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  1. Hi Folks Probably the wrong forum for this one, but there isn't one with a 100% match. I want to mount a recently built 1:64 Bluenose on a proper stand. At the moment it's on a kit cradle. The trouble is, the keel is at an angle to the waterline, so to keep the waterline horizontal, the pedestals need to be of different heights. The ones I've seen for sale off the shelf tend to be the taller, the thicker, I.e., they are basically bigger or smaller in all dimensions, whereas I would prefer the same diameter and profile, but taller (probably the very top part longer). In the past I've placed one (wooden) pedestal on a wooden spacer, but it's not ideal; besides, I would prefer brass. What would you suggest? There are plenty of ships like this out there; surely someone has worked out a solution? A slipway is one, but I don't want a slipway in this particular case. Thanks!
  2. I've built two of BB kits... Plastic parts are often the same between their kits of different scales - keep an eye on it and replace if needed. Ditch the white rigging cord unless you're sure it was white in real life. In general, it's worth checking EVERY step against other sources; I mean, literally every step - Billing are known to exercise a lot of artistic license (AKA making stuff up when they couldn't be @rsed to do the research as one would expect). And their plans are often not to scale, too, so keep an eye on it as well. Good luck!
  3. There we go... 10 months or so. The kit turned out to be unusable, so the build is about 90% scratch.
  4. That's a good point, will give it a try. The irony is that I live just across the border in the Northwest, but the ticket there and back will still cost me as much as a small kit. At the end of the day I'll end up either biting the bullet, or thinking something up at work that'll take me to Edinburgh with a day to spare...
  5. I'm still planning to do it - I found some docs for it listed in an archive in Edinburgh for the lighthouse i want to build, but I can't tell what's on them, since they're not digitised. The only way to find out is to go there at some point. I also took a gazillion photos of it when I was passing by. Them alone ought to be enough, it's just that plans would save me the time on figuring dimensions out.
  6. Hi All, I'm choosing a scroll saw, and the one by Record Power on Amazon seems attractive: Record Power SS16V Scroll Saw 16-inch https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001OXBZE2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_6AZZCbQEDMR6A The reviews are good generally, but has anyone had any experience with the make? It seems like they are a long-standing British manufacturer of shop tools... But then again, the name sounds exactly like some Chinese knock-off would. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  7. What about Clarke, Record Power, Scheppach, Ferm, Lumberjack, or others on Amazon? They are all within the same price bracket, and other than power and some comparatively minor features, are more or less the same. None of the brands above sound familiar, though, and I'd rather avoid buying a scrollsaw-shaped toy. Any experience with those?
  8. Yeah, Hegner seems to be the Rolls-Royce of scrollsaws, but I'm not sure my needs justify the expence: I only need it for frames, bulkheads and so on, and I hardly ever cut anything thicker than 5mm ply. It would, of course, be nice to have some extra capacity in case I need it, but...
  9. Hi All, I'm thinking of a scroll saw, so which one? The usual modeling applications, budget up to £200, UK. Someone I know swears by his Einhell - any thoughts on them? Thanks!
  10. A 1ltr bottle of PVA from The Works for something like three quid - been using it for a couple of years, and can't fault it one bit...
  11. Found it. Looks like the records of Northern Lighthouse Board are available for £8.25 each on canmore.org.uk. The only problem is that there's no preview, descriptions are often missing, and there are too many documents to buy them all :)
  12. Missed that one, thanks, although I've been to that website. Still, no plans, only history.
  13. Hi Anthony, I did, but strange thing, lighthouses listed on their website are all in the south, far from all of those in England and Wales, although supposedly they are the overall general authority. And they don't cover Scotland at all, as far as I understand. Greenwich might have something, or the British Library, but so far I haven't found anything. Thanks anyway, Pavel
  14. Hi All, Does anyone happen to know where I can lay my hands on construction plans for British lighthouses? I've found a reference to Stevenson collection that apparently has some Scottish lighthouse drawings, here: https://www.nls.uk/collections/maps/collections/special-collections#stevenson But I can't find an index, nor any info on how to get access. I've emailed them, but haven't heard back yet. Physically going to London or Edinburgh isn't a problem. I'm just considering building a scale model... Not sure which one, but probably Rubha nan Gall (I love it out there on Mull) or similar. Thanks!

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