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    Eighteenth Century Naval History, ship modelling, wandering the Lakeland Fells, cocker spaniels, Golf, and too keen an interest in red wine.

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  1. Hello James, looking at your rudder have you got the strapping in the right configuration? You seem to have the pintles (on the rudder) below the gudgeons on the hull, which I don't think would work. B.E.
  2. Those look like the plans from the Caldercraft Pickle kit at 1:64 scale. B.E.
  3. Thank you all for your kind comments🙂 As a footnote to the completion of my Cheerful build, as with Pegasus I indulged myself with a photo build album. Today I received the Album. This particular one has 72 pages of 28 x 21cm full colour photo's produced by Vistaprint at a cost of £41.52 delivered. Regards, B.E.
  4. Well done Michael on completing this testy little model, I like the dark red paint colour, she looks very nice. I didn't make a full case for my Pinnace, just ordered a plain acrylic cover to sit over it. Regards, B.E.
  5. Thank you Guys, for your appreciation @Dowmer - the figures are Amati 35mm code 8008. I just used metal blackener to colour them. @Ian - Not quite decided on my next project yet. I do have Chuck's Longboat and Barge kits under the bench, but my interest is also aroused by the upcoming Alert kit from Chris. @ Martin - Just for you, with his dockyard contract completed William has taken to the meadows for a summer of well deserved r&r 9224(2) We'll be back. 🙂 B.E.
  6. Post 90 Cheerful is completed. An eighteen month journey has drawn to a conclusion. It is interesting to note that the original was built and fitted out within a twelve month period. Tempted as I may be to mast and rig her, display constraints rule this out, but it's not like I don't have fully rigged models on display, Pegasus, and indeed a 1:72 scale cutter amongst others. I am happy to conclude the build with this configuration in the knowledge that there are many contemporary models displayed in this style. I really have to compliment Chuck for making this posssible with his wonderful plans, accurate pre-cut hull parts, mini kits, and excellent instructions. Cheerful as I bought it is an example of a high end PoB kit with beautiful kit specific fittings, a real pleasure to build. I must also compliment Jason at Crown Timberyard who supplied the bulk of the Boxwood strip and sheet, presented in a very clean and accurate condition. So here are the completion photo's before I slip the cover over the base. The case wasn't designed for Cheerful but for Pegasus to serve as protection during the long years before she was masted, but it does ideally fit the bill. 9361(2) 9371 9360(2) 9374(2) A set of 1:48 scale figures stand to provide a human scale to the model. 9376 9380(2) 9365(2) To provide an Historical link two copper coins of 1806 sit at the head and stern of Cheerful. 9382 9384 9387 9388 9392(2) 9383 9396 9403 Display position yet to be decided; Finally I must thank those members who have shown interest in this build and for their supportive comments and 'likes'. Regards, B.E.
  7. Thank you Michael, and Ferit. I'm impressed Ferit, I see you have been paying close attention.👍 I realised that I had rigged the cat blocks with the hook points outboard, when based on many contemporary models, the hook point faces inboard. I changed the arrangement to reflect this. Regards, B.E.
  8. She looks impressive Doug, well done.👍 It is difficult to avoid the pull on the stays by the stay tackles which need to look taut. I seem to recall I spent ages stiffening the stay tackles so they effectively stood upright without tension, but it is a tricky thing to get right. Cheers, B.E.
  9. Thank you Gregory, and I hope you enjoy your Cheerful as much as I have mine. B.E.
  10. Thanks Dave, I think I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead, I have other little boxes of delight from Mr Passaro to entertain me 😀 We all have those moments, earlier today I photographed the boom in place except I had the mast hoops below the boom. Good job I spotted it before I posted. As for the rain, no different here. Cheers, B.E.
  11. Not really Martin, I tend to have it turning at a low rev setting and on the odd occasion my hand has interfaced with the turning chuck no damage done.(well almost 😉) I've never got to grips with using wood turning tools on things such as masts and spars and I'm not really sure they're necessary. A good supply of sandpapers and a pair of electronic calipers seem to do the job. B.E.
  12. Post 89 Boom and Gaff As part of my reduced rig presentation of Cheerful I decided to add the Boom and gaff, or at least make them to see how they look. These are made from Ramin dowel a good straight fine grained timber which, as the spars are painted black, is a good substitute for the more expensive Boxwood. Boom 8mm ø dowel is used to make the boom which has an o/a length of 334 mm. The interesting thing about booms is that they taper both ends but not from the centre of the spar. The taper is produced on the lathe using a card template to check the diameters at various points. The taper is achieved using sandpaper only. 8313 It's when long spars are required to be worked that the bed extension to the Proxxon lathe comes into its own. A lot of taper is required on the boom reducing in the outboard end from 8mm to 1.5mm and the inboard end from 8mm to 3mm. 8546 The jaws proportions were transferred to 3/32" Boxwood sheet, and cut out on the scroll saw, finishing off by hand. 8550 Checking the fit of the jaws. 8548 ...and of the parral trucks. 8549 trial fit of the boom. Gaff I used 5mmø Ramin dowel, and the procedure is exactly the same as with the boom, but with considerably less sanding dust. 8870 The 'iron' bands are once again made from heat shrink tubing. Mast rings 8885 I had Chuck's mini kit for the rings I used a few to slip over the stump mast and provide a spacer between the boom and gaff. 8880 8884 8881 8883 Getting close to completion now B.E. 08/05/2019
  13. Looks good to my eye James, and I do like that transom style. B.E.

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