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  1. Got fairly lucky today. Thanks Admiral Santa
  2. Looks like your off to a nice start. Would be nice to know a little more about the model .
  3. They look fantastic Steven, it's a shame they will be mostly hidden. I think the acetone at Bunnings is a 750 mm bottle and very cheap so maybe it's a bulk buy for the leader of the opposition. 😁
  4. Welcome to MSW Having completed one wooden model places you ahead of a lot of people on this site. Its easy to be inn awe of some of the work done by people in here but most of us are just trying to do the best we can because of the love for the hobby. You should definitely start a build log, because at any turn you need advice the great people on this site are more than willing to advise and help. Thirty thousand heads are better than one. Good luck with your build. Cheers Peter
  5. Brilliant Steven, and they look great. You might need to be careful or it wont be long before the Chinese start manufacturing your poor man's lathe and you will miss out on the royalties.
  6. Hi Jo A little CA wouldn't hurt, but you could also just place a strip or two of planking or similar underneath using some elastic bands to hold it in place until it is connected by other parts. Good luck with your build. Cheers peter.
  7. The Great Harry returning to its former glory, it's going to look fantastic Steven. And the cannons look really good from here.
  8. Thank you Steven, that solves the little mystery. I'm hoping to visit Tasmania next year so I may get to see the ship. The company Mineralogy that had it for a while is or was owned by Clive Palmer. I read the other day he intended to restore the ship when they finished with it, just like he intended to replicate the Titanic. He's another flog politician who is full of crapolla.
  9. Hello to all. My Carrack is moving along a little quicker than I thought, so I had to finally decide on the changes to the stern galleries. A decision was made to completely remove the bulky slanted stern gallerie and just stick with a slick tapered rear and a simple hand railing along the top stern deck. As it begins to take shape the more I think I made the right decision in this regards to the changes. As the kit is possibly as old as forty years I've come across a problem with the 1.5 mm lime laths, I've ran out of them and the new ones I bought are a completely different colour. The advice I received was it's as simple as the old ones have just aged. I intend not to stain any of the timber and leave everything natural I will probably have to line the deck sides on the inside so I end with the one colour of natural timber. I don't think it's a big deal, just added work. The age of the timber must be why I have colour discrepancies in the deck planking. So far I've added the cannons, the cannons themselves can be glued in later once the first layer of planking has been covered in Walnut. The top deck has been added. And I continue to work my way up with the planking, towards the forecastle and the new stern handrailing. Im making a few errors as I progress but as long as I learn along the way and every error is fixable then I'm happy as I go along. I do have one question. Is there anything I need to do to the first layer of planking before I start laying the veneer walnut on top of it ? All the hard work is very rewarding as the Carrack starts to take its real shape and I start to think only a natural disaster could stop me now. Cheers. Peter.
  10. This model of the M.V. Wyhuna was built by my non paternal grandfather in 1955. Its a beautifully crafted scratch built model and hard to believe its 65 years old. It was built to enter a competition run by the Argus newspaper, which was a daily newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1846 and closed in 1957. It was the general Australian newspaper of record for this period. Im told he won three competitions, this model is at the family home, another went to a sister and a third went to be displayed at a modelling club. The Wyhuna is a former Port Phillip pilot cutter and Australian Maritime college training vessel. Built by Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow, Scotland. Its main task was to lead ships through Port Phillip heads renowned for being a very dangerous stretch of water which claimed many ships and lives. In recent years it was apparently saved through donations and returned to Melbourne, but I can't find a lot more about where it is today. I grew up with this ship always sitting on a mantle piece and never really took a lot of notice of it. But now at 53 I've taken to modelling wooden ships, I've no doubt that now I have some time this was actually my inspiration. Cheers Peter.
  11. Looking great Steven, your persistence with the decorative painting is paying dividends.
  12. Latest update. Ive managed to complete the first layer of planking. It's very daunting to attempt this part of the build, so much to learn beforehand and during the process and I'm sure like most modellers I would do it differently the second time around. I'm reasonably happy with the outcome. I definitely would have added a few stealers if I had my time again. Maybe I'll have to on the main outer layer of planking. I used an 8x5 mm plank for the garboard plank, it's a little thin at the ends but it is what it is and I'll learn from that. A little filler here and there before I move to the next stage of planking above the deck. I will now need to finally decide on the above deck stern area before doing attempting this. I salute every first time hull planker, it really does make you feel like a first year apprentice who could do with an experienced tradesman to guide them along. As an idea Ive taken about an inch of each side of the piece that slides in just above the hull at the stern to gain the shape I want. Where I go from there I'm still not really sure but I have a few things in mind. Cheers Peter.
  13. Hi Phill, welcome aboard, congratulations on a great decision to return to modelling Peter.

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