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About AlanDavison

  • Birthday 04/03/1946

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    model making in most of its forms, especially, boats, planes and trains in plastic, wood and metal

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  1. I must say that I agree with James H, MDF is far superior to ply. In my experience it does no swell warp or split under normal working conditions. I agree that MDF is softer than ply but if you treat it with care it is fine. As with any timber you have to treat it with respect, don’t force it, work with the grain (if there is one), etc. With my Speedy, I left the fragile stern counter framing off until I had almost completed the first planking, thus reducing the possibility of damage. Looking forward to future build instalments and the release of the kit, I guess, in late spring, early summer.
  2. I agree that Caldercraft/Jotika make some fine models, even if some of the kits are now becoming a bit dated and are in need of a makeover. Regarding the HMS Surprise model, I don’t think you will ever see it in production from Caldercraft as I suspect it is more than production issues that prevented it being marketed. If you think about it Jotika must have spent a lot of money in development and to stop production at a stage when it was just about ready to go on sale says to me that there are other technical/legal issues in play. We will probably never know why the kit was not issued, bu
  3. Congratulations on a superb build. I particularly liked the quality of the paint finish. Perhaps when you’ve completed your bathroom conversion you might post some photos the boat in its natural watery element ie floating along side a squeaky duck!!😂 looking forward to the album.😊
  4. Glen, I’m sure you do yourself an injustice regarding your skill level! regarding cost, some of us who live on modest pensions do have to watch the pennies but £500+ doesn’t sound to bad for the quality and detail we will receive.
  5. Hi Chris, Spring, early summer was my guess. Do you intend to offer any option like you did with Alert & Speedy, or is that too complicated? Have you any idea of price, yet. Are we talking £4, 5, 600 or more. I note you intend a full compliment of ships boats, which is great, but will you also be including other often forgotten items such as seats of ease, flag lockers, manger and so forth. This has to be the model to die for. Can’t wait
  6. If Chris can’t do them then you can try the Model Monkey web site, they do a range of 3D printed 1/48 (and most other scales) ships canon as well as a host of other nautical items.
  7. I usually finish with a spay coat coat of matt or semi-matt varnish, so it really does matter weather you use gloss or flat paint
  8. Looking good. But how do you keep your workstation so tidy? I try, but end up with all sorts of files, knives and brushes scattered all over the place!
  9. The “yellow and white” scheme referred too, was the pre war colour scheme used for warships on what was known as the China station, ie South China Sea and surrounding area. If you want to use this colour scheme you will need to ensure your ship was posted there, also you may need change armament etc to configure you ship to pre war layout. Not sure why yellow/white was chosen and perhaps someone could shed some light on this. By the way, great weathering to the model RGL am looking forward to seeing the finished article
  10. PE is absolutely fine by me. I think that the more detailed and accurate the design the more people will search for faults. Human nature I guess! No one and no kit can be absolutely 100%, but I also think that Chris is having a good go. Once you've rigged a canon you can hardly noice whether the ring bolt is round or flat, after all we are talking 1/64 scale (5ft4ins to the inch), if it were 1/24 (2ft to the inch) it might be a different matter. Design has to stop somewhere when producing a commercial kit. I an sure Chris could produce a true to scale kit using iron in ste
  11. I say 20 or 32 gun Frigate, there is already a 38 by way of Diana, old kit but nevertheless less the subject seems to be popular.

    I would love to see a model of Pandora, but that's a 24 gun ship!

    I would also like to see all ships boats included, seats of ease, flag lockers, stoves, binnacle etc; which ever ship you decide to kit out,  but that just me.  

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