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tom kinglake

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About tom kinglake

  • Birthday 07/20/1952

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  1. Weeks have gone by since I posted anything about HMS Pegasus, so here are a few images to show progress to date. Still no mizzen topmast! This will be my next task now that most of the rigging of the main and foremast is done. I deliberately left this for as long as possible, because of a near-disaster while building Granado eighteen months back: while doing something to the mainmast rigging, I managed to hook my sleeve on the mizzen topsail yard, and broke the topmast in half. I was very lucky to have a long clean split, about an inch long, running along the length of the mast, rather than a short snap across the diameter, so it glued back almost perfectly - and more importantly, all the shrouds and other rigging survived intact as well - but I vowed to do all I could to avoid a repeat of this in future! Plan B is to put Pegasus away for a while at this stage, in order to go back to my other build, the Russian brig Mercury.
  2. Superb work! what a wonderful way to put the ship herself into a meaningful context. Many congratulations.
  3. Many thanks for your comment. I agree - it's not often that a chance arises to add details of that kind, and it's good to be able to make use of them when they do.
  4. Well, all I can say is that if it hadn't been for your videos I would probably have given up with Granado long before getting to the end of it, and so would never have progressed to do HMS Pegasus and the brig Mercury, or be writing this now! I too find ship modelling a totally absorbing and rewarding challenge in my retirement, and I have learned most of what I know about it from your work. If you had been charging a fee for a training course I would have considered it money well spent. Best wishes, Tom.
  5. Hi Kevin, I watched every one of your videos (some of them several times over!) while I was building the Caldercraft Granado kit in Jan - July 2018, and found them all really helpful. I should have posted to thank you for them long ago, but now I've started my own build logs and gallery on this site I felt I must drop you a line to do so. Your comments and explanations saved me from many a potential disaster!! With best wishes, Tom.
  6. Thanks! I'm sure yours will too! By the way, have you seen Kevin Kenny's videos on building the Granado? I watched all of them while doing mine and found them a huge help.
  7. Thanks - when I started the build, I too planned to replace the walnut with a lighter coloured wood, as I had done previously with Granado (see the pictures I put in the Gallery) - for this, I used lime, coloured with a light oak wood stain, and a clear varnish on top. This worked quite well, as long as you like the rather 'weathered' look to the finish. But after some experiments with the walnut that came with the Pegasus kit, I decided to use it after all, though I did go through the entire batch to pick out the lightest shades first. It seems that walnut varies quite a lot from batch to batch.
  8. Thanks - since I took this photo I've got the after mortar hatch hoisted as well as the forward one, on a purchase to the mizzen stay. The stray barrels have been tidied up as well!
  9. I've just put a few photos of Granado into the gallery. I've made a couple of small alterations since I took these in July 2018 (including tidying up the stray barrels!) and I'll post some updates when I can get some decent shots. Cheers, Tom.
  10. Hi Vane Your tanganyika planking looks excellent. Congratulations on your very neat oar ports, too! When I made my Granado, I didn't realise that there were no cutouts for them in the gunport patterns until too late! I didn't use the walnut for the upper hull of Granado, either - instead I used lime, coloured with a light oak stain, then a clear varnish over that. I wasn't completely satisfied with the result, although it seems an improvement on the walnut - not as good as yours though! (on the other hand, I did use the walnut supplied for the planking of Pegasus which I'm currently working on, and was pleased with its colour and texture). I guess that walnut varies a lot from batch to batch. Best wishes, Tom.

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