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  1. The 250 mm center distance can be limiting. For example the bowspit on my Cheerful is 310. So I have the extension table which allows me to turn longer pieces such as masts. John
  2. Post 26: Chain Plates deadeyes etc I made the backstay plates and the chainplates as described by Chuck. I am not sure what the correct procedure is for making the deadeye strops is but here's what I did: I made some rings by wrapping 22 gauge wire around a 6.3 mm diameter dowel Then silver soldered them closed Blackened them Then crimped them around the deadeye The plans show the chainplates nailed to the wales then to the hull then to the channel. I thought this involved an ugly kink so I put two nails in the wales and one in the channel. John
  3. My wife and I are keen opera fans and although there is no live opera at the moment, the Metropolitan Opera in New York is streaming a different opera every day including some performances from the 60's and 70's starring performers like Big Lucy Pavarotti and the legendary black American soprano Leontyne Price. The effect on my ship modelling can be seen in the attached photo! John
  4. Glenn, After my parcel from CMB sat in Heathrow for two weeks it is suddenly in Sydney. So that's three weeks compared to the usual two. So unfortunately you are probably right - you parcel has gone astray, Bad luck. No wonder Chuck is not keen to post abroad at the moment. John
  5. Thanks Chuck, that's pretty clear now. Actually the last photo in Chapter Nine shows it quite clearly. I didn't look far enough forward! John
  6. Chuck, Here's a pic. I see two eye bolts between the deadeyes and two on the cap rail there is a scupper port also but there is also something marked on the wale between the straps.
  7. Chuck, On the side view of the plans there is something marked on the wale between the firs two deadeyes and also between the second two. Is this am eye bolt?? Of course it is not shown on the plan view because it is under the chain plate so I can't work it out. John
  8. Glenn, I placed an order with Cornwall Model Boats recently and paid the second level of shipping costs. This gave me a tracking number. CMB said they shipped it on 7 th May but the royal mail did not pick it up until 13th. It has been at HWDC ( Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre) since 14th May. So things are certainly moving slowly so maybe there is hope for your parcel still. John
  9. Post 25 : Deck Planking. The deck planking is now complete. The scaphs were a bit of a challenging but interesting to do. I first made paper patterns by the age old technique of rubbing over with graphite like this: Here is the completed decking: Chuck: Your deck looks very flat. Did you scrape it after it was laid?
  10. OK bruce d, I understand now. I thought you were worried about safety but you are absolutely correct about the effect of silicone on surfaces to be painted or varnished. That is one of its purposees of course - to repel things, particularly moisture. So I am like you I avoid it for the reasons you state not because it is hazardous. John
  11. bruce d wrote: "Silicon is banned in my work area, old bad experience. I would be interested to know if it is in the product." Bruce we need to distinguish here between- silicon, silica and silicone. Silicon is a chemical element which we don't see much commercially although it is used in the production of transistors. Silica is another matter. This a compound of silicon and oxygen. It is a mineral and is the main component of sand but it can be produced as a fine powder and is also present in bricks tiles etc, It is certainly dangerous as is any fine powder. Silicone is a polymer made from a substance called siloxane which is related to silica but is a liquid not a powder. Silicone should not contain any silica and no free silicon. It is inert and stable and should be safe in this application. It has of course been used in breast implants and in this application there is certainly a problem. Silica and silicones are both based on the element silicon but not in its free form.
  12. Post 24: First Belt of deck Planking The first six planks either side of the central five are now laid. Reasonably straight forward once the once the deck is lined out properly. Now comes the more difficult part of cutting the hooked scarphs while at the same time maintaining the correct taper. It will be a challenge. But that is the fun part of the hobby, John
  13. OK Glenn, First of al I have to say that mine are not as good as some others on this site. Probably everybody is going to find their own way to do this. First, I suggest you practice on some scrap. I didn't do this but I should have as I started to run out of timber! Chuck outlines the pattern in his log so I first drew up what looked like a symmetrical scarph on card and then scribed that on the timber. Then I cut outside the lines with an Exacto blade and then filed up to the line with a needle file. It is important that each of the long sides is really flat. If it is even slightly curved you will never match that curve when you cut. the matching scarph. So for the matching one I put the first plank (with its scarph cut) on top of the next plank and scribed its pattern on that plank. Then cut the next scarph in the same way. As I say this is only one way. You have to really find a way which works for you. I think the main thing is to use the same method for each scaph otherwise they are unlikely to match. I hope this helps. Incidentally, years ago a watched a guy who built wooden fishing trawlers do this. He left a gap in the center. Then he drove wedges into that gap to tighten the scarph. No glue!! John
  14. Post 23 : Central Planking I have now completed the installation of the Deck furniture and the central planking. I made sure that the various units matched the deck camber by attaching a piece of sandpaper to the deck and moving the item back and forth: I made sure that he items were correctly placed by using a jig made from thick card: The planking around these items took some time but seems to be OK now:
  15. Chuck, Another question if I may. Looking ahead, I notice that the plan for the forward hatch has 7X7 but in your log looks like 8X8. This makes it fit close to five planks but I guess if I have mine 7 X 7 then I just need to use a wider plank after the first five to allow for the notch. There seems to be a butt join just after that hatch so it shouldn't be too bad. It looks like I am going to need to use wider planks for the hooked scarphs as well. Is this correct? I have plenty of 3/16 now but not much wider stuff so I mustn't wast it if I don't need to. John

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