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Bob Fraser

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  • Birthday 06/21/1958

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    Liverpool, Merseyside, England

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  1. Hi Cathead, and others who are following along. Sorry for the silence so far, life really does get in the way at times! Just before things were put away I fitted up a jig onto the mini pillar drill in order to make 0.5mm slots 0.5mm deep into 1.5mm planks to take the PE railings. This was so much faster than hand filing I'd done and I thought "Yes! I can get this done!", and then had to pack it all up. It did turn out to be a longer job than thought. He wanted a space themed bedroom with models on shelves and walls, but wanted specific ones, and the room fairly specific.
  2. Nice paintwork - wish mine was as good. I've seen her each time she came into the Mersey. I used to work for British Telecom and the building looked out on the river. The 1st time she came to Liverpool, as she went down river to turn, she rode so high the funnel cut off the microwave phone links across the river, and again when she turned back to come up opposite the Liver building to anchor. Caused quite a stir until it was realised that was what had happened 😃
  3. Have this one in a stash put away for when I have the time. (Home schooling 2 kids leaves very little free 😞 ) Your fantastic build will be used as inspiration for it. Besst wishes, Bob
  4. I saw a model of this many years ago at a local swimming baths (New Brighton outdoor baths now long gone), but it was in a showcase behind a window. There was a local group wanting to raise money to salvage her. She was built only a couple of miles from where I lived. I've also recently found out her Executive Officer was a cousin (distant)! Great build 🙂
  5. I feel your pain. I've an AL Endeavour on the shelf with about half the fittings missing that they wouldn't replace. It'll end up as a lower mast only model. Good catch withthe balsa , it'll give the gun stubs something solid to glue to, not much chance of them coming away.
  6. Hi Wayne. Welcome. Have a look here, there's a lot of pinned info that will help you. card-and-paper-models Cheers, Bob
  7. Go careful, you can quickly take too much off with it. Use a piece of string, or a 0.5mm length of stripwood to check for lumps or gaps as you're going. This is where, many years ago, I trashed a model 🥵 and didn't really touch another until now. Is this a double planked hull?
  8. Hi. Don't know if Anna is able to reply. Part 26 is a length of walnut, 500mm long and 4mm x 5mm. You have to cut this to length yourself, and shape it to fit as in pic 9 where it meets part 25, and pic 10 where it meets the end of the flat bottom. Before cutting and fitting ensure part 25 sits flush to the hull, as it hasn't fitted too well on my build. Your best idea would be to start a build log of your model in the 1850 - 1900 area, (check out how to create a build log name), and use the same tags as this log so that other builders of this model who are currently active
  9. Before you plank, check the glue you'll be using to the dummy barrels to the polystyrene. Some glues just melt it. It may be better to replace with balsa. Fairing the bulkheads make all the difference with planking!
  10. Thanks Halfdan. The Captain has now been joined by a very stern Mate! Thanks to all for the likes. I did these, one side only, before the 4 week illness 🤢 break. Distances between were measured as per the large plan page as advised (thanks @John Gummersall) Measured the height with a micrometer - great - cut one out to test fit. Fitted - then realised these are angled 🤬 Each one differnt height. Then the Mate inspected the sternmost post. His comment was "a bit of a tight squeeze there!" He also inspected the stairwell fence for height.
  11. It looks like step 15 in the booklet shows the proper placement. Pic from @toms10 These should be shown on the A4 sheets that show all the cutouts from plywood? Sometimes these parts look like throw aways after a larger piece has been removed, as I've found. Sorry I can't be of more help on this one 🙁. Bob
  12. Hi Treesqueak Have a look at Toms10s build. It shows where and what these pieces are for. Maybe ask him about them? It also looks as if he has an English copy of the instructions too!
  13. I see what you mean, you'll need to cut out the window parts and put the plastic ones in their place, keeping the rest of the metal stern. Go careful and slowly! Like Backer, scored lines and black paint on plastic sheet is how I did the Mississippi windows in simple square windows. Or you'll need to make the inner window frames and use something like Microscale Micro Krystal Klear (other products available!) to fill in the gaps. Don't forget you'll need to put a colour wash behind them to show them off. I recall some doing black or dark blue behind the panes. Enjoy the "fr
  14. Hi, They really are! Oh, and welcome from across the Pond Bob
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