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About liteflight

  • Birthday 02/24/1949

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  1. Chief Mark I look forward to your build. Can anyone suggest a collective noun for Nefs ? There seems to be an outbreak of nef-building ( statistically, the number of builds has doubled in the last week) And that doesn’t include builds of Hulcs, frumious or otherwise.
  2. I suggested circles only because the base of Steven's map pins is circular - depending on the clamping force required and the stiffness of the rubber , squares could well be a better shape andrew
  3. Lovely and interesting work, Steven tiny suggestionette in relation to your pushpins holding the planks in position. A circle of rubber about the diameter of the head of your pin would exert more grip with less precision of driving required. My first thought was to slice a good draughstmans rubber into sat 3 mm slices, then make circles with a wet sharpened tube ( I use Readily-available-wetting-agent ( saliva) which is also a perfect accelerator for cyano) Love your crew, and the remade and delicate instruments andrew
  4. Yes And with carefully researched clothing coloured to match the available dyes ( of course) Fascinating build, I am following agog. I’m not a popcorn afficionado ( but thanks for making it available). I prefer the emu drumsticks you have elegantly offered. Hull carving using buttocks: this has been my preferred way of carving hulls for racing yachts. To help with precise fairing of the hull I colour the wood glue with acrylic paint so that there is a good visual marker of your progress in fairing the hull or plug. Photos are my Footy “Presto” , colours are to honour her Italian designer Flavio Faloci
  5. Love the anchors, Steven They look like forged iron and the rings look suitably distressed as well. I think that the stocks might look better with bands nailed around them. If you are not sure you could try the look with dark paper applied with glue stick so that water or alcohol would remove it if it offended your (excellent) eye. Good work with the jigs, they do the trick. I remember seeing a deadeye jig made from a steel hinge, with the deadeye located in a hole in the lower leaf, and the lanyard ‘oles in the upper leaf. Since you are drilling into virgin stock it would be even easier. Come to think of it a brass hinge would be even easier to make and more pleasant to work with. Please tell me and the rest of the watching world how you keep your cutting board so pristine! Mine looks less than clean as I use it as a table protector, and all cutting, glueing and some painting activities leave their mark. Even with a weakly clean ( I have trouble summoning the energy) it remains more than a little “used” Or do you have a “photo” mat which lives a pampered life in cellophane and replaces the working mat?
  6. Brilliant carving at that scale! And I was not sure where the little slivers were going to until they got their crosses on and became shields. as an aside, I used to fly indoor models with Willard Wigan. He used to bring examples of his sculptures to show us. https://www.willardwiganmbe.com/ if he had a gigantic match, I never saw it
  7. Great ironwork, Stephen Well persevered! The catfood trays I would expect to be pretty pure Aluminium, so they might anodise well and could be dyed a rusty black. you have completed the task - I’m thinking for myself and the future. Anodising is a skill I would like to acquire
  8. Nah! “If a little is good, more is better and too much is just enough” certainly applies to Clamps, clothes pegs, and pins of all sorts!
  9. I was so deprived But I had John Emery, who explained how boiling an egg at the top of Everest was possible, in that the water would boil (85deg if I remember correctly), EDIT ( I did not remember correctly, googling says 70 deg C) but the egg would not cook however long one boiled it because the albumen does not asggulate at that temperature.
  10. I believe I see it clamped to a couple of robust T-Squares, but I expect that the traverse is carried out delicately, rather than uffishly
  11. Well, the prof could at least measure the city for a suitable-sized sack Sorry :-{ One of the learned Scots from the late 19th century said "if you can't measure it: its an opinion" Kelvin? Maxwell? If I am good I would look it up: I did Bother! and also Blow! American business wisdom has grabbed and adulterated the quote. And Google in its wisdom gives preference to recent, money-making and US-sourced Stuff. They concentrate on a version attributed to Peter Drucker. Kelvin or Maxwell. Physics based, I can now look it up in a book* *Ancient source of discredited information. Can't be browsed by Google. Can be browsed by Andrew
  12. Excellent method for (scientifically) taking the shape of a cross-section and fitting the frame timber. The tool resembles a phrenology device I remember from the last time I had my bumps measured! This tool would also work if applied at an angle to the centreline of a hull, so that oblique frames could be precisely made. There was discussion of this on KrisWood’s Oseberg ship (edit) A closer look at the tool led me to admire the bearing wheels! So the workmanship workpersonship of the tool is also excellent. Great workmanship, Dick, and a valuably practical examination of what we can know about the hulc.
  13. Who have you brought to life? i love the boat - well fabricated that man! A thought has just occurred to me. You could cover the plug with strips of baking paper running gunwale to gunwale and secured underneath with tape. Sort of clinker-the-other-way. Then with any luck glue would not find it’s way onto the plug ( and you could marinade it in oil as you suggest) Further thinking- ordinary packing tape is used in the thermal moulding of Depron ( skinned foam polystyrene) to form boat hulls, aircraft fuselages. But it is non stretch, so how about covering the plug with electrical insulting tape, which is pvc and flexible enough to conform to the plug. White glue will not stick to it so the shell should release fairly readily. hmmm Rather than perform thought experiments, perhaps I should make something. The illustration of the boat in the background of your boat is inspiring..... First, carve myself a match
  14. Rudder fixings: Paint adheres to aluminium more securely if treated with an etch primer to etch the surface. But difficulty of soldering might count against it However steel cans are tin-plated steel and are strong, solderable and paintable, as long as the thickness is acceptable My Scots upbringing is always trying to minimise ( preferably eliminate) expenditure, but shim brass is readily available, and it can be chemically blackened, but you would have to buy it! I see you have deployed your giant match again - probably carved from a telegraph pole cut down in a nearby street
  15. I have been enjoying as always your zigzagging between the construction and the research / Hunting of the Clue (even though there seems to be no Bellman to tell you three times what is true) A couple of snippets that might be useful when you make the next butter boat 1) when you raided the kitchen for butter, you might also have used kitchen wrap (Gladwarp, as we call it). giving the plug a wrap in it will prevent sticking 2) The paper idea is good, and extremely fine pine veneer is available* as cone-shaped wraps sold as holders for party favors (sic). (about .008" thick) 3) all white glues are hot-melt. so if you carefully lay a fine line of glue on the overlap of the plank already fitted (I use masking tape to limit the width to about 1mm. Leave to dry, smooth next plank into place and apply heat (small temperature-controlled soldering iron?) starting at one end. You get instant adhesion *in Australia. I will recall and post the name of the chain of shops who sell them Edit - this is the product, but not the chain store where I got mine - the wood is said to be poplar https://www.houseofparty.com.au/shop/wooden-cones-50-pack/ I freely admit that the Henry Grace butter boat is tiny and the hot melt technique may prove challenging/difficult/impossible
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