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About KeithAug

  • Birthday 05/27/1953

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    Sussex, England.
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    Sailing, Naval History, Model Ship Building, Model Steam Engine Building. Maisie walking - she is top left.

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  1. Druexy - yes I will have to leave clues, Eberhard - The advent calendar is first - then the dolls house. Keith - Not yet, the final job before I finish.
  2. Summer distractions are impeding progress, the new mower was delivered so I had to play with that, the balcony railing needed a coat of paint and other small jobs needed attending to. At least that is my excuse. Below deck work continued. The walls were made from 1/16" ply and the door detail and architrave was cut from 1/32" ply. The panelling edge strips were cut as .025" square strips on the Byrnes saw before being glued in place. The top left panel in the next photo has had a coat of primer. The paint was enamel and I kept it thin to avoid brush marks - it took 6 coats. I then made the hand rail and skirting board from mahogany and gave them a coat of Poly before attaching them. The door knobs were turned from brass. The walls adjacent to the stairs were then attached to the mahogany planked floor and the stairs were glued in place. Then the two remaining walls were then installed. The assembly was then slotted into the well in the deck and a couple of poor photos taken. Finally the cabin floor was put in place hiding virtually everything. So all in all a somewhat pointless week.
  3. Eberhard - it was the gun calibre that prompted the question and the knowledge that large naval guns could cause quite a lot of structural damage to the ship when fired. My sympathies lie with the gun crew.
  4. Martin - she does have elegant lines and quite a narrow beam - obviously built for speed.
  5. Pat / Richard I won't glue the deckhouse down as it fits tightly in the well in the deck, however this is only a partial benefit as the main boom will sit above it and sheeting the boom down will prevent it being lifted out. Removal will be possible by releasing the boom sheets but not something I will want to do ofter. Thank you for your kind comments. Good points but somewhat time limited. My plan is to tell the Granddaughter and leave it to her in my will.
  6. Les - I find it depends on the quality of eyesight and the dexterity of the fingers. The older I get the larger the scale I choose.
  7. Eberhard The gun carriage looks excellent in its barbette. But I have a question, where did the gun crew shelter when the gun fired. I'm guessing the muzzle blast would have been quite uncomfortable if they sheltered in the barbette but I can't see any other obvious options?
  8. I am now setting off on a flight of fancy - building the below deck corridor that no one will ever see. The problem is I have detail which I am finding it impossible to ignore. I have a plan view of the area together with a good photo. The key feature of the area is the staircase so I started with that. It is 2.2" high and has a tread depth of .2". I cut the steps on the mill from a piece of pine and then clad the pine. Sides were made and drilled to tale the spindles. You can just about see the holes in the next photo. I cut the stairs off the block I had used for machining the steps and then milled the back of the stairs flat. I then clad the back of the stairs with mahogany planks (an exceptionally silly step because it is impossible to see this area even without the deck house in place). I then turned the bottom stair post and made the .060" spindles using a draw plate. The spindles were drilled either end to take the wire mounting spigots and the spindles were cut to length and installed together with the handrail. I then made a start on the corridor floor and walls. While I was at it I also made the floor for the deckhouse.
  9. Eberhard - that must have been tough during lockdown. Richard - thank you.
  10. Great job on the frames, I thought the lack of restraint during fabrication might have resulted in distortion but clearly you pulled it off. Well Done.

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