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Kevin Kenny

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About Kevin Kenny

  • Birthday 05/06/1950

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    Trinidad & Tobago
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    Building wooden model ships, yacht racing, radio control planes, tourism, Vimeo series on building the HMS Granado

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  1. Its wonderful to see this conversation progress. My only wish is that it was not posted earlier which would have accelerated my learning curve. alan I will continue to use the groves as they help line up the frames. The spacers are an excellent idea which should match the groves That were cut in the keel. Of course you could probably make a keel without cutting the groves to take the ribs. Bruce the ribs went through the building board and were stuck with white glue. Supported by the groves they were very stable which allowed me to sand as aggressively as i wanted. For the fine sanding i did use the Proxxon pen sander which is so gently its like painting with a brush. the PVA mould release was easy to peal off. English said i could use water to clean up but i did not have to. the only change i would make is to draw lines on the building board to space an drill the holes more precisely. I used the mold to determined where to drill these holes and they were not all 100% accurate. i suppose that in time i may not have to use the groves but for now it provides me with a fool proof way of lining up the ribs. With the second one there was no issue of it coming out of the mold. It just came right off.
  2. Hi Stuglo not sure if that is your name. i had to go and check what came with my sander. The grits would tend to be on the heavy side as the purpose is to grind the frames into shape. Looking back at the used rolls the smooth ones seem to clog up easily, so i would Recommend 80-180 for the majority with a few smoother ones to do the fine work. The majority of the sanding was done with the large 3” roll but the smaller size was also very usefull.
  3. It has long baffled me How many of the great modelers make such superb work boats That service the sailing ships of old. I had made many attempts but always felt that the finial product fell short of the Main ship model. One day i came across A post that suggested that these magnificent miniature boats were made using a mold. I looked everywhere to find a paper or video to help me try but never found a complete process. So i decided to try to develop the process and recorded my work on video. The first one did not pop out of the mold but the second one did. The finial product was great if i may say so myself. Attached are the tree videos on the project. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
  4. Completed the gig and ready for painting then the rudder and cap rail and we are done the second one.
  5. Bob what is interesting is that the lifeboats were never designed to swing in. They were simply pulled up and let down. The back deck was covered with a canvas roof making it impossible to do so any way. This was a water taxi moving from bay to bay picking up and dropping people and freight in the life boats. See her in the the picture below .
  6. Thanks for all the kind comments. I replaced the stern davits with ones that are more to scale made from brass rod. i have framed the second lifeboat so we will see how that pops out of the mold.

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