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    Collecting books. Bonsai. Classic Bikes. Ships and Ship Models.

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  1. Plexi glass / acrylic sheet.... I found marking out with water soluble fibre pen then scoring with a very sharp Stanley knife against a metal straight edge. Place the scored line over a table edge, apply pressure and the material will snap with a clean edge. Some mild dressing of the edge with a sanding block may be required. A little practice helps. Make sure the scored line goes entirely from one side to the other. Plan your shapes to fit within the sheet into large sections which can then be sub divided as needed.
  2. Imagna, hi. Where did you find that photo of the builders model? It's worth remembering these models do not generally represent ships as built, fitted and in service. Lovely things never the less.
  3. TIPP, thank you for the excellent photo and your more than plausible explanation. It strikes me that these rails have no resemblance to the surrounding structure and have an extemporised look to them. The bow area is such a vulnerable part of the ship and as we know, the ship had many adventures, so it's likely some of the structure may have been damaged on more than one occasion. Looking at pictures of 'Ferreira' in dry dock, this area certainly has a different appearance (to my bleary eye). In his book, John Richardson mentions the 'half deck' was an additional feature to accommodate apprentice boys. Is this the midship deck house which I know wasn't part of the first build of the ship?
  4. Frank, I sourced the above items from a very helpful chap on the Isle of Man several years ago. Unfortunately he has since died. Where he got them from, I have no idea, but they were substantially less expensive than elsewhere and in any quantity. His passing was a sad loss. https://www.hismodel.com/cutty-sark-revell-1-98 also provide these and many more items specifically for the Revell kit.
  5. Ian, your comment "A million surgeons can't be wrong!"....... The Supatool handles and blades are a little larger,stronger, more secure versions of the scalpel type, just as sharp and will take serious abuse. The blades keep their edge longer and can also be honed/lapped, extending their life, which offsets their higher price. I get no commission from the suppliers.
  6. I keep recommending these Swann-Morton tools..... https://www.scalpelsandblades.co.uk/range_23_swann-morton-supatool-blades-and-handles.php
  7. From what I've seen over the years, the Basset-Lowke models were so inferior to the genuine in house builders models. Do you have photo's Amy?
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    Steam Bike

    Mark has built or restored many interesting machines over the years, including a model T Ford. He built his steam bike to demonstrate it was possible using mostly Victorian tech. Back then 20mph would have been more than adequate. Here are a few of the many other machines to be seen that day.
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    Steam Bike

    At my regular bikers cafe, Squires at Sherburn, UK. recently, I found they were hosting the South Yorkshire Miniature Traction Engine Rally. I came across an old pal I haven't seen for a few years, Mark Sanderson. He'd turned up with his latest home build.....a STEAM BIKE!
  10. Maury, you are quite right. Where I live (Yorkshire, UK) I'm reminded that to see and be inspired by the very best models, an expensive journey of hundreds of miles is required. 30-40 years ago I was able to visit the NMM or Science Museum, as I worked 'just up the road'. Seeing scale models of this quality, so long ago influences how I perceive what I see here. There's no substitute for the wonder of the real object in front of you.
  11. 'The model will be leaving port and going to her new owner shortly'. Sadly, launched into obscurity. Still, a blast while it lasted. Thank you D.
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