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About Andyrew

  • Birthday 02/10/1963

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    Moira, N. Ireland
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    Model building, listening to music, watching Football

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  1. I can't believe it's taken me so long to fair the Hull ready for planking. I've been really busy at work, I'm a Copier Service Technician and the Schools and Colleges where I do most of my work are all opening again plus we still have a couple of Technicians off on Furlough. There is a pre-shaped piece that had to be fitted to the Stern which supports the rear of the upper Deck. It was longer than the width of the Deck and needed cutting to the correct size, I left it a few millimetres over size and then having spent a while trying to work out which way round it fitted, one edge is longer than the other, it was glued in place. I didn't glue the Deck rear support in the correct place which meant when I fitted the Deck there was a gap at the rear so I used a few pieces of scrap wood to fill the gap which will be hidden by the planking. After spending ages shaping the Bulkheads and Deck sides I then laid the upper Deck planks, once this was all done I trimmed the edges of the planks and sanded them down to get a nice even finish. Cheers Andy
  2. Thanks Ryland. The first thing that I noticed about this kit is you get 3 sets of "instructions," an A5 sized photographic booklet, an A4 double sided sheet of written instructions and a large sheet with various stages of the build, this could prove to be interesting as I try to remember to cross reference all 3. I started by removing the false Keel and Bulkheads from the wooden "fret," this Plywood and pretty much straight with a very slight curve on the Keel. I dry fitted the Bulkheads and they are a little bit of a loose fit so I drew some parallel lines up from the Bulkhead slots to help me to get them straight. I don't have any Lego anymore having sold it years ago so I used Bulldog clips to make sure the Bulkheads were straight when they were glued, the 2 Decks don't have any slots cut in them so I couldn't use the Decks. After the Bulkheads were glued in place I then fitted the 2 Plank Termination pieces at the Bow. I'll leave this for a couple of days to let the glue harden before I fair the Bulkheads. Cheers Andy
  3. Many years ago I built the Revell ships Pinta, Nina and Santa Maria, they had small plastic rigging Blocks, it was the first time I had rigged a plastic ship with Blocks and it led me onto building wooden ship kits. I have always liked the shape of the Pinta, a Caravel with a Square Main Sail, and this Amati version arrived here a few weeks ago. I will be building this following the Amati instructions but I do have access to the AOTS Ships of Columbus which I will use to help with the rigging. Whenever I read someone else's build I like to see what's in the box rather than having to look through other builds so here's what you get for your ....... (insert here your currency of choice, in my case £'s) Cheers Andy
  4. Thank you Bob, you'll enjoy building this, it's a great kit. I'll be interested to follow you building it. Cheers Andy
  5. I know what you mean, with the exception of a few small aircraft kits everything else is long term projects and I don't know if I'm ready to start any of them yet. The Youtube video you posted of the Mumble Bee had me hooked. Cheers Andy
  6. Thanks Richard, I appreciated all your advice whilst building this. I didn't have any drills the correct size for the Blocks but found a Safety Pin that was about the correct size, it was still a bit of a faff though, still I was able to put plenty of pennies into the swear box which will go towards Vanguard Model's Mumble Bee when it's released 😉 Cheers Andy
  7. I made the Steering Wheel some time ago and now I removed all the laser char from the wooden parts that make up the steering system. I dry fitted the 2 wooden supports to the Deck and dry fitted the Wheel and Shaft, the Shaft was then cut to the correct length. One of the supports was then glued to the Deck and after it had dried I fitted the Shaft, Wheel, Drum and 2 end plates. The other support was then glued into the Deck. I then drilled 2 holes into the Deck either side of the Shaft, a length of rigging thread was wrapped round the Drum a couple of times and then glued into the 2 holes in the Deck. I had a few problems with the rigging, the thread seemed to be slightly thicker than the holes in the Blocks and I didn't want to make too bigger holes in the Blocks in case I split them, so it took several goes to get the thread through some of the Blocks. It's all finished now, I've really enjoyed building this Fishing Boat, the instructions and materials have been excellent, thanks to Chris for designing such a great kit. Many thanks to all of you that have given me advice, comments and "likes." Cheers Andy
  8. I bought the ready made Sails that Vanguard Models sells for this model and I am really glad that I did, there is no way I could have made the Sails this good. I bought a red dye and after finding an old red washing up bowl set about dying the Sails. After about an hour they were removed from the dye, rinsed in cold water and then left to dry. I raided the Sewing Basket for some red cotton thread and fitted the Reefing ties, these were glued to the Sails using diluted PVA. I decided to make a start on the rigging, there are several Blocks that need to fit to the Deck and Bulwarks, these are fitted to Eye Bolts and I figured out it would be easier to fir the Blocks to the Eye Bolts before they were glued to the Boat. The triple Block that is used to haul up the Main Sail is attached to a hook rather than an Eye Bolt, but is riiged the same way as the other Blocks. I used the kit supplied thread and some thin cotton thread that was "rescued" from the Sewing basket for the lashings, with a touch of PVA to seal the knot. The single Block that fits to the Hull near the Stern needs an eye making before it is lashed to a hook. I used a piece of scrap 1mm square walnut to form the eye before fitting the Block. I had made the 2 Sail Yards a few weeks ago and fitted the Yard Cleats, I then rigged the Parrels, again I thought it would be easier doing this with the Yard on my bench and not with it hanging off the Mast. The Halyard was then rigged. I also found time to fit the Companionway, Hatch cover and Sail Boom support to the Deck. Cheers Andy
  9. Thank you Derek, I have never enjoyed painting things be it the garden fence or any model, but I'm pleased with the way this has turned out, building this boat has taught me to take my time and not rush things like I normally do, it's the journey not the destination that counts, Cheers Andy
  10. I think I can honestly say that I have never spent so much time thinking about the next stage of a build as I have done with this Boat. I of course refer to the should I paint the Hull or not. I've spent days at work thinking about it, trated the problem very much like the Matress on my Bed and slept on it, and even had an argument with myself that nearly came to blows, but if I am being totally honest I have doubted my ability to mask the Hull and paint it without making a mess of it and that was what it boiled down to. I have experimented with scrap pieces of wood using different oils and varnishes and none of them looked good enough to me so I thought, if others can make a good job of painting the Hull why can't I, just take your time Lad. I made a Waterline Marker and marked the Waterline but it didn't look right so I measured the Waterline at the Bow and Stern, marked it on the Boat and then used a length of Tamiya Masking Tape to join the 2 marks until it looked right. The upper Hull and Deck was then cocooned in tape and the lower hull sprayed with red paint from a "rattle" can. After an hour or so I removed the masking tape and left the Boat for a day or so in my Conservatory to allow the paint to cure. It's been unusually hot here for a week or two so it dried nicely. I then masked up the Hull again and sprayed the Boot Topping with white from another can, left it overnight in the oven like Conservatory. So far so good, after masking the lower Hull I brush painted the black using a "Tester" pot that I got from a large DIY store. I am really pleased with the way it's turned out, I just need to paint the Rudder now. As you may notice I have also fitted the Fish Hold Hatch, just need to fit the P.E. rings to it and the Hatch that lives behind the Main Mast. Cheers Andy
  11. I also enjoy this stage Richard, I treat each part as a seperate little build and as you say it brings the Deck to life as you add more pieces. It would be interesting to see all the model Fifies together, all slightly different just like the original boats, I travel across your neck-of-the-woods a couple of times a year from Cairnryan to Gretna on that seemingly never ending A75 before heading south, Home to Kent, but the Fifie will stay here, too much other stuff loaded into the car. Cheers Andy
  12. Oops pressed the wrong button, Each Timberhead was removed and the laser char removed, I "borrowed" an idea from @Rik Thistle and put some tape over all the holes in the Deck to stop any loose bits dropping down below Decks, the Timberhead was then glued in place. This was repeated for each one on both sides. I made a start on building the parts that go on the Deck, the Companionway has 8 wooden parts and had all the laser char removed before I started glueing it together. Having made the basic box I filed down any rough edges and then fitted the P.E. Door Hinges and Door Knob, to the Door, this was then glued to the Campanionway. The sliding Cover and Rails were then fitted. The small Deck Hatch is made from 2 pieces of wood glued together and then P.E. Hinges and Handle added. Cheers Andy
  13. The Timberheads are fitted onto the inner side of the Bulwarks using the pre-engraved lines as a guide. They are on their own "fret" and have to be fitted in the order etched on the fret.
  14. Thanks James, I think you mentioned about the position of the Strakes varying so I went with what I thought looked right. At the moment I am not sure if I am painting any of the Hull, I might just leave the whole Boat in bare wood, just a coat or two of either Oil or Satin Varnish. Cheers Andy
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