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  • Birthday 01/29/1971

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    Cornwall, UK
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    Anything to do with sailing and some antisocial stuff!! Have had to hang up my sea boots for full size yachts and so,albeit slowly, I'm getting into this side of the ocean. Particular interests are scaled classic yachts with RC control where possible and/or appropriate.
  1. My goodness John,!! For reasons unknown to me I've appeared to missed the vast majority of the last few months progress... The hull planking really does look superb, the deck being nothing short of inspirational - your posted pictures speak volumes of your obviously advanced abilities. Me? Well, once these little green eyed monsters (ie: jealousy!!) can be persuaded to do a disappearing act I think I'm fast approaching the time when my own build should start making small inroads into that thing called progress... In the meantime, definitely looking forward to future updates!! Regards, Row
  2. Mark, you really are doing an incredible job on Ranger; she looks absolutely stunning! The time taken getting the fairing 'right' will pay dividends in the long run - I had it so much easier when building the mold for Enterprise knowing that copious amounts of filler would hide a multitude of sins... Keep up the excellent work & I look forward to reading / seeing your next instalment. Regards, Row
  3. Patrick, just to reiterate what others have said, you're making an excellent start! Looking at you second photo, that's an incredible amount of detail you're planning to shoe-horn in and I'm convinced you'll create a fabulous model yet again!! Best of luck, Row
  4. Absolutely stunning. Enough said... Actually Patrick, this has been an amazing build, much learnt by all who have followed and I thank you for sharing 'Rainbow' with us. Regards, Row
  5. Patrick, Wow! Wow! & Wow again!! You've really 'nailed' the tri-radial panel patterns, they look so incredibly realistic, congratulations! The tack & clew reinforcing, while looking a little dark, could possibly do with being a little smaller? I could be wrong... It's also worth bearing in mind that those reinforcing areas will have fairly defined degrees of shading as the various panels overlap each other on the 'full size' variant. You know, your attention to detail is truly phenomenal & I'm consistently in awe of the lengths you go to to achieve the correct 'look', congratulations!! Regards, Row
  6. Incredible work as always Mike, those pintle & gudgeon pairs look fabulous - I'm still utterly astounded that this is your 1st scratch built boat! Looking forward to future posts, keep up the excellent work, Regards, Row
  7. Fabulous work as always Michael & many thanks for the taper pin explanation. Greek restaurant? Isn't that where they smash the plates? Guess it saves on the washing-up... Regards, Row
  8. Michael, Quite simply stunning!! I think so much more could be added to that but I honestly believe I'd only be repeating what others have already said! Out of interest, will you be using an appropriate Loctite to attach the lobes to the camshaft or are the taper pins alone sufficient? ( to the uninitiated (me!) the taper pins seem to be incredibly small across the diameter, although the lobe loading isn't exactly going to be particularly high...) I'd certainly appreciate your thoughts on that and, in the meantime, belated birthday greetings!! Regards, Row
  9. Michael, At least with that little bit of spare music wire you can afford to keep trying until the spring is 'right' !! Seeing those pictures of the Bleriot brought back many memories - it was the first (static) model aeroplane that I built, must have been about 30 years ago, from a kit using matchsticks. It survived all of 3 weeks after completion when our dog thought it looked eminently chewable. I never did build anything from matchsticks again... Row
  10. Hi Patrick, I think it's also worth pointing out that you're not actually trying to achieve a metallic look, it's purely a matter of colour matching. While the majority of smaller (than the JClass) yachts do use anodised aluminium for their spars, Rainbow's spars are painted carbon fibre - perhaps it's worth contacting Jan Kraak again for a colour code on the specific paint - it'll almost certainly be available from an automotive supplier or even a Mercedes Benz main dealer if you have one that's reasonably local to you. Looking forward to reading of how you decide to take this forward! Good luck with it, Row
  11. Patrick, The detailing is really making her now - I'd never have believed it possible to include so much at this scale! Mast colour? The only reference I've come across is from a very talented Dutch modeller who produced an incredible model of Rainbow that was displayed at the National Maritime Museum Falmouth when we had the J's racing here a few years ago. Anyway, the colour mentioned on his build site was 'Mercedes Grey' which certainly looked like a very accurate facsimile. For additional info have a look here: http://kraakmodelbouw.com/index2.html You'll need to click on the sub-heading 'Building Site RC Rainbow' which is about halfway down the left column. IIRC, there's 19 or so pages a pictures detailing the various stages of the build with the mast construction near the end. Hope that's of some use, Row
  12. Michael, 100% agree with Patrick & Carl. I, as I'm sure many others are, am continually awestruck by your machining and manufacturing talents - not wishing to repeat myself, but if I could acquire just 10%, actually scratch that, just 1% of your skills my abilities would improve no end!! This incredible creation is getting dangerously close to completion and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to contain thoughts of 'when's it going to run?'. Conversely, there'll be a part of me that'll be sad to see it finished; reading of your thoughts & processes has been hugely rewarding and educational and I'll definitely miss the ongoing instructive prose. Anyway, keep up the phenomenal work! Regards, Row
  13. Patrick, You really have done an amazing job on the winches, 1.5mm high just doesn't seem possible - although a few of them could have been easier; Lewmar produced the winches etc for Rainbow and the biggest were just over 600mm high so at your scale, about 2.7mm; see, they could have been nearly twice as easy to make!!! I applaud your phenomenal talent, Row
  14. Absolutely stunning Patrick - the handrails really do look incredible, I've seen so many supposedly professionally built scale models where they've looked so wrong; to achieve the right look is testament to your skills as a model maker. Congratulations! Row

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