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Keith S

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  1. I'm back. After leaving this ship on the shelf since May, I have finally reached the point where I wish to work on it again. I decided to start by building the little hutch over the rudder head. There is quite a bit of detail to this little piece, and it's a funny shape. I am happy to be back at it. Next up I think I'll work on some boat derricks, and I still need to remove the pin-rails and replace them with proper holes for scale-sized pins. I'm also looking forward to beginning work on tapering and fitting out the masts.
  2. Keith, are the dimensions of your fighting tops the same as the parts supplied in the kit? Did you use any of the plywood kit parts or are they completely scratch-made? They look great.
  3. You're welcome! I made the pump shaft bushings out of little bits of brass tube held on with small brass sheet straps on the front posts, and on the aft ones I just used the eyes called for by the kit but attached to sides rather than the top. You're correct, the aft companionway is cut down, I assumed it was to allow clearance for the capstan bars. I built mine using kit parts, and then ground it down on a sheet of coarse sandpaper before putting the finishing veneer on.
  4. Happy New Year to you as well! Those things, I believe are called warping drums or warping winches. Have you seen on most modern recreational sailboats, there's at least one little hand-cranked winch on either side of the cockpit? It's like a giant one of those. The ones in front of the main mast probably had big removable crank-handles I think. I thought I saw that depicted somewhere in the builder's draughts. There's also a set of them forward of the foremast, and also at the top of the fore and main masts. Although other Keith believes the ones up in the tops would have been removable and o
  5. Hi Daniel, I think those are going to work just fine. They are certainly nicer than the ones I got. Some of mine were poorly machined and look more like dressmaker's pins than belaying pins. Where did you get those ones? Also if I may make a suggestion: if it's not too late, that particular fife-rail (the board the pins are stuck into) was curved on the original ship. You may find the larger, correctly-sized mast is a tight fit otherwise. This is one of the things the kit gets wrong. If it's not too much hassle, you might want to re-do that. I'll try to find a picture of mine.
  6. This is one reason I'm glad we bought those studded chains for the anchors! Now I can use the kit-supplied chain for futtock shrouds.
  7. I'm using 5mm belaying pins. They are the correct size according to the full-size plans, but I find them to be so small that some are not machined properly and just look like little pinheads. For pin racks I'm tapering them so they're a bit thicker where they attach and thinner where the pins go through. I think other Keith's 8mm pins are a very good compromise between scale size and reasonable function. After all, we will need to tie lines to them. The 5mm ones are so small they don't look right, even though they are. I would go with 8mm ones if I did it again.
  8. That was me! I'm back at it now, sort of. I need to tidy my workbench and then I'll be starting again. Sometimes it takes me a few years to complete a model because I start thinking about it so much it becomes unenjoyable.
  9. The map on the wee table is a nice detail. Somewhere in either the full-size plans or maybe Michael Palin's book I saw it labelled as an "azimuth compass" table... I imagine an "azimuth compass" may have been the same kind of thing as this "astro compass" that's only about 90 years older. Since compasses don't work in Polar areas, navigators use them to work out their heading using the sun or stars. They're still kicking around where I live because aeroplanes are required by Canadian law to carry a source of heading information that is "independent of a magnetic source". In order to use one, y
  10. Hello Michael, as a matter of fact I just finished building a large deck in my wasteland of a back garden before the freezing weather arrived. I wanted a real garden, but the ground my house is built on is just manufactured ground made of large boulders filled in with diminishing grades of crushed rock. So I would have had to build up a great deal of soil and retaining walls, etc. I've settled for decking over the whole lot and installing planter-boxes with tops that are flush with the deck. Anyway I now have a level surface for some track, although it will not be a true garden railway and my
  11. Happy Christmas Keith. I can't help thinking about the crews of Franklin's expedition whenever I look at my model. It's why I started building it. I often fly over what is widely believed to be their final resting place.
  12. I was wondering about this myself, on Daniel's log. I do not think the rudder-head cover would have been strong enough for this, besides it's removeable so not a good spot for terminating running rigging. As usual, pictures on the internet of spanker-boom sheet rigging are not clear. I wonder if the rounded shape of the deckhouses has anything to do with the boom sheets being anchored on the corners and the slack windward one being allowed to slide over the roofs of the houses.
  13. Ha ha. Sorry- the "spanker" is the big fore-and-aft sail on the mizzen. Its lower spar is the "boom" and the "sheets" are the ropes that control it. They often go from the tip of the boom to both corners of the stern in an arrangement called a "horse". Or at least that's what it's called on a small boat. The little lockers on the stern of the "Terror" are located right in the way of where I would otherwise install this bit of rigging. I wonder if the curved backs on them are designed that way to allow the sheets to ride over top of them, or whether some alternative was employed.
  14. That's how I paint the little figures for my garden steam train. It works a treat. Daniel I did actually build one of the little deckhouses and paint it white. I wasn't sure I liked how it looked on the model and asked my wife's opinion and she said it looked "very model-y" which are her exact words and I suppose she meant it didn't look realistic. In any case, I didn't paint them in the end which my wife thought looked nicer but I haven't 100% decided not to paint them. I have an acquaintance who is knowledgeable about the Franklin ships and I showed him a picture of the UNpainted
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