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  1. It was a very neat solution for the wiring. Just a pity when ive tried soldering it and then adding the heatshrink it no longer fits in my beams. I could have the lights down inside the boat giving me room to do the soldering etc there, but im considering missing it out completely now. It seemed a good idea at the time, but im not really enjoying it at the moment, would like to get moving further on with the actual boat build.Might sleep on it tonight and see.
  2. Ah, thanks. Though i suspect you've just cost me some money. Lots of handy looking gadgets on that site...
  3. This is looking great, very clean and tidy looking. Can i ask though, what is a huzzywutchet ? Ive googled it at and theres only 1 result on google, which is this thread.
  4. I use this stuff https://www.walmart.com/ip/BIRCHWOOD-CASEY-BRASS-BLACK-METAL-TOUCH-UP-FINISH-3-OZ/23237826 Works quite well. Im going off what i read on the internet, but i dip the parts in Vinegar for 10 minutes, and then its just a quick dip of a minute or so (i think) in the brass black and its done. Its looking great Tim, making fairly quick progress as well now your back! I like the colours you have went for. Ive been pretty much set on doing my own Bounty as just natural wood, as my last ship was painted, but i really like yours, its making me think
  5. So i took a bit of a break from this. I think really i was trying to avoid the electrical stuff, just cant get my head around electrics at all. Im back at it now though, and i can get my circuits working even if i dont know why or how they are working, so that'll have to do Had various thoughts on how to hide the leds and cables. I thought about making some lanterns to house the lights, but the leds dont really fit in a lantern scalewise. Decided on hiding the led within the crossbeam, with a hole to let the light out into the rooms below. Then creating channels on the top side of the crossbeams to run the cables back behind walls, where they can then drop down into the bottom of the model unseen to be wired up later. The next deck will cover these all up, so i should end up with no cables visible anywhere. Also got myself some sanding discs and a holder that fits in my cheap lathe, and then printed a little table on my 3d printer for it to make into a disc sander. Not as good as a proper one, but better than nothing at the moment. Onto soldering up the leds next, which is interesting... turns out im not much good at soldering.Burning my fingers yes, soldering no.
  6. Im surprised noone commented on the amount of clamps in the first poster's pictures. I really need to up my clamp game if thats a normal healthy amount 😋 I still live with my parents, so im stuck to one desk in the corner, but i get some serious workshop envy looking through threads like this. Though the small closet setups actually look very handy. I reckon if i had a big workshop, id spend most of my time hunting for misplaced items.
  7. I work fairly slowly on this. You would think that would mean less mistakes, but i think going a few days between working on it actually causes mistakes at times, due to me forgetting exactly what i was doing. Got the rear wall sections glued in place, cross beams are still loose as im not sure whether to add any further walls in yet. Still need to add the electrics also. Started on the forward lower deck walls, scratch built again. The supplied interior details on this kit are very sparse considering its meant to be open. Perhaps they wanted to let people add their own to it? Im roughly following the layout pictured in the Anatomy of the Bounty book. (picture below linked from ThomasLambo's buildlog). Not sure what the the two beams, left and right side, running at an angle into the hold are for or called? I did the initial layouts, but forgot to mark for the crossbeams. I figured i would do it afterwards, not causing me any problems. Unfortunately this was all done in bits and pieces over a few days,so I forgot all about them when marking out where the doors would go , and ended up with 2 crossbeams in the middle of my doors,and the third just slightly fouling it. I did briefly contemplate just making the doors shorter on this section..... but i supposed id better fix it properly 😉 Luckily, since ive added the columns below each crossbeam,i can make some cuts and patch in bits and have the joints hidden behind the columns. Have moved the whole thing to the right, will patch in a bit on the left, and cut out the section on the right to move the door back into its correct position. Teacher always did say i must pay more attention! Intentions for the rest of the walls on the exposed side is to have them partly built and do a sort of cutaway/fadeaway on them so you can still see everything else beyond them.
  8. I like this, bit pricy, but worth it if there is no play/wobblyness in the parts. Precision cuts and angles is something that has eluded me, never get them perfect with an exacto or saw. Any idea what size of wood is the max it would handle? 6x6mm walnut too much?
  9. Welcome Dave, I wouldnt let cost put you off too much. For my first kit i was about £60 if i remember right, and for the tools i built that with, probably another £20-£30 at most. I didnt want to spend too much as i wasnt sure either if i would enjoy it, or even finish it regardless of enjoyment. So its not a massive outlay if you start off small. Of course, if i was to tally up the price of all the additional tools and kit etc ive bought along the way, it would probably put us both off ! Your certainly in the right place for inspiration and information anyway, so good luck whatever you decide.
  10. Yep, looking great so far. I like all the various wood colours, is a nice combo.
  11. I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to leftovers,and any delivery boxes/packaging I receive gets kept "just in case". Quite often I need to bin the lot when I can no longer move for cardboard boxes Yeah, I intend to get my moneys worth out of the lathe. Been looking at 3d printers also for the last few days. Not sure how I can work that into the build, but ill try! Thanks Sam, still not bought one yet but intending to. Been using online images but its not the same. Looking forward to reading your buildlog!
  12. Thanks Grendel. Ive tried one rounded out, and cut the one in the holdwell to fit the rectangle hole. I believe cutting it square as you say is a better fit, but only if you cut it to the right size, and not too small as i did 😉. Glued some more wood back on and started again. Measure once, cut twice ? I have my holdwell fitted and glued in position now, and veneered the exposed ply edges visible within. Using post-it-notes to take templates of the curves, handy as they stick themselves. Not sure how to do the part in the last picture, the supports for the crossbeams. Curve doesnt look as bad in the picture, but ive been unable to manage to bend wood to it, even with my soldering iron. Tempted to just leave them, they are near the next deck floor so probably not really visible in most cases. Also put strips of wood on the exposed edges of the ply panels for the shot locker and holdwell walls. Made hinges for the door out of some brass left over from my last build, using Casey's Brass Black to blacken it. Begun to scratch build the rear cabins, using cardboard first for a rough template as its easier to change and try diffrent positions. None of this is glued in position, some alterations and final sanding/varnishing needed. Once decided on, i marked it out onto some light ply and cut out the doors. I could have just planked the doors, but i didnt have wood thin enough for that, as using leftovers from my previous build again. Ive ordered some 0.5mm strips to be used on the next decks doors. The middle door has a plastic panel from some packaging, with black paint lines. I intend to use led lights, and this cabin will be lit up. Funny how everything looks nice,square and smooth untill you take a photo of it! I wanted some more practice with the wood lathe, so made some columns which then got cut in half and placed against the walls as supports. Not sure about these, i like the look, but wonder if they are too much, thoughts ?
  13. No problem, Found it whilst on a youtube binge to find out more about how its done. There really are some talented people, and creative thinking to go with it. Found a video with more use of the resin to make underwater cities, fantastic!
  14. Found a video with the creator and it has some clips of how he makes them. Cotton wool, paint and leds. Has english subtitles, well worth watching.

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