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Gaetan Bordeleau

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  1. from Steel plates I do not know about the English practices, it is easier to build the French ones, everything aligns.
  2. Post are shaped in angle. It is a lot of fitting to align everything. I planked the front balcony, 1 of the reasons, because it can be very tricky to go to get a small tool that felted in the bottom of the hold.
  3. With all these books, be careful, it could be dangerous for you to buy an even bigger lathe, like a tool room lathe to build tools. But even if can turn a cube on a lathe, a milling machine is also necessary. I remember at the beginning of the learning on how to use a lathe... many hours of fun.
  4. There are 2 main tools to use for metal; a lathe and a mill. These tools are expensive but even more expensive are the accessories because you need a lot of it. So it is easy to buy a lathe for $1000 and it is also easy to buy $1000 of tools. When you buy a lathe or a mill, you should double the price you want to spend, the other half being for the tools. By example a 3 jaw chuck with a precision of ,001 would cost $100 and if you want a 3 jaw chuck with a higher precision you will have to add another 0 to the price. That was a big reason why I did make many accessories myself, because I did not have the money to buy these new. On the blue flange, I built all what you see and I built many others. On the previous page of this log, I showed few examples of the books I did read to learn machining and at the same time building tools.
  5. I did some furniture for fun. If I would do others, I would like to do lounge chairs. There are a lot of other things I would like to do like life size carvings. In fact, I have always like to work with wood. My father was building houses so I had access to all the tools and I did try most of them. The strangest accessory I remember he had is rosin but I do not remember what he used it. I would have loved to do the job you had when you were young. Working with wood is very satisfying. Working with metals is a very different world. It is more a dirty job. Hands are never clean. Machining is a long precision process. I did fabricate tools for the lathe and the mill while 10 years. The idea was to build tools to build more complex tool to build even more complex tools and it was going in a spiral like this. About 10 years ago, after building tools for about 10 years, I stopped because I had no more goals of building tools, even if there was still a long way to go. Then, I came back to model ship building. I put a photo as example. Occasionally, I like to mill some tools. But now, I rarely use steel, when metal is required, I prefer aluminium and when it possible I prefer to use plastic. Here s what i did this week: a plastic thumb to help to hold the camera and I did adapt an existing head rest to a lounge chair. The most difficult part was that the leather was red and I changed it to black. It is the first time I tried to change the leather color.
  6. I would have loved to build furniture for the king. On the other side, I sold few ones. All the buyers had a similar point, money was no object.
  7. Let me tell you few stories: I told a curator museum in Quebec province that I had models ships and he answered this: Before making a decision about these models, I would need some historical and documentary information concerning their origin, the name of the model maker, the place where they are kept, in what context they were made, etc. Also, can I also know the nature of your intention concerning these objects, donation, sale, or other? If I answered I give you these "objects". he answered I take everything. If I answered these "objects are for sale, he would not bother to answer. So, he did not even bother to answer Here is another one with a man who had a museum in Ontario, he came to see the model ships at home. He has many ship models in his collection with mainly 2 sources: models made in l' île Maurice and models given by peoples. His sales key was something like: Do you want your artist work to survive? To him I answered: If you buy at least one, I will give you as many models as you want. How many model did he has now, from me? Finally, a last one, one of my friend, also model maker gave in consignment model ship he made. He sold 3. The buyer said that for the first models he cannot give you very much because your name has no value, but he will give you more when you will be well known. He sold for him a model for $75,000 US and how much did he gave to the builder? 1/3 Seeing that, I guess that the name of the man who sold the model ship for my friend has a lot of value! You just need a 8 feet long wall at least.
  8. The same problem arrived twice before and there is no separate room free. This is the third 1/24 model ship and when it will be finish, for the third time, I do not know where it will go. I did not have a separate room and I do not have a separate room now. So for this one, I have no clue where It will go. There is one, behind a movie screen and the other one in the basement. The pleasure is in the building process. Ounce the model ship is completed, there is only one thing to do; build another one. In a way, it could go to the garbage and I would not mind. The pleasure is in the building process and what happens to the model, after, is not really important, but having fun to cut curves, it is important.
  9. This week progress, few photos. I will be working in the front of the model for the next months. In various contents in the forum, that I looked these last weeks, I was surprised how many over engineer model ship building, making a simple job, taking 10 times longer but not with results 10 time better.
  10. There was 2 things to do before being able to work on the first deck. Cut the beams for the second deck because some parts will be adjusted in relation with some deck beams. These are all done at the same time. It will save a lot of time this way. Just think how much time if it was done only as needed; set the tools before and after 35 times. Also a greater uniformity is reached by doing all these by similar steps in the construction. Carlings between the deck beams needs also to be fit. On a photo, we can see a simple jig to test the height of installation for each one. Even though they are suppose to fit in notches, it is easy to change the height, so the jig helps for the height regularity.
  11. Second deck beams are needed to install few parts of the first deck. The rails which support the deck beams are installed parallel. Also, they follow the line of the gun deck openings. The front parts of these beams are not curved. At this thickness, it would need to be steamed or laminated. The fastest way is to cut the shape from a whole plank. It takes a lot of wood but it is easy to sand at the good thickness. This way, no stress in the plank. Then, you installed the deck beams of the second deck.
  12. There are better alternatives, 2 examples, a LED bulb twice as bright than 800 lumens and the LED light for video, more than 10 times as bright. The price of the LED bulb lower than $17. You need at least something brighter than 1000 lumen.
  13. Again , as comparison, french 74 also had false windows, no glass, the wall behind was painted in black. These windows made you believe that is was bigger than what it really was, not only on the sides but in the back also in the back.

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