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  • Birthday 08/09/1956

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    Dartford, UK
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    Modelling , rustic woodwork, small boat sailing, rock music

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  1. Stern transom fixed and first two bits of lime attached to start planking and confirming where the decks lie. Planking 2 x 6 mm lime as first layer. With distance between bulkheads gonna need the strength of two layers. Really having to think where decks, stern balcony’s go . So different to building from a kit.
  2. Teenage Lament 1974 - Alice Cooper
  3. Spirit of Radio - Rush from the album Trees 1980
  4. My ding a ling - Chuck Berry
  5. Long awaited wood arrived, pear for stem, keel and stern post. Lime, beech for planking etc. The plan was to cut the pieces with my bandsaw, Just don’t know whats wrong With it. The rubber tyre flew off the upper wheel twice despite checking position and tension of the blade very carefully before running. So it’s back to manual work, my trusty Stanley knife and Hacksaw gave by far the best cleanest cuts. What does everyone else use, table saws. Used gouges to carve a bearding line in the stem. Pinned the wales in place to check curves. Bulkhead 4 on far right needs building up other than that OK, oh and the bow blocks might need more sanding - that’s been the hardest part so far and still not quite right.
  6. Thanks Steven, Lots of interesting details in the build, the shape of the hull in the link looks quite different to plans I have, much fuller with cannon ports all along the main deck. The link to the Jean Jouve Polacre in Christiano’s build shows that vessel is more akin to the one I’am making.
  7. Quite pleased with what I’ve done so far got a solid base for the hull, straight keel and in fill blocks in profile with bulkheads. Decision point, spent ~ £5 on ply, pine infill blocks nil, only cost so far Is my time. If I’d made a dogs dinner would have cut my losses. Happy to go ahead and buy lime strips for Wales, 1st planking layer, and pear or cherry for stem, keel and stern post. Now for the fun laying the decks, planking the hull.
  8. Lots of sanding by hand the fill ins and tapering adjusting bulkheads, still to add final in fills at stern. Loosely pinned a stringer to check curve of hull. Then noted rear part of false keel had warped so added to two wedges either side between bulkhead and keel. Fingers crossed. Added two blocks of lime and carved sanded them to fill in between last bulkhead and stern
  9. Boris the Spider - The Who
  10. Everything glued together and rough sanding done using my sanding pad /grinder. Can’t risk doing anymore using this tool so it’s slow and careful by hand now.
  11. My, My, Hey, Hey or Hey, Hey , My, My by Mr Young - songs about Elvis and Johnny Rotten.
  12. Some very interesting info. I’ve never seen such a detailed discussion of the risks from An infected persons breath. It’s a relief that breathe contains so few particles of virus from an infected person that transmission might be highly unlikely. Virus particles by themselves are so small as to be considered airborne and would never settle out of the air in the same way that ammonium nitrate and sulphate particles can be prevalent in the air of many urban and rural locations in the UK.
  13. Thanks Tony, the hardest part of cutting the bulkheads was getting the slots which fit into the false keel perpendicular, had to redo one bulkhead. Bandsaw blade had a tendency to wander. Because of the length of the hull and relatively few bulkheads decided to infill the spaces with blocks to give strength and stop the keel warping. Pine 6 x 4“ left over from a raised garden bed cut into lengths with a bow saw then shaped with the bandsaw. Everything’s just loose at this stage. Cut out the stem to replace with some nice wood. Any similarity with Backer’s wonderful build of the Golden Hind merely coincidental.
  14. First steps scaling up the plans before copying across onto the plywood. No expense spared here mind, this 5mm 3 ply from B&Q a few months ago cost all of £ 3/4. Did a dummy run with a coping saw but as it happened got much better results with my Scheppach bandsaw which I finally seemed to have mastered. The dummy keel was laid on the 11th May. The mouse police looked typically distainful.
  15. I finally decided to start my first scratch build project after lots and lots of deliberation, I didn’t want something too complex/ ambitious so the starting point was the Amati plans of a kit which is quite small hence the scaling up from 1:50 to 1:25. The Polacca was used by Venetian Fleet to protect the shipping routes of Venice from the Dalmatian, Greek and Turkish Pirates. That lateen sail at the front must have been useful for sailing to windward and perhaps downwind as a primitive gennaker or spinnaker! Expect I’ve a lot to learn but guess I’ll have plenty of time with this Corona virus thing. My version will be over 24” not including the bowsprit so the original would be about 50’ which looks about right. Intend to open up the rear cabin for lights and put a lower deck midships partly visible through the grating.

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