nice to see very good progress, I am a believer that sometimes you can over think things, and it just works out when to come to do it, practically all of the hull under the wale is covered by copper so although we aim for the best finish possible it will not be seen. I have just finished Diana, taking the final photos (after 3 weeks holiday) and it is a suprize just how much detail is covered up, you can hardly see the gun deck with the boats in place, but we know what`s there. Best regards Ray
  9. The Last Job The ships boats were put into the cradles and tied down. JOB DONE. Just the final photo shoot to do. Which will not be until the end of November as we are on holiday for three weeks 3rd to the 22nd. chocks for the small cutter ready to tie down Two boats tied down Three tied down All done
  10. The anchors were made up I used some split washers for the rings and added the puddening and used black tape for the iron bands,the overall look of the anchors are fairly good,they were then fitted in place. I then went right through the rigging and made a few tweaks and a bit of re-tensioning (as photos below)and tidying up,only one job left adding the boats. Anchors added A stay pulled out of shape Re rigged stay
  11. Hi Christian The boats look good nice with the clinker effect I carval built mine, I also took a lot more than two weeks more like eight, keep them coming the Pinace was my favourite.
  12. Hi Paul the blocks used for rigging the cannons are Amiti 2mm they need to be as small as possible to allow some space between them.
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