Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited


About KeithAug

  • Birthday 05/27/1953

Profile Information

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

Recent Profile Visitors

3,141 profile views
  1. Eberhard. I don't have any decent photographs of the area as it is very congested - lots of blocks and halyards obscure the view. The plans show reinforcing steelwork between the lugs and the deck - although not in enough detail for modelling. As it wont be visible I don't plan to reproduce.
  2. The workshop conditions over the weekend have been tolerable so I have done a bit more brass work. The chain guide bollards were a straightforward turning job. The only complication was I needed rather small turning tools so a bit of grinding was necessary. In the photo they are temporarily placed on the deck minus their circular wooden plinth which will be made later. Having scratched my head for as bit I decided that the lug on the slender bollards would be more easily created if I made the bollards in parts with a split at the lug position. I therefor turned the top portion and then cut a slot to take the lug. The lug itself was milled to shape and then parted off to thickness. A 1/16" central hole was drilled along the axis of all parts for location purposes. The lower section of the bollard was then turned and its square based was milled. All parts were assembled on a central rod and glued with CA glue. I then made a start on the chain lock. I decided that I could make the 2 pawl devices from a piece of brass bar of 1.0"x.55"x.25". I needed a thickness of .2" so I reduced the thickness with a fly cutter. I then drilled the 2 off 1/16"holes for the pivot point of the pawl. I then cut off the waste material.........plus some that wasn't waste material..............the cutter slipped in the collet. So the plan changed to making 1 pawl device from the piece of brass. I milled the circular profile by pivoting the brass in the vice around a central pin (actually a 1/16' drill) - taking a succession of horizontal cuts will the end mill. With a light filing I had the desired circular form. I then slotted out the centre using a slitting saw. I repeated the process to create a second pawl body. The two parts were then aligned through the pivot hole and stuck together using double sided tape. It was then back to the mill to cut the ramp angle on the in-feed side. With the ramp cut the two parts were cut off to height with a slitting saw. I hope to finish tomorrow.
  3. Michael - the computer keyboard reminds me how big your model is. I do like the opportunity for detail that it presents. I must consider building smaller ships at larger scale in future.
  4. Very clean work Valeriy, I wonder how you keep the soldering so neat?
  5. Doris - I wish my eyesight was better to be able to marvel at the detail you create.
  6. Michael - screw slots look a little wide and deep .............................. only joking - well done.
  7. The weather has been somewhat on the cool side and as a result the workshop has been declared out of bounds. I have consoled myself by sitting in my arm chair planning the next steps and making manufacturing sketches from my stock of photographs. I have been focusing on the foredeck and in particular the various features around the anchor chain. In the next photograph you can see a pair of bollards and a couple of chain guides hiding under a plastic canoe. Here are the same features with their location better defined albeit with a loss of detail. The rear most pair appear to be fixed guides and scaling of the photographs enabled me to produce the following sketch. The front pair are quite tall and slender. The lugs will make manufacture of these somewhat more than a simple turning job. Finally I returned to the "chain locking device" that was the subject of a previous discussion. I took the advice that this was some sort of pawl lock and I imagine that it operates something like the depiction in the following sketch. Scaling from photographs produced the following sketch. The weather is forecast to become more stormy and a little warmer so I hope to manufacture these items over the weekend.
  8. Very impressive Joe, although I think it must be impossible to get in so much detail at this scale, are you a magician?
  9. Thank you Juan. I am hoping that my current build "Germania" turns out as well.
  10. Vaddoc - I have a Byrnes saw. I can rip down wood of up to 3/4" thick using the carbide blade this has a .055" kerf. I limit my slitting saw blades to wood less than .250" thick. I typically use a .0315" blade. I usually get planks to within +/- .002" of the desired thickness.
  11. She is a pretty little vessel Javier. The sails are nicely shaped - what are they made from?

About us

Modelshipworld - Advancing Ship Modeling through Research

SSL Secured

Your security is important for us so this Website is SSL-Secured

NRG Mailing Address

Nautical Research Guild
237 South Lincoln Street
Westmont IL, 60559-1917

About the NRG

If you enjoy building ship models that are historically accurate as well as beautiful, then The Nautical Research Guild (NRG) is just right for you.

The Guild is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to “Advance Ship Modeling Through Research”. We provide support to our members in their efforts to raise the quality of their model ships.

The Nautical Research Guild has published our world-renowned quarterly magazine, The Nautical Research Journal, since 1955. The pages of the Journal are full of articles by accomplished ship modelers who show you how they create those exquisite details on their models, and by maritime historians who show you the correct details to build. The Journal is available in both print and digital editions. Go to the NRG web site (www.thenrg.org) to download a complimentary digital copy of the Journal. The NRG also publishes plan sets, books and compilations of back issues of the Journal and the former Ships in Scale and Model Ship Builder magazines.

Our Emblem

Modelshipworld - Advancing Ship Modeling through Research
  • Create New...