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Andi Little

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  1. Simply Marvellous - I can only extend my sincerest thanks for all your efforts in bringing these updates to the board and to my attention .... Thank You.
  2. Thanks for your timely response, I misread your post earlier (it's an age thing) And went to have a look at the Shipwrights site - VERY good, I will be glad to hear of other options as back-up but I can see me poring over their site with purchases in mind - Thanks again ...
  3. Hey all, I have been lurking around here for quite some time. I've posted before but real life and work just kept my bench time at bay. Hopefully now I may have some time for myself - or at least I'm pretty determined to make it so ... Tempus Fugit on many levels in seems! I hadn't meant to open this thread so soon, but I've been struggling to get an answer for the most basic of questions (well I think it is)? My see me out project is that of the HMS Victory, in this instance the Heller 1/100th scale version, lots of reasons, both for the subject and for the medium - non of which I shall bore you with right now. Suffice to say I'm trying to be very grown up about this project? I have in fact had the kit itself for over a year now ............................. As proof of honest intentions.................... and to show those who've never seen the box - it's a whopper!!! Now most importantly, I have procured a bag of those little plastic fellows - just because I think they're great and add a fun twist ... (this is not going to be a museum piece build). It took me over a year but I finally managed to justify the cost and reasoning to purchase a set of Daniels etch sheets - so far telling myself that I'm supposed to be a modeller ergo I resisted the resin - this may have been a mistake ... we'll see? In a fit of excited anticipation I made these ............ as yet unproven and unbloodied - not strictly true as I managed to injure myself during the cutting out of the frames! oopsey .... soz! I didn't think they'd take up so much room in the thread - but you can see 'em? I've just ordered some weird special scissors - "Dental Castroviejo Noyes Spring Suture Scissors Curved". I have it on the best authority these are the dogs when it comes to rigging, plus it was he that told me to buy them (just a fiver). Anyhoo .................... all this brings me to the question!!!? ............. where in the UK ('tis where I am located) is the best place - both price and service are a consideration, .................... to source aftermarket items such as Thread, Ropes, Dead-eyes, Blocks and general model accessories such that I may need?? - Pretty please - and thanks. KBO ... Andi.
  4. OK - still following this thread as updates appear ... I have a question though - and an update. Update first - if you remember (or read back) I had to make a choice on a bandsaw and eventually after much deliberation and a lot of probably annoying questions plumped for the Axminster - what a disaster. Despite all my best efforts, I could just not get it to run cleanly. Constantly throwing its blade, wandering all over the shop ... I must admit got quite down about it after trying so hard to make an informed decision. In the end, and after many weeks ... and eventually taking two long hours of very patient trying to set this thing up (for a two-minute job may I add) ... and in a fit of pique - I phoned the suppliers to see what it was I was obviously doing wrong? ..................... He immediately said "nothing", this is not supposed to do this - obviously a fault!!! ..... bring it back and we'll replace it. Gracious of them but to be honest I'd lost all confidence in the machine and told him so whilst discussing the situation. It was then that whilst wandering around the showroom and chatting we arrived at the Proxxon stand, and rather absent mindedly I patted the 240/E and said "truth be told I'd probably have gone for this if the price was similar (to the Axminster) .................. "Hold on he said," and disappeared. Reappearing a few minutes later he said he had a brand new return out the back that was being taken to a show the next day and was going to be offered at a complimentary rate "Would I like it"??? Straight swop plus a tenner .......... I literally took his arm off. As a return thank you I bought the TG125E bench sander whilst I was there. Both items have performed perfectly each and every time I have used them ................... I am a Proxxon convert and now very much a fan. Now the question .............................. does one slack off the tension after using the bandsaw (Proxxon) - or leave it in tension (I have read both recommendations). Thanks all ..........................................
  5. Here we go then with a little progress ... sort of good and bad really. A chum that's built this already had alluded to the fact that this wasn't going to be the easiest part of the build - and he was wrong, and yet oh so very right!! The way it described to go about the planking just didn't work well with the way my head works (?) so I kind of winged it a bit. Which surprisingly worked really well ... for a while, and then started to circle the bowl for the rest of it. Now I don't want to get into a big description of how it went so very badly - so I'm hoping the pics will tell the tale (largely) - obviously, those who would like me to suffer through a tawdry description could ask questions I simply measured the planks and the space required and worked out the appropriate overlaps - this worked amazingly for the first four planks - right on the line - couldn't see why this was so difficult? ................................. Where we left off .................... Ready for planking ........................? Ready ......................... ?? First one glued down - and the back of the second showing planed areas. You perhaps don't need to see squibs of glue but it does sort of illustrate the process. Further on now, and a couple of invaluable bits of kit during this phase I found - an accurate glue applicator and my new Veritas mini-plane (definitely not a toy). And after four planks that hit the line every time - THIS!! Why? the fifth plank (number 27) was this far out - completely and utterly wrong - why? After MUCH thinking and a lot of trials and offerings up! This my solution - quite elegant actually-(surprisingly)? I searched along the plank till I could see it going wrong - cut it and simply turned it over!! Sometimes it needed turning, other times it just needed a bit of trimming to alter the angle. Plank 28 needed three cuts, 29 perversely none(fitted perfectly) and the final number 30 needed three cuts again? A three-quarter view before fettling.............. The stern view after smoothing things through (Only a little I may add). And the bow which ran true to my markings throughout. And finally, although still raw with the former inside - the right way up. And is that not such a beautiful shape ................. Hubba-hubba!
  6. Just a quick update ... not a lot going on, as this bit has been quite tedious - as I can only fit so many ribs before I run out of clamping room, and have wait for stuff to dry and so then I can move on. Pics ...................................... All those floor planking strips are now in place, and as a chum commented - making sure they don't clash with any of the hull ribs that have yet to be placed. And of course, this is what you have at either end - needing to be cleaned up to make way for a faux keel piece. Tadah! .... and magically with the keel piece in place. Just a pic' to show the faux keel once it's been tidied, and a bit of a teaser as to the hull ribbing ... And here a squarer view so this first side can be seen clearly - just the other to do, and then on to the hull planking itself - of which I am assured on this model is quite the tussle??
  7. Just to continue with the inner planking (and its recovery) here's a few more pics. They should have followed the last lot a little closer, but my photo host went down for maintenance. Without letting anyone know may I add. Anyhoo, got a bit suspicious (and fed-up) after three days and decided to go elsewhere. As luck would have it as soon as I think I've got it sorted out, and confused the living daylights out of myself; my host comes back online and with a little e-mail to apologise - I've never been so grateful to see them. Those pics then .......................... One side complete with all gaps filled. Making a start on the floor planking straps - these are purely functional of course and pretty much just hold it all together - better! Two things of note in this pic though ... as I'm applying the straps(?) I'm preceding with scrapers as opposed to sandpaper, and also - those red handled pliers on the table, these are jewelers link making pliers and although I'm soaking the wood, and shoving it through a wheel to curve it - they are always better for passing through the jaws of these pliers and just nipping it every few mil' or so. (Teaching my Grandma to suck eggs obviously - but there might be someone out there with less experience than me)? Different angle of the dangle. A close-up of those "mini-scrapers" (A little smaller than a credit card actually). And a shot of them at work - much more satisfying ... and effective! Thanks.
  8. Well, here we go then - my first keel-hauling (Probably). Being a complete novice - and thinking I had a handle on things, and seeing as the first plank fitted so happily I fitted that, and then just kept on going. Congratulating myself on all the stuff that was going right it took me a while to realise the planks weren't fitting as well as they had done - and they were bowing in the middle - A LOT. It was then I thought to sit back and have a think about it ... and of course, it dawned on me - a quick check on another build, and yep' I should have tapered them!!! Grrr. In my defence, it's a lesson learned, it's an interior section of the build, and it will be painted completely. I did the only thing I could - I spun it around and started from the keel and worked back to the edge. Apart from ostracising myself from every seasoned maritime model builder? It doesn't seem to have worked out so badly??? - as of yet! Truth be told I'm not one of those guys that just have to leave all the wood showing or anything. But I am frustrated to have made such a rookie mistake so early on!!
  9. Not actually much further forward, but this seemed to take some doing - it's all a bit alien you see. Anyhoo, I thought I'd post an update because really this is where the build starts in earnest: everything so far is actually sacrificial! I'm already impressed with the obvious and beautiful shape of this craft. And apparently, they were considered a disposable item during their working lifetime so whilst every effort was made to keep them as light and seaworthy as possible their design and detailing was down (very much) to the shipwright who was producing them -- which gives me a degree of welcome latitude to interpret the finish to my own ends and tastes (to a degree)? Pic's then .................................. Whom ever it was that came up with the "bulldog clip life hack" was pretty switched on that day - a very elegant solution and a pretty whizz little gadget. The "braces" in the first bulkhead bay are there because that guiding plank "cogged" around the last but one bulkhead (pretty much like the one at the far end too). So, onto the first piece of real modelling and those internal floorboards then.
  10. This seems to be the standard declaration of intent, and although you have seen many tread this path before me, watching me stumble and fall may just provide some light entertainment? As an Auto modeller (by and large), this then is the equivalent of glueing the engine halves together ............... so, a change of subject, genre, and material. Here goes .............................................. As can be seen, it pretty much takes up my entire work-station ... should be fun then? Cheers, all.
  11. Sort of an update! ...I've finally cleared the decks (s'cuse pun) of a rather long term project, and so now in the throws of getting organised for this current Amati build. Now, while I haven't acquired these following items for the build they do fit in with some plans I would like to implement at some later stage ................ This then was a hobby purchase - something that I'd wanted for many years. I'd laboured over the choice for some time and eventually plumped for the Axminster knowing it was a hobby level purchase but thrilled never the less ...................... And ensconced into the man-cave ..................... Now here's the thing ............. after making much of a song and dance about my new long awaited addition to the man-cave a student said - "I've got an old saw, would you be interested"? Well, it turns out after a little confusion to be an original "Diamond fret-saw" and has sat beneath a dust cover unused for most of its life. Now the bandsaw is most definitely a hobby grade item - but this, this is the real deal. I mean it's mostly made out of solid bar!!! Forgive the groovy stand, this was something I had to make (Yay new bandsaw) in order to move it around as it has no natural home yet - not enough bench-space you see? I'm not the luckiest guy in the world, but on this occasion - most definitely ... Thankful and Grateful.
  12. It looks to be a good start to me, and you obviously have the skills to take you forward - I think you are going to do particularly well. Keep it up - well done! PS, I'm a newbie too, and I haven't even got mine out of the box yet!!!
  13. Thanks, Mike - I stewed over it some and eventually plumped for the Axminster 200n. I know it isn't as cheap as some but it appears from the write-ups that the quality is there? A big reason, however, is the fact that there is a large depot just a few miles down the road from me (who knew ... and quite reassuring)! The video link will be very beneficial once it arrives and also I watched out of curiosity a follow on piece by Mathias Wandel - comparing the different guides, it put my mind to rest on the lack of roller guides on this model. I tried to find out if there's a specific blade for working with styrene (which I'm bound to attempt at some point) but it appears the tech' dept didn't want to commit themselves - anyone any idea about that?? Anyhoo ... I'll be sure to let you know how I get on, Thanks again for all your efforts and advice. ........................... Andi
  14. Mike ... the saw you have included the link for is to my eye pretty much the Axminster, except with roller bearing guides. As to my usage (perhaps should have started with this) ... it is at best going to be modest. It will be used in my hobby room (small bedroom/mancave), which is already quite full of assorted stuff so while size isn't critical it's a definite consideration. It's also pretty much going to be used exclusively for modelling purposes - ship modelling an obvious example but it would be great if it could accommodate light DIY projects. I don't think I'll ever be ripping logs with it but perhaps slicing small blocks of hardwood to gain strips and planking - this I would consider an ambitious exercise but one I'd like to work towards. Financially - yes, although relatively cheap to some, this represents quite an investment for me which is why I really don't want to purchase the wrong thing or to make a rookie mistake. I can see how those roller guides are desirable but for my modest aspirations are they a critical necessity? Again, Mike, I do appreciate the efforts you are putting in on my behalf.
  15. Thanks both, on revisiting this thread I realise my remark might have sounded snippy? Not how it was meant - I am very grateful for your opinions, just a shame that there isn't anyone with experience of the Axminster 200 as it does look pretty good too. Thanks again ....Andi.

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