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About Mick_S

  • Birthday 09/01/1957

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  1. Thanks for sharing the method of second planking Glenn, will give it a try on my ship as I am just about to start. Have done the wale with a few planks and CA glue but I am not too happy as there's not a lot of movement time and I do like to get a really close fit between the planks. Keep up the good work. Regards Mick
  2. I would agree with Richard, several light cuts do the job. Hold a steel rule firmly on the work and lightly score the first cut while pressing the blade firmly against the steel rule. Once that score is made the later cuts tend to follow but if you find you have wandered off the line you can press back against the rule to take off the remaining piece. The other methods do work as well, i.e a small plane; a razor saw (depending on length of cut) or cutting away from the line and sanding down. Good luck....lots of practice will find you a way that you are comfortable with. Regards,
  3. Good luck with the sheer rail Craig, must admit it's not a part I'm looking forward to; I'm sure I have read it's a tricky bit to do. Mick
  4. I agree, made up a couple of mine as per instructions but prefer the look of yours...!! Cheers Mick
  5. Hi Craig, a question if i may; noticed your cannon's have been painted the same red as the ship....is that personal preference or a result of your research...? Regards, Mick
  6. I should start a log Craig, haven't done one before as it's my first build and I guess wasn't sure if anyone would be too interested given the quality of others in the forum. Will try and get something together.....
  7. I shall be watching you both closely to see what the solution is, I am a while away from that bit but will get there one day..!! I think maybe your option of re-shaping the knees might be worth consideration, the AOTS plan shows them sweeping forwards rather than dropping straight down...?? Good luck..... Mick
  8. Hi Glenn, I looked into this quite extensively before doing mine and I have started at the top and then stopped and then gone to the keel and started upwards. It seems to be the recommended way to go but Patrick makes a good point in that it depends what comes next....if it is all covered up then maybe the priority is to get a straight and solid build in whatever way you choose. I'm building my kit to get experience before doing a larger and more complex kit so its really a test bed for my skills and I was originally led by the research and reading I did including guides on this site. A lo
  9. Thanks Craig and Timmo for the feedback, great to get advice from you both as you have got past the stage I am at with the Granado. I have faired the bulkheads quite a lot to match the run of the planks from one to another but taking on board what you have both said I think the problem is with the filler pieces....I assumed they were correct from the plans but I think they should have been faired themselves a lot more than I have....particularly lower down. Anyway enough of my problems this is Craig's build log...!!...apologies if I have put the questions in the wrong area...!! Glad yo
  10. Hi Craig, I have been looking at your build with great interest and it's looking really good. I am building the same kit myself and have been having a few dilemas with the first planking around the bow area. Like you I have tried to use the 'thinning' techniques, drop planks etc but I think a problem with my kit is that the 2 filler blocks at the bow (the ones than go on the keel ahead and behind bulkhead no. 1) don't allow the planks at the lower part of the bow to lie on no 1 bulkhead. Maybe I have not sanded the filler blocks back enough..? Did you have similar problems with your build.
  11. Thanks for the extra information Glenn, very helpful. I think I have spotted why I have been having trouble with the pins on my build going all the way in.....the ones I have look much shorter than yours......mine were supplied with my kit. The longer ones will allow a bit more control. I would be interested to see the line your planks take around the bow as you get further into the planking if you wouldn't mind....particularly the lower part of the bow....? Your information and photos are a great help for someone like me who hasn't had much experience. Regards, Mick
  12. Looks like it's going well Glenn, steady but sure. A couple of questions if I may as I have run into a small problem at the bow of my ship whilst planking......are you 'spilling' the planks at all.....I believe this helps deal with the compound curves Jerry mentions..? Also noticed you are not necessarily symettrical with your planks and running them naturally on each side....my question here is that I assume this couldn't happen on the second planking when there is more visibility of the finished job..? Glad to hear the pins are working well....I have taken a leaf out of your book and am al
  13. Thanks for the feedback Glenn and Jerry, I'll assume it's not the done thing..!! Plank bending looks like it's given good results; the only thing to be careful of is that the crimps can be weak spots depending on how the wood is stressed afterwards. Regards Mick
  14. Hi Glenn, following your build with interest as I aspire to the same kit one day. I am currently at an early stage with the Caldercraft Granado but a lot of the techniques and decisions are similar. One question (and apologies if it's a daft one as I'm quite new to all this) is there not the option of leaving the pins in on the first planking..? They could I am sure be tapped flush with the wood and then covered by the second planking layer..? Might even add some strength..? Like you, my pin pusher has no depth stop and I find it's really easy to push the pins home rather than just part way.
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