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Ian B

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    Taunton, Somerset UK
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    Flying and Gliding, leading National Trust guided walks ,ham and old radios, restoring classic cars and VW camper vans and I just love history in what ever form it takes :)

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  1. Another milestone reached, on to the final chapter, just the yards to make. For some reason I ran out of 18 and 25 gauge dark brown rope. So just awaiting a delivery from Chuck's Syren.
  2. Not a great picture, but when I was building my Cheerful I did solder the chimney after cutting the sides from thin brass. I could then file the joints flat. PS- the windlass is only placed there around it and not badly fitted LOL
  3. Thank you both, this is a really leap into the unknown. I plan to do the Airfix HMS Belfast 1/600 with White ensign PE as a trial. A ship I have visited but think I will do in the grey all over and not the disruptive camouflage scheme she is currently in.
  4. Hi Can someone point me to a suitable thread (I did try and find one!) or advise me as to some basic tools for cutting, bending etc P.E. I am hoping to embark on my first plastic ship with P.E enhancements and my main concern is cutting and shaping, I assume CE glue is OK for the actual sticking? Sorry if this links sounds stupid.🤡
  5. Thanks for making the time to share the build with us, I wonder how many 'Cheerfuls' there are in the world fleet now?
  6. This is an original hand coloured print dated 1804 showing cutters of South sea island, they all appear to just tow their Jolly boats.
  7. And so ends chapter 12 in the Chuck Cheerful Saga I'm pleased with it even if the dog is well unimpressed that I am concentrating on the boat and not her
  8. Just a simple 'Thank you' , a great resource and well worth your time doing this
  9. wow, what a find. It will be remarkable if it can be tied to a ship
  10. Just a thought , perhaps the cannon was not there to fight but just to fire low charge warning shots to frighten ships to heave too?
  11. The port bow chaser puzzled me too when fitting it, I would worry where the crew stood to keep out of the way of the recoil...let alone place the tools, rounds and powered need to work the gun.
  12. Thanks all and especially Chuck, I know I am not quick, as work and family take 99% of my time. Without your blog and those of the other truly superb builders also making Cheerful, PDF's and plans plus those extra bits you produce there is no way I would have tackled this project and the inspiration of what is possible drives me on
  13. As a UK west country man I so wish there was a kit or a set of scratch built instructions for this wonderful ship, it seems such an over sight that this subject has never been tackled. Just a passing thought Ian
  14. So another month passes by, and my 'Chuck' serving machine has arrived along with some rigging goodies. I now have a bow sprite and a main mask (only placed in position). I have now served my first ever ropes and cracking on with the other spars
  15. More progress, the winches etc are just placed on the deck so don't panic I know they are not quite in the right position and I still need to finish rigging the cannons. I am now awaiting more goodies in the post from Chuck so I can start the rigging. I also ordered his serving machine and can't wait to try my hand at it for the first time.

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